Early dismissal detrimental for MostaThursday, October 11, 2012, 22:08
courtesy of Victor Ciangura-The Malta Independent
Sliema W 4 Mosta 1
Mosta had a very uphill task as they were reduced to ten men after only 22 minutes, but they did not throw the towel as they created chances throughout the game. Sliema are on 6 points from three games while Mosta are on 3 points also from three games.
The first action was created by Sliema as Jake Agius served Axl Xuereb with a short free kick pass on the right flank and he drove over the bar from outside the area, at the other end, Jake Agius handled the ball outside the area and Sliema keeper Luke Chircop saved in two attempts the free kick shot by Gordon Saliba.
In another action by Sliema, after a well-taken flag kick by Iousef Meli,a header by Liam Cachia was cleared on the goal line.
Mosta then mounted two other actions.Kyle Vella released James Brincat on the left flank and Chircop saved his cross-shot and Daniel Mifsud drove out from inside the area after a well-taken flag kick by Gordon Saliba.
In a Sliema counter-attack Chris Mercieca served Xuereb with a through ball who after entering the area missed the upright from his lobbed ball.
In the 22nd minute Sliema opened the score. Xuereb released Mercieca in the area and as Saliba did the goal-keeping act on the goal line, which resulted in being shown the red card, and Xuereb made no mistake from the resultant penalty.
Sliema resumed with their pressing. Meli drove over the bar from outside the area after beating a defender.Liam Cachia served Mercieca in the area but he lobbed the ball over the bar and Mike Vella served Xuereb with a through ball who the square-passed to Cachia who drove over the bar from outside the area.
The last action before the break was created by Mosta when Matteo De Vita floated a high ball in the area from a free kick and Sliema keeper Jovin Ebejer saved a header by Mifsud.
Five minutes after restart Sliema doubled their lead with a choral move between three players. Xuereb released Cachia on the right flank who then crossed to Michael Galea in the area
who scored with a hard low drive, and hardly a minute later the score became 3-0 when Xuereb was fouled well outside the area and Cachia scored with a rising shot in the top left hand corner of the net from 45 metres.
Another two actions were then created by Sliema. Galea was fouled outside the area and from the free kick by the same player the ball hit the defensive barrier and was cleared away and Caine Abela was fouled out side the area, Mike Vella served Mercieca with a short pass on the right flank and Chircop saved his hard cross-shot.
Mosta reduced the gap in the 57th minute when substitute Sheldon Vassallo was fouled on the left flank and after James Brincat floated a high ball in the area from the free kick Vassalo scored with a back-header.
In the 62nd minute Sliema scored their fourth goal when James Brincat handled the ball on the left flank and Jake Agius scored direct from the resultant free kick.
In the last action by sliema, Xuereb released substitute Mark A Scicluna on the left flank and a defender cleared the ball to a corner from his shot.
Referee: Jules Ngangue Player of the match: Axl Xuereb (Sliema W)