Floriana do everything but score

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 16:40
by victor ciangura 
APS Bank Under 17 Section B 
Naxxar L   1        Floriana   0
Floriana created most of the actions during this game but failed to find the net. Naxxar keeper Slaven Micallef was in an unbeatable mood as he thwarted the Floriana forwards on many occasions with good saves and timely sorties. Naxxar registered their first win from 6 games and have only 5 points while Floriana are on 9 points also from 6 games.
The early pressure came from Floriana.Mauro Sultana was fouled on the left flank and the ball was headed away from the free kick by Neil Spiteri. Daniel Baldacchino dribbled past an opponent on the left flank, crossed the ball to Matthew Bajada inthe area but he failed to apply the killer touch from a very ideal position, Sultana served Glen Tabone in the area and Micallef saved his shot. 
Sultana was again fouled on the left flank and the ball was cleared toa corner from the free kick by Bajada, the same player then served Tabone with a cross in the area from the left flank and the ball was cleared to a corner and Conor Borg served Jeremy Fenech with a through ball in the area and Micallef foiled him with a timely sortie. 
In the only action by Naxxar after 21 minutes, Xylon Buhagaiar was fouled outside the area and Floriana keeper Tyrone Gauci saved the free kick shot by Clayton Falzon. 
  
Florian kept pressing and mounted three more actions before the break. Sultana was fouled on the left flank, Bajada floated a high ball in the area from the free kick and Fenech missed the upright with his shot from inside the area. Larson Azzopardi released Sultana on the right flank who after advancing Micallef saved his hard grounder and Sultana then released Baldacchino on the left flank and a defender cleared the ball to a corner from his cross.
In the first action after resumption, Bajada dribbled past two oponents, served Tabone in the area and he missed the upright with his shot.
In the 54th minute Naxxar opened the score when Falzon dribbled past an opponent on the right flank, served Joel Ellul with a cross in the area who scored with a header.
Floriana then created all the actions up to the end. Baldacchino released Tabone on the right flank and Micallef saved his effort from outside the area, the same player served substitute Luke Micallef with a cross from the right and he drove slightly over the bar.
Tabone served Sultana with a cross in the area and the ball was cleared on the line after his shot with Micallef beaten. Borg dribbled past an opponent outside the area and released Bajada in the area and Micallef saved his shot to a corner.
Micallef then served Baldacchino in the area and Micallef saved his shot with a diving save to a corner which was taken by Bajada and after the ball was partly cleared outside the area Micallef saved a shot by Tabone and in the last action before the end, Tabone served Bajada in the area with a cross from the right flank and Micallef denied him with a diving save.
Referee: Elvio De Gabriele                  Player of the match: Slaven Micallef (Naxxar L)




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