Sliema and Neptunes take top spots

Monday, June 20, 2011, 16:00

by Gerald Fenech

Sirens Ritter Sports   17 – Ta Xbiex ASC   10

Sirens grabbed the second spot in the standings, thanks to a better goal difference, after the direct encounters are worked out. Sirens presented the same formation as in their last encounter, against Valletta. Ta Xbiex made two changes, as Michael Agius and Brandon Muscat were in lieu of Michael Paris and Matthew Spiteri.

Ta Xbiex were a competitive outfit until the last quarter. They were more fruitful in their man ups, netting the first three, before missing the last one. They had Tamas Gyrovath with a hat trick. Sirens had to come from a two goal deficit, early on in the second period, before a five goal run had them in front, and from then on they never relinquished their advantage. Ta Xbiex still stayed close until an opening brace, in the last session, put the issue beyond any doubt, in favour of Sirens.

The St. Pauls Bay side scored on four occasions, in seven extra player instances, and in Balazs Nyeki and Charles Zammit  they had  five goal players. Dino Zammit scored the last three strikes for the winners. And Clint Mercieca also registered a hat trick.

It was all-square after the opening session, and although ta Xbiex held a lead in the second period, at the interval Sirens were on an 8-6 advantage, after a five goal burst.

Sirens still held the edge after the break, to start the final quarter three goals in front. They then dominated the last eight minutes, leaving Ta Xbiex in their wake.

Sirens:  J. Sammut, A. Attard 1, P. Micallef, P. Borg 1, B. Nyeki 4, R. Mock, J. Borg, D. Cutajar, P. Zimonjic 1, C. Zammit 4, L. Caruana, D. Zammit 3, C. Mercieca 3

Ta Xbiex:  L. Borg, S. Vassallo 1, C. Cluett, D. Borg 1, JC Decelis, T. Gyrovath 3, E. Bonello 2, M. Cordina 2, M. Agius, R. Attard, B. Muscat, Y. Szeles 1

Referees:  M. Dalli. P. Giordano

Neptunes Emirates   13  – 3CX Exiles   8


It was another routine victory for Neptunes, adding Exiles’ scalp, to top their group with maximum points. Exiles twice held a lead in the opening minutes, but then they had to play second fiddle, as Neptunes, produced a seven goal run, in two sessions, to break clear. Exiles tried to make the score a more respectable one, and they succeeded in the last period, when Neptunes toned down their marking, and second goalie, Ryan Sciortino, who was between the sticks, was beaten on three occasions.

Neptunes scored on their first four extra man advantages, but failed in the other two. Exiles were more wasteful, when in a total of seven man ups, they only managed to score twice. Steve Camilleri continues to pump in the goal for Neptunes, with another poker, and Tamas Molnar running close behind, with three goals. Exiles had Timmy Sullivan with three strikes.

Despite Exiles’ early flourish, it was Neptunes on a two goal lead, after the first period. They followed this up with another four goal run, before exiles could reply, and at the interval it was 8-3 for the Balluta Bay side.

Neptunes were still extending their advantage after the break, with another four goals, and a missed Steve Camilleri penalty throw, although Exiles managed to react with two goals of their own. The last session saw just theone strike by Neptunes, with Exiles having a happier ending, as they grabbed a trio of goals, before the end of the match.

Neptunes:  I. Bugeja, N. Lanzon 2, E. Aquilina, M. Stellini 2, J. Camilleri, Z. Mizzi, S. Camilleri 4, V. Gojkovic 2, B. Buhagiar, S. Gravina, R. Sciortino, T. Molnar 3, G. Pace

Exiles: A. Borg Cole, J. Rizzo Naudi 1, K. Rizzo Naudi 1, D. Pace Lupi, T. Sullivan 3, M. Calleja, M. Cuk 2, K. Grixti 1, A. Zarb Cousin, A. Cousin, J. Paris, A. Sciberras, K. Lanzon

Referees:  GL Centineo, S. Licari

Ta Xbiex ASC   5   – 3CX Exiles   22

Exiles’ shock result against Valletta is now firmly behind them, and a thing of the past. They registered a comprehensive victory over hapless Ta’ Xbiex who seem pretty much out of sorts this season. Exiles had no worries throughout the whole match, scoring regularly in every session of play. Ta Xbiex only managed a leveler, early on in the match, through a Szeles penatl throw, but from then on Exiles scored no less than thirteen times without reply, going on into the third period, before Ta Xbiex could halt their adversaries. It wa sonly in the latter part of the encounter, when Exiles relaxed their tight marking, that goals were obtained in ta Xbiex’s favour.

Brandon Muscat played in lieu of Jean Claude Decelis, and Michael Paris took Chris Saliba’s place, for Ta Xbiex. Exiles had the same formation, as in their victory over Sirens.

Marco Cuk notched a seven goal tally for Exiles, with hat tricks from Aurelien Cousin and evergreen, John Paris.Tamas Gyrovath netted a brace for Ta Xbiex.

The match was already over by the interval, when Exiles had raced into an 11-1 advantage. Ta Xbiex were also wasteful in the man ups in theri favour, scoring twice from six occasions. Exiles fared much better, with five goals and two missed opportunities, although one of them was to be best forgotten, when they failed to score when Ta Xbiex were two players down.

Exiles are now level with Valletta on points, and striving for a top division placing.

Ta Xbiex:  L. Borg, J. Tabone, S. Vassallo 1, C. Cluett , D. Borg, B. Muscat, T. Gyrovath 2, E. Bonello , M. Cordina 1, M. Paris, R. Attard, M. Spiteri, Y. Szeles 1

Exiles:  A. Borg Cole, J. Rizzo Naudi, K. Rizzo Naudi 1, D. Pace Lupi 1, T. Sullivan 2, M. Calleja 1, M. Cuk 7, K. Griscti 2, A. Zarb Cousin 2, A. Cousin 3, J. Paris 3, A. Sciberras, K. Lanzon

Referees:  Massimo Angileri, Ronnie Spiteri

Valletta Dhalia    4  – Sirens Ritter Sports   17

The heady first two games, and two wins, are now over for Valletta. Their last match in the group proved to be a disappointing one, as they never really got going, and a host of glaring misses did not help their cause. Sirens were a much more disciplined side, who exploited the open spaces in the Valletta rearguard, to open up a good advantage by the interval, and then dealt the telling blow, in the second part of the match, hitting Valletta repeatedly, to break clear, and take the stuffing out of their adversaries.

Valletta had Kurt Micallef instead of Timmy Camilleri, and Predrag Zimonjic was once more in the water for Sirens, instead of Goran Krstonosic.

Adam Decker grabbed a trio of goqls for Valletta, but Robert Kovacs, so prolific in the previous matches, had a tight rein on him, and finished up goal less. The two Sirens foreigners had a happier time, both with hat tricks, along with Charles zammit. Clint Mercieca went one better, with a poker of goals.

Valletta’s man ups were a nightmare, with only a positive one from a total of nine. At the other end Sirens only missed one, from the six in their favour.

Valletta were playing their last game in the group, and now await the last two games, to have a definite placing.

Valletta:  A. Sammut, A. Decker 3 , K. Hyzler , C. Bonello 1 , G. Sammut , S. Cachia, A. Galea, K. Micallef,

R. Kovacs , S. Cini, A. Arrigo, G. Ghirxi 1, T. Agius

Sirens:  J. Sammut, A. Attard 1, P. Micallef, P. Borg 1, B. Nyeki 3, R. Mock, J. Borg 1, D. Cutajar 1, P. Zimonjic 3, C. Zammit 3, L. Caruana, D. Zammit, C. Mercieca 4

Referees:  Mario Dalli, Massimo Angileri

Otters Nivea 8 Marsascala 14
(1-5), (2-5), (2-3), (3-1)

Marsascala had no difficulty notching up their first win of the season when they disposed of a rather feeble challenge by Otters. In fact, the Southseasiders had alraedy ratched up a seven goal advantage at the midway point with Milos Koralji scoring five times and the other goals distributed amongst the other players with the first two sessions going 5-1 and 5-2 in Marsascala’s favour.

The third session was more balanced with Marsascala shading it 3-2. The final session saw Otters stage a mini revival where they also won 3-1 for a final score of 14-8 in favour of Marsascala.

Otters Nivea: J Cremona, G Attard (1), G Zammit, Z Radocz (1), D Schembri (1), A Maklari (3), K Scicluna, S Dimech (2), JP Buttigieg, G Tabone, C Martin, M Dimech, K Grima Scott

Marsascala S Farrugia, G Spiteri Debarro (2), D Caruana, M Koralji (5), M Pace (1), E Arrigo, J Licari (1), J Cremona (1), S Micallef, R Scerri (3), D Cassar, O Zammit (1), M Koralji

Referees: R Spiteri, P Giordano

Sliema McDonalds 12 – San Giljan Giuseppe’s 10
(3-4), (6-3), (2-2), (1-1)

Sliema McDonalds confirmed their position at the top of Group B with a hard fought victory over San Giljan Giuseppe’s

The first session was a close affair with San Giljan edging it 4-3 largely through the prowess of Trajkovic who scored three times. A highly animated second session saw Sliema bounce back winning 6-3 with Rath and Fodor scoring frequently to nudge Sliema ahead.

The third session was another close affair ending 2-2 with both sides missing some good man up opportunities. The final session also finished in a draw with Sliema comfortably defending san giljan’s advances and register a victory which seesm the top Group B

Sliema McDonalds: R Coleiro, J Gabaretta, N Lubrano (1), R Fodor (4), P Privitera (1), J Soler, D Paolella, J Brownrigg, C Debono, M Spiteri Staines, B Rath (6), J Spiteri Staines, D Abela

San Giljan Giuseppe’s: D Camilleri, JC Cutajar, N Sutic (1), K Galea (2), F Trajkovic (4), K Dowling (1), L Grixti, A Bianchi, M Borg Spiteri, C Gialanze (2), P Fava, M Fenech, K Schembri

Referees: M Dalli, GL Centineo

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