Gallant Zejtun overcome Naxxar

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 10:59
courtesy of  Victor Ciangura – The Malta Independent
APS Bank Under 17 Section B
Zejtun   4       Naxxar L    2
A hard-fought and action-packed game as both sets of players tried their very best. After a balanced first period Zejtun enjoyed the lion’s share of exchanges after thr resumption. Zejtun emerged worthy winners after being twice in arrears and now occupy sixth palce on 12 points from 9 games while Naxxar are fourth from bottom on 9 points from same number of games.
Naxxar applied the early pressure. Adam Camilleri served Joel Ellul with a through ball and he missed the upright from outside the area and Ismael Ellul was fouled outside the area by Ayrton Dimech who was shown the yellow card, Clayton Falzon served Xylon Buhagiar from the free kick who after advancing on the edge of the area he drove slightly out with a cross-shot.
In the 12th minute Naxxar forged ahead when Falzon dribbled past an opponent on the right flank and served Daniel Agius with a cross in the area who scored with a lobbed ball past Zejtun keeper Keith Dimech, but their joy was short-lived as two minutes later Zejtun equalised. After a run down the left flank by Jamie Mifsud he crossed the ball in the area and Adam Camilleri in an attempt to head the ball away had the misfortune of beating his own goalie Slaven Micallef.
Naxxar then won a corner kick on the left flank which was taken by Falzon and the ball whizzed past the far post with Dimech beaten.
In another action by Zejtun, Jamie Vella released Jean C Annati in the area and Micallef denied him with a diving save.
In the 34th minute Naxxar regained their slender lead when a corner kick by Buhagiar created havoc in the area and after the ball was cleared on the line from a shot by Falzon, Ayrton Azzopardi was on hand to score from the rebound with a hard drive.
Just before the half time whistle Zejtun levelled matters for the second time when Annati served Neil Tabone with a through ball on the left flank and after he crossed the ball in the area Camilleri committed a second own-goal as he deflected the ball into his own net.
 The secod period was only 42 seconds old when Zejtun scored a third goal. After a run down the left flank by Jamie Vella he served Annati with a square pass in the area and after his shot was partly cleared Jamie Mifsud netted from the rebound to make it 3-2 for Zejtun.
In an action by Naxxar, Pierluigi Pace was fouled on the left flank and after the free kick by Buhagiar, Dimech was forced to come out of his charge and fist the ball away to safety, at the other end, Annati was fouled on the left flank and Eman Camilleri drove slightly over the bar from the free kick.
Naxxar came very close an equaliser in the 61st minute when the ball missed the upright from a shot by Ellul after a well-taken corner kick by Buhagiar.
Five minutes before the end of normal time Zejtun put the issue beyond any doubt as they scored a fourth goal  when the ball was deflected into Naxxar’s net by Adam Camilleri after a flag kick by Neil Tabone.
Referee: Alexie Tabone                                         Player of the match: Neil Tabone (Zejtun)

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