Rabat drop first points

Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 15:01

 APS Bank Under 17 Section B

by Victor Ciangura courtesy of The Malta Independent.
Rabat D     3       Lija-Iklin     3 
Rabat dropped their first points against lowly-placed Lija-Iklin who are in penultimate place on 2 points from 6 games, they managed to salvage a point after being four times on arrears.  Following this game Rabat are joint leaders with Pembroke Athleta on 19 points from 7 games.
The first two actions came from Lija-Iklin when Shawn Caruana served Christian Aquilina on the right flank and Rabat keeper Mario Bonello neutralised the ball from his cross, and Aquilina was then fouled outside the area and the ball was headed away from the free kick by Nicholas Portelli.
The reaction by Rabat was very immediate as they created all the actions up to the half time whistle. Nicholas Aquilina served Luke Cauchi on the right flank, the ball was partly cleared from his cross and Zachary Tanti missed the bar from the rebound shot. Chris Vella served Aquilina in the area and Lija-Iklin keeoer foiled him with a timely sortie, the same player then served Cauchi with a cross from the right but he drove over the bar.
Rabat opened the score in the 34th minute when they won a corner kick on the left flank which was taken by Brandon Farrugia and in the melee that ensued the referee judged that Mark Galea pushed Kurt Muscat in the area and Chris Vella converted from the spot with a hard grounder, and just before the half time whistle they doubled the score with a choral move between three players:- Tanti served Cauchi on the left flank who then served Aquilina with a cross in the area and he netted with a low shot.
The second period was a balanced affair as both teams had their good moments and the first two actions were created by Lija-Iklin. Rydon Gatt was fouled outside the area and Aquuiolina drove slightly over the bar fromm the free kick and Mark Galea served Timothy Portelli on the left flank who then crossed the ball in the area but found no takers to apply the killer touch.
In a Rabt reaction, they won a corner kick on the right flank which was taken by Brandon Farrugia and Chris Vella headed slightly out, at the other end, Rabat defender Sean Abela handled the ball on the left edge of the area, Aquilina served Timothy Portelli with a short pass but he drove well off target.
In a Rabat fast attack, Cauchi dribbled past two opponents and the ball missed the upright as he tried his luck from outside the area. 
In the 60th minute Lija-Iklin reduced the deficit when Aquuilina pounced on a lose ball in Rabat’s half and after beating two opponents he scored with a strong rising shot from 40 metres.
In the 64th minute Rabat re-established their two-goal lead when Cauchi dribbled past an opponent, entered the area and served substitute Chris Schembri, who entered the pitch two minutes earlier, on the left edge of the area and he scored with a low shot.  
In the 66th minute Lija-Iklin scored a second goal when Galea served Timothy Portelli with a through ball and after entering the area he scored with alow shot to make it 2-3.
In a Rabat attack in the 71st minute we witnessed a very strange decision by the referee. Substitute Nicolai Attard served Schembri with a through ball in the area and as he was tripped from behind everybody present expected that  the referee will award a penalty,but to the amazement of all present he showed the yellow card to Schembri for simulation.    
Four minutes before the end Lija-Iklin scored a dramatic equaliser. Substitute Luke Gatt served Jean C Hili with a through ball in the area and as Rabat substitute keeper Andrew Zammit came out of his charge to kick the ball up-field he miscued his shot and after Hili kept following the progression of the ball he shot into an empty net.
Referee: James Farrugia         Player of the match: Christian Aquilina (Lija-Iklin)


  1. nikolai says:

    ajdlu jumboooooo ;p


  2. jumbo says:

    u alaqlu naqa sihbi mandekx bix tifrah taaa RELEGAZZJONIII!!!!! buahhahaha


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  4. rabat says:

    ftaharrr li edin lahhar ;p


  5. rabat says:

    ahjar milli qedin relegation ;)


  6. iklin says:

    tajbbba rabat oqoduu hemmmm…tliftu lpunti mat tim ta lahharr….tajjbbaaaa whitess


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