Under 17: Early goal decides issue

Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 12:24

by Victor Ciangura courtesy of The Malta Independent

APS Bank Under 17 Section  B
Naxxar L   0      Rabat D     1

A balanced game which was played at a very fast pace with both teams having their good moments. Following this game Rabat are on maximum points from three games while Naxxar are on four points also from three games.

Rabat opened the score after only a minute when they won a corner kick on the left flank which was well-taken by Shawn Abela and from his screw shot the ball finished at the back of the net in-off the far post past a helpless and surprised Naxxar keeper Sandro Pecorella.

In the first action by Naxxar, Zachary Micallef was fouled outside the area and Rabat keeper Mario Bonello saved the free kick shot by Jurgen Debono.

The reaction by Rabat was very immediate as they mounted four actions in a row. Chris Vella was fouled on the right flank and the ball was headed away from the free kick shot by Zachary Tanti, the same player was then fouled outside the area and Pecorella saved the free kick shot by Tanti in two attempts, Kurt Muscat served Abela with a through ball, the latter freed Vella on the right flank and a defender cleared the bal to a corner following his cross and Aidan Azzopardi served Luke Cauchi on the left flank who crossed the ball in the area to Vella but he failed to control the ball from a very ideal position.

The Rabat Under 17 squad

The Rabat Under 17 squad

In a Naxxar attack, Debono served Matthew Bezzina with a through ball but Cauchi foiled him with a timely clearance, at the other end, Abela dribbled past two opponents and then served Muscat in the area but he missed the upright with his shot.

Naxxar came very close to equalise on two occasions in the 25th and 28th minutes.James Camilleri sereved Andrew Cremona with a cross in the area from the right flank and after Bonello partly saved his shot the ball was cleared and Zachary Micallef served Yaron Sammut in the area and Bonello denied him with a diving save.

The last two actions before the break were created by Rabat. Muscat served Cauchi on the left flank who after entering the area missed the upright by inches from his shot and Vella was fouled outside the area and after the feee kick shot by Tanti the ball was cleared on the line from a shot by Vella.

Nine minutes after restart Naxxar again came close to equalise when John Chetcuti served Debono with a through ball and the ball missed the bar by inches from his shot with Bonello beaten, and in another action by Naxxar, Debono served Ryan Cassar with a through ball who then served Andrew Caruana on the left flank and the ball missed the upright from his cross-shot.

Rabat then won a corner kick on the left flank which was taken by Brandon Farrugia and Pecorella tipped the ball over the bar after a header by Vella, and he was injured in this action but was able to resume play after attention.

In the 61st minute Rabat were awarded a penalty when Farrugia served Vella in the area and was pushed by a defender and Pecorella saved from the spot the grounder by Vella.

Naxxar then won a corner kick on the left flank which was well-taken by Debono and after the ball was partly cleared substitute Duane Bonnici drove well off target from the rebound, at the other end minutes later, Farrugia was fouled outside the area and Pecorella saved on the same player in two attempts with a diving save.

In the last action before the end,Debono served Micallef in the area and after Bonello dived and partly saved the ball a defender cleared it to safety.

Referee: Anthony Buhagiar                                                        Player of the match: Shawn Abela (Rabat)





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