Rath punishes Sliema as Marsascala consolidate lead

Sunday, July 15, 2012, 16:50

Premier Division

Sliema 7 – San Ġiljan 11
(0-4, 2-1, 2-3, 3-3)

Sliema Mc Donalds failed to produce their best waterpolo as San Giljan Giuseppe’s beat them with a 4 goal margin, with the ex-Blues player, Bogdan Rath, making the difference for the Balluta side. With both teams stifling each other’s incentive with press tactics, it was San Giljan who raced to a comfortable 4-0 which they maintained till the final whistle.

Two goals by Rath, and another each by Karl Galea and Matthew Zammit put Afric’s team under a lot of pressure, and it with only 2 minutes left in the second quarter Sliema finally got on the scoresheet with a Nicolai Lubrano goals. Matthew Pisani restored the lead to 4 goals but Spiteri Staines made it 5-2 at half time.

The 3rd quarter was a balanced affair with both teams responding to each other’s goals until Rath once again restored San Giljan’s 4 goal lead to end the third session 8-4 in favour of Karl Izzo’s side, with John Browrigg being excluded for Sliema.

In the final quarter, Rath and Galea made it 10-5 for the Giljanizi with 5 minutes left on the clock.  Jerome Gabarretta, Christian Cluett and Ferenc Salamon responded for Sliema, but their efforts were not enough  as Andrea Bianchi hammered in the final goal for San Giljan. San Giljan are now 1 point adrift of second placed Sliema who have 6 points, with Neptunes leading the standings with 8 points.

Sliema: I. Gergely, J. Gabarretta 2, N. Lubrano 1, P. Privitera, M. Meli, J. Soler, D. Paolella, J. Brownrigg 1, C. Debono, F. Salamon 1, C. Cluett 1, M. Spiteri Staines 1, R. Coleiro.

San Ġiljan: D. Camilleri, J.C. Cutajar, D. Abela, K. Galea 3, K. Dowling, M. Zammit 2, B. Letica, A. Bianchi 1, R. Mock, K. Mock, P. Fava, B. Rath 4, M. Pisani 1.

Refs: I. Sciriha, R. Colombo.

First Division

Valletta 11 – Marsascala 16
(0-2, 4-4, 4-5, 3-5)

Valletta: A. Sammut, S. Meli, R. Calleja, A. Galea, T. Agius 2, S. Cachia 1, R. Kovac 3, M. Korolija 3, M. Cordina 2, J.C. Farrugia, A. Arrigo, E. Arrigo, K. Hyzler.

Marsascala: K.Schembri, D. Hedegus 4, M. Pace, B. Muscat, J. Kayes 6, L. Grixti, J. Licari 3, J. Cremona 1, S. Micallef 2, R. Scerri, D. Cassar, M. Fenech, K. Navarro.

Refs: P. Giordano, R. Colombo.


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