GFA Melita Division II
Munxar Falcons   Xaghra United
Munxar Falcons : 1   3 : Xaghra United

(A. Sacco 55’)

 

(J. Xerri 10’, V.J. Saliba 69’, A. Tabone 90+4’)

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

 

F.Azzopardi, S. Sultana, E. Galea, J. Scerri, J. Xerri, J. Buhagiar, A. Bezzina, S. Harland (A. Tabone), A. Farrugia, C. Hili (V. J. Saliba), L. Attard (D. Bajada).

In the first match of the second round of the campaign Xaghra United registered their first win from a difficult match against Munxar Falcons.  This was also a match between the two teams who were relegated from last season and the match between the two sides of the first round ended in a draw.  Xaghra’s win was deserved as they were more determined and created more scoring opportunities than their opponents.

Xaghra took command of play from the early stages of the encounter and opened the score on 10 minutes through a low shot by Joseph Xerri following a good action by Alenadro Bezzina.  Munxar replied on 14 minutes through a free kick by Gary Hili that was saved in two attempts by goalie Frankie Azzopardi and on 23 minutes Xaghra went again close to scoring through an effort by Aleandro Bezzina following a personal action that ended wide.  One minute later Munxar’s Orlando Atzori had a good shot following a melee in the area that was blocked by the defence and the goalkeeper recovered to neutralise the danger.  On 30 minutes a shot from an angled position by Munxar’s Stefan Farrugia was well saved by goalie Azzopardi and seven minutes later a goal by Munxar’s Frank Paul Azzopardi was disallowed for an offside infringement.  Xaghra regain territorial supremacy and near the end of the first half they could have doubled the score on more than one occasion.  On 41 minutes Sam Harland entered the are afollowing a personal action but concluded incredibly wide and one minute later a low shot by Clayton Hili following a prolonged action was heading towards an empty goal but Michael Pace recovered in time and cleared the ball before crossing the line.

Xaghra continued to be the better side after the break and on 47 minutes an effort by Luke Attard was turned to a corner by goalie George Vella.  The Falcons replied on 53 minutes with a shot from outside the area by Ryan Meilak and two minutes later Munxar levelled the score.  Stefan Farrugia passed to Alex Sacco who placed in goal from close distance.  Munxar gained confidence and on 67 minutes they could have turned the result in their favour but Orlando Atzori’s shot following a solo action was blocked by the defence.  Two minutes later Xaghra regained the lead through a ,ob by substitute Victor John Saliba that surprised the goalkeeper.  Munxar suffered another setback on 73 minutes when they had Gary Hili sent off for a foul on Luke Attard but one minute later Xaghra also ended with ten players as Steve Sultana was shown a red card for a foul on Marvin Grech. Munxar tried to increase their efforts in an attempt to level the score but Xaghra controlled well and also created better scoring opportunities through counter breaks.  On 83 minutes an attempt by Aleandro Bezzina seemed heading towards an open goal but goalie George Vella recovered his position and cleared the danger off the fatal line before Luke Attard could push the ball in goal.  Two minutes later Xaghra’s substitute Alfred Tabone had a shot on the run that was turned to a corner by goalie George Vella.  Xaghra however sealed the victory with a third goal that arrived in the fourth minute of stoppage time when Aleandro Bezzina released Alfred Tabone and the latter fired a low shot that ended in goal despite the attempt of the goalkeeper to save the danger.

Referee: Gordon Barbara

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