Rainbows outclass Marsaxlokk

Saturday, December 4, 2010, 19:13

by Sandro Micallef.

Noel Coleiro’s side have managed another impressive win this season as earlier this afternoon they outclassed Marsaxlokk with a 4-2 win. The match which was played at the Hibernians Stadium looked to be going in favour of the Southseasiders after Deanov converted magical free kick to beat Cassar just after eleven minutes. But it was not the case as Tarxien’s forward line was yet again in tip top condition backed by the mechanical work of the Blues’ midfield led by team captain Manuel Caruana.

Tarxien had missing Justin Grioli who was serving a one match ban, whilst Seergio Pacheco back in contention after he recovered from a food poison virus that left him out of Tarxien’s eighteen man squad of last week against Birkirkara. Patrick Curmi on the other hand could not make use of Clive Brincat who is still trying to recover from his hamstring injury, whilst their latest signing 20 year old defender Luca Lodetti was ineligible to play since his international clearance is yet to be sent by the Italian FA.

Marsaxlokk had Trevor Templeman playing an unusual right back position with Licari given an offensive midfield role. 

With today’s win Tarxien move alone to the second place of the table with 17 points from 10 games, 4 points less than leaders Vallett who have a game in hand.

First Half:

9min: Alfred Effiong sees his close shot blocked into a corner after Tarxien’s keeper Cassar hesitantly lost the ball from a Kokavessis cross.

11min: Marsaxlokk 1-0. Martin Deanov scores a perfectly executed free kick from outside the are to give Marsaxlokk an early lead.

16min: Tarxien 1-1. Captain Manuel Caruna heads home to beat Gauci from a right hand side free kick taken by Pacheco.

23min: Martin Deanov tries to repeat a similar execution of his previous free kick but this time sees David Cassar expressing himself to the full with a super save and tips the all over the crossbar.

24min: Tarxien 2-1. Sergio Pacheco with a fine strike beats Gauci following an attempt from Anonan.

36min: Tarxien 3-1. Cristiano Rodriguez gives a two goal lead for the Rainbows with a half volley shot beating a helpless Gauci.

44min: Marsaxlokkk 3-2. Ruben Guereiro beats Cassar with a low shot after he received the intelligent assist by Effiong.

46min: Sergio Pacheco hits the crossbar seconds before referee Alan Mario Sant ended the first half.

Second Half:

51min: An Alfred Effiong half volley attempt sees the ball just above Cassar’s crossbar.

60min: Tarxien respond again with Pacheco’s shot after he was passed the ball by Costa, with Gauci making another great save to extend his personal battle with the opposing keeper.

80min: Gauci saved again on Sergio Pacheco’s central shot.

87min: Tarxien 4-2. The Rainbows close off the deal with an easy tap in by substitute Daniel Mariono Bueno after he was given the opportunity to do so after a fine run and dribble by Pacheco on the left flank.

Marsaxlokk: R. Gauci, C.Mamo, G.Sciberras, M.Deanov, M.Licari, A.Effiong, R.Galabov, T.Templeman, D.Kokavessis (J.Alcorse 70min), E.Yanchev (S.Eboh 70min), R.G.Guereiro

Tarxien: D.Cassar, S.Sadovski, M.Caruana, A.E.Pereira, R.Costa (D.Mariano Bueno 62min), C. Dos Santos Rodriguez, S.Pacheco (R.Mintoff 88min), M.Tanti (R.Grech 60min), L.Vella Critien, O.Anonam, L.Galea.

Referee: Alan Mario Sant

Yellow Cards: M. Deanov, R.Galabov, D.Kokavessis, R.Guereiro (M), S.Pacheco, O.Anonam (T)

 BOV Player of the Match: Sergio Pacheco de Oliveira


  1. christian says:

    The work for the 4th goal of Tarxien was made by cristiano dos santos (no.9) all articles in the media are wrong when saying pacheco gave the pass


  2. 19 il-leugue says:

    bye bye marsaxlokk.


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