Cottonera turn defeat into victory

Thursday, December 15, 2011, 9:05

courtesy of Victor Ciangura – The Malta Independent

APS Bank Under 17 Section C 3

Mqabba  1       Cottonera  2


This game turned out to be a very action-packed and fast game.  Cottonera occupy 4th position on 7 points from 5 games while Mqabba have only one point also from 5 games.

Cottonera created most of the actions in the first period while Mqabba created only one.  Redeemer Cutajar served Jurgen Agius in the area and Mqabba keeper Matthew Cini foiled him with a timely sortie. Agius was fouled outside the area and after Cini partly saved the free kick shot by Lydon Azzopardi the ballwas cleared by a defender. Olsen Giordano served Liam Gauci with a through ball in the area and Cini foiled with a timely sortie in two attempts.

A well-taken flag kick by Azzopardi created havoc in Mqabba’s area but somehow the ball was cleared away. Wayne Xuereb served Azzopardi with a short free kick pass on the right flank who then crossed the ball in the area and was cleared to a corner

In Mqabba’s first action in the first period, Chris Gauci served Bernard Briffa on the left edge of the area and the ball was cleared to a corner from his shot, at the other end, Cutajar served Agius in the area and Cini fooiled with  a timely sortie as he dived at his feet and smothered the ball.

In the first action after the restart Liam Gauci drove over Mqabba’s bar from inside the area after a corner kick by Azzopardi. Cini then denied Gauci with a diving save after his effort from outside the area after a cross from Azzopardi.

In the 55th minute Mqabba took the lead against the run of play as Chris Gauci served Ryan Vella with a through ball in the area who shot past Cottonera keeper Maxlee Muscat with a hard diagonal shot.

Their joy was however short-lived as barely two minutes later Cottonera equalised when Liam Gauci was fouled outside the area and Lydon Azzopardi scored with a rising shot in the top left hand corner of the net.

Cottonera scored a secong goal on the hour. Substitute Geordney Gatt served Gauci with a long throw-in on the right flank who after advancing scored with a hard risaing shot past a helpless Cini.

Mqabba kept trying to saved the day. Gianluca Galea was fouled in midfield and from the free kick by Marlon Sacco the ball was cleared away with difficulty and Glenn Micallef served Ryan Vella in the area and the ball just missed the upright from his shot.

In the last action before the end, Giordano was fouled on the left flank and from Lydon Azzopardi’s free kick the ball missed Mqabba’s upright.

Referee: Alex Johnson                              Player of the match: Lydon Azzopardi (Cottonera) 

Correction: With reference to last week’s match report Naxxar L vs Qormi which was shown as Under 15 Section A it should have been Under 17 Section B.

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