Gozitans too good for Attard

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 16:23

courtesy of Victor Ciangura The Malta Independent

APS Bank Under 15 Section B

Attard   1       Gozo     4

This game kicked off 20 minutes late as Referee Jude Utulu arrived at the Referee’s dressing room at 1310 hours, that is ten minutes after kick-off time.

The Gozitans were the better outfit in this game as they created much more occasions than Attard, who were for long stretches penned in their own half and tried very hard to operate on the break.

The youngsters from the sister island went straight on the offensive and mounted four actions in a row. Christoff Caruana served Roberto Sammut with a cross from the right and his effort from outside the area was cleared to a corner. Damon Hili dribbled past an opponent and his long-range shot was also cleaed to a corner. Christoff Caruana then served Andrew Attard on the right flank and Attard keeper Kieran Micallef neutralised the ball from his cross and Christoff Caruana served Stefan Cassar outside the area but he drove over the bar.

In the 22nd minute Gozo opened the score when Sammut served Cassar with a cross from the left and he scored with a rising shot from outside the area.

In the 24th minute Attard were reduced to ten men as Nick Ghio was shown the red card after a second bookable offence.

In Attard’s only action, a minute before the break they nearly equalised. Jean Borg was fouled in midfield, Bernard Balzan floated a perfect high ball in the area from the free kick and the ball was cleared on the line from a shot by Liam Mangion.

The second period was a carbon copy of the first with Gozo dominating the proceedings.

The score became 2-0 two minutes after restart. Cassar entered the area after dribbling past two opponents and scored with a hard diagonal drive.

Joshua Buttigieg made it 3-0 in the 42nd minute from inside the area after a cross from the right flank by Christoff Caruana.

Attard reduced the gap in the 50th minute when Jean Borg was fouled in midfield, the same player floated a high ball in the area from the free kick and Andrew Galea scored with a lobbed ball over the onrushing Gozo keeper Paul Cremona.

The Gozitans kept pressing and scroed a fourth goal in the 56th minute with a choral move between three players. Hili served Cassar with a through bal outside the area who in turn served Attard in the area and scored with a low shot.

The last two actions before the end were also created by Gozo. Cassar served Hili with a cross from the left and Micallef saved his effort from outside the area in two attempts and Cassar served Hili in the area but he drove out from two metres with only Micallef to beat.

Referee: Jude Utulu

Player of the match: Damon Hili (Gozo)

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