MFA FA Trophy Rd. 1
Kercem Ajax   Attard
Kercem Ajax : 3   0 : Attard

(P. Kyumyurdzhiev 46’, A. Mizzi 52’, 68’)



L. Camilleri, P. Kyumyurdzhiev, J. Azzopardi, M. Mifsud, J.P. Mizzi, I. Xuerfeb (O. Spiteri), A. Mizzi, V. Ballotta, J. Said (L. Meilaq), A. Ribeiro, A. Al Rayess (E. Vella).


M. Attard, O. Tabone, L. Alla, J. Gauci, N. Ghio, C. Ciantar, L. Borg, R. Perkins, M. Borg (C. Micallef), C. Caruana (J. Cuschieri), L.F. Cilia.

Kercem Ajax registered a comfortable win in their clash from the first round of the FA Trophy against Attard FC.  The Ajax found some difficulties to convert their superiority in goals during the first period but once they opened the score early into the second half they seemed more confident and made sure of the victory with two other goals.  Attard had a prudent approach and tried to surprise their opponents on fast breaks.  They managed to neutralise the danger for most fo the first period but suffered a setback just after the half hour mark when they were reduced to ten players as Nick Ghio was sent off for two bookable offences.

Attard’s goalie Malcolm Attard was called to make a difficult intervention on 15 minutes to block a free kick by Petar Kyumyurdzhiev and from the rebound Anderson Ribeiro, who was well marked by his opponents, headed over the crossbar.  Kercem kept insisting and on 26 minutes Ribeiro’s volley following a cross by Abourazag Al Rayess missed the target.  On 33 minutes the visitors were reduced to ten players when Nick Ghio was sent off following a second bookable intervention on Ribeiro.  From the resultant free kick Attard’s goalie turned to a corner the attempt by Kyukyurdzhiev and on 35 minutes Ribeiro headed wide an inviting cross by Jean Paul Mizzi.  Kercem were unlucky two minutes later when a header by Andrew Mizzi following a cross by Ribeiro hit the crossbar and from the rebound Al Rayess’ attempt hit the post so that the first half ended with a goalless draw.

Kercem could not have had a better start to the second period as they opened the score after few seconds of play through a direct free kick by Petar Kyumyurdzhiev that surprised goalie Attard.  Attard tried to produce a reaction and on 51 minutes they were also dangerous when Lydon Frank Cilia entered Kercem’s area but his effort was blocked in time by defender Joseph Azzopardi with the goalkeeper beaten.  Kercem doubled the score one minute later when Ribeiro released Andrew Mizzi in the area and the latter placed in goal with a low drive as the goalkeeper left his position in an attempt to clear the danger.  On 64 minutes Attard had a goal by Matthew Borg following a free kick by Cilia that was disallowed for an offside infringement and on 68 minutes Kercem practically sealed the victory with the third goal that arrived through a header by Andrew Mizzi following a cross from the left flank by Ribeiro.  Attard’s last opportunity to score a consolation goal, arrived on 85 minutes through a shot by Matthew Borg that ended high while Kercem could have scored a fourth goal but substitute Elton Vella had a good strike that ended just over the crossbar.

Referee: Matthew Degabriele

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