Sliema’s rollercoaster ride continues

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 18:35

Mark Marlow’s players managed to make up for their recent dull performance against Birkirkara when on Thursday evening they won the three points against Tarxien Rainbows with a 2-0 victory. Sliema needed maximum points if they wanted to keep their minimal chances of a UEFA placing alive at the end of the season. It was not an easy win as they faced a very organized Tarxien who are at the moment making full use  their last Premier league matches to eventually build up for their much awaited historical U*Bet FA Trophy semi final.

Both teams met three times this season prior to this game. Sliema won on two occasions in the first two encounters 4-2 and 2-1 respectively. The third match (in the Championship Pool) saw Tarxien having the better of Sliema with a 3-1 win.

Sliema went in the driving seat in the second half with a fine strike by Ryan Fenech after a individual dribble in the 62nd minute. His shot hit the target from over 30 metres away. Three minutes later, Sliema secured the three points when Julio Alcorse headed home a Calcado free kick, making it 2-0 which ended up being the final score.

With this win Sliema’s run in this 2009/10 season confirms the inconsistency of this team which generally consisted of a win or two always followed by a loss.

The Sliema players who were yellow carded today namely Mark Scerri, Alex Muscat, Ryan Fenech and Clayton Failla will all miss Sliema’s next match against Valletta due to suspension.

Referee Marco Borg.

Minute by minute report:

12min. Substitution Luke Vella Critien Out, Lee Galea In.

14min. Shot Cross by Justin Grioli just above the Sliema post.

25min. Yellow Card Mark Scerri. Misses next match against Valletta.

38min. Yellow Card Ryan Fenech.

43min. Ribeiro close to put Tarxien ahead as he anticipates Simon Agius with a header. Ball just wide.

Half Time. Sliema Wds 0 vs Tarxien R. 0

46min. Substitution Mark Scerri Out, John Mintoff In.

48min. Yellow Card Alex Muscat.

60min. Yellow Card Anderson Mendes Ribeiro

62min. Sliema 1-0. Individual insertion by Ryan Fenech finished with a brilliant strike from 30metres.

65min. Sliema 2-0. Free kick by Calcado headed home by Julio Alcorse.

68min. Simon Agius blocks twice on Justin Grioli. Tarxien close to reduce the score.

75min. Substitution Mark Tanti Out Gianluca Calabretta In.

83min. Yellow Card Clayton Failla.

89min. Substitution Julio Alcorse Out, Amadeo Mercieca In

Full Time Sliema Wds 2 vs Tarxien R 0.

BOV Player of the Match Ryan Fenech Sliema Wds.





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