Qormi turn defeat into victory

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 19:22

courtesy of Victor Ciangura – The Malta Independent

APS Bank Under 17 Section B 

Qormi  3       Tarxien R     2 


Qormi managed to turn defeat into victory after being twice in arrears. Both teams played their last game of the season. Tarxien ended their campaign in 4th position on 35 points from 20 games while Qormi finished in 6th position on 33 points from 20 games.

The game was only six minutes old when Tarxien opened the score.Ismael Buttigieg served Christian Galdes with a through ball in the aea and after he was pushed by a defender keeper Antonio Chetcuti converted from the spot with a hard drive.

In the first action by Qormi, a well-taken flag kick by Joshua Barbara created havoc in Tarxien’s area but the ball was somehow cleared away to safety.

At the other end Clive Aquilina served Galdes in the area and Qormi keeper Neil Smart saved his shot.

Qormi equalised in the 13th minute after a choral move between three players.Gilmour Azzopardi served Mark Costa with a through ball who returned the compliment to Carl Sciortino who netted with a rising shot from 45 metres, their joy was however short-lived as three minutes later Tarxien restored their slender lead when Buttigieg crossed the ball in the area from the right flank and after it was handled by a defender Chetcuti made no mistake from the spot with another hard drive.

This goal seemed to have boosted Qormi as they mounted four actions in a row. Sciortino was fouled on the left edge of the area and the ball was cleared away from Barabara’s free kick, the same player was again fouled outside the area and Chetcuti saved the hard rising shot from the free kick by Barbara. Tarxien defender then handled the ball inhis own half and Chetcuti saved from Barbara’s free kick and from a Barbara corner kick the ball was cleared with difficulty.

Qormi equalised in the first minute of added time when Gilmour Azzopardi was fouled on the left flank, Barbara served Jean C Azzopardi with a short pass in the area from the free kick and he scored with a low shot.

The second period was dominated by Qormi as they created more actions than Tarxien. Carl Mizzi was fouled just outside the area and after Barbara floated a perfect high ball Fenech failed to apply the killer touch.Substitute Wayne Coppola released Mizzi on the right flank and the ball was cleared to a corner from his cross.

In an action by Tarxien Clive Aquilina served Silas Caruana in the area but he drove out, while at the other end, Mizzi dribbled past an opponent on the right flank and after crossing the ball in the area it found no takers to apply the killer touch.

Six minutes before the end of normal time Qormi scored the winner. Jean C Azzopardi was fouled outside the area, the ball was cleared to corner from Barbara’s free kick  and from the same player’s flag kick substitute Carl Vella scored with a low shot from inside the area.

Referee: James Farrugia                          Player of the match: Carl Mizzi (Qormi)



Congratulations to Melita and San Gwann who are promoted to Under 17 Section A for next season. Melita won Section B on 52 points from 20 games while San Gwann finished Runners Up on 44 points from same number of games.

Section Winners

Congraulations to Zejtun who are the Section Winners of Under 17 Section C 1 on maximum points from 12 games, and Sta Venera who are Section C 2 Winners on 33 points from 12 games. Both teams qualify to play in the promotion play-offs against either Lija-Iklin or Zebbug R from Section C 3 which is still undecided.


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