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APS Bank Under 17 Section D: Early goal decides issue Swieqi 0 Fgura 1

Posted By Sportinmalta On January 23, 2015 @ 8:43 am In Featured,Football,Youth Football | No Comments

Swieqi suffered a first defeat after four games and are now on 10 points from 5 games while Fgura are on 12 points from 5 games. Most of the actions were created by Swieqi but they failed to score, but credit must also be given to the Fgura midfielders and defenders who closed all possible gaps.


The first action was mounted by Swieqi as Jon D Ferry served Mark Martin with a through ball on the edge of the area and a defender cleared the ball away in the nick of time.


In the first action by Fgura in the third minute they opened the score. Antonio Ciappara served Jake Azzopardi with a long and high through ball  on the right flank and on entering the area he netted with a hard rising shot past Swieqi keeper Edward Gatt, and two minutes later Ciappara served Christian Scifo with a long throw-in from the right flank who after entering the area Gatt saved his shot.


Swieqi then started mounting actions. Luke Gatt served Ferry with a through ball and he drove slightly over the bar from the edge of the area, the same player then released Martin in the area and Fgura keeper Isaac Grima foiled him as he dived at his feet and smothered the ball, and he did likewise minutes later as he foiled Ferry after he was put through by Liam Caruana Montaldo.


Luke Gatt released Andrew Sant Fournier on the right flank who after advancing Grima neutralized the ball from his cross-shot, and in the 24th minute Swieqi came very close to restore equilibrium when Ben Caruana Montaldo released Martin on the left flank who after advancing crossed the ball in the area and caressed the goal mouth and Andre’ Galea failed to apply the killer touch from hardly a metre away from the far post.


Fgura then created two actions before the break. Miguel Galea released Azzopardi on the right flank and the ball missed the bar by inches from his cross-shot after he advanced and Kurt Polidano set Scifo free in the area and the ball missed the upright from his hard and low drive.


Actions worthy of note in the second period were very few as play was for quite a long time restricted to midfield.


Two minutes after the restart Swieqi were awarded a penalty when Andrew Tortell released Martin in the area and as he was tripped by a defender the referee pointed to the spot. Dale Vella took charge of the kick but he drove high and well off target.


Another action was then mounted by Swieqi when Luke Gatt dribbled past an opponent outside the area and he missed the upright from the distance, while at the other end minutes laterRyan Shembri served Moad Lamlum with a square pass and keeper Gatt saved his long-range shot.


Swieqi kept trying hard to save the game as they created two more actions. Tortell had his effort from the distance saved in two attempts by Grima after he dribbled past an opponent and Luke Gatt entered the area after dribbling past an opponent and Grima saved his effort to a corner which was taken by Liam Caruana Montaldo and substitute Jamie Galea headed slightly out from inside the area.


In the last actions before the end Fgura came very close to double their lead. Scifo served Kurt Polidano with a through ball outside the area and the ball was cleared away from his hard drive and he was then fouled on the left edge of the area and after the free kick by Lamlum, Azzopardi headed slightly out.


Swieqi: E.Gatt, J.Zammit, B.Caruan Montaldo, A.Galea (J.Galea 33), L.Gatt (G.Mallia 79), A.Tortell (A.Johnson 57), J.D.Ferry, M.Martin, L.Caruana Montaldo, D.Vella, A.Sant Fornier (D.Micallef 33),


Fgura: I.K. Grima, K.Polidano, E.Oulaiwi, J.Azzopardi, C.Scifo, A.Ciappara, M.Galea,D,Mamo (R.Schembri 55), M.Lamlum, S.T.Spiteri, O.Mifsud.


Referee; George Portelli


Player of the match: Miguel Galea (Fgura)

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