GFA Melita Division I
Kercem Ajax   Sannat Lions
Kercem Ajax : 2   1 : Sannat Lions

(A. Ribeiro 55’pen., A. Mizzi 68’)

 

(F. de Andrade 89’)

L. Camilleri, J. Azzopardi, M. Mifsud, O. Spiteri, L. Meilaq (J.P. Mizzi), K. Mifsud, I. Xuereb, E. Vella (A. Buttigieg), A. Mizzi (O. Xureb), A. Ribeiro, V. Ballotta.

 

A. Brignoli, J. Buttigieg, M. Muscat, A. Debono (J. Bonnici), J. Agius, P. Camilleri, A. Williams, N. Micallef (K. Bonnici), F. de Andrade, E. Nkwocha (D. Borg), E. Nwankwo.

Kercem Ajax as expected earned the full points at stake from their match against bottom placed Sannat Lions and also took advantage of Oratory’s result who were held to a draw so that they are now occupying the third place on the table by themselves.  Kercem’s win arrived through two goals scored during the first part of the second period as they found it more difficult than expected to put their minds at rest at an early stage of the encounter.  In this match Sannat could have at least earned a point but they were weak in their finishing and only managed to score one goal when there was no time left to save the result.  In addition, with this result Sannat ended the first round without a victory in the championship.

Sannat produced the first attempt at goal of the match in the eighth minute of play through a shot y Josiah Buttigieg that ended wide and in a reply by Kercem on 15 minutes a shot by Andrew Mizzi was well saved by Sannat’s goalie Angelo Brignoli.  One minute later an attempt by Akande Williams ended away from goal and on 20 minutes Sannat once again had a good opportunity through Josiah Buttigieg but the young midfielder hit badly and the ball ended wide.  One minute later Kercem’s Karol Mifsud also had a shot form outside the area that ended high and on 23 minutes Sannat’s Ejofor Nkwocha failed to take advantage of a short clearance by Kercem’s goalkeeper so that his attempt was weak and missed the target. One minute later Andrew Mizzi arrived just late to an inviting cross by Elton Vella and two minutes after the half hour mark a free kick by Karol Mifsud was neutralized by goalie Angelo Brignoli and less than a minute later the same goalkeeper was at the right place to stop a shot by Andrew Mizzi following a personal action.  On 35 minutes Kercem lost a good scoring opportunity when Ian Xuereb’s shot following a low cross by Andrew Mizzi ended just wide.  On 43 minutes a low shot by Sannat’s Eric Nwankwo was saved to a corner by goalie Leonard Camilleri and on 44 minutes a shot from an angled position by Sernando de Andrade ended away from Kercem’s far post.

In the fifth minute of play of the second period Ejofor Nkwocha concluded badly after receiving from Eric Nwankwo and goalie Camilleri saved in two attempts.  However, on 55 minutes Kercem were awarded a penalty for an intervention by Sannat’s Andrew Debono on Amdrew Mizzi and Anderson Ribeiro converted from the spot kick to put his side in the lead.  Sannat were shocked and two minutes later Jean Paul Mizzi hd an effort that was saved by goalie Brignoli and the same goalkeeper was called to make another good intervention one minute later to block with the aid of the post a cross shot by Ian Xuereb.  Kercem doubled the score on 68 minutes through a strike by Andrew Mizzi following a solo action and the same striker had a good attempt on 71 minutes after receiving from Elton Vella that was blocked to a corner.  From the same corner action Andrew Mizzi’s header was cleared off the line by Andrew Debono.  On 74 minutes Sannat lost a golden scoring opportunity when Fernando de Andrade won the ball from the goalkeeper but the extreme defender made up for his mistake and blocked the two consecutive attempt by the Brazilian striker so that the action ended in a corner.  Kercem went again close to scoring on 79 minutes but Jean Paul Mizzi’s shot missed the target while Sannat’s reply arrived one minute later through a low shot by Fernando de Andrade that was saved by goalie Leonard Camilleri. 

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