Neptunes humiliate San Giljan. Exiles add to Sirens’ woes

Sunday, August 1, 2010, 10:46

In a game that usually leaves everyone at the edge of their seat, Neptunes gave no chance to San Giljan to make an impact in the water. With a final score of 17-8 for the boys in red this leaves little doubt as to who will be challenging Sliema for the championship. Much more was expected from San Giljan who had prolific scorer Nossec not netting a single goal, while their match winner during their midweek game, Toth, only managed a goal.

By half time Neptunes were leading 9-1 and Marcoch could also give ample playing time to his fringe players, including reserve goalkeeper Ian Bugeja who saved 2 penalties in the final quarter. A run of four goals in the third session, thanks to Edward Aquilina, momentarily restored some pride to the San Giljan clan, but the damage had already been done with Neptunes’ Molnar in perfect form netting 5 personal goals.

Neptunes now face Sliema on Saturday in a critical match that will determine who will take the upper hand as the team move into the last round of the championship.

Final Score: Neptunes Emirates 17 – San Giljan Firetech 8
(5-0), (4-1), (4-4), (4-3)

Neptunes Emirates: Gouder N, Lanzon N (2), Debattista K, Stellini M (2), Camilleri D (1), Vujasinovic V (2), Camilleri S (4), Camilleri J (1), Buhagiar B, Gravina S, Molnar T (5), Pisani M

San Giljan Firetech: Camilleri D, Spiteri Debarro C, Pace M, Galea K (3), Gialanze C, Dowling K, Nossec H, Bianchi A, Aquilina E (4), Scerri R, Fava P, Toth M (1), Schembri K

Referees: Centineo GL, Angileri M

On Friday Karl Izzo’s Sirens kept slipping down the points ladder when they unexpectedly lost against Exiles. Exiles are on a roll as they undeservedly lost by a goal to San Giljan in the dying seconds of their game last Wednesday, and pulled off this important victory against Sirens. This means that the race for third place in the league is still wide open.

Exiles led throughout the game playing their best water polo in the first and third sessions, although Sirens have only themselves to blame as they missed some important manups that could have changed the score in their favour. Bonca and Cousin, who led Exiles’ comeback against San Giljan earlier in the week, led the charge with 13 goals between them and in the final session it was only a matter of controlling their 5 goal advantage in the final 8 minutes.

Final Score: Sirens Ritter Sports 9 – Exiles Jet Services 14
(2-4) (2-3), (3-5), (2-2)

Sirens Ritter Sports: Sammut J, Attard A, Mercieca C, Borg P, Montfort K, Mock R, Varga T (3), Cutajar D, Borg J, Zammit C, Vasovic Y (6), Zammit D, Arrigo E

Exiles Jet Services: Borg Cole A, Rizzo Naudi J, Vassallo S, Bonca CF (7), Sullivan T, Calleja M, Paris J (1), Grixti K, Zarb Cousin A, Cousin A (6), Cachia A, Cini S, Lanzon K

Other results this weekend:
Marsascala Solid Base 20 – Otters Nivea 11
(5-3), (3-3), (6-2), (6-3)

Ta Xbiex Mermaids Paradise 17 Marsaxlokk SC 12
(2-3), (5-3), (5-1), (4-5)

1 Comment

  1. L. Zammit says:

    For accuracy’s sake: Neptunes’ reserve goalkeeper who saved two penalties was Ian Bugeja. Kyle Debattista who was also drafted in by coach Sergey Markoc in the last quarter is not a goalkeeper.

    [Sportinmalta] Thank you for pointing this out and we excuse ourselves for the mistaken identity. The error has been rectified


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