GFA Melita Division II
Munxar Falcons   Qala Saints
Munxar Falcons : 1   0 : Qala Saints

(G. Hili 52’)

 

 

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

 

F. Buttigieg, M. Cefai, J. Rapa, C. Caruana (F. Mumford), M. Buttigieg, D. Cutajar, J. Attard, A. Cini, S. Muscat, J. Galea, M. Scerri.

In the last match of the first round of the campaign Munxar Falcons retained their five point gap from the leaders with a close win over Qala Saints.  The latter were aiming to obtain a victory in an attempt to join Munxar on the table but although they tried to produce good play they were sterile in attack and conceded a goal from a corner action that compromised their ambitions.  Munxar on the other hand produced more dangerous actions and Qala’s goalie Franco Buttigieg was called to make some difficult interventions to keep his side in contention.

Qala’s keeper was well placed in the fourth minute of play to save a good attempt by Stefan Farrugia.  On 10 minutes Qala’s rearguard failed to clear the ball from the area but Orlando Atzori missed the ball and at the end Manuel Buttigieg recovered his position and cleared the ball to a corner.  Six minutes later Munxar’s Frank Paul Azzopardi unmarked Ryan Meilak but Qala’s defender Malcolm Cefai blocked the latter’s attempt.  On 17 minutes goalie Franco Buttigieg saved a header by Gary Hili from a free kick by Frank Paul Azzopardi and Qala replied three minutes later through an attempt by Alan Cini that was neutralized by goalie George Vella.  The same goalkeeper was called into action on 29 minutes to save a shot by Shaun Muscat and on the half hour mark Munxar’s Orlando Atzori was stopped by goalie Buttigieg.  On 38 minutes Atzori had a goal that was disallowed for an offside infringement and the first half ended in a goalless draw.

Munxar scored the goal that at the end decided the issue on 52 minutes through Gary Hili who fired in goal a corner kick by Frank Paul Azzoaprdi.  Munxar increased their pressure on their opponents and on 55 minutes Munxar’s Ryan Meilak entered the area but his attempt was blocked by goalie Buttigieg.  One minute later the same goalkeeper turned to a corner a shot by Stefan Farrugia and on 73 minutes Qala had their best opportunity to level the score but a free kick by Manuel Buttigieg was well saved by goalie George Vella.  Munxar could have sealed the victory with a second goal on 84 minutes but another effort by Ryan Meilak was saved by goalie Franco Buttigieg.

Referee: Joe Agius

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