Paola H and Valletta share top spot

Friday, February 22, 2013, 11:50
Courtesy of Victor Ciangura-The Malta Independent
APS Bank Under 17 Section A
Pieta H   1          Paola H    1
This game played at the Victor Tedesco ground was watched by a sizeable crowd and also present was National Team coach Mr Pietro Ghedin which shows that he has keen interest in our youth players.
Following this game Paola H share top spot with Valletta on 29 points as they won the previous game against San Gwann, but Paola H have a game in hand.
Pieta created the first occasion when Zsolt Kerskes dribbled past an opponent on the right flank who then crossed the ball in the area to Neil Pace Cocks and a defender cleared the ball away following his shot, while at the other end, Jurgen De Gabriele released Joseph Mbong in the area and a defender cleared the ball to a corner. 
In the 15th minute Pieta opened the score as Luke Tabone pounced on a faulty hand pass by Paola keeper Rudy Briffa and he scored  with a diagonal shot from a few metres away from the right edge of the area.
Encouraged by such an early lead Pieta resumed with their pressing and mounted three further actions. Jordie Delia square-passed the ball to Pace Cocks who drove slightly over the bar from outside the area. Delia was then fouled outside the area and from the free kick by Pace Cocks the ball was cleared away with difficulty and Tabone released Kerskes on the left flank and the ball was cleared to a corner from his cross.
Two minutes before the break Paola H equalised when Clive Gauci dribbled past an opponent on the left flank and from his cross-shot the ball, which was helped by the wind completely decieved Pieta keeper Matthew Grech, found its way into the far post and in the roof of the net.
Actions worthy of note were very few after the restart as play was for most of the time restricted to midfield. All actions were created by Pieta.
Shawn Darmanain served Bery Zahra in the area and Paola keepr Rudy Briffa foiled him as he dived at his feet and smothered the ball and minutes later he denied Pace Cocks by saving to a corner after he was put throguh by Ayrton Mizzi, 
In the last two actions, Zahara was fouled on the right flank and from Pace Cocks’ free kick the ball was cleared away by a defender and from a flag kick by Delia the ball was cleared to another corner.
Pieta H: M.Grech, Z.Kerskes, B.Zahra, S.Darmanin, K.Micallef, L.Tabone, C.De Gabriele, D.Agius, A. Mizzi (J.Tonna 71), N.Pace Cocks, J.Delia (C.Zammit 76).
Paola H: R.Briffa, A.Hili, D.Grima, N.Falzon, J.Sultana, D.Vella, K.Cutajar, Z,Scerri, J.Mbong, J.De Gariele, C.Gayci (M.Brincat 70)
Referee: Matthew De Gabriele
Player of the match: Jordie Delia (Pieta H)

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