Stripes salvage point in dying minutes

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 9:05

courtesy of Victor Ciangura The Malta Independent

APS Bank Under 17 Section A

Birkirkara  2        Valletta   2

Birkirkara manged to earn a point from this game after Valletta had built what looked like a healthy 2-0 lead. The game was very entertaining with both sides trying out their very best. Referee Emmanuel Grech had good control of the proceedings by cleverly applying the advantage clause on many occasions.

The Stripes were the first to threaten. Bernard Borg released Ryan Micallef on the right flank and City keeper Luke Pecorella neutralised the ball from his cross-shot and after Borg was fouled on the right flank the ball was headed away from the free kick by Ryan Micallef

Valletta’s reaction was very immediate. From a well-taken flag kick by Kurt Drakary the ball was partly cleared and Daniel Camilleri drove over the bar from the rebound.After Leon Gauci was fouled on the left flank the same player floated a high ball in the area and Llewlynn Cremona drove over the bar and Mohammed Zaurouq served Cremona in the area and Stripes keeper Dylan Galea denied him with a diving save.

In another action by Birkirkara, Ryan Micallef dribbled past an opponent on the right flank who then crossed the ball in the area but found no takers to apply the killer touch.

Four minutes before the break Valletta forged ahead when Cremona served Drakary in the area who scored with a low diagonal shot.

The first two actions after the restart were created by Birkirkara. Ryan Micallef was fouled on the right flank and Pecorella saved the free kick shot by the same player and Bernard Borg served substitute Kurt Zammit in the area and Pecorella denied him with a diving save.

Valletta doubled the score in the 48th minute with a choral move between three players. Dario Zampa served Zaurouq on the left flank who then crossed to Cremona in the area who netted with a low shot.

The Citizens resumed with their pressing. Brandon Grech released Zaurouq on the left flank and he drove slightly over the bar from the edge of the area. Zampa then served Dean Grech with a cross from the right and Galea saved his shot with a diving save to a corner and after substitute Ian Montanaro received the ball from a long drop kick by Pecorella he entered the area and Galea saved his shot in two attempts.

Two minutes before the end Birkirkara reduced the gap when Kurt Zammit pounced on a faulty goal kick and after entering the area he scored with a low shot and hardly a minute later the score became 2-2 as the same player served Leon Zammit with a through ball who entered the area and scored with a low shot with the ball passing between Pecorella’s legs.

Referee: Emmanuel Grech           Player of the match:  Ryan Micallef (Birkirkara)

1 Comment

  1. Hyacinth says:

    To whom it may concern I think that there is a mixed up name in this game as I think that the player of the match is not Ryan Micallef but Russell Gatt De Raffaele as the actions mentioned in the game were done by Russell.


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