Greens eliminate more-quoted opponents

Sunday, December 22, 2013, 22:33

Good Causes Fund Cup


Under 15 Knock Out Competition

Last 16



Paola H      1


Floriana      2


Floriana progressed to the Quarter Finals stage after turning defeat into victory against a much more-quoted Paola H. This game was watched by a sizeable and very well-behaved crowd. The game was played at a very fast tempo and both sets of youngsters are to be congratulated for their efforts as they tried to play attractive football  and  pleased the crowd present, and Referee Anthony Buhagiar deserves every praise for the way he controlled the game. Floriana will now cross swords with Birkirkara in the Quarter final.


The game was only 32 seconds old when Paola  came very close to forge ahead when Timothy Xuereb served Owen Magro with a cross in the area and Greens keeper Craig Abdilla had to dive full length to save his close-range shot.


After surviving this scare, Floriana mounted their first action as Juan Muscat served Fabrizio Zammit with a square pass outside the area but he drove slightly over the bar.


In the 7th minute Paola H took the lead when Xuereb entered the area after beating an opponent and he made the most of a defensive indecision and scored with a hard and low diagonal drive.


Two actions were then created by Floriana. Jamie Delia dribbled past an opponent on the left flank and after the ball was partly cleared from his cross Denilson Borg Castaldi missed the upright from the left edge of the area from the rebound and after Borg Castaldi was fouled outside the area Leandro Mansueto missed the bar by inches from the resultant free kick.


The Paolites threatened again when Magro served Kyle Briffa with a square pass and he missed the bar from outside the area, while at the other end, Delia released Fabrizio Zammit in the area and Paola keeper Mikhael Magri foiled him with a timely sortie,.


Paola created the last action before the break as Magro served Xuereb in the area and Abdilla foiled him with a timelt sortie.


Floriana coach Matthew Agius effected a substitution at the restart, replacing Muscat with Matthias Zarb which paid good dividends as he proved to be a headache to the Paola defenders with his speed on the flanks and perfect crosses and it was from one of his crosses that Floriana levelled matters.


Paola won a corner kick on the left flank and from the dangerous cross by Matthew Sladden , Abdilla was forced to turn the ball to another corner.


Two more actions were then created by Paola. After a well-taken flag kick by Gary Camilleri, Sladden headed slightly out and after Xuereb was fouled outside the area Sladden missed the bar by inches from the free kick.


In the 47th minute Delia should have equalised for Floriana but he drove high from a very good position with only Magri to beat after being put through by Zarb, and Borg Castaldi released Zarb on the right flank who after advancing a defender cleared the ball to a corner.


In an action by Paola substitute Andrei Spiteri was fouled on the left edge of the area and Xuereb headed out from inside the area following the free kick by Gary  Camilleri.


In the 55th minute Floriana equalised when Zarb dribbled past an opponent on the right flank and served Svein Bartolo with a high cross on the far post and he rose above friend and foe to head the ball in the top corner of the net, and hardly a minute later they scored a dramatic winner. Bartolo dribbled past an opponent outside the area and as he tried his luck from the distance Magri  turned the ball to a corner with a diving save, the flag kick was taken by Borg Castaldi which created havoc in the area and as Paola defender Neil Brownrigg did the goal-keeping act in the area he was shown the red card and Bartolo made no mistake from the penalty spot as he blasted the ball past Magri.


Paola created the last action before the end as Camilleri released Spiteri on the left flank and Abdilla neutralised the ball from his cross.


Referee: Anthony Buhagiar


Paola H: M.Magri, N.Brownrigg, D. Pace, D.Camilleri, I.Falzon, K.Briffa, N.Galea, G.Camilleri, T.Xuereb (D.Abela 58), O.Magro, M.Sladden (A.Spiteri 52)


Floriana: C.Abdilla, S.Bartolo, D.Borg Castaldi, L.Cutajar, J.Delia, N.Galea, L.Mansueto, S.Sultana, J.Muscat (M.Zarb 41)F.Zammit, P.Zammit



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