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Tarxien and Naxxar share third place APS Bank Under 17 Section C 1

Posted By Sportinmalta On February 17, 2015 @ 5:23 pm In Featured,Football,Youth Football | No Comments

Tarxien     1 – Naxxar     2

As the previous match kicked off 20 minutes late, this game kicked off 35 minutes late.   After this close win by Naxxar they now share third spot on 7 points from 5 game with Tarxien.  Naxxar were the better outfit in the first period during which they built up a 2-0 lead while Tarxien enjoyed the lion’s share of exchanges and also managed to narrow the gap.


Tarxien created the first action as they won a corner on the right flank which was taken by Owen Francalanza and the ball was cleared away from his very high cross, at the other end minutes later Luke Bezzina was served by a long drop-kick from keeper Philip Mercieca and after entering the area Tarxien keeper Ismael Bondin saved his effort with a diving save.


In another action by Tarxien Adrian Bonavia served Christian Desira with a square pass outside the area and Mercieca saved his shot in two attempts.


Naxxar regained the initiative as they created two actions. Bezzina served Francesco Gauci with a long through ball just outside the area  and keeper Bondin had to come out of his charge to head the ball away and Gianluca Grima was fouled outside the area and Bondin was forced to dive and turn the ball to corner after the well-taken free kick by Darren Grech.


In the 26th minute Naxxar opened the score after a choral move between three players when  Grima released Gauci on the right flank who in turn crossed the ball in the area to Bezzina who netted with a low drive, and they doubled their lead in the 34th minute when Grima entered the area after dribbling past an opponent, from his hard and close-range shot the ball hit the upright and Bezzina was on hand to score from the rebound.


Tarxien created the last action before halftime as Desira released Jean Kuca Sciberras in the area andkeeper Mercieca foiled him with a timely sortie.


In the first action after the resumption a well-taken flag kick by Francalanza created havoc in Naxxar’s area and the ball was somehow cleared away to safety, while at the other end Bezzina served Gauci with a through ball on the edge of the area and though harassed by two opponents he managed to enter the area and Bondin came out of his charge and neutralized the ball.


Tarxien resumed with their pressing and mounted three actions. Sciberras served Matthew Sladden with a through ball and as he was fouled just outside the area Merciceca partly saved the free kick shot by the same player and a defender cleared the ball away to safety. Desira served Sciberras with a through ball who entered the area after dribbling past an opponent and the ball missed the upright by inches from his hard and low drive and after a well-taken flag kick by Francalanza from the right flank the ball was deflected goal-wards by a defender and Mercieca was alert and parried the ball.


On the hour Tarxien reduced the gap when Sladden dribbled past an opponent on the right flank and as he advanced on the right edge of the area he scored a beauty with a hard rising shot in the top left hand corner and Mercieca could only look at the ball finishing at the back of the net.


The Naxxar keeper was then forced to fist the ball away following a free kick by Francalanza after Sciberras was fouled outside the area.


In the 63rd minute Naxxar were denied by the wood work when Mark Fenech was fouled on the right flank and after the free kick by Darren Grech the ball was partly fisted away by Bondin, the ball then hit the base of the upright from the rebound shot by Conner Azzopardi and Fenech drove out from the rebound with an open goal at his mercy.


Tarxien created another action as Elstan Grech Patiniott was fouled outside the area and Mercieca saved the hard low drive from the free kick by Sladden.


For minutes before the end Tarxien came very close to save the day when Francalanza served Grech Patiniott with a square pass outside the area and the ball missed the bar by inches from his hard rising shot.


Tarxien: I.Bondin, J.Sammut, J.Sciberras, C.Desira, A.Bonavia, E. Grech Patiniott, K.Desira, S.Cutajar, M.Sladden, O.Francalanza, I.Abela


Naxxar: Ph.Meercieca, C.azzopardi, W.chircop, M.Fenech, F.Gauci, O.Magri, L.Bezzina, G.Grima, N.Vella, L.Mifsud, D.Grech


Referee:  Ayrton Saffrit


Player of the match: Gianluca Grima (Naxxar)

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