Greens come from behind to beat Zebbug

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 10:31
courtesy of Victor Ciangura – The Malta Independent
APS Bank Under 17 Section B
Zebbug R   1     Floriana    3 
Floriana turned tables over Zebbug after suffering an early goal in the first period. Following this game Floriana are in 5th position on 18 points from 11 games while Zebbug are in penultimate place on 7 points from 12 games.
The game was only three minutes old when Zebbug took the lead. Wayne Camilleri dribbled past an opponent on the left flank and crossed the ball to Ryan Muscat who scored with a header from inside the area past Greens keeper Tyrone Gauci.
This early set-back served as a booster for Floriana as they created all the actions up to the half time whistle penning Zebbug in their own half for long stretches. 
Conor Borg was fouled outside the area and the ball was cleared away from the free kick by Matthew Bajada. Mauro Sultana dribbled past two opponents and the ball missed the bar by inches as he tried his luck from outside the area.
Floriana equalised in the 16th minute when they won a free kick outside the area and Bajada scored with a curling shot from 40 metres.
The pressure by Floriana resumed. Borg released Sultana in the area and a defender cleared his shot to a corner. Jeremy Fenech served Borg with a through ball in the area and a defedner foiled him by clearing the ball to a corner which was taken by Darrell Baldacchino and the ball was cleared to another corner.
Baldacchino was then fouled on the left edge of the area and Bajada missed the upright from the free kick. Larsen Azzopardi served Glen Tabone in the area and he drove slightly over the bar and Sultana served Borg in the area and the ball hit the base of the upright with Zebbug keeper Clayton Pace beaten.
Two minutes before the break Floriana scored a second goal when Azzopardi controlled a loose ball on the right flank and served Tabone with a through ball in the area who scored with a hard grounder.
As in the first period Floriana created most of the actions with Zebbug creating only two. Borg released Sultana on the left flank and the ball was cleared to a corner from his cross. Borg served Bajada in the area after dribbling past an opponent and after Pace partly saved his shot the ball was cleared away.
Pace then saved a shot from outside the area by Bajada after a cross from the right by Baldacchino. Baldacchino then served Tabone in the area and a defender cleared the ball to a corner.
In an action by Zebbug, Michael Bonnici was fouled outside the area and from Matthew Attard’s free kick the ball was easily cleared away , at the other end, Sultana served Fenech with a square pass outside the area and the ball missed the upright by inches from his shot.
Zebbug mounted another action as Camilleri released Muscat on the left flank and Gauci neutralised the ball from his cross.
In the last minute of normal time Floriana scored a third goal as Sultana dribbled past an opponent on the right flank and Tabone scored from inside the area following his perfect cross.
In the second minute of added time Zebbug player Wayne Camilleri was shown the red card for violent conduct.
Floriana: T.Gauci, L.Azzopardi, L.Abela, N.Spiteri, L.Micallef, J.Fenech, M.Sultana (G.Azzopardi 80) D.Baldacchino (D.Spiteri 73), G.Tabone (R.Cauchi 80), C.Borg, M.Bajada.
Zebbug R: C.Pace, T.Micallef, A.Zammit, N.Grixti< W.Camilleri, S.Mizzi (Ph.Camilleri 78), R.Muscat, B.Calleja, M.A.Bonnici, C.Farrugia,M.Attard.
Referee: Elvio De Gabriele
Player of the match: Conor Borg (Floriana)

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