Sliema hand title to San Giljan on a plate

Sunday, August 11, 2013, 10:33

Yesterday evening Sliema Frank Salt rose like the phoenix to beat champions Neptunes Emirates 9-8 in their last direct encounter of the 2013 Summer league. Neptunes were still reeling from their defeat at the hands of title contenders San Giljan and were trailing their Balluta neighbours by 3 points prior to this game. A win for Neptunes yesterday evening would have brought them back at the top but since the break for the National team competition in July they are a shadow of the goal scoring machine that characterised their play in the first part of the season and in the past couple of seasons. There was an overall lack of cohesion in the Neptunes side with unusual poor shooting at the Sliema goal and poor defending.

The champions have a near to impossible task of retaining the title given the form and ambition of San Giljan. In a bit more than a week they also need to face Sliema once again in the knockout final and thus need to regroup fast to provide an adequate challenge.

Only 3 of the Neptunes players found the back of the net while 7 Sliema players got their name on the scoresheet. Neptunes’ foreigners rose to the occasion this time around to make up for their below par performance against San Giljan, while Michele Stellini kept his goal scoring momentum. The Camilleri brothers and captain Lanzon had a relatively quiet game. Sliema played a blinder in defence, with Coleiro looking solid in goal, Soler providing his trademark leadership and Timmy Sullivan scoring the two most important goals at the end of each half and they more than deserved this victory.

Things were looking good for the Reds in the first half of the game as they won the first session 2-0. Steve Camilleri missed a penalty in the second session but Neptunes still maintained their 2 goal lead at half time to lead their rivals 5-3.

After the change of ends, Markoch’s men upped their game and two goals by Alexander Ciric brought them to a 7-3 lead. But Sliema scored two more goals to make it 7-5, for Tamas Molnar to make it 8-5 at the end of the third session.

The final session was all Sliema’s. Lubrano, Kiss and Brownrigg’s goals found no answer from their adversaries who were tense and drained of any ideas and it was all in the hands of Sullivan who hammered in the final goal for  Sliema victory with 10 seconds left on the clock, sending the Sliema and San Giljan in ruptures.





4 Comments

  1. Najs says:

    Tghagglux. Mhux kollox mitluf ghal Neptunes. Lil Blue at heart  nghidlu, where was your pride against San Giljan. Kieku hadd ma jafkhom tbellahhilna.

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  2. Blue at heart says:

    Sliema only had their pride to play for. Neptunes had their pride and the league to play for. Based on yesterday’s game, they care about neither. San Giljan will deserve the title because they care about both.

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    True red Reply:

    True that neptunes are challenging for the league, you cant say that we dont deserve the league just cause we lost 2 games. Its true we lost 2 crucial games in the closing stages of the league, could be fatigue could be other reasons so might look bad to people saying we dont deserve it just by losing 2 games , we will see in 2 weeks time and hopefully the best team will win be it san giljan or neptunes 

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  3. Balluta says:

    Neptunes tal misthija. Mill-maltin Stellini biss laghab. arukaza. imbasta champions… kellhom vantagg ta 4 goals darbtejn. Jekk jirbhu il league san giljan ikun haqqghom ghax ghandhom il volja li jirbhu mhux bhan neptunes. Prosit sliema.

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