U-17 Youth Football: Stripes win keen game

Sunday, January 31, 2016, 13:47

Victor Ciangura

Stripes win keen game

APS Bank Under 17 Section A  

Pieta’  0 

Birkirkara     2  

This game was played at a very fast pace and as the Stripes dominated the first period  the second half was a balanced affair. Birkirkara are now on 7 points from 6 games while Pieta’ are on 9 points also from 6 games.

Birkirkara opened the score after six minutes with a choral move between three players. Braden Calleja released Karl Caruana on the right flank who then crossed the ball in the area to Ayrton Attard who scored with a hard low drive past Pieta’ keeper Miguel Chetcuti.

After this early lead Birkirkara resumed their pressing. Nicholas Farrugia served Attard in the area and Chetcuti foiled him as he dived at his feet and smothered the ball. After a flag kick by Attard, Gianluca Zammit drove slightly over the bar and after Alessio Azzopardi was fouled on the left edge of the area the ball was cleared with difficulty from the free kick by Caruana.

In an action by Pieta’ Jan Busuttil dribbled past three opponents on the right flank, served Jamie Gauci on the left edge of the area and his shot was cleared to a corner.

Six minutes before the break Caruana was fouled on the right flank and after the free kick by Attard, Zammit scored from inside the area but the point was disallowed for off-side.

Three minutes after restart Kurt Darmanain released Busuttil on the right flank who in turn crossed the bal in the area to Sergio Conti and  Stripes keeper Emmanuel Galea was forced to dive and save to a corner his hard drive, at the other end minutes later Busuttil released Zammit in the area and a defender cleared the ball to a corner following his shot.

Birkirkara doubled their lead on the hour as Kyle Mifsud dribbled past an opponent outside the area and after Chetcuti partly saved his shot from the distance Zammit was on hand to score with a low shot from the rebound.

Pieta were then denied by the wood work. Busuttil was fouled on the left edge of the area and from the free kick by Darmanin the ball thumped the near post with Galea completly beaten, and in another action by Pieta’ Busuttil served Jamie Gauci on the left flank and the ball sailed slightly over the bar from his cross-shot.

  • Pieta:  M.Chetcuti, D.Agius, O.Agius, K.Attard, D.Aquilina, J.Busuttil, S.Conti, K.Darmanin, J.Gauci, K.Mercieca, K.Schembri
  • Birkirkara:  E.Galea, B.Calleja, B.Mifsud, J.Sciberras, A.Azzopardi, N.Farrugia, N.Micallef, K.Caruana, K.Mifsud, A.Attard, G.Zammit
  • Referee:  Ezekjel Barbara
  • Player of the match:  Jan Busuttil (Pieta’)




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