APS Bank Under 17 Section B: Late equalizer Zebbug

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 12:38

By Victor Ciangura Courtesy of the Malta Independent

Zebbug were unlucky not to have won this game as they dominated play after the resumption and were also denied twice by the bar. Mqabba were the better outfit in the first period.

The game was characterized by many fouls and the victim of these fouls was Zebbug forward Lee Cuschieri.

 

Mqabba created the first action as Ramon Zammit served Karl Saliba with a through ball but Ryan Bonnici foiled him with a timely tackle.

 

Two actions were then created by Zebbug. Matthew Camilleri was fouled outside the area and the ball was cleared away from the free kick by Kurt Tanti and Ryan Mallia released Lee Cuschieri on the right flank and the ball was cleared away from his cross-shot.

 

Mqabba reacted as they created two actions. Enoch Seychell square-passed the ball to Karl Saliba but he drove out from outside the area and Seychell was then fouled on the right flank and Zebbug keeper Neville Hili saved in two attempts the free kick by Jake Callus.

 

Lee Cuschieri was fouled on the right edge of the area and the ball was cleared away with difficulty from the free kick by Kurt Tanti, and following this action Mqabba created all the actions up to the half time whistle.

 

Mark Baldacchino was fouled outside the area and after the free kick by Kyle Azzopardi, Jake Callus headed out from inside the area. Ramon Zammit served Ian Pace with a cross in the area but he skied the ball over the bar from a very ideal position. Seychell was then fouled outside the area and after the free kick by Ian Pace, Hili partially saved the ball and Luca Zammit cleared the ball away on the fatal line.

 

Ramon Zammit then won a loose ball outside the area but he missed the bar from his hard drive and the same player released Andre’ Farrugia on the left flank and the ball sailed over the bar from his cross-shot.

 

The second period was dominated by Zebbug. Cuschieri was fouled outside the area and Mqabba keeper Kurt Polidano saved the free kick by Redeemer Attard. Cuschieri was again fouled outside the area and the ball thumped the bar from the free kick by Tanti with Polidano beaten, and minutes later he he denied Attard with a diving save to a corner after he was put through in the area by Tyron Hili.

 

Cuschieri was then fouled three times in as much as many minutes. Luke Gatt drove out from the free kick, Cuschieri served Attard with a short pass from the free kick and he drove over the bar and from the free kick by Tanti, Luca Zammit failed to apply the killer touch in the area and the ball was saved by Polidano.

 

In a rare action by Mqabba Kyle Azzopardi released Andre’ Farrugia on the left flank and after entering the area Hili neutralized the ball from his low cross.

 

Zebbug resumed their pressing. Tyron Hili dribbled past an opponent and square-passed the ball to Cuschieri in the area who drove out when well-placed.

 

In the 66th minute Zebbug were again denied by the wood work. Tyron Hili was fouled outside the area and the ball thumped the bar from Tanti’s hard drive from the free kick and Polidano managed to fist the ball away and Attard entered the area after dribbling past a defender and Polidano turned his shot to a corner with a diving save and from the flag kick by Tyron Hili the ball carrassed the goalmouth and no Zebbug player manged to apply the killer touch.

 

In the 76th minute Mqabba took the lead against the run of play as Ian Pace dribbled past an opponent outside Zebbug’s area and scored with a hard rising shot in the top left hand corner, their joy was however short-lived as Zebbug scored a deserved equalizer a minute before the end of normal time as they won a free kick on the left flank after Attard was fouled and after Luke Gatt floated a high ball in the area from the free kick Andrea’ Cassar scored with a header.

 

Mqabba: K.Polidano, M.Baldacchino, J.Callus, K.Barnara, K.Saliba, A,Farrugia, R.Zammit, E.Zammit, K.Azzopardi, E.Seychell, I.Pace,

 

Zebbug R: N.Hili, L.Zammit, R.Attard, L.Cuschieri, M.Camilleri, R.Mallia, A.Cassar, R.Bonnici, K.Tanti, L.Gatt, T,Hili

 

Referee: Alex Johnson

 

Player of the match: Lee Cuschieri (Zebbug)





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