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

Zebbug return to winning ways

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division II

Kercem Ajax Stadium – 14th April 2018

MATCH DETAILS

Qala S : 1 (M. Mumford 24’)

Xuereb, F. Mumford, M. Cefai,J. Buttigieg, S. Sillato, J. Attard, M. Pace, M. Niakate, M. Mumford, B. Sammut (M. Buttigieg), J. Mifsud.

Zebbug R : 2 (M. Mumford 3’o.g., C. Borg 41’)

P. Saliba, G. Portelli, F. Cini, C. Borg,C. Vella, A. Buttigieg, M. Ciangura, B. Parello Palou, P. Camilleri, C. Farrugia (O. Calleja), L. Farrugia.

MATCH REPORT

Zebbug Rovers recovered from a long series of disappointing results and obtained three points from their match against bottom-placed Qala Saints.  Zebbug’s goal matured with the odd goal from three where the three goals were converted during the first half. With this result Qala Saints practically lost every opportunity to end the season away from the bottom place of the category.

Zebbug’s win was deserved as they held more initiative while Qala seemed weak in attack and they rarely arrived in a position to obtain a positive result from this encounter.

 

Zebbug opened the score in the third minute of play through an own goal committed by Qala’s Michael Mumford headed badly following a corner kick by Bartomeu Perello Palou and the ball ended behind his goalkeeper.  Zebbug kept insisting during the opening minutes and on 5 minutes a shot from outside the area by Francesco Cini ended just wide.  Qala tried to regain some confidence and as time passed by they created a reaction to their difficult start. Qala levelled the score 24 minutes when Michael Mumford made up for his mistake during the opening stages of the match by concluding a personal action with a fine shot that ended out of the reach of Zebbug’s keeper.  Two minutes later Qala’s Modibo Niakate had a shot after receiving from Michael Mumford that was deflected by the defence to a corner and on 39 minutes Zebbug replied with a free kick by Bartomeu Perello Palou that was saved with difficulty to a corner by goalie Omar Xuereb.  One minute later the same goalkeeper made another difficult intervention to block a shot by Francesco Cini and on 41 Zebbug regained the lead when Patrick Camilleri crossed inside the area following a corner kick by Christian Vella and the ball arrived to an unmarked Chris Borg who placed the ball easily in goal from close distance.  Qala went very close to level the score one minute later but a free kick form long distance by Malcolm Cefai was saved to a corner by goalie Baskal Saliba.

 

For the second period Zebbug continued to produce a dangerous play and on 49 minutes Qala‘s keeper Omar Xuereb partially saved an effort by Chris Borg and defender Gabriel Sillato cleared the ball off the fatal line.  The same goalkeeper made another important intervention one minute later following an attempt by Christian Vella and on 62 minute Qala could have levelled the score but a shot cross by Modibo Niakate passed in front of Zebbug’s goal without finding any striker for the tap-in.  On 67 minutes Zebbug were again dangerous through a shot by Chris Borg that was neutralised by goalie Omar Xuereb and 72 minutes Zebbug’s Marco Ciangura had an attempt directly from a free kick but the ball ended high. Zebbug had a goal scored by Chris Borg on 77 for an offside infringement and one minute alter Qala’s keeper saved with difficulty a direct free kick by Bartomeu Perello Palou.  Zebbug went close to make sure of the victory with the third goal on 82 minutes but a shot by Bartomeu Perello Palou was partially saved by goalie Omar Xuereb and substitute Martin Buttigieg cleared the ball from the goalmouth to avoid a certain goal. Zebbug were almost punished for the missed chances as Qala went close to level the score in the third minute of stoppage time but a direct free kick by Michael Mumford ended just over the crossbar.

 

Referee: Luke Xuereb

Munxar register another large win

Munxar register another large win

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division II

Kercem Ajax Stadium – 7th April 2018

MATCH DETAILS

Munxar F : 6 (M. Azzopardi 15’, O. Curmi 32’, S. Muscat 34’, J. Grima 45+1’, M.M. Uzor 73’, J. Parnis 84’)

Xuereb (L. Gatt), C. Gafa, M. Debrincat, C. Bugeja, P. Parnis, M. Azzopardi, S. Muscat, O. Curmi (P. Rapa), M. M. Uzur (N. Attard), J. Parnis, J. Grima.

Zebbug R : 1 (C. Borg 35’)

Saliba, G. Portelli, M. Formosa, F. Cini, C. Borg, O. Calleja, C. Vella (J. Muscat), A. Buttigieg, M. Ciangura, C. Farrugia (J. Azzopardi), L. Farrugia (O. Mercieca).

MATCH REPORT

Munxar Falcons obtained three easy points from a large win over Zebbug Rovers so that they retained their one-point lead over their contenders for promotion Sannat Lions.  Munxar paved the way to the victory with four goals scored during the first period and sealed the result with two other goals scored during the final stages of the encounter.  With this result Zebbug compromised their possibility to challenge for the third spot on the table in the final stages of the campaign.

 

 Zebbug created the first scoring opportunity of the encounter in the fifth minute of play through a free kick by Francesco Cini that was saved with difficulty by goalie Lorjean Xuereb.  Zebbug practically compromised their possibility to be stronger challengers to the leaders of the category on 15 minutes when they were reduced to ten players as Matthion Formosa was sent off for stopping Michael Matthias Uzor from entering the area.  From the resultant free kick taken by Oliver Curmi, Zebbug’s goalie Baskal Saliba partially saved on the fatal line and form the rebound Mario Azzopardi arrived in time to place the ball into an open goal.  On 22 minutes Munxar went close to scoring but a shot by Samuel Muscat from the edge of the area hit the crossbar.  In another good action by Junxar few minute later an effort by Jordi Parnis ended just wide. Munxar however scored their second goal on 32 minutes when Paul Parnis prolonged inside the area a corner kick by Jordi Parnis and Oliver Curmi arrived in time to push the ball in goal from close distance.  Two minutes later Munxar scored the third goal that arrived through a first timer by Samuel Muscat following a corner kick by Joseph Grima.  On 35 minutes Zebbug reduced the deficit with a lob from outside the area by Chris Borg that surprised the goalkeeper.  However, Munxar continued to create danger during the final stages of the first half and in the first minute of stoppage time before the break the Falcons scored their fourth goal through a fine shot from outside the area by Joseph Grima that surprised the goalkeeper.

 

After the resumption Munxar retained command of play but reduced their pressure on Zebbug’s defensive department.  Munxar could have scored another goal on 65 minutes but a strike by Christian Bugeja hit the crossbar. Munxar however scored their fifth goal on 68 minutes when Zebbug’s goalie tried to block the danger following an initiative by Jordi Parnis but Michael Mattias Uzor toom the ball and placed easily in goal.  On 84 minutes Munxar added another goal, scored by Jordi Parnis following a cross by Christian Bugeja.  Four minutes later Munxar’s keeper Liam Gatt made three consecutive intervention to block two consecutive shots by Chris Borg and an attempt by Owen Mercieca and denied Zebbug from scoring their second goal.

 

Referee: Ryan Caruana