APS Bank Under 15 Section A – Blues salvage a point in injury time

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 17:11

By Victor Ciangura courtesy of Malta Independent.

Sliema W     2

Hamrun S     2

This game at the Rabat Ground was watched by a sizeable crowd and they surely enjoyed the performance by the two sets of youngsters as they tried their all in a very keenly-contested encounter. Referee Ishmael Barbara had a difficult game to control as the game was played at a very  fast pace and he stood no nonsense.

In the first action of the game after only three minutes Hamrun came very close to open the score as Sean Mizzi served Steve Farrugia with a perfect cross from the left flank and with only Blues keeper Giorgio Vasta to beat he drove out from a very ideal position.

 

After surviving this early scare Sliema created two actions. Dwayne Mifsud released Jean Borg on the right flank who after advancing Hamrun keeper Jake Taliana saved his shot from the edge of the area and Shaun Cassar dribbled past an opponent on the right flank and as he tried to cross the ball in the area a defender cleared the ball to a corner.

 

In another action by Hamrun Steve Farrugia released Larken Friggieri on the right flank and Vasta neutralized the ball from his cross.

 

Two actions were then created by Sliema. Jacques Vella Critien served Mifsud in the area with a through ball and Taliana foiled him with a timely sortie as he dived at his feet to smother the ball and Dean Xuereb released Cassar on the right flank and the ball was cleared to a corner by a defender.

 

Hamrun reacted as they created another action as Rusell Vella was fouled on the left flank and after the free kick by Friggieri,  Brandon Mifsud headed slightly out from inside the area.

 

Four minutes before the break Hamrun opened the score when Friggieri served Vella with a low cross in the area who after side-stepping an opponent scored with a low drive.

 

A minute before the break Sliema created another action as Xuereb released Mifsud in the area and Taliana foiled with a perfect timely sortie.

 

Two minutes after the resumption Sliema came very close to equalize as Shaun Cassar dribbled past two opponents on the left flank and as he tried his luck from the edge of the area the ball missed the far post by inches with Taliana completely beaten and in another action by Sliema minutes later Jean Borg was fouled  outside the area and the ball was cleared away with difficulty from the free kick by Mark Desira.

 

Hamrun kept trying and created two more actions.Vella entered the area after dribbling past an opponent who then square-passed the ball to Friggieri  and his shot was cleared to a corner and after Vella was fouled on the right flank Isaac Karoma  headed slightly out after the free kick by Friggieri.

 

Two more actions were then created by Sliema. Taliana saved a free kick shot by Desira after Vella Critien was fouled outside the area and after Xuereb was fouled on the left flank the ball was headed away from the free kick by Vella Critien.

 

In the 53rd minute Hamrun came very close to double their lead when Mifsud served Vella with a through ball who entered the area and Vasta saved his hard grounder on the line and three minutes later they doubled their lead when Friggieri was fouled on the right flank in midfield and after Cain Cutajar floated a high ball in the area from the free kick Vella scored with a header.

 

Hamrun came very close a third goal on the hour as Steve Farrugia released Vella on the left flank who entered the area and square-passed the ball to Friggieri and from a very ideal position drove out.

 

Four minutes before the end Sliema reduced the gap when Desira won a loose ball outside Hamrun’s area and from his hard rising shot the ball thumped the bar with Taliana beaten and as Mifsud followed the progression of the ball he netted with a header and in the third minutre of added time sliema obtained a dramatic equalizer as Cassar released Mifsud in the area and after he was pushed by a defender Jean Borg made no mistake from the spot with a hard rising shot in the top right hand corner.

 

Sliema W :  G.Vasta, G.Barone, J.Borg, C.Cali, L.Camilleri, S.Cassar, M.Desira, D.Mifsud, J.Vella Critien, D.Xuereb,A.Zammit.

 

Hamrun  S: J.Taliana, L.Ciantar, C.Cutajar, S.Farrugia, L.Farrugia, I.Karoma, J.Micallef, B.Mifsud, S.Mizzi, R.Vella, C.Zammit.

 

Referee; Ishmael Barbara

 

Player of the match: Rusell Vella (Hamrun S)





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