Keen game ends all square
Hamrun Balzan 2 2
This keen and fast game was characterised by many fouls, for which, on occasions, referee Dora Jakab turned a Nelson’s eye. The two sets of players kept the young female nurse on duty very busy attending to injured players.
Balzan managed to save the day in the second half after being 0-2 in arrears. Hamrun are now on 7 points from 4 games while Balzan are on 4 points, also from 4 games.
Hamrun were the first to threaten as Calvin Agius set Wayne Serracino free in the area and after Balzan keeper Bradley Scalpello partly saved his shot with a defender clearing the ball away to safety.
Hamrun opened the score in the fifth minute when Matthew Mifsud served Owen Cassar with a through ball in the area and he scored with a hard diagonal drive.
Hamrun kept pressing and Cassar served Agius in the area but a defender managed to clear the ball to a corner.
Balzan then mounted two actions. Eric Atkins served Daniel Simpson in the area and Hamrun keeper Ayrton Brugaletta foiled him with a timely sortie as he dived at his feet. Later, Jacob Bartolo was fouled otside the area and goalie Brugaletta had to dive and save the free kick by Malcolm Calleja.
Three minutes before the break Hamrun doubled their lead. Serracino was fouled on the left flank and after the free kick by Miguel Tabone, Liam Hudson scored with a low shot from inside the area.
Three minutes after the restart, Balzan reduced the gap. Substitute Luca Perrone was fouled on the left flank and after the free kick by Ivin Borg, Jacob Bartolo netted with a header from inside the area.
Brugaletta was then called to save a hard drive by Eric Atkins after a through ball by Simpson.
In the 53rd minute Balzan levelled matters when Michael Bartoli dribbled past two oponents outside the area and he gave Brugaletta no chance with a hard diagonal drive to make it 2-2.
Hamrun then mounted three actions. Substitute Neil Flattley was fouled in midfield and Scalpello saved the hard drive from the free kick by Tabone .
Flattley then released Cassar in the area and Scalpello saved his hard drive. A Tabone freekick was cleared to a corner and following the flag kick by Serracino, Scalpello saved a header by Tabone.
The last action before the end came from Balzan as substitute Alistair Aquilina was fouled outside the area and after Bartolo’s free kick, Simpson drove over the bar from inside the area.
Hamrun: A.Brugaletta, C.Agius, O.Cassar, S.Chikh Ali, R.Chircop, L.Hudson, M.Mifsud, R.Muscat, X.Portelli, W.Serracino, M.Tabone
Balzan: B.Scalpello, D.Simpson, E.Atkins, H.Linecker,I.Borg, J.Bartolo, M.Calleja, M.Bartoli, M.Busuttil, S.Briffa, Z.Azzopardi Referee: Dora Jakab Player of the match: Portelli (Hamrun) Xylon