Sirens surprise San Giljan. Sliema and Neptunes share the spoils

Sunday, March 13, 2011, 23:37

Bogdan Rath does not make Winter League debut

by Sandro Micallef

San Giljan Firetech 5 – Sirens Ritter Sport 8
(0-3), (1-2), (2-0), (3-3)

Sirens meritedly won today’s first game of the BOV Winter League as they rushed to a 5-1 lead by half time thanks to Cutajar who score three goals, Zammit and Borg while San Giljan’s new captain, Paul Fava, got one back for the Giljanizi. Karl Izzo was facing his ex-team as he was on the San Giljan bench today, and after his half time pep talk, the Balluta side bounced back and scored two goals in the third session from Gialanze. In the final session it was Sirens’ Attard who made sure of the points as he scored two goals after San Giljan had reduced the deficit to one goal.

San Giljan Firetech: D Camilleri, JC Cutajar (1), A Galea, K Galea, M Borg Spiteri (1), K Dowling, L Grixti, A Bianchi, K Mock, C Gialanze (3), P Fava (1), M Fenech, K Schembri

Sirens Ritter Sports: J Sammut, A Attard (2), P Micallef, P Borg (1), A Sammut, R Mock (1), J Borg, D Cutajar (3), M Grech, C Zammit (1), L Micallef, D Zammit, C Mercieca

Referees: Massimo Angileri, Peter Balzan

Michael Spiteri Staines

Neptunes Emirates 9 – Sliema Mc Donalds 9
(1-3), (5-3), (2-2), (1-1)

As expected, the hot duel between Neptunes and Sliema lived up to its expectations and after the Balluta side took the lead, it was Sliema who took the upper hand building  a comfortable and merited 6-2 lead. But a sudden reaction by Neptunes saw them score four goals in succession including a Stellini penalty and a gem by youngster Mizzi.

After the break, the match went into overdrive and was a more balanced affair with both teams scoring two goals each to set up a final faceoff with the score reading 8-8. In the final session both teams looked tired and stretched, with Neptunes taking an important lead through captain Lanzon following a defensive blunder by Lubrano and Coleiro. But Sliema did not throw in the towel and with 10 seconds on the clock and a man-up situation they drew the game with a well timed flick by James Spiteri Staines and only 0.5 seconds left on the clock.

Neptunes Emirates: I Bugeja, N Lanzon (1), E Aquilina, M Stellini (3), Z Mizzi (2), K Debattista, J Camilleri (2), T Agius, B Buhagiar, S Gravina (1), G Pace, A Sammut, M Pisani

Jordan Camilleri

Jordan Camilleri

Sliema McDonalds: R Coleiro, M Spiteri Staines (2), N Lubrano, P Privitera, M Cordina, J Soler (2), D Paolella (1), J Spiteri Staines (2), C Debono, C Cluett, M Rizzo (2) D Abela

Referees: Sciriha Ivan, DeRaffaele Alex

ASA U/17 19 Marsaskala Solid Base 11
(3-2), (4-2), (5-2), (7-5)

ASA U/17: R Leullen, M Paris (1), K Galea, B Lanzon (1), E Meli, K Dowling (3), M Fenech, K Debattista (1), N Portelli (4), D Borg (2), L Caruana (2), D Zammit (5), Z Sciberras

Marsascala Solid Base: S Farrugia, C Spiteri Debarro (3), D Caruana (1), D Muscat, B Plumpton (2), R Scerri, S Micallef (3), K Navarro (2), O Zammit, B Muscat

Referees: Ronnie Spiteri, Giordano Peter

Bogdan Rath does not feature in Sliema line-up

Further to’s exclusive story that Bogdan Rath could feature in today’s game, the ex-Italian international was not in the pool after the ASA met urgently today to discuss this matter. It transpired that Rath could not be utilised by Sliema in this game, although it is not yet known if he could be included in the team’s Winter League campaign at a later stage.


  1. Ryan Sciortino says:

    I am a Neptunes player and am currently playing in Hungary so I definitely couldn’t have committed a mistake in favor of Neptunes. I think Coleiro was meant to be written not Sciortino.


    [sportinmalta] we excuse ourselves for the error.


  2. Carl says:

    I think it was a deserved draw between Sliema and Neptunes although with some more attention Neptunes could have won it in the end.

    Izzo has some serious work to carry out at San Giljan to be able to challenge the big teams…I hope he gets two better foreigners than he did for Sirens last year.


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