Zebbug turn defeat into victory

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 10:51

courtesy of Victor Ciangura – The Malta Independent

APS Bank Under 15 Section B

Zebbug R    3       Attard   2 


Zebbug managed to turn defeat into vicrtory after being in arrears very early in the game, but their never-say-die attitude paid good dividends and emerged worthy winners. They are in 6th place on 32 points from 21 games while Attard are in 8th position having played all their games having 27 points.

The game was only one minute old when Attard took the lead. They won a corner kick on the left flank which was well-taken by Andrea Galea St John and after the ball was partly cleared Jean Borg scored from the rebound with a hard drive. From a similar action four minutes later Jean drove slightly out from inside the area.

In the 6th minute Zebbug restored equilibrium when Neil Grixti served Chris Farrugia with a long through ball who after entering the area scored with a rising shot.

Attard then won a corner kick on the and after Galea St John’s flag kick Nicholas Mangion drove out from the rebound after the ball was partly cleared.

In a reaction by Zebbug they mounted two actions. Wayne Camilleri entered the area after dribbling past a defender and Attard keeper Isaac Angileri foiled him by diving at his feet to smother the ball and momenta later he was forced to tip the ball over the bar denying Chris Farrugia’s close-range effort.

Four minutes before half time Zebbug scored a second goal with an identical move between the same players when Grixti served Chris Farrugia in the area who scored with a hard grounder.

In the first action after restart Grixti served Chris Farrugia in the area and Angileri was forced to dive at his feet to foil him from further progression.

Zebbug kept pressing and mounted two more actions.Philip Camilleri served substitute Matthew Camilleri in the area and Angileri foiled him with a timely sortie and the same player then served

Chris Farrugia on the left flank who after entering the area missed the upright by inches.

In an effort to save the game Attard then mounted two actions.Jean borg entered the area after beating two defenders and Zebbug keeper Clayton Pace denied with a diving save in two attempts and after the same player was fouled on the left flank, the free kick by Ryan Martinelli created havoc in Zebbug’s area but the ball was somehow cleared to safety.

The score became 3-1 on the hour when Philip Camilleri served Ryan Muscat who entered the area after beating a defender and netted with a hard grounder.

In the 64th minute Attard reduced the gap as Brady Borg pounced on a faulty back-pass, served Jean Borg on the left flank who netted with a hard rising shot after entering the area.

Attard then created the last action before the end when Jean Borg was fouled outside the area and from Martineeli’s free kick Pace turned the ball to a corner.

Referee: Jason Saliba                                     Player of the match: Neil Grixti (Zebbug R)


Section Wnners


Congratulations to Gozo who won the Under 15 Section B.

They won 57 points from 22 games. Mosta are the Runners-Up

having 51 points from 21 games having to play a last game against Msida.

Both teams are promoted to Section A for next season and also qualifed for the

Inter-Section Knock-Out Competition.


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