Early goal decides low key game

Monday, January 24, 2011, 17:28

 APS Bank Under 15 Section c 3

by Victor Ciangura courtesy of The Malta Independent
Kalkara   0      Sta Venera   1 
A very poor standard game with very few actions worthy of note during the whole 70 minutes. The Sta Venera youngsters were slightly better than Kalkara. the Yellow/blues are now in third position on 7 points from 4 games while Kalkara are still pointless after 6 games.
Sta Venera opened the score after only three minutes when Martin Vella served Keith Schembri with a through ball who out-sped a defender and scored with a low shot past Kalkara keeper Stefan Farrugia after entering the area.
In Kalkara’s first attack after 8 minutes Liam Carter served Ryan Mifsud in the area but Sta Venera keeper Joel Xuereb foiled him with a timely sortie and minutes later, after a run down the left flank by Kurt Agius he entred the area and a defneder cleared the ball to a corner from his shot, at the other end, Lepol Abela served Schembri on the left flank who after entering the area the ball hit the near post from his shot and was cleared to safety.
Kalkara the created the last two actions before the break. Carter served Chris Grima on the right flank and the ball missed the upright as he tried his luck from outside the area and after Clayton Debono was fouled outside the area Carter drove over the bar from the free kick.
The first two actions after the restart were created by Sta Venera. Vella served Schembri in the area and after his shot was partly cleared Ryan Grech drove over the bar from the rebound and Ismail Alfatah served Kersten Cassar with a through ball in the area bu Farrugia foiled him with a timely sortie.
Kalkara reacted by creating two actions in a row. Sta Venera keeper Francesco Bugeja saved in two attempts a well-taken free kick by Carter and after a well-taken flag kick by Kurt Agius the ball was partly cleared and Carter drove over the bar from the rebound.
In the 58th minute Sta Venera were denied by the woodwork when after a run down the left flank by Schembri he crossed the ball to Cassar in the area and it hit the near post with Farrugia beaten and it was cleared to safety.
Kalkara tried to save the game and they created two actions before the end. Ryan Mifsud seerved Jurgen Gauci in the area and Bugeja saved his close-range shot and after Mifsud was fouled on the right flank, Carter served Agius in the area from the free kick but he headed over the bar.
Referee: Darrell Agius                              Player of the match: Martin Vella (Sta Venera)

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