Neptunes Emirates march on

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 7:49

League leaders Neptunes Emirates again opened a three point lead at the top of the First Division standings when they defeated arch rivals Sliema McDonalds for the third time this season. In the earlier match San Giljan Giuseppe’s booked a place in the play offs after they defeated 3CX Exiles.

3CX Exiles   9 San Giljan Giuseppe’s   12


San Giljan put their defeat by Neptunes behind them, as they beat Joe Caruana Dingli’s Exiles in this first meeting between them this season. This loss leaves Exiles at the bottom of the standings and on the verge to miss the play offs. Karl Izzo’s side were in control from the start, and after taking an early advantage they never lost it, although momentarily Exiles drew level, in the second period. But San Giljan then scored three times without reply, and went in at halftime on a 6-3 lead.

Exiles were hot on their heels in the last two sessions, but the Saints made the issue safe, when they replied to every goal scored by Exiles, to keep their opponents at arms’ length.

There were expulsions at both ends. Veteran John Paris was sent off from the bench, for Exiles, in the third session, and at the end of the same period, it was the Saints captain Paul Fava to receive the red. Just minutes before the end Saints’ mentor, Karl Izzo, was also sent off, but San Giljan held out for another three points

Exiles foreigner Marco Cuk, finished up with a hat trick. For San Giljan Filip Trajkovic, was the leading scorer with five goals.

Exiles:  A. Borg Cole, J. Rizzo Naud 2, K. Rizzo Naudi 1, D. Pace Lupi, T. Sullivan 1, M. Calleja, M. Cuk 3, K. Grixti, A. Zarb Cousin, A. Cousin 2, J. Paris, A. Sciberras,K. Lanzon

San Giljan:  D. Camilleri, JC Cutajar, N. Sutic 2, K. Galea 1, F. Trajkovic 5, K. Dowling , L. Grixti, A. Bianchi, M. Borg Spiteri , C. Gialanze 2, P. Fava 2, A. Galea, K. Schembri

Referees: M. Dalli. P. Balzan

Neptunes Emirates  14 Sliema McDonalds   11

Tamas Molnar netted another hat trick for the Balluta side against Sliema Mc Donalds

Tamas Molnar netted another hat trick for the Balluta side against Sliema Mc Donalds

Neptunes continue their unbeaten run as they recorded their third seasonal victory. The match, as expected, was a very close one. Sliema drew first blood, and then drew level on three more occasions. At the halfway stage the champions held a slight 6-5 advantage.

They went one better in the third period, but Sliema erased their double disadvantage, at the start of the final session. This augured well for the Ghar id-Dud outfit, but it seemed to serve as a springboard for Neptunes, who struck with a trio of goals, to send Sliema reeling, and that was that. There was no way back after that mortal blow, and the champions controlled the remainder of the session, to haul themselves up into sole top place with a three point lead, and also with a match in hand over second placed San Giljan.

Neptunes made a couple of changes with their bench players since Sean Gravina was nursing an injury. Sliema continued to rotate their foreign players, with Rajmund Fodor and Mark Kallay taking to the water as the latter replaced Italian Bogdan Rath. Captain Clint Debono returned for Sergio Afric’s side after missing the defeat against San Giljan, and Michael Rizzo kept his place, but veteran Paul Privitera was missing, besides long term absentees, Jerome Gabarretta and John Brownrigg.

Neptunes were perfect in their man ups, converting all the six that they had. Sliema were not so confident, with a tally of three goals from seven numerical advantages.

Steve Camilleri consolidated his top scorer placing, with an addition of a poker, and Tamas Molnar added another three. Sliema had Hungarian Mark Kallay with a nap hand of goals, and John Soler returned to his scoring duties, with a hat trick.

Neptunes:  I. Bugeja, N. Lanzon 2, E. Aquilina 1, M. Stellini 2, J. Camilleri , G. Pace, S. Camilleri 4, V. Gojkovic 1, B. Buhagiar, K. Debattista, R. Sciortino, T. Molnar 3, M. Pisani 1

Sliema:  R. Coleiro, N. Bonello Ghio, N. Lubrano, R. Fodor, M. Meli, J. Soler 3, D. Paolella 1,  M. Spiteri Staines, C. Debono 2, M. Rizzo, M. Kallay 5, J. Spiteri Staines, D. Abela

Referees:  M. Angileri, S. Scappini

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