APS Bank Under 17 Group 5: Easy win for Spartans

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:00

By Victor Ciangura courtesy of the Malta Independent

Hamrun S     6

Rabat            1

Despite this emphatic win Hamrun are to compete in Section C 1 for this season because of the new league format which turned out to be a complete failure. The Spartans finished in the Runner Up position in Section a last season.


The Spartans were undoubtedly the beast outfit as the final score clearly indicates as they managed to turn the apple cart on Rabat after being a goal in arrears.


Hamrun applied the early pressure as they mounted four actions.  From a well-taken flag kick by  Rhys Muscat, Bradley Schembri drove slightly out from inside the area. Darren Debono released Stefmar Hatherly on the right flank and from his cross-shot the ball sailed slightly over the bar. Schembri the n dribbled past a defender on the right flank and the ball was cleared with difficulty from his cross-shot and Hatherly had his effort from outside the area finishing slightly over the bar after beating an opponent.


In the 11th minute Rabat opened the score against the run of play as Aleandro Brincat dribbled past an opponent on the right flank who then crossed the ball in the area to Nicolae Chetcuti in the area who scored with a low drive past Hamrun keeper Clyde Xuereb.


In another action by Hamrun Debono released Bugeja in the area and Rabat keeper Marc Ciangura, no relation to yours truly, had to dive at his feet to smother the ball and foiled him from further progression.


In the 15th minute Rabat lost a very good opportunity to double the score when Leone Ellul, all alone in front of an open goal with only Xuereb to beat, he skied the ball after a perfect through ball by Nathan Bezzina.


In the 18th minute Hamrun were denied by the wood work when Jeremy Busuttil released Hatherly on the right flank who then crossed the ball to Bugeja in the area and the ball thumped the bar from his hard drive with Ciangura completely beaten.


In the 24th minute Hamrun were rewarded for their efforts as they equalized when Schembri served Muscat in the area and he scored with a hard low drive, and two minutes later Rabat threatened again as a shot from inside the area by  Mark Asciak missed the bar by inches after a square pass by Brincat.


Hamrun scored a second goal on the half hour as they won a corner kick on the left flank and Mifsud scored direct from the flag kick with a perfect swerving shot with the ball finishing at the back of the net in-off the far post.


The Red/Blacks resumed with their pressing and mounted two more actions before the break. After Schembri was fouled on the left edge of the area the ball was partly saved by the Rabat keeper from the free kick by Muscat and the ball was cleared away and Muscat was then fouled on the right flank and the ball was cleared away from the free kick by Mifsud.

Four minutes after resumption the score became 3-1. Bugeja served Hatherly with a through ball in the area and as Ciangura came out of his charge to kick the ball away he miscued his clearance and the ball was regained by Hatherly who had the easiest of tasks to roll the ball into an empty net.


Hamrun kept trying for more. Schembri entered the area after beating two opponent and the ball missed the upright from his hard drive. Muscat released Mifsud in the area and the ball was cleared to a corner from his shot.


Rabat then won a free kick after Bezzina was fouled outside the area and from the free kick by substitute Chris Farrugia the ball thumped the bar with Xuereb beaten who then saved the rebound shot by Bezzina.


In the 67th minute Hamrun were again denied by the wood work when Mifsud released substitute Miguel Scicluna in the area and the ball hit the base of the upright with Ciangura beaten.


Five minutes before the end of normal time Hamrun scored their fourth goal as Hatherly released Bugeja on the left flank who after advancing scored with a hard rising shot in the top right hand corner of the net.

Hamrun then added two more goals in the second and fourth minutes of added time. Mifsud entered the area and scored with a hard low drive  and then with a hard rising shot from inside the area after beating a defender.

Hamrun: C.Xuereb, ( L.Moore 70) N,Hili, O.Agius, D.Borg,( K.Caruana 73) J.Busuttil , D,Debono, S.Hatherly, R.Muscat (I.Mifsud 54), K.Bugeja, C. Mifsud, B.Schembri (M.Simiana 63),

Rabat: M.Ciangura, K.Micallef, L.Bartolo (C.Farrugia 52), N.Bezzina, A.Brincat, G.Bugeja, L.Ellul (A.Micallef 63), L.Micallef, M.Asciak, N.Micallef (M.Bonavia 60), N.Chetcuti

Referee: Sean Calleja

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