Mgarr win low key game

Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 10:27
by Victor Ciangura, courtesy of The Malta Independent.
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Mgarr    2
Mtarfa    1
Mgarr were the better outfit in this game which never reached any heights. They created more chances than Mtarfa who were very unlucky to end up with ten men after only ten minutes of play. Following this game Mgarr are in joint second spot with Naxxar on 18 points from 7 games but the latter have a game in hand.
The first action was created by Mgarr when Curt Ebejer after beating a defender square-passed the ball in the area to Brandon Bonnici who missed the upright, while at the other end, Andre’ Muscat was fouled outside the area and after Matthew Calleja served Tristan Aquilina with a short pass from the free kick he drove over the bar from outside the area.
In the 10th minute Mgarr opened the score. Ebejer served Cledwyn Zammit with a through ball in the area and as the ball was handled by Mtarfa defender Norbert Grech, who was shwn the red card, and Benjamin Sammut made no mistake from the penalty spot, but their joy was however short-lived as Mtarfa equalized four minutes later in their next attack.Denilson Briffa was fouled on the right flank and after Triston Aquilina floated a perfect high ball in the area from the free kick Briffa scored with a header past Mgarr keeper Melvin Muscat.
Mgarr then mounted two actions. Mtarfa defender Jordi Farrugia handled the ball just outside the area and Mtarfa keeper Kyle Calleja saved the free kick shot by Ebejer to a corner and Bonnici released Michele Galea on the left flank who then crossed to Ebejer in the area and Calleja saved his header.
Mtarfa then created the last action before the break as they won a corner kick on the right flank which was taken by Aquilina and after the ball was partly cleared outside the area Calleja missed the upright from the rebound.
The numerical disadvantage was felt after the resumption as Mgarr created all the actions and even managed to re-establish their slender lead by scoring a second goal.
Peter Abela dribbled past an opponent on the right flank and Calleja neutralized the ball in two attempts following his cross-shot. Jonathan Gianino released Ebejer in the area and Calleja foiled him with a timely sortie.
In the 56th minute Mgarr scored their second goal when Jeremy Debono served Galea with a through ball in the area and he netted with a low drive.
Zammit then served Bonnici with a cross-pass from the left flank and Calleja saved his hard drive in two attempts.
In the 65th minute Mgarr scored another goal when Bonnici scored from inside the area following a free kick by Ebejer but the point was disallowed for off-side.
In the 71st minute substitute Darren Debono should have wrapped it up 3-1 for Mgarr but he drove out with only Calleja to beat after a perfect through ball by Bonnici, and in the last action, Ebejer dribbled past an opponent on the left flank and after crossing the ball to Galea, Calleja saved his long-range effort in two attempts.
Referee: Joseph Azzopardi                           Player of the match: Brandon Bonnici (Mgarr)
Mgarr: M.Muscat, P.Abela, K.Camilleri, B.Bonnici, B.Sammut, J.Gianino (D,Debono 58), M.Borg, C.Ebejer, C.Zammit. M.Galea, J,Debono
Mtarfa: K.Calleja, L.Ambrose, T.Aquilina, D.Briffa, M.Calleja, K.Conti (J.Mallia 53), N.Grech, A.Muscat, J.Lebrun, T.Zerafa

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