Sliema level matters to throw title race wide open

Monday, September 5, 2011, 10:52

Sliema Mc Donalds showed true determination and hunger to win yesterday evening when they came back from a five goal deficit to beat Neptunes Emirates 15-14 after extra time to level the Playoffs finals.

It was a double faceted match with Neptunes demolishing the Sliema defence in the first two sessions, rushing to an 8-3 advantage at the halfway mark, prompting many to predict a clear victory for the Reds. But Sergio Afric’s men had other ideas and came back valiantly, tearing their opponents apart, particularly in the final session which they won 6-3. The Blues have morphed into a more complete squad over the past two weeks, showing more prowess in attack and better team spirit, while showing marked improvements in defence.

Neptunes looked the sharper side in the first session, with Steve Camilleri, Niki Lanzon and Tamas Molnar getting the lion’s share of the goals. The second session continued in the same vein with Sliema looking visibly tense with Neptunes ending it on a high.

John Soler, scorer of five goals, was Sliema’s hero on the day as he sounded the charge for their recovery in the third session while Neptunes saw their advantage reduced to just two goals before Gojkovic made it 9-6. With Clint Debono and Jordan Camilleri fouled out, the Blues made a final push in the final session that reaped its dividends. The Balluta side kept their 3 goal advantage till the 11-8 mark but they crumbled as Privitera and Soler kept piling the goals while Aquilina, Stellini, Molnar and Pisani missed their chances from point blank range. Sliema went 12-11 up but Gojkovic sent both teams to extra time at the buzzer.

With Privitera and Aquilina also fouled out in extra time, Sliema managed to go 14-13 up before the final three minutes, keeping this one goal advantage till the final whistle, sending their fans into merited celebrations.

Sliema 15 – Neptunes 14
(2-5, 1-3, 3-1, 6-3  Extra time: 2-1, 1-1)

Sliema: R. Coleiro, J. Gabaretta 1, N. Lubrano, R. Fodor 2, M. Meli 1, J. Soler 5, D. Paolella, M. Rizzo, C. Debono, P. Privitera 3, B. Rath 3, J. Spiteri Staines, D. Abela.

Neptunes: I. Bugeja, N. Lanzon 2, E. Aquilina, M. Stellini 2, J. Camilleri 1, B. Lanzon, S. Camilleri 3, V. Gojkovic 2, K. Debattista, S. Gravina, R. Sciortino, T. Molnar 3, M. Pisani 1.

Refs: P. Balzan, S. Ricitelli.

Sirens 14 – San Ġiljan 11
(1-3, 3-3, 5-3, 1-1 Extra time: 2-1, 2-0)

Sirens: J. Sammut, A. Attard, N. Grixti, P. Borg 1, C. Kiss 2, R. Mock 1, J. Borg 1, D. Cutajar, G. Kristonosic, C. Zammit 5, L. Caruana, D. Zammit 1, C. Mercieca 3.

San Ġiljan: D. Camilleri, J.C. Cutajar, N. Sutic 3, K. Galea 1, F. Trajkovic 3, K. Dowling, L. Grixti, A. Bianchi 1, M. Borg Spiteri 1, C. Gialanze 1, P. Fava 1, A. Galea, K. Schembri.

Refs: R. Spiteri, I. Sciriha.


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  2. Charles Caruana says:

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