Cottonera strengthen leadership

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 20:54
courtesy of Victor Ciangura-The Malta Independent
APS Bank Under 17 Section C 3
Fgura Utd   1          Cottonera Utd   4
Cottonera strengthened their leadership as they are still unbeaten from 10 games having 26 points and they still have a pending protest after their 1-1 draw against Attard. Fgura are in 4th position on 18 from 10 games.
Cottonera created the first action as Carlos Dimitri dribbled past an opponent on the left flank and after he crossed the ball in the area to Jurgen Farrugia and Fgura keepr Malcolm Falzon was forced to fist the ball away.
In the first action by Fgura, Carl Cassar was fouled outside the area and from the same player’s free kick Cottonera keeper Lawrence Cauchi saved his shot, he served Jurgen Gauci with a long drop-kick who in turn served Farrugia with a through ball who returned the compliment to Liam Gauci who scored with a low drive after entering the area, and this was in the 8th minute. 
In the 21st minute Fgura came very close to level matters when Cassar floated a high ball in the area from a free kick and Luke Cachia missed the upright with a header, and hardly a minute later Liam Gauci missed Fgura’s upright by inches when he entered the area after dribbling his way past two opponents.
Fgura equalised in the 27th minute as Matthew Magro dribbled past an opponent on the right flank and Sean Theuma scored with a low shot after receiving a perfect cross.
Cottonera resumed their pressing as they mounted three actions up to the half time whistle. Olsen Giordano released Liam Gauci on the right flank and the ball was cleared to a corner form his cross. Liam Gauci then entered the area after dribbling past an opponent and after ‘keepr Malcolm Balzan partly saved his shot the ball was cleared away and Giordano tried his luck from the edge of the area after dribbling past two opponents and after Balzan partly saved his effort Carl Dimitri drove out from the rebound.
Fgura mounted the first action after the restart. A flag kick from the left flank by Matthew Magro created havoc in the area and in the melee that ensued Theuma managed a hard drive which was aved by Cauchi.
Cottonera re-established their slender lead on the hour as substitute Delroy Muscat served Giordano with a through ball who entered the area after dribbling his way past three opponents and scored with a hard diagoanl drive to make it 2-1, and in another action, Balzan neutralised the bal from a cross-shot by Liam Gauci after a solo run down the right flank.
The score became 3-1 in the 70th minute as Jurgen Gauci scored from inside the area after a Liam Gauci perfect cross.
The fourth goal was scored in the last minute of normal time as Giordano served Liam Gauci with a through ball who enter the area and despite being harrassed by two defenders he manged to slot the ball in the net.
Fgura Utd: M.Balzan, S.Vella, C.Frendo, D.Vidolich, D.Pawley, O.Brignoli (R.Borg 59), M.Magro, L.Cachia, S.Theuma,R.Mifsud, C.Cassar.
Cottonera Utd: L.Cauchi, G.Gatt, J.Spiteri, S.Mifsud, B.Galea, B.Galea, C.Abela, L.Gauci, J.Gauci, J.Farrugia, O.Giordano, C.Dimitri ( D/Muscat 56)
Referee: Jonathan Bonello
Player of the match: Olsen Giordano (Cottonera Utd)

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