Neptunes outplay Sliema in final opener. Valletta into Div 1 Final

Thursday, August 30, 2012, 13:26

Neptunes Emirates 11 – Sliema McDonalds 6
(1-2, 4-2, 4-2, 2-0)

Tamas Molnar - pivotal in Neptunes' win against Sliema in Game 1

Tamas Molnar - pivotal in Neptunes' win against Sliema in Game 1

No one would have envisaged such a score in this first final, and a much more closer match was anticipated.

The champions made a slow start, as they fell a couple of goals behind, but they pulled a goal back before the end of the session, and a tight tussle seemed to be in store.

It still was in the second period, as Neptunes equalised, only for the Blues to forge ahead again.

A Tamas Molnar penalty had both sides level once more, but a deflected shot put Sliema in yet another advantage.

Molnar drew the champions level again, and then the unthinkable happened.

Just before the end of the session Neptunes’ Niki Lanzon threw a hopeful ball towards the Sliema goal, and this innocuous ball was fumbled by the Sliema goalie, and it finished in the back of the net, for a first Neptunes lead, at 5-4, halfway through the encounter.

Sliema didn’t recover from this setback, and the champions played a strong game for the rest of the match, leaving Sliema in their wake.

Neptunes’ lead escalated, although they lost Michele Stellini on fouls. With a session to go the score stood at 9-6 for the champions.

The Blues were expected to rally back, but they were well kept in check, with Neptunes adding on two more goals for good measure.

Both sides were wasteful in their man ups, with Neptunes managing a mere one from eight, with Sliema only slightly better, with two from nine. Molnar struck four times for the champions, and the Blues ‘ best scorer was James Falzon, with a double strike.

It is game two now, next Saturday, with Neptunes in the driving seat, and Sliema must pull up their socks to get back in the reckoning.

Neptunes: I. Bugeja, N. Lanzon 2, E. Aquilina, M. Stellini, Z. Mizzi, A. Ciric 2, S. Camilleri 1, J. Camilleri, G. Pace, S. Gravina 2, R. Sciortino, T. Molnar 4, C. Mercieca

Sliema: I. Gergely, J. Gabarretta 1, N. Lubrano, P. Privitera 1, M. Meli, J. Soler 1, D. Paolella, J. Brownrigg, C. Debono, F. Salamon 1, J. Falzon 2, M. Spiteri Staines, R. Coleiro

Referees: M.Dalli, L. Bianco


Valletta edge Otters to make it into Division 1 Final

Valletta Sterling 12 – Otters Nivea 8
(1-1. 2-2, 4-2, 5-3) 

Valletta made their way into the final the hard way, losing their first match, before winning the next two. In this third match they had coach. Anthony Farrugia, suspended, with Aldo Scerri taking his place, and Sean Meli was also suspended.

It was a well balanced game at first, with Valletta going in front three times, and the Gozitans each time pulling back to level terms.

At the interval it was all square, at 3-3. After the break the Citizens began to pull away, ably led by a sterling performance from Timmy Agius, who grabbed a double hat trick.

After three sessions of play Valleta were on a double advantage, and they made sure in the final period, when they added on thre more goals, before Otters could put in their reply.

It was all over by then, and Valletta could coast

through the rest of the encounter, keeping their opponents in check.

Besides Agius’ six goals there were three more from David Zoltan, whilst the Gozitans had John Paris also with a hat trick.

The first game in the final, a best of three, will be played next Saturday.

Valletta: A. Sammut, JC Farrugia, R. Calleja, An. Galea, T. Agius 6, S. Cachia, Al. Galea, M. Cordina 1, R. Kovacs 2, D, Zoltan 3, A. Arrigo, E. Arrigo, K. Hyzler

Otters: A. Cachia, G. Attard, G. Zammit 1, D. Angyal 1, S. Dimech, M. Balatoni 1, J. Paris 3, D. Schembri 2, E. Farrugia, K. Debattista, C. Martin, K. Scicluna, K. Grima Scott

Referees: I. Sciriha, P. Giordano


1 Comment

  1. Tony Cachia says:

    Mare Blu

    I have been expecting this heavy defeat at the hands of Neptunes , following the loss against Sirens and the drawn match against San Giljan and won by us on penalties. Is our team a one-man team Afric  -  as during the match and throughout the other matches you are calling Meli, Meli. Does our team depend so much on this very good and faithful Sliema player. What about the other players ? I personally think that you have become stale and run out of  tactical ideas.. The problem is Afric not the our team. The Committee has imported a top class Hungarian goalkeeper  and brought over from down under  Falzon  plus other established top local players. What else do you want Afric ? Roll up your socks boys for next Saturday’s game.


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