Youth Football:Sta Luċija win tight game

Friday, December 11, 2015, 17:18

APS Bank  Under-15 Section D

Sta Luċija win tight game

Sta Luċija      3 

Mtarfa     2

Victor Ciangura

Sta Luċija managed to win this keenly-contested game as they enjoyed the lion’s share of exchanges in the first period and Mtarfa were the better outfit after the resumption and also managed to reduce the gap. Sta Luċija are now on three points from four games while Mtarfa are also on three points but from five games.

The first actions were created by Mtarfa. Luke Aquilina released Matteo Grima on the right flank and the ball was cleared away from his cross. Francesco Brincat was fouled outside the area and Sta Luċija keeper Sven Woodhead saved the free kick shot by Matthias Camilleri and also saved a close-range shot by Brincat after a Grima through ball.

In the first action by Sta Luċija in the 12th minute they opened the score. Jamie Sapiano served Eman Farrugia with a through ball in the area and after he was tripped by a defender he made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Woodhead came to his side’s rescue on three consecutive occasions as he saved a shot by Luke Muscat from the edge of the area, neutralised the ball from a dangerous cross by Grima and also dived to nwutralise the ball from a low cross by Pedro Axisa after a Luca Maniscalco through ball.

In a reaction by Sta Luċija Eman Farrugia was fouled outside the area and the same player missed the bar by inches from the free kick, the same player then dribbled past two opponents and Mtarfa keeper James Aquilina  saved his shot from the distance and he also saved a header from inside the area by Sapiano after a well-taken free kick by Yanick Galea.

The score became 2-0 on the half hour as Eman Farrugia netted with a low drive from inside the area after a flag kick by Sven Vidal, and just before the half time whistle they scored a third goal when Eman Farrugia released Galea on the left flank and as Aquilina came out of his charge to narrow the angle he scored with a lobbed ball.

Four minutes after restart Mtarfa reduced the gap as Pedro Axisa entered the area after dribbling past two opponents and scored with a low hard drive past Woodhead, and minutes later he saved in two attempts a free kick shot by Camilleri.

Mtarfa kept trying. Aquilina missed the upright from inside the area after a flag kick by Axisa, Luke Muscar released Carlos Zarb in the area and a defender cleared the ball to a corner and Woodhead saved a free kick shot by Camilleri after Zarb was fouled outside the area.

A minute before the end of normal time Mtarfa scored a second goal as substitute Peter Dingli served substitute Liam Bugeja in the area who netted with a low shot.

  • Sta Luċija: S.Woodhead, A.Azzopardi, E.Farrugia, K.Formosa, Y.Galea, L.Lean, M.Pace, F.Romeo, J.P.Sapiano, G.Vella, S.Vidal
  • Mtarfa:  J.Aquilina, M.Grima, L.Maniscalco, L.Aquilina, M.Camilleri, D.Grima, Y.Assenov, P.Axisa, F.Brincat, L.Muscat, C.Zarb
  • Referee: Joanna Vassallo
  • Player of the match: Eman Farrugia (Sta Luċija)


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