Youth Football: Second defeat for Balzan

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 16:58

Gavin Muscat

APS Bank Under 15 Section A

Balzan          0

Birkirkara    1

Balzan suffered a second defeat from as much as many games. The Stripes were the better outfit and fully deserved the verdict as they created more actions than Balzan.

The early pressure came from Birkikara. Ryan Tonna was fouled outside the area and Balzan keeper Gerson Mifsud had to dive and save the free kick by the same player. Paul Galea was then fouled on the right flank and after the free kick by Michele Vella, Ethan Lethridge drove over the bar from inside the area and Adam Camilleri dribbled past an opponent on the right flank and after serving Tonna with a cross in the area Mifsud saved his header.

Balzan created two actions. Morgan Grima released Luca Ganado in the area and Stripes keeper Amara Sylla saved his shot in two attempts and Grima floated a perfect high ball in the area from a free kick and Jacques Galea Souchet drove over the bar.

The Stripes regained the initiative. Calvin Mallia dribbled past an opponent on the left flank and Mifsud neutralised the ball from his cross-shot and Tonna  drove slightly over the bar from the edge of the area after dribbling past an opponent.

Five minutes after the restart Birkirkara opened the score as Carlo Zammit Lonardelli served Tonna with a cross in the area and he scored with a header. Balzan defender Isaac Camilleri handled the ball outside the area and Mifsud saved the free kick shot by Zammit Lonardelli in two attempts.

Balzan then won a free kick as Ganado was fouled outside the area and Mifsud saved the free kick shot by Grima.

In the 64th minute Birkirkara nearly doubled their lead as Camilleri drove slightly over the bar from inside the area  after a well-taken free kick by Zammit Lonardelli., and four minutes before the end Birkirkara were reduced to ten men as Nikolai Farrugia Kross was shown the red card after a foul on Balzan substitute Matthew Mallia.

  • Balzan:  G.Mifsud, M.Pisani, A.Azzopardi, A.Faure’, H.Muscat, I.Camilleri, J.Galea Souchet, M.Grima, L.Ganado, S.Schembri, J.sullivan
  • Birkirkara:  A.Sylla, G.Attard, A.Camilleri, G.Ciranna, N.Farrugia Kross, N.Friggieri, P.Galea, E.Lethridge, C.Mallia, R.Tonna, M.Vella
  • Referee: Robert Blagoev

Player of the match: Ryan Tonna (Birkirkara)





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