GFA Melita Division II
Xaghra United    Munxar Falcons
Xaghra United : 1   1 : Munxar Falcons

(L. Attard 45+1’)

 

(F.P. Azzopardi 79’)

D. Galea, J. Bartolo, J. Scerri, S. Sultana, J. Xerri (M. Azzopardi), V.J. Saliba, L. Attard, D. Bartolo (A. Tabone), S. Harland, A. Bezzina (C. Hili), E. Galea.

 

G. Vella, D. Borg, G. Hili, P. Parnis (M. Debrincat), M. Pace, R. Meilak, P. Falzon, O. Atzori, R. Sammut (A. Sacco), F.P. Azzopardi, S. Farrugia.

In the last match from the first day of the campaign Xaghra United and Munxar Falcons produced a balanced encounter where the two sides tried hard the victory.  Both Xaghra and Munxar created good scoring opportunities but the respective strikers were often erratic in their finishing so that they both failed to capitalise from their best moments of the match.  At the end the final score is just and the two sides can look forward to improve in their next matches in an attempt to be among the teams who occupy the top positions of the table.

In the first minute of play Munxar went very close to open the score when a shot by Stefan Farrugia was turned to a corner and from the same corner action Orlando Atzori’s shot was cleared off the line by Steve Sultana.  Xaghra replied in the tenth minute through a low shot by Aleandro Bezzina that was saved to a corner by goalie George Vella.  One minute later Munxar’s Roberto Sammut had a shot on the run that missed the target and in the 21st minute Frank Paul Azzopardi had a shot from outside the area that ended away from Xaghra’s goal.  On 32 minutes Xaghra’s Aleandro Bezzina entered the area from the right flank and his shot from an angled position was blocked to a corner by goalie Vella.  From the same corner action a header by Sam Harland was turned to another corner by goalie Vella with the aid of the crossbar.  Xaghra maintained pressure over their opponents during the last part of the first half and on 43 minutes Munxar’s goalie managed to turn to a corner an effort by Daniel Bartolo who was released in the area by Victor John Saliba.  In an immediate reply by Munxar a free kick by Roberto Sammut ended wide and in the first minute of stoppage time before half time Xaghra opened the score when Luke Attard surprised goalie Vella with a shot from outside the area.  Xaghra could have doubled the score one minute later but Victor John Saliba’s attempt from close distance was turned to a corner by goalie George Vella.

Munxar came out determined after the resumption and after a few seconds Xaghra’s goalie Daniel Galea was called to make a difficult save to turn to a corner a good header by Orlando Atzori.  Xaghra replied on 52 minutes through a shot from outside the area that missed the target and on 66 minutes Xaghra operated a counter break through substitute Clayton Hili but goalie George Vellla managed to deflect the attempt at goal to a corner.  Five minutes later Xaghra were again dangerous through a strike by Victor John Saliba that ended just over the crossbar.  Munxar managed to recover the score on 79 minutes through a shot by Frank Paul Azzopardi from outside the area that ended out of the reach of the goalkeeper.  The match during the final stages became much more exciting but Xaghra produced the best scoring opportunity.  On 83 minutes Clayton Hili released Daniel Bartolo but the striker concluded badly when he was alone in the area but Munxar’s Stefan Farrugia recovered his position and cleared the ball off the fatal line to avoid a certain goal.  The two teams ended the match with ten players.  On 87 minutes Xaghra had Victor John Saliba for a second caution received for a foul on Stefan Farrugia and in the second minute of stoppage time Munxar’s Donald Borg was sent off for pushing an opponent who was trying to obstruct the goalkeeper.

Referee: Joe Azzopardi

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