Pieta win U17 Knock Out Final after penalties

Friday, June 18, 2010, 22:56

by Victor Ciangura.
 
Pieta H vs Valletta 
 (2-2 after extra time) 
(6-5 after penalties)
 
As in the previous Final this game was also decided after a penalty shoot-out. The game was action-packed during both periods of normal time and referee duncan S had a very firm control over the proceedings and was always up with play.
 
Valletta created the first action as Dylan D’Agostino was fouled on the right flank and the ball was cleared away from the free kick by Samir Arab, while at the other end, Hubert vella was fouled outside the area and the ball was cleared away after the free kick shot by Christian Grech.
 
Valletta opened the score in the 13th minute through Kane Psaila who scored with a rising shot from inside the area after he was served with a cross-pass from the left flank.
 
City keeper Yenz Cini then saved a well-taken free kick by Dylan Xuereb from 30 metres.
 
The score nearly became 2-0 in the 20th minute when Oznaf Cassar was fouled on the left flank, the free kick was taken by Shawn Galea Lucas and D’agostino drove slightly over the bar from inside the area.
 
Pieta regained the initiative and created all the actions up to the half-time whistle. Larson Mallia was fouled on the left flank and  the free kick by Grech created havoc in city’s area but the ball was somehow cleared to safety. Seybel Zammit fouled fouled Mallia just outside the area but Xuereb drove well off target from the free kick. Terance Agius released Xuereb on the left flank and cini neutralised the ball from his cross-shot and a one -two between Agius and Xuereb finished with the former entering the area but Cini foiled him with a diving save and smothered the ball.
 
The Hotspurs went all-out in search of an equaliser after the resumption and mounted five actions in a row. Zack Muscat tested Cini from outside the area after beating a defender. Agius was fouled outside the area, from the free kick by Xuereb, Cini partly fisted the ball and from the rebound shot by Mallia the ball was cleared to a corner. Xuereb served Agius in the aeea with a cross from the left and after Cini partly saved his effort the ball was cleared. After Agius was again fouled he drove over the bar from the free kick and Agius was again fouled on the right flank and from the free kick by Xuereb, Muscat headed slightly out from inside the area. 
 
In a Valletta counter-attack in the 65th minute they doubled the score against the run of play when Kane Psaila served Siraj Arab with a through ball in the area and he shot past Pieta keeper Carlos Dimech.  

The Pieta Under 17 team led by ex Msida coach Joe Abdilla

The Pieta Under 17 team led by ex Msida coach Joe Abdilla

Pieta pulled one back in the 74th minute when John Debono was fouled outside the area and from the free kick by Agius, Muscat scored with a hard grounder after the ball was partly cleared.
 
Two minutes before normal time Siraj Arab was fouled on the left flank and Dimech saved the free kick shot by Christian Farrugia. 
 
Just before the end of normal time Pieta obtained the equaliser and forced extra time as Agius floated a high ball in City’s area which was followed by Muscat and he scored with a low shot from close-range.
 
There were only three actions worthy of note in the first period of extra time as both sets of players were showing signs of tiredness. Mallia served Muscat in the area with a through ball but a City defender cleared the ball away. Siraj Arab was fouled on the left flank but his twin brother Samir drove over Pieta’s bar from the free kick and Mallia was fouled on the right flankand the ball hit the city defensive barrier from the free kick by Agius.
 
The second period was less action-packed as there were only two actions worthy of note. Mallia served substitute Franklin Agius with a square pass in the area but his hard drive finished over the bar and Muscat was then fouled in his own half and from the free kick by Agius the ball was cleared. As the score stood at 2-2 after extra time the game was to be decided by penalties.
 
Larson Mallia, Cain Attard, Carlos Dimech, Terance Agius scored for Pieta and Tyron Grech hit the upright , while for Valleta Kane Psaila, Waqil Rizgalla, Samir Arab netted from the spot, Christian Farrugia drove over the bar and Dylan D’Agostino had his shot saved Spectacularly by Dimech.
 
After the match Mr Robert Attard from the Ministry of Finance presented the Trophy to Pieta captain Larson Mallia and medals to both sets of players and to the match officials.
 
Pieta: C.Dimech, C.Cutajar, G.Ghigo, Z.Muscat, T.Agius, H.Vella, L.Mallia, D.Xuereb (F.Agius 74), T.Grech (C.Attard 61) J.Debono, C.Grech 
 
Valletta: Y.cini, M.Zammit, S,Galea Lucas, S.Arab, C.Farrugia, S.Zammit (W,Rizgalla 90), D.D’Agostino, G.Cassar (C.Caruana 100), K.Psaila, Siraj Arab, O.Cassar.





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  1. shaun says:

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