Sliema regain third place. Marsascala too strong for Ta’ Xbiex

Thursday, August 11, 2011, 16:17

by Gerald Fenech

Sliema McDonalds returned to winning ways when they beat neighbours Exiles to reclaim third place from Sirens. In the other encounter, Marsascala thrashed Ta’ Xbiex to confirm their status as top in the Second Division.

3CX Exiles 6 – Sliema McDonalds 11

Sliema returned to winning ways, with their third victory in four matches, over Exiles, and this gave them back the third spot in the standings. The blues went three goals in front, in the opening session, and they never relinquished their advantage, which didn’t go less than goals throughout the encounter. In this match it was Mark Kallay who was left out, along with the other long term absentees. John Paris was still suspended for Exiles.

The Torri side had Marco Cuk as the game’s best scorer, with a nap hand of goals, but this didn’t prevent Sliema from obtaining victory. Exiles also converted their first four man ups, but failed their last two, in the final session. For Sliema there were only two numerical advantages, and they scored in the first one. Their two players, Mark Meli and John Soler finished up with a hat trick each.

Sliema kept their three goal advantage till the end of the first period, and then the two sides shared four goals between them, in the second session, and at the interval Sliema were leading 6-3. Exiles’ efforts after the break didn’t bring them any nearer, and Sliema extended their advantage by another goal. Goals were scarcer in the last period, but Sliema still managed to creep further away from their adversaries, to finish up comfortable winners.

Exiles: A. Borg Cole, J. Rizzo Naudi, K. Rizzo Naudi 1, D. Pace Lupi, T. Sullivan 1, M. Calleja, M. Cuk 4, K. Grixti, A. Zarb Cousin, A. Cousin, N. Portelli,
A. Sciberras, K. Lanzon
Sliema: R. Coleiro, N. Bonello Ghio, N. Lubrano 1, R. Fodor 1, M. Meli 3, J. Soler 3, D. Paolella 1, M. Spiteri staines, C. Debono 1, M. Rizzo, B. Rath 1,
J. Spiteri Staines, D. Abela
Referees: M. Angileri, A. Pascucci

Ta Xbiex ASC 10 – Marsascala 24

Marsascala took their K.O. defeat, by Ta Xbiex, to heart, and in their next two games they overwhelmed their opponents with large scores. Marsascala were already four goals to the good after the opening session, and they didn’t stop there, and at the interval they were on a 12-5 advantage. In the next session Ta Xbiex shared eight goals with their adversaries, but M’skala ran riot in the last session, nailing in eight more goals.

Ta Xbiex had Yuri Szeles with five goals, but in their man ups they only managed to score once in five. Marsascala were better, when they converted three out of four extra player occasions. They had two players with double hat tricks each, Milos Koralji and Claudio Spiteri de Barro.
The win restored Marsascala’s solid advantage over Valletta in the table.

Ta Xbiex: L. Borg, B. Muscat, S. Vassallo 1, C. Cluett 1, D. Borg, JC Decelis, T. Gyrovath 1, E. Bonello 2, M. Cordina, C. Saliba, R. Attard, M. Spiteri, Y. Szeles 5
Marsascala: S. Farrugia, C. Spiteri de Barro 6, M. Pace 1, Mil. Koralji 6, D. Caruana 1, E. Arrigo, J. Licari 5, J. Cremona 2, S. Micallef 1, R. Scerri , D. Cassar,
O. Zammit, Mih. Koralji 2
Referees: A. de Raffaele, P. Balzan

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