St Lawrence, Zebbug ends season on a positive note

St Lawrence, Zebbug ends season on a positive note

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division II

Gozo Stadium – 25th April 2018

MATCH DETAILS

St Lawrence S : 3 (F. Cini 35’, 54’; C. Borg 40’)

.L. Buttigieg, K. Hili, J. Theuma, R. Duric, C. Azzopardi, J. Grima, D. Micallef, C. Farrugia, C. Tabone (L. Pisani), C. Mifsud, L. Attard.

Zebbug R : 3 (R. Duric 3’, 11’; K. Hili 77’)

Saliba, G. Portelli, F. Cini, C. Borg, P. Camilleri, B. Perello Palou, C. Vella, A. Buttigieg, C. Farrugia, L. Farrugia (O. Mercieca), M. Formosa (J. Muscat).

MATCH REPORT

St Lawrence Spurs and Zebbug Rovers shared the spoils in a draw of six goals in the last match of the campaign for the two sides so that they managed to end the season with a positive result.  The two sides had their final placing on the table determined in the previous matches as St Lawrence ended the campaign at the third spot on the table while Zebbug finished at the fourth place.  Both St Lawrence and Zebbug expected to be more competitive this season but failed to remain among the challengers for promotion and therefore both sides were aiming to end the campaign with a win.  The final score was ultimately a just result as both teams tried hard to obtain the win.

 

St Lawrence had a better start and opened the sore in the third minute of play through a shot from an angled position by Radovan Duric.  Zebbug continued to suffer St Lawrence’s play during the opening stages of the encounter and on 11 minutes the Spurs doubled the score through a header by Radovan Duric following a corner kick by Kenny Hili.  Zebbug managed to recover from the difficult start and on 23 minutes a shot from outside the area by Francesco Cini ended just over the crossbar.  On 34 minutes St Lawrence’s goalie Luke Buttigieg was well placed to block a shot from an angled position by Bartomeo Perello Palou. One minute later Zebbug re-opened the issue when a shot from an angled position by Chris Borg was partially saved by goalie Luke Buttigieg and from the rebound the ball arrived to Francesco Cini who had his shot that got a deflection form the defence and the ball ended in goal.  On 37 minutes Zebbug went again close to scoring when Chris Borg entered St Lawrence’s territory but his lob over the goalkeeper ended high.  Zebbug however scored the equaliser on 40 minutes with a lob by Chris Borg over St Lawrence’s keeper who was out of his position.

 

The match during the second period became more interesting with regard to the final outcome as the two sides tried to take the lead.  On 47 minutes Zebbug were dangerous through a shot by Lucas Farrugia that was deflected to a corner by the defence. Zebbug took the lead on 54 minutes through a strike by Francesco Cini that surprised St Lawrence’s goalie.  One minute alter Zebbug could have added another goal but an attempt by Lucas Farrugia was saved in two attempts by goalie Luke Buttigieg.  St Lawrence’s goalie Luke Buttigieg once again kept his side in contention with two consecutive saves following two shots by Chris Borg on 71 minutes who took the ball from a short clearance by the defence.  St Lawrence replied on 74 minutes with a cross shot by Kenny Hili that was stopped by the crossbar. The Spurs levelled the score on 77 minutes when Radovan Duric unmarked Kenny Hili inside Zebbug’s area and the latter placed easily into an open goal.  During the final minutes the two sides had a scoring opportunity to regain the lead.  On 87 minutes a shot y Zebbug’s George Portelli ended high and two minutes later St Lawrence’s Carlton Mifsud had his shot well saved by Zebbug’s keeper Baskal Saliba so that the score remained unchanged.

 

Referee: Eucharist Portelli

Munxar obtian win with second half goals

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division Il

Gozo Stadium – 21st April 2018

MATCH DETAILS

St Lawrence S : 1 (K. Hili 39’)

Lu. Buttigieg, S. Mizzi (L. Pisani), K. Hili, D. Di Maio (C. Mifsud), J. Theuma, C. Azzopardi, J. Grima, D. Micallef, C. Farrugia, C. Tabone, L. Attard.

Munxar F : 3 (C. Bugeja 9’, M.M. Uzor 79’, J. Parnis 87’)

Xuereb, K. Borg, C. Gafa (B. Meilak), P. Parnis (R. Meilak), C. Bugeja, S. Muscat, M. Debrincat, M. Azzopardi (P. Rapa), M. M. Uzur, J. Parnis, J. Grima.

MATCH REPORT

Munxar Falcons earned the three points they needed from their penultimate match of the campaign against St Lawrence Spurs so that they regained sole leadership and they need just one point form the last match of the league against contenders for the main honour and for promotion Sannat Lions.  With this result Sannat will need the victory from their match against Munxar and therefore the last match of the campaign will be a typical cup tie to determine the champions of the category and the promotion. The match between Munxar and St Lawrence turned out into an interesting encounter where Munxar only managed to clinch the full points at stake with two goals that arrived in the last part of the encounter.

 

Munxar came out more aggressive and in the seventh minute of play they went close to scoring when Jordi Parnis released Micahel Mattias Uzor but the latter had his shot form an angled position that ended just wide.  Two minutes later Munxar opened the score through an excellent strike by Christian Bugeja, following a short clearance by the defence, which surprised goalie Luke Buttigieg.  Munxar tried to maintain pressure on St Lawrence’s rear guard and on 10 minutes goalie Luke Buttigieg made a good intervention to block an effort by Michael Mattias Uzor.  The Spurs replied on 29 minutes through a shot form long distance by Shaun Mizzi that ended inches wide and five minutes later Denis di Maio had an attempt from outside the area that ended just over Munxar’s crossbar.  St Lawrence levelled the score on 39 minutes when Denis Di Maio released Kenny Hili who placed in goal with a low drive as the goalkeeper left his position in an attempt to block the danger.  Munxar tried to regain the lead with an immediate reaction but one minute later a shot from an angled position by Michael Mattias Uzor, when the goalkeeper was out of his position, ended wide.

 

St Lawrence could have turned the result in their favour on 47 minutes when Charlon Tabone released Denis Di Maio inside Munxar’s area but goalie Lorjean Xuereb had excellent timing and blocked the danger.  Three minutes later the same Di Maio concluded badly when he was alone in the area. Munxar replied on 65 minutes when Jordi Parnis concluded towards foal after avoiding the goalkeeper but defender Daniel Micallef recovered his position and cleared the ball from the goalmouth. Five minutes later a header by Munxar’s Joseph Grima following a corner kick by Jordi Parnis ended high.  Munxar kept insisting and on 72 minutes the same goalkeeper saved with difficulty a direct free kick by Jordi Parnis. St Lawrence’s keeper continued to be the protagonist for his side and on 79 minutes he kept his side in contention for a positive result when he blocked in time an effort by Joseph Grima who was alone in the area. Munxar however took their second lead when a cross by substitute Ryan Meilak was followed by Michael Mattias Uzor who headed in a goal from close distance.  St Lawrence were demoralised and Munxar took full advantage to administer their lead and also sealed the victory with a third goal that arrived on 87 minutes through a low drive from an angled position by Jordi Parnis after receiving from Michael Mattias Uzor.

Referee: Massimo Axisa

St Lawrence extend positive run

St Lawrence extend positive run

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division II

Kercem Ajax Stadium – 7th April 2018

MATCH DETAILS

St Lawrence S : 2 (K. Hili 14’, J. Theuma 17’)

Lu. Buttigieg, S. Mizzi, K. Hili, J. Theuma, D. Radovan, C. Azzopardi, D. Micallef, C. Farrugia (C. Cauchi), L. Pisani (J. Grima), C. Tabone (C. Mifsud), L. Attard.

Xaghra U : 0

Azzopardi, D. Bajada, S. Sultana, S. Galea, J. Xiberras, S. Bonello (P. J. Mifsud), G. Farrugia, J. Bajada (O. Pogukay), A. Xiberras, M. Janius, M. Galea (J. Xerri)

MATCH REPORT

St Lawrence Spurs scored two goals during the first half and earned the full points at stake from their match against Xaghra United.  With the points obtained the Spurs consolidated their third spot on the table. The Spurs deserved the win as they produced the better play during the first period and managed to resist to Xaghra’s reaction after the break who could have reopened the issue on more than one occasion.

The first scoring opportunity of the match was created by Xaghra in the second minute of play through a low shot by Milorad Janjus that ended just wide.  The Spurs replied on 14 minutes and opened the score when a cross by Luke Attard arrived to Kenny Hili who concluded in goal with a first timer.  St Lawrence doubled the score three minutes later when Radovan Duric produced a good move inside Xaghra’s area and his pass arrived to an unmarked Jason Theuma who guided the ball into an open goal from close distance.  On 29 minutes the Spurs could have scored another goal but a low shot by Radovan Duric was saved to a corner by goalie Frankie Azzopardi.  From the resultant corner action, taken by the same Duric, Shaun Mizzi was unlucky when his attempt was stopped by the post. Xaghra replied on 32 minutes with a fine shot by Luke Attard that was saved to a corner by goalie Luke Buttigieg and the same goalkeeper was at the right place on 36 mints to save with difficulty a shot from an angled position by Milorad Janjus.  The Spurs however regained command of play during the final stages of the first half. On 41 minutes Xaghra’s keeper Frankie Azzopardi left his position in time to clear the ball before Charlon Tabone could hit the ball towards an open goal and the same goalkeeper was again called to make a difficult save to neutralise a good shot by Radovan Duric.

For the second period the Spurs tried to maintain their pressure on Xaghra’s defence and on 49 minutes an attempt by Charlon Tabone was well saved by goalie Frankie Azzopardi.  Two minutes later the same keeper denied the Spurs form adding another goal with two consecutive saves following shots by Jason Theuma and Charlon Tabone. From the resultant melee St Lawrence’s Shaun Mizzi saw his attempt ending wide.  On 57 minutes Xaghra replied with a direct free kick by Gabriel Farrugia that was stopped by the crossbar and in the final minutes Xaghra’s keeper was called to make difficult interventions in at least two separate occasions. On 79 minutes goalie Frankie Azzoaprdi save a direct free kick by Radovian Duric and four minutes later the same keeper took the ball from the feet of substitute Carlton Mifsud who entered Xaghra’s territory with a solo action. 

 

Referee: Joe Agius