Qormi move away from hot zone with a perfect game plan

Sunday, November 28, 2010, 15:44
A high tension moment during the second half of the match

A high tension moment during the second half of the match

by Sandro Micallef.

Cleaven Frendo was the hero in Sunday’s first BOV Premier League match as the team led by mentor Stephen Azzopardi managed a minimal but very crucial 1-0 over Marsaxlokk at the Hibernians Stadium.

Marsaxlokk were coming from a disappointing 1-1 draw against Vittoriosa. Qormi were also desperate to make up for their latest games as they only managed two points from their last four games.

Marsaxlokk had Julio Alcorse back on the field after his two match ban. Emil Yanchev made his return after recovering from his injury with a second half substitute appearance. Abubaker Bello Osagie on the other hand was missing for the yellow blacks as he is still injured.

The three points were yes granted to Qormi thanks to Frendo’s early opener but one has to mention the almost perfect game plan by Azzopardi who shifted his team for a 5-3-2 formation using the double stopper system to halt Effiong’s runs inside the penalty area.

The Southseasiders could have easily levelled the score at the 90minute mark with Galabov’s shot which was well saved in corner by Qormi keeper Farrugia.This win moves Qormi on to eleven points from nine games just leaving behind them Sliema Wds, Hibernians and Vittoriosa Stars.

First Half:

11min: Qormi manage to open the deadlock with a fine strike by Cleavon Frendo.

Second Half:

60min: Patrick Curmi makes an interesting substitution as Yanchev goes in to replace Guerero. Yanchev goes to help Eboh in central defence whilst Galabov is pushed in midfield.

75min: Qormi close to scor again as Frendo gives a perfect long ball to Matthew Bartolo with his low shot anticipated in corner.

90min: Marsaxlokk denied the draw by a super save of Qormi keeper Farrugia who practically saved a clear goal after a Galabov well executed shot from just inside the area.

Marsaxlokk: R.Gauci, C.Mamo, G.Sciberras, S.Eboh, M.Deanov,M.Licari, J.Alcorse, A.Effiong, R.Galabov, T.Templeman (G.Caruana), R.Guerreiro Gravata (E.Yanchev).

Qormi: M.Farrugia, C.Frendo, J. Vandellanoite, M.Bartolo (G.Mallia), K.Fenech (M.Borg Olivier), K.Bjedov (R.Sammut), J.Bondin, J.Chetcuti, S.Giglio, J.Farrugia, H. Kang.

Referees: Truston Farruguia Can

BOV Player of the Match: Jason Lee Vandellanoite

Scorer: Cleaven Frendo

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