Best team gets full points

Friday, November 12, 2010, 16:36

by Victor Ciangura courtesy of  The Malta Independent 
 
APS Bank Under 17 Section A
 
Valletta   1       Sliema W   0 
 
The final result does not reflect the true difference between the two teams as Valletta were the better outfit throughout the whole 80 minutes as they created much more occasions than Sliema. The Blues left too many gaps in midfield and this created an easy task for the Valletta fast forwards, but they played the off-side game to perfection and the Valletta forwards were caught not less than eleven times in the trap. 
 
The first action came from Valletta when Matthew Thorne seerved Siraj Arab on the left flank but Fabian Mifsud foiled him with a timely tackle, at the other end, Gabriel Aquilina served Aaron Chircop in the area and a defender cleared the ball to a corner.
 
Valletta threatened again and Glenn Casar served Llewlyn Cremona with a cross from the right and he missed the upright from inside the area. 
 
In the 13th minute Valletta forged ahead. Shawn Galea Licas served Isaac Zammit in the area and after Sliema keeper Kane Cutajar partially saved his shot the ball finished behind the fatal line.
 
After this early set-back Sliema reacted and mounted two actions in a row. Aaron chircop served Glenn Chircop with a cross from the right and Valletta keeper Yenz Cini was forced to dive and turn the ball to a corner and after Roderick Zerafa was fouled outside the area from the free kick by the same player the ball was headed away by a defender.
 
 The pressure from Valletta resumed and they created all the actions up to the half time whistle. Galea Lucas served Isaac Zammit in the area Cutajar foiled him with a timely sortie. A one-two between Cassar and Siraj Arab finished with the former hitting the crossbar from inside the area with Cutajar beaten. Isaac Zammit was then fouled outside the area, Cremona floated a high ball in the area from the free kick and Samir Arab missed thu upright with his header and Siraj Arab served Isaac Zammit in the area and Cutajar denied him with a diving save.
 
  The second period was also dominated by Valletta. Galea Lucas served Cassar on the right flank, and after a defender cleared the ball to a corner it was taken by Thorne and Samir Arab headed just over the bar. Galea Lucas then served Cremona on the right flank and Cutajar neutralised the ball from his cross. Isaac Zammit served Cassar on the right flank, the ball was cleared to a corner and Thorne’s flag kick created havoc in the area and the ball was somehow cleared.
 
In a Sliema rare attack, Dale Micallef served Glenn Chircop in the area but cini foiled him with a timely sortie, and at the other end, Cassar dribbled past an opponent on the right flank and crossed to Siraj Arab in the area but he drove over the bar with only cutajar to beat. 
 
Sliema then mounted two actions. Substitute Ryan Bugeja was fouled on the left edge of the area and from the free kick by Paolo Dandolo the ball was cleared by a Valletta defender and Zerafa served Glenn Chircop with a cross from the left but he headed over the bar from inside the area.
 
Five minutes before the end Valletta were denied of a second goal by the woodwork when Cassar served Isaac Zammit in the area, and from his shot the ball hit the upper part of the crossbar and finished out. 
 
Referee: Matthew De Gabriele                            Player of the match: Isaac Zammit (Valletta)





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