Balzan Qrendi Qrendi no match for su­pe­rior Balzan

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Balzan:

S. Mintoff, D. Camil­leri, L. Mi­callef (Y. Miyamoto 57), S. Bezzina (G. Camil­leri 46), HA Ashcroft, M. John­son, I. Bo­zovic, C. De Fiori Men­des, R. Cor­rea, A. Ma­jde­vac, M. Le­povic (S. Cipri­ott 63). J. Farrugia, D. Mi­callef, M. Farrugia (Z. Bow­man 43), B. Bondin, M. Reid (R. Dalli 76), C. Caru­ana (K. Abela 65), N. Fal­zon, J. Spi­teri, JP Da Silva Var­gas, C. Quar­anta, J. Sil­veira Da Silva. Matthew De­gabriele L. Portelli, D. Spencer E. Barbara C. De Fiori Men­des 10, A. Ma­jde­vac 16, 43, 72, C. Quar­anta 25, R. Cor­rea 30. M. Farrugia 38, C. Quar­anta 51, D. Camil­leri 61.

Qrendi: Ref­eree: Asst refs: 4th of­fi­cial: Scorers: Yel­low cards:

Henry Brin­cat

Balzan found lit­tle or no dif­fi­culty at all in dis­pos­ing of first divi­sion side Qrendi to ad­vance into the Last 16.

The Pre­mier League side won com­fort­ably 5-1 af­ter lead­ing 4-1 at the in­ter­val.

They led 2-0 with goals from De Fio­rio Men­des and Ma­jde­vac be­fore Qrendi scored their con­so­la­tion goal through Ciro Quar­anta. But it did not take long for Balzan to re­gain con­trol as they added two more goals be­fore the in­ter­val through Cor­rea and Ma­jde­vac again.

In the sec­ond half, it was Ma­jde­vac who found the net again for Balzan to com­plete a glo­ri­ous hat­trick.

The match was mostly one-sided as first divi­sion side Qrendi had to play sec­ond fid­dle for most of the time.

As widely ex­pected, Balzan took com­mand quickly and did not take long to take the lead.

From then on Qrendi were forced on the de­fen­sive for long stretches and although they also man­aged to score a goal when it was 2-0 in Balzan’s favour, they rarely ap­peared ca­pa­ble of sur­pris­ing the Pre­mier League out­fit.

In fact, it was no sur­prise that Balzan went on to add two more goals to lead com­fort­ably 4-1 at the in­ter­val.

In the sec­ond half, they con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate as Qrendi failed to re­act.

The first divi­sion side had a good start, but grad­u­ally, Balzan started tak­ing the ini­tia­tive.

They opened the scor­ing in the 10th minute. Ly­den Mi­callef had a shot par­tially saved by goalie Farrugia, but Car­los De Fiori Men­des was in the right place to hit home from near the penalty spot.

It was 2-0 six min­utes later as Le­povic sent Ma­jde­vac beau­ti­fully through and the lat­ter beat Farrugia with a grounder.

Qrendi re­duced the gap on 25 min­utes when Ciro Quar­anta ran through a stand­still Balzan de­fence to hit past the on­rush­ing Sean Mintoff.

Balzan re­gained their two-goal cush­ion on 30 min­utes af­ter a fine ac­tion which in­volved De Fiori Men­des, Ma­jde­vac and Cor­rea, the lat­ter scor­ing eas­ily.

It was 4-1 in the 43rd minute. From a Bo­zovic cross, Bjorn Bondin had the mis­for­tune of send­ing the ball di­rectly into Ma­jde­vac’s feet, who could only say “thank you” be­fore hit­ting home with ease from three me­tres.

In the 56th minute, Cor­rea had a humdinger from point-blank range ex­cel­lently turned to cor­ner by goalie Farrugia.

Balzan scored their fifth goal on 72 min­utes. From a Gary Camil­leri free­kick, it was Ma­jde­vac who com­pleted his hat-trick with a header.

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