Neptunes set up final with Exiles

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 13:15

Marsascala secure final berth too

by Sandro Micallef

Champions Neptunes Emirates scored another 17 goals yesterday evening as they beat Sirens Ritter Sport to the tune of 17-11 in the second leg of their BOV Knockout semifinal. Marcoch’s men will now face Exiles in Saturday’s final, after the latter had the better of Sliema earlier this week.

Neptunes set the tune early in the match, hammering no less than 6 goals in the first session to allow the Balluta side to play the rest of the match in the driving seat. With the score reading 10-4 at half time, Neptunes pulled their big guns out of the water, namely Tamas Molnar, Stevie Camilleri and Vladimir Gojkovic to allow ample playing time to the likes of Zach Mizzi and Gabriel Pace who also managed to get their names down on the scoresheet. Sirens tried their best to bring a respectable result home, but with their foreigners closely marked there was little they could do to avoid a 17-11 loss which translated to a 34-16 overall victory on aggregate for Neptunes.

Neptunes Emirates 17 – Sirens Ritter Sport 11
(6-1, 4-3, 2-4, 5-3 – agg: 34-16)

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

Sirens: J. Sammut, A. Attard 1, P. Micallef, P. Borg 2, S. Kiss, R. Mock, J. Borg, D. Cutajar 2, G. Krstonosic 1, C. Zammit 2, N. Grixti, D. Zammit 2, C. Mercieca 1.

Referees: M. Angilleri, M. Piano.

Marsacala and Valletta Dhalia yesterday fought out their second leg semifinal of the Second Division Knockout competition, after the first game had ended in an 11-7 win for Marsascala. This second leg ended 11-8 in Valletta’s favour, with the Citizens losing the tie with an aggregate score of 19-18.

All was looking bright for Valletta in the first half as they had the lion’s share of the goals to lead 5-2. In the second half of the game, Marsascala’s experience started paying off as they closed the gap to 2 goals. In the final eight minutes all was still up for grabs but Marsascala’s Ranier Scerri made it a one goal game in Valletta’s favour. Valletta threw all their forces ahead to score three more goals but these were insufficient to give them a ticket to the Knockout final where Marsascala will now face Ta’ Xbiex.

Marsascala 8 – Valletta Dhalia 11
(1-3, 1-2, 3-2, 3-4 – agg: 19-18)

Marsascala: E. Arrigo, C. Spiteri de Barro 1, K. Navarro, Milos Koralji 4, M. Pace, S. Farrugia, J. Licari 1, J. Cremona, S. Micallef, R. Scerri 1, D. Cassar, O. Zammit, Mih. Koralji 1.

Valletta: A. Sammut, A. Decker 2, K. Hyzler, K. Bonello, G. Sammut 1, S. Cachia 3, A. Galea 1, K. Micallef, R. Kovacs 3, J.C. Farrugia, A. Arrigo, G. Ghirxi, T. Agius 1.

Referees: A. DeRaffaele, R. Spiteri.

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