Easy win for Paola Hibs and news on Mellieħa vs Mosta

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 16:26

Gavin Muscat

APS Bank Under 17 Group Stage: Group D

Easy win for Paola Hibs

Paola Hibs    6

Naxxar           0

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The final score is a clear indication that the Paolites had a very easy task to beat Naxxar who were never in the game. Besides scoring six times they were denied by the wood work on four occasions.

So superior were Paola that Naxxar did not manage one single shot at goal and their keeper Mario Bartolo could have stayed at home as he only dealt with back-passes from his colleagues.

The game was only five minutes old when Paola took the lead as Derwin Pace served Daniel Abela with a cross from the right and he scored with a low shot from inside the area past Naxxar keeper Gianluca Abela, and the score became 2-0 in the 9th minute when Daniel abela served Nigel Galea with a long through ball who after entering the area lobbed the ball over the on-rushing keeper into an empty net.

The pressure from Paloa resumed. Kirstemn abela entered the area after beating a defender and the ball was cleared to a corner from his shot. Abela then saved a close-range shot by Matthias Bugeja after a cross from the right by Keane Lagana’ and he also saved a long- range effort by Galea after dribbling past two opponents.

In the 33rd minute Lagana served Kirsten Abvela with a high cross from the left flank and from his header the ball thumped the bar with Abela beaten and from the rebound Bugeja headed slightly over the bar and a minute later the ball hit the base of the upright after a hard drive by Galea from the left edge of the area. A minute before the break the wood work came to Naxxar’s rescue once again when the ball hit the upright after a hard drive by Kyle Briffa from outside the area.

After the resumption the onslaught by Paola resumed. Daniel Abela pounced on a faulty clearance  on the edge of the area but he drove slightly over the bar and he did like-wise minutes later after a cross from the right by Galea.

In the 56th minute Naxxar keeper Gianluca  Abela brought the house down with a fine diving save to a corner after a hard drive by Daniel Abela from the edge of the area.

In the 65th minute Paola scored a third goal in a lucky way. Substitute Leonardo Bugeja crossed the ball from the left flank and after Naxxar defender Mark Fenech cleared the ball it hit substitute Miguel Cassar and rolled into the net past a helpless and surprised Abela

The score became 4-0 in the 73rd minute as Pace crossed the ball from the right flank and Miguel Cassar netted with a low shot from inside the area, a minute later Paola were agaain denied by the wood work as the ball hit the base of the upright after a hard drive by Leonardo Bugeja from inside the area.

In the final two minutes Paola added two more goals through Leonardo Bugeja for a final score line of 6-0.

  • Paola H;  M.Bartolo, D.Abela, K.Abela, K.Briffa, M.Bugeja, D.Camilleri, I.Falzon, N.Galea, K.Lagana’, O.Magro, D.Pace
  • Naxxar:  G.Abela, J.Portelli, M.Fenech, J.Camilleri, B.Gauci, A Sammut, R.Micallef, A.Zammit, N.Vella, J,Grech, G.Grima
  • Referee; Anthony Buhagiar

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Under 17 Group Stage:Group H

Mosta vs Mellieha

Mosta were awarded a walk over as Mellieha did not turn up for the game.





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