Team of the Season

Sunday, May 29, 2011, 23:56

The campaign is over, the Winners trophy collected, so Joshua Cacciattolo gives us his team of the season

David Cassar (Tarxien R.)

The 24-year-old has great positional sense and his excellent shot-stopping has helped him save several crucial saves this season particularly in the first half of the season . Factor in his agility, consistency and command of the area and it’s no surprise he also kept 5 clean sheets. Played a major part in Tarxien’s F.A Trophy run. Keep note Hiberians.

Steve Borg (Valletta)

Made a right-back by Tom Cannen last season, he has come into his own under Coach Jesmond Zerafa and his pacey runs down the flank have kept opposition wingers firmly in their place. Still a little under-rated but maturing very nicely into a top class wing-back and also a solid defender. Seems to have a mindset that none shall pass and very few did. Decisive.

Tyronne Farrugia (Floriana)

The muscular, a close season signing has been one of the Green’s most consistent players and certainly menaced many opposition forwards. An extra threat at set pieces, he has scored four goals in all games. Not the sort to back out of a challenge, he puts his heart and soul into every tackle. Fundamental.

Jonathan Caruana (Valletta)

One of the very best defenders in Malta, the Maltese international has everything that the modern footballer needs: intelligence, pace and an assurance in possession. His elegant style, superb tackling and positioning are some of the major reasons why Valletta won the league undefeated, conceding just 17 goals along the way. Irreplaceable

Manolito Micallef (Floriana)

The former Hamrun winger joined his boyhood club last summer and was drafted as a left back under Todor Raykov and has proven to be one of top defenders this season. Has assist a couple of crucial goals while has work ethic that is second to none. Unafraid to go where others fear to tread. International call up?

Roderick Briffa (Valletta)

An absolute nail-in as right midfielder, the former Sliema man possesses an adaptability to play anywhere along the right flank and occasionally in the centre. Scored four goals and excels at getting up field to put crosses into the area, yet never neglected his defensive duties. Vital. Footballer of the year?

Gilbert Agius (Valletta)

Class, leadership and inspiration, the 37-year-old plays with the energy of someone a decade younger. Scored three goals and also set up many more. His still on top, as all great midfielders are, and the Valletta veteran is surely one of them. Integral

Paul Fenech (Birkirkara)

Solid and hard worker, flies up and down the centre position His goals against Marsaxlokk and Hiberians that saw the ball scream into the top right-hand corner of the net from outside the area was typical of his skills and also have scoring abilities, he also possesses an awareness and technique far beyond his tender age still twenty- five. Elegant.

Ryan Fenech (Valletta)

One of the Malta’s most naturally gifted footballers, a January signing seems to have gravitated towards becoming a second striker over a winger and has done superbly. His unbelievable pace and trickery has seen him score 5 goals while making many assists. Can do almost anything with the ball: flicks, stepovers, backheels, precise crosses and his intelligent goal against Sliema Wanderers on hid debut was one of the standouts of his season. Exceptional

Denni Dos Santos (Valletta)

Has been the crown jewel in Valletta’s title triumph and on his day completely unstoppable. His delightful creativity sets up wave after wave of attacks from playing deep at times, but also plays centrally just behind the strikers. Despite scoring a record 11 goals from midfield, the Brazilian still believes his fans haven’t seen his best. God help the opposition when he feels he’s on top form. Dominating

Daniel Nwoke (Floriana)

With 13 goals including three doubles and a poker against Birkirkara, the Nigerian striker has been this season’s stand out striker in devastating form consider he return to Malta in January. Former Msida striker possesses a killer instinct and a fabulous technique that strikes fear into the opposition before they even take to the field. Deserves praise as the complete team player, who is also the first line of defence. Outstanding.





2 Comments

  1. (valletta) says:

    Paul fenech u Ryan Fenech???? Tista tispjegali x’ghamlu specjali

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  2. Anti valletta says:

    naqbel f’hafna minnhom pero tigiex tajdli li pawlu fenech kien ahjar minn doffo u gareth sciberras dis-sena! emmekk hadt zball alijja

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