Amateurs make sure in second half

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 15:50

courtesy of Victor Ciangura – The Malta Indepndent

Good Causes Fund Cup

Under 17 Inter-Section

Knock Out Competition Quarter Finals

Zebbug R    0        Melita   4 

Section B winners Melita made sure of a passage to the Semi Finals after scoring four times after the resumption against Section C 3 winners Zebbug R who were very slow in thier approches and also erratic in their passing. The Zebbug rearguard played the off side game to perfection and the Melita forwards were caught ten times in the trap.

The first action came from Melita as Ryan Spiteri served Malcolm Gatt Baldacchino with a through ball in the area but a defender cleared the ball from his shot, while at the other end, Carl Cuachi served Carl Pace with a through ball outside the area but the ball sailed well overe the bar from his shot.

In another action by Melita, Jeremy Mousu’ dribbled past a defender on the left flank, served Antoine Attard in the area and Zebbug keeper Samuel Bigeja denied with a diving save.

Melita then won a corner kick on the left flank which was well-taken by Mousu’ and the ball missed the far post by inches as no plyer applied the killer touch.

Zebbug won two free kicks in succession. Cauch was fouled in midfield and Melita keeper Philip Schranz, who had a quiet Sunday afternoon, saved the shot by the same player and Shawn Borg was fouled just outside the area and Schranz saved the shot by Tyrone Muscat.

The last actions before the break were all created by Melita. Gatt Baldacchino entered the area after beating a defender and it seemed that he had been tripped but the referee showed him the yellow card for simulation. Attard floated a perfect high ball in the area from a free kick in midfield and Neil Bonello missed the upright with a header. Attard served Mousu’ on the left flank who after beating a defender enterd the area and the ball missed the far post from his low hard shot and Isaac Curmi received the bal from a long drop kick by Schranz, entered the area and the ball thumped the base of the upright from his shot with Bugeja beaten who then saved the rebound shot by Attard.

The second period was a total dominance by Melita as Zebbug created only two actions. Mousu’ served Curmi with a cross from the right and the ball was cleared to a corner following his close-range shot fom inside the area. After a well-taken flag kick by Mousu’, Aidan Mizzi headed slightly out from inside the area.

In the 53rd minute Melita opened the score as substitiute Cain Abela served Mousu’ in the area after beating a defender and the latter shot hard and low past Bugeja.

In a Zebbug action Wayne Zerafa served Pace with a long through ball and Schranz was forced to come out of his charge and smothered the ball as he dived at his feet.

The score became 2-0 in the 62nd minute after a choral move between three players. Spiteri released Mousu’ on the right flank who then crossed the ball in the area to Abela who made no mistake with a low shot.

In Zebbug’s next action Cauchi out-sped a defender on the right flank but the ball finished over the bar from his cross-shot. Zebbug were then reduced to ten men as Shawn Borg was shown the red card after a second booking.

Melita scored two further goals in as many minutes between the 73rd and 75th minutes. Substitute Jeremy Spiteri Bailey served Mousu with a through ball in the area and he scored with a lobbed ball and Aidan Mizzi ponced on a loose ball outside the area and after Bugeja partly saved his shot Abela scored from the rebound.

Referee: Darryl Agius  





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