GFA Melita Division II
Xaghra United    Zebbug Rovers
Xaghra United : 1   1 : Zebbug Rovers

(D. Bartolo 26’)


(M. Cordina 57’)

D. Galea, E. Galea, J. Scerri (M. Azzoaprdi), J. Xerri (A. Tabone), J. Buhagiar, A. Bezzina, S. Harland, D. Bartolo, A. Farrugia, V.J. Saliba, L. Attard.


B. Saliba, A. Tramboo, F. Cassar (O. Saliba), M. Formosa, P. Cardona, M. Zerafa, M. Cordina, O. Calleja, G. Portelli (C. Vella), W. Cassar, S. Muscat.

The match between Zebbug Rovers and Xaghra United was being played again as the encounter that was scheduled earlier ended up abandoned after six minutes of play due to a power failure when the score was not open yet.  In this match both Zebbug and Xaghra were aiming to win points in their attempt to recover their position on the table.  The match turned out into a balanced encounter where Xaghra produced the better play during the first period and entered the break with a one goal lead.  Zebbug however had a good reaction after the break and managed to level the score so that with the point obtained they reached Qala Saints on the table and retain the possibility to avoid the bottom place on the table.  With this result Xaghra maintained their lead over Zebbug on the table and they also remain in contention to challenge for the runners-up position.

During the opening minutes Xaghar were more aggressive and in the fourth minute of play a free kick by Joseph Xerri ended high.  Zebbug replied two minutes later through an attempt form an angled position by Gorgi Portelli that ended high and on 19 minutes Zebbug’s goalie Gorgi Portelli saved with difficulty to a corner a shot on the run by Aleandro Bezzina.  On 25 minutes Zebbug’s Manwel Cordina operated a good personal action but his shot was partially saved by goalie Daniel Galea and the defense cleared the danger from the area.  Xaghra opened the score one minute later through a header from close distance by Daniel Bartolo following a cross by Emanuel Galea.  Zebbug’s reaction arrived on 38 minutes through an effort by William Cassar who entered the area but concluded badly when he arrived at a good position.

After the resumption Zebbug came out determined to level the score and they managed to clinch their objective on 57 minutes through a shot from an angled position by Manwel Cordina.  Two minutes later Zebbug were again dangerous when a shot from outside the area by William Cassar following a corner kick by Michael Zerafa was saved by goalie Daniel Galea.  On 66 minutes Zebbug’s Manwel Cordina headed over the cross bar a free kick by Alex Tramboo and on 79 minutes Xaghra were dangerous through a strike from long distance by Manwel Galea that was saved well by goalie Baskal Saliba.  The two teams tried to earn the victory in the remaining minutes but the two defensive departments prevailed over the striker and the score remained unchanged until the end of the match.

Referee: Jules Ngangue

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