Youth Football:Greens win group after tense game

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 20:53

Gavin Muscat

APS Bank Under 17 Group A

Greens win group after tense game

Floriana  3

Pembroke   2

Floriana had to fight hard to qualify to compete in Section A against a resolute Pembroke who showed great fighting spirit. They managed to level matters after being two goals in arrears and a penalty decided the issue in Floriana’s favour four minutes before the end

It was Pembroke who threatened first as Kieran Vella served Neville Galea with a through ball but he drove over the bar, and in Floriana’s first attack in the 6th minute they opened the score as Zack Camilleri netted with a hard low drive from inside the area after being put through by Isaac Micallef.

Pembroke then won a free kick on the left flank after Anas Fahti was fouled, Greens keeper Jake Taliana partly saved his hard drive and was also fouled in the action.

In the 18th minute the bar came to Pembroke’s rescue when the ball was partly cleared from a flag kick by Paul Zammit and the ball thumped the bar from a rebound shot by Juan Muscat with Pembroke keeper James Ducker completely beaten, and in another action by Pembroke Zackary Grech served Zack Portelli with a through ball on the left flank and Paul Zammit foiled with a timely tackle.

The last two actions before the break were all created by Floriana. Zammit released Camilleri on the right flank and after he was fouled on the edge of the area Micallef missed the far post from the free kick and Micallef served Camilleri with a cross from the left and the ball missed the bar by inches from his hard fisrt-timer.

Three minutes after resart Floriana were again denied by the wood work , Camilleri released Denilson Borg Castaldi on the left flank and the ball hit the near post from his hard drive and the score became 2-0 in the 47th minute as Mattia Zarb entered the aea from the right flank who the square-passed the ball to Camilleri who made no mistke with a hard low drive, and in a Pembroke reaction Abdil Eltrapelsi served Grech witha cross from the left and taliana saved his shot from the distance.

Pembroke reduced the gap on the hour when Ronaldo Cassar was pushed in the area after being put through by Grech and Neville Galea converted from the spot,and minutes later they came very close an equaliser as the ball carrassed the goal mouth from a cross by Cassar but found no takers to apply the killer touch.

Seven minutes before the end Pembroke equalised  from the spot as Eltrapelsi was pushed in the area after being put through by Grech and Galea again converted from the spot, three minutes later Floriana restored their one-goal lead when substitute Jake Mallia Phyall was sandwiched in the area after a Zarb through ball , Ducker partly saved the low drive by Borg Castaldi and Camilleri sprinted in the area and scored from the rebound with a hard low drive past a helpless Ducker.

  • Floriana : J.Taliana, J.Muscat, S.Grima, J.Steven, Matthias Zarb, D.Borg Castaldi, I.Micallef, Z.Camilleri, J.Delia, P.Zammit, Mattia Zarb,
  • Pembroke: J.Ducker, Z.Grech, M.Buhagiar, C.Catania, N.Galea, Z.Portelli, A.Fahti, A.Grima, M.Bonello,C.Camilleri, K.Vella
  • Referee: Gordon Camilleri

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