U-15 Youth Football:Fair result in keen game

Saturday, January 9, 2016, 18:13

Victor Ciangura

APS Bank Under-15 Section A

Fair result in keen game

Birkirkara    0

Ħamrun     0 

A draw was a very fair result in this keenly-contested game. Both teams had their good moments. Birkirkara are on 7 points from 6 games while Ħamrun are on 2 points also from 6 games and they are still searching for their first win as they only managed two draws. Ħamrun were the better outfit in the first period while the Stipes dominated proceedings after the resumption.

The first action was created by Birkirkara when Michele Vella dribbled past an opponent on the right flank and Ħamrun keeper Loran Schembri neutralised the ball from his cross in two attempts.

The Spartans reaction was vedry immediate as they mounted five actions. Russell Vella was fouled outside the area and Birkirkara keeper Amara Sylla saved the free kick by Miguel Tabone and later saved another free kick from midfield by the same player after Vella was again fouled. Jerome Fiteni served Vella with a square pass and Sylla saved his effort from outside the area. Vella then released Fiteni in the area and Sylla foiled him as he dived at his feet and smothered the ball and Xylon Portelli set Vella free on the right flank and after out-speeding two opponents he entered the area and missed the far post by inches from his hard low drive.

Birkirkara then mounted the last action before the break as Michele Vella served Ryan Tonna with a through ball and Ħamrun keeper Schembri had to come out of his charge to kick the ball away to safety.

The first action after the restart was created by Birkirkara as Vella dribbled past an opponent on the right flank and he missed the far post from the edge of the area, at the other end moments later Vella was fouled outside the area and Sylla saved from the free kick by Jamie Carabott.

Birkirkara resumed with their pressing and mounted three more actions. Carlo Zammit Lonardetti released Ryan Tonna in the area and Schembri foiled him with a timely sortie. Substitute Calvin Mallia drinbbled past an opponent on the left flank and the ball was cleared to a corner from his cross and Vella released Tonna in the area who was pushed and floored by a defender but the referee saw nothing wrong and waved play on.

In an action by Ħamrun after a solo run on the right flank by Vella he entered the area and Sylla foiled him as he dived at his feet and smothered the ball.

Four minutes before the end Geremia Ciranna should have scored the winner for Birkirkara but he drove out from one metre with only Schembri to beat after a well-taken flag kick by Tonna.

  • Birkirkara:  A.Sylla, P.Galea, N.Farrugia Kross, N.Friggieri, G.Attard, G.Ciranna, A.Spiteri, M.Vella, R.Tonna, C.Zammit Lonardetti,A.Camilleri
  • Ħamrun:   L.Schembri, Y.Sultana, N.Gauci, M.Tabone, C.Galea, J.Fiteni, J.Carabott, R.Vella, S.Briffa, W.Serracino, X.Portelli
  • Referee: Warren Zammit
  • Player of the match:Ryan Tonna(Ħamrun)


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