Blues in third place after beating Pembroke

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 11:23

courtesy of Victor Ciangura – The Malta Independent

APS Bank Under 15 Section A

Pembroke Ath  1     Sliema W   3

 

Sliema were by far the much better outfit against lowly-placed Pembroke who are in penultimate position on only 5 points from 13 games while Sliema reatained third placing on 28 points also from 13 games.

The game was only two minutes old when Sliema opened the score.Christian Mercieca served Mark A Scicluna with a through ball in the area and scored with a hard grounder past Pembroke keeper Andrea Camilleri.

In another action by Sliema, Romano Brignione served Kenneth Bonnici with a through pass in the area and Camilleri foiled with a timely sortie as he dived at his feet and smothered the ball,and at the other end, Liam Saliba served Fausto Pellegrino with a through ball in the area and Sliema keeper Aidan Bartolo dived at his feet and smothered the ball.

Sliema then mounted two further actions. After a corner kick from the left flank by Scicluna, the ball was partly cleared Camilleri had to dive and save the rebound shot by the same palyer and from a flag kick from the left flank by Friggieri the ball whizzed past the far post and finished out.

In a Pembroke attack, Glenn Gregory served Nikolai Agius with a through ball outside the area and Camilleri had to come out of his charge to kick the ball away and he was injured in the action but resumed play after being attened by the nurse on duty.

Two minutes before the break Pembroke equlaised. Courage Dmoruanzoje was fouled well outside the area and after Clayton Sammut floated a high ball in the area from the free kick Dmoruanzoje scored with a low shot.

In the first action after resumption, Friggieri was fouled on the left flank and Camilleri saved the free kick shot by the same player, and in a Pembroke action, Zack Zammit served Salah Dwah in the area and Bartolo foiled him with a timely sortie.

Sliema kept pressing. Scicluna dribbled past two opponents on the left flank and Camilleri saved his shot from the edge of the area in two attempts and the same player was then fouled on the left flank and Camilleri saved the free kick shot by Friggieri.

In the 50th minute Sliema restored their slender lead when Friggieri dribbled past an opponet on the left flank and after the ball was partly cleared from his cross Ahmed Jaleddi scored with a hard drive from outside the area.

Pembroke kept trying . Luke Aaromi served Dmoruanzoje with a cross from the right and he missed the upright with a header from inside the area and a flag kick from the right flank by substitute Luca Aquilina was cleared by difficulty.

In the 65th minute Mercieca committed the miss-of-the-match sa he drove out from inside the area with only Camilleri to beat after a Scicluna perfect through ball., and three minutes later Pembroke came close an equaliser when Dmoruanzoje dribbled past an oppopnent outside the area and Bartolo had to dive and save the ball to a corner.

Eight minutes before the end Sliema put the issue beyond any doubt when Iousef Meli served Mercieca with a through ball who entered the area after beating an opponent and scored with a diagonal hard grounder.

Referee: Joe Camilleri                                 Player of the match: Aidan J. Friggieri (Sliema W)





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