Neptunes back to winning ways

Saturday, July 28, 2012, 12:24

Premier League

Exiles Ferretti 9 – Neptunes Emirates 15
(0-4)(2-3) (2-4) (5-4)

Neptunes returned to winning ways, after their dark patch of two defeats, with a comfortable victory over Exiles, which put them back at the top of the standings, but Sliema have a game to make up today, against Sirens.

Neptunes opted to have Ryan Sciortino in goal for this match, instead of the regular Ian Bugeja.

After the champions’ opening flourish, with four goals without reply, there was really no contest, as Neptunes extended their advantage in the next session, with a heavy 7-2 advantage by the interval.

The winners were still pushing ahead in the third quarter, and Exiles could only effect a reply in the final session, when the score had built up heavily against them.

Steve Camilleri rediscovered his scoring touch, with a total of six goals, heading the goalscorers list, with 52 strikes.

Michele Stellini and the somewhat resurgent Tamas Molnar contributed with a hat trick each. Exiles’ response came in the form of a nap hand of goals from Marthon Toth, easily their marksman for this season.

Exiles: A. Borg Cole, J. Rizzo Naudi 1, K. Rizzo Naudi , S. Vassallo , D. Pace Lupi 1,T. Sullivan , S. Vassallo , J. Spiteri Staines 1, K. Griscti , S. Galea Pace, P. Borg , A. Kunac , M. Toth 5, K. Lanzon

Neptunes: R. Sciortino, N. Lanzon 1, E. Aquilina 1, M. Stellini 3, G. Pace , A. Ciric , S. Camilleri 6, J. Camilleri 1, B. Lanzon , S. Gravina , I. Bugeja,T. Molnar 3, C. Mercieca

Referees: M. Angileri, P. Bensai

BoV Division 1 League

M’scala MOR€ 11 – Valletta Sterling 13
(3-3)(1-1) (2-5) (5-4)

M’scala suffered their first defeat in the lower division, although they still hold a six point advantage over the same Valletta, who have also opened a gap between the two other teams, who will play each other today.

It was the Citizens’ first win in four games over M’scala, and this victory came about after the interval, as the two teams drew the first two sessions of play, for a 4-4 score at the break.

A three goal burst opened up possibilities for Valletta, although M’scala went to within a goal, obly for Valletta to lead 9-6, after three periods. M’scala did not get near enough in the last minutes, with the Citizens playing for time in their possessions, although the goals were still coming at both ends.

Joseph Kayes, despite tight marking on him, managed a poker of goals, and John Licari kept up his recent goal touch, with three more. Valletta, who had Robert Kovacs in lieu of David Zoltan, had their best scorer in Milos Korolija, with a double hat trick.

M’scala: K. Schembri, G. Hedegus 2, M. Pace , B. Muscat, J. Kayes 4, L. Grixti , J. Licari 3, J. Cremona , S. Micallef , R. Scerri 1, D. Cassar , M. Fenech

Valletta: A. Sammut, S. Meli , R. Calleja , A. Galea , T. Agius 2, S. Cachia 2, R. Kovacs 2, M. Korolija 6, M. Cordina 1, A. Galea , A. Arrigo, E. Arrigo, JC Farrugia

Referees: P. Giordano, P. Bensaia

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