Cottonera maintain unbeaten run

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 13:10
Courtesy of Victor Ciangura 
APS Bank Under 17 Section C 3
Attard   1        Cottonera Utd    1
A keenly-contested game with both sets of players playing attractive football. Cottonera lead the standings on 23 points from 9 games while Attard are in third place on 19 points  also from 9 games.
Attard enjoyed the lion’s share of exchanges in the first period while the second period was a balanced affair.
Attard created the first occasions. Tommy Francalanza released Andrea’ Spiteri on the left flank and after he was fouled Gian L. Simiana drove well off target from the free kick. Spiteri then served Francalanza on the left flank and Cottonera keeper Lawrence Cauchi neutralised the ball with a diving save from the latter’s cross and after a well-taken flag kick by Francalanza the ball was cleared on the line from a shot by Spiteri.
In the first action by Cottonera, Liam Cauchi was fouled outside the area and from the free kick by the same player the ball was partly cleared and Attard keeper Chris Attard saved a rebound shot by Jurgen Gauci.
Another two actions were then created by Attard. From a Frqncalanza flag kick Liam Mangion headed slightly over the bar and Spiteri released Francalanza in the area and Cauchi foiled hin with a timely sortie with a diving save in two attempts.
Cottonera took the lead on the half hour when Liam Cauchi dribbled past three opponents and served Olsen Giordano with a through ball in the area who scored with a hard low drive.
Six minutes later Attard came very close an equaliser when from a flag kick by Spiteri the ball was cleared on the line from a header by Simiana and after Mangion was fouled outside the area Simiana drove slightly over the bar from the free kick.
Five minutes after the restart Attard equalised when from a Spiteri flag kick Simiana, who was left unmarked in the area, netted with a header. 
A flag kick by Gauci created havoc in Attard’s area but somehow the ball was cleared away to safety.
After Jamie Delia was fouled outside the area the ball missed Cottonera’s upright from the free kick by Simiana.
In the 66th minute Cottonera came very close of scorein the winning goal when Gaucxi pounced on a faulty clearance and the ball missed the bar by inches as he tried his luck with a hard drive from outside the area, and in the last action by Attard substitute Mark Dimech dribbled past an opponent and Cauchi neautralised the ball from his cross-shot.
Attard: C.Attard, A.Spiteri, Gian L Simiana, D.Portelli, M.Micallef, N.Cauchi, M.Cassar Overend (M.Dimech 57), L.Mangion, D.Briffa, J.Delia, T.Francalanza
Cottonera Utd: L.Cauchi, J.Spiteri, B.Genovese, S.Mifsud, C.Delia, G.Gatt (K.Dimitri 50), L.Cauchi, B.Galea, J.Farrugia (D.Muscat 63), O.Giordano, J.Gauci.
Referee: Clint Cutajar
Player of the match: Liam Cauchi (Cottonera Utd)

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