MSVLIFE Masters Football: Dingli end Rabat’s unbeaten run amongst other matches

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12:39

Gavin Muscat

Two interesting games of MSVLIFE MASTERS LEAGUE took place this week with Dingli remaining unbeaten making it five in a row, beating Rabat who were suffering first  defeat whilst Valletta got their third win from six games beating Melita,

In the top match of the week, Rabat Cavette lost their unbeaten record when they were beaten by Dingli Desana 6-5 in a very interesting game between two of the best teams in the league.  Rabat were not inferior and they deserved better, at least a draw.   They played their best in the first half and went for the break leading 3-2 and lost several good scoring chances.  However Dingli were not lacking but found goalkeeper Rapinett denying them with his spectacular saves.  In the second half, Dingli produced some delightful football and soon went ahead 4-3, but the game was still open with both teams playing all out; However, Jeffrey Gauci scored the decisive goal for Dingli in the last minutes. Carlo Mamo was the pick of the match, running miles helping the attack and going back doing sterling work in defence.

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Valletta got three important points after beating Melita Celtics in a hard fought match 7-5. The game was balanced throughout, Valletta leading 4-3 going for the break. In the second period Valletta showed better football and deserved their win. Under the guidance of coach Leonard Farrugia, Valletta are now in a good position to challenge a place with the first six for the second phase. The game was a little bit tense from both ends and the official had to be on the alert to calm down the players showing also some yellow cards.  Valletta changed the game in their favour with three goals in a 10 minutes period taking a lead of 7-4. This was too harsh on Melita who kept trying. However, in the end they only managed to reduce the gap.

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Melita Celtics and Żurrieq Wolves registered their first win after three games. In the game of the week, Rabat Cavette and Marsa White Stars Barilla finished in a draw.  Every Masters game is increasing in interest and although the tension is there in every game,  sporting spirit is being demonstrated by all. After two consecutive wins, Jival suffered a shock defeat against Melita Celtics 1-4, a team that is showing progress with every game. Melita gained revenge for the defeat they suffered with Jival in the Pre-Season Tournament.   No goals were scored in the first half, with Jival a little bit better and made a lot of pressure. Surprisingly, in the second half Jival lost  their rhythm and Melita were able to take the initiative to register their first win. Matthew Naudi opened the score for Melita, Jival got the draw with a goal from the league top scorer Abugella Wahashi. But from then on Melita were supreme and scored another three goals, with Andrew Naudi getting a brace.

Żurrieq Wolves also registered their first win, beating Tal-Qroqq 3-2 in an interestng game, well balanced and the final score  uncertain up to the end. The game was almost settled in the first half when Żurrieq took a lead 3-1. They deserved to be infront and they might have scored more, but were denied by the spettacular saves of goalkeeper Bruce Debattista. In the second held Ta-Qroqq scored again, and soon after they got the chance to get even, but Ivan Camenzuli, saw his penalty being saved by Jason Scicluna. From then on both teams made great efforts to score but found the passage to goal very difficult to pass through.

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In the top match of the week, Rabat Cavette and Marsa White Stars Barilla, finished in draw 7-7.  It-was a game well played  in  a fast tempo. Rabat were registering their second consecutive draw, In the first quarter Marsa  went in front 2-0, but Rabat after several attempts managed to get even. However, before the break Marsa regained the lead 3-2. In the second half, play was balanced. Marsa were leading 5-2 and 6-4, but Rabat reacted and got the draw.  Both teams scored in the dying stages for a draw, a fair result. For Marsa their goalkeeper George Edwards made  several decent saves whilst Kevin Loughborough scored two good goals for Rabat.

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Melita – Valletta 5-7

Melita Scorers: T. Ellis 3,  P. Gatt,  P. Tabone

Valletta Scorers: L. MacKay 2, L. Vidal 2, C. Debattista, M. Galea, E. Sammut

Referee: R. Galea

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Dingli-Rabat 6-5

Dingli Scorers: J. Gauci 3, C, Mamo 2, E. Ellul

Rabat Scorers: G. Vassallo 2, M. Micallef, K. Loughborough, C. Muscat

Referee: R. Galea

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Jival-Melita Celtics 1-4

Jival Scorers: A. Wahashi

Melita Scorers: A. Naudi 2, B. Said, M. Naudi

Referee: S. Brignone

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Żurrieq Wolves – Tal-Qroqq  3-2

Żurrieq Wolves Scorers: G. Ordinato, R. Magro, R. Caruana

Tal-Qroqq Scorers: A. Allen,  C. Camenzuli

Referee: J. Penza

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Marsa White Stars- Rabat Cavette 7-7

Marsa Scorers: R. Mangion 2, J. Axisa 2, K. Formosa, JP Zammit, A. Pendry

Rabat Scorers: K. Loughborough 2, M. Micallef, S. Said, C. Muscat, J. Zammit, D. Roe

Referee:J. Penza

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TOP SCORER: 18 A. Wahashi (Jival)

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STANDINGS:

15 Mosta, Wardija,  Dingli

11 Rabat

10 Birkirkara

9 Jival, Valletta

7 Żabbar

4 Marsa WS, Melita

3 Żurrieq

0 Tal-Qroqq

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Upcoming Fixtures

Start of Żmerċ Christmas Tournament                        

7 December     6.45pm    Birkirkara  -  Żurrieq;    8.00pm   Rabat   – Tal-Qroqq

9 December     6.45 pm  Mosta     -  Valletta;  8.00pm   Dingli   –  Żabbar

Valletta (MSV Masters)

 





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