Neptunes and Valletta win first cups in Summer season

Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 9:42

Marsascala More 7 Valletta United 14

(1-4), (1-4), (2-2), (3-4)

Marsascala More: K Schembri, M Pace, B Muscat, J Kayes (1), L Grixti (3), J Licari (1), J Cremona, J Ross (1), A Zammit, D Cassar, C Mifsud, L Caruana

Valletta United: R Sciortino, S Meli, R Calleja, M Koralji (3), M Cordina, S Cachia (3), R Mock, N Bonello Ghio (1), C Debono (4), R Scerri (1), A Arrigo, D Filipovic (2), Z Sciberras

Referees: M Angileri, P Balzan

Valletta United showed that they were clear favourites to clinch the First Division waterpolo title this season when they easily disposed of Marsascala More to clinch the 2013 edition of the Ghaqda Gurnalisti Sports Cup. Valletta stormed to a 4-1 advantage in the first session with Koralji and Filipovic showing they meant business. The Citizens also won the second session 4-1 with Marsascala wasting a number of good opportunities to get back into the game although the former found an excellent marksman in Clint Debono who ended up scoring a poker. For Marsascala, Liam Grixti was in excellent form scoring a hat trick as his other team mates seemed to be slightly sluggish against the Valletta onslaught.

The third session was a closer affair ending 2-2 although Valletta retained a comfortable six goal margin for the final session. This was a high scoring affair ending 4-3 for the Citizens and a final scoreline of 14-7 in their favour with the GHGS Cup in the bag.

Neptunes Emirates 9 Sliema Frank Salt 5

(3-3), (3-1), (1-0), (2-1)

Neptunes Emirates claimed the first honour of the summer waterpolo season when they easily defeated their eternal rivals Sliema Frank Salt to clinch the President’s Cup.

The first session saw Sliema race to a 3-1 lead through Brownrigg, Barac and Aquilina only to be pegged back to 3-3 with Neptunes replying through Mercieca and Ciric after Camilleri had given them the initial lead. Neptunes asserted themselves in the second session winning 3-1 to take a two goal lead into the interval. Sliema saw assistant coach Paul Privitera expelled from the bench by referee Peter Balzan after some tough exchanges. Camilleri and Mercieca continued to find the net for the Balluta boys with Sliema wasteful in their man up opportunities.

The third session was a close affair with just one goal in favour of Neptunes, a penalty converted by Steve Camilleri which left Sliema with a three goal deficit for the final session.

Neptunes continued dominating the encounter with Lanzon and Camilleri again on the score sheet to round up a relatively easy victory by a 9-5 margin. Neptunes Emirates: A Borg Cole, N Lanzon (2), M Lanzon, M Stellini, A Sammut, A Ciric (1), S Camilleri (4), J Camilleri, G Pace, S Gravina, B Lanzon, T Agius, C Mercieca (2)

Sliema Frank Salt: R Coleiro, J Gabbaretta, N Lubrano, T Sullivan, M Meli, J Soler, D Paolella, E Aquilina (2), J Brownrigg (1), S Barac (2), M Spiteri Staines, C Cluett, D Abela

Referees: P Balzan, M Angileri

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