Youth Football:Greens make sure of victory in first half

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 10:31

APS Bank Under-17 Group Stage: Group A

Floriana   3

Fgura       0

Floriana showed that they were the better outfit during the whole game. Fgura managed only two shots at goal during the whole 80 minutes of play and one of which was from a free kick and their keeper Miguel Zarb Cousin saved them from a much heavier defeat as he thwarted the Floriana forwards on many occasions with very good saves.

All the actions in the first period were created by Floriana and they forged ahead after only one minute when Zack Camilleri dribbled past an opponent on the left flank who then served Mattia Zarb with a low cross in the area and netted with a low drive.

Zarb Cousin then saved in two attempts a close-range shot by Denilson Borg Castaldi after a through ball by Isaac Micallef. A flag kick by Borg Castaldi created havoc in Fgura’s area but the ball was somehow cleared away to safety. Zarb Cousin then saved on Steven Grima and also fisted the ball away after a dangerous cross by Borg Castaldi.

In the 27 th minute Floriana doubled the score as Camilleri served Zarb in the area and a defender blocked his shot with his hands, the referee pointed to the spot and Zarb blasted the ball in the net with a powerful central drive.

On the half hour Zarb Cousin came to his side’s rescue once again with a fine diving save to corner on a header by Zarb after a Borg Castaldi cross, and two minutes before the break the score became 3-0 as defender Jake Stenson, up with his forwards dribbled past two opponents and scored with a hard drive from the left edge of the area.

In the first action after the restart Borg Castaldi served Zarb with a through ball and after the latter returned the compliment to substitute Luca Gatt in the area Zarb Cousin denied with a diving save.

In the 52nd minute Floriana were reduced to ten men. Fgura player Jake Azzopardi was fouled outside the area and from the free kick by Matthias Vella the ball thumped the bar and from the melee that ensued Floriana skipper Leandro Mansueto did the goalkeeping act close to the goal line and was shown the red card. Luke Camilleri took charge of the resultant penalty and Greens keeper Jake Taliana saved his hard grounder, and in another action by Fgura Ben Battistino served Jake Azzopardi with a through ball but he drove well over the bar from the edge of the area.

Floriana came very close a fourth goal on the hour when substitute Sven Bartolo received the ball from a long clearance on the left flank and as he lobed the ball over the on-rushing keeper a defender cleared the ball on the line.

In an action by Fgura Battistino released Jake Azzopardi in the area but a defender cleared the ball to a corner and in the last action before the end Zarb Cousin denied Paul Zammit with a fine diving save from his hard drive from the right edge of the area.

  • Floriana: J.Taliana, J.Stenson, J.Delia, L.Mansueto, Z.Camilleri, M.Zarb, D.Borg Castaldi, M.Zarb, P.Zammit, S.Grima, I.Micallef
  • Fgura:  M.Zarb Cousin, E.Oulawi, J.Azzopardi, J.Vella, L.Camilleri, N.Bugeja, O.Cassar, M.Vella, J.Micallef, B.Battistino, M.Dominicus
  • Referee: Paul Toledo

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