The Malta Independent 25 April 2019, Thursday

BOV Div. I: Naxxar beat Zejtun’s bubble; precious win for lowly Mqabba

Chris Cassar Friday, 8 February 2019, 21:48 Last update: about 3 months ago

Marsa-Mqabba        0-2

Marsa: K. Brincat, S. Zampa, R. Gatt De Raffaele, L. Ciantar, Y. Camilleri, S. Camilleri, J. Lovegrove, D. Agius, O. Cristiani, H. Kawamura, A. Watanabe.

Mqabba: F. Tabone, N. Micallef, R. Da Silva Gomes, F. Gusman, D. Azzopardi, W. Borg, B. Grech, D. Micallef, A. Ferreira, J. Martins Da Silva, G. Micallef.

Referee: Glen Tonna

Scorer: Aleksandro Dos Santos Ferreira 2’, 15’.

Mqabba finally found the the back of the net of their opponents after six consecutive matches, to end this barren spell and also gain a precious victory against bottom of the table side Marsa.

Coach Alfred Attard finally managed the first point for Mqabba, who surely were not prepared to fight against relegation at the start of the season. Aleksandro Dos Santos Ferreira scored a brace in the opening fifteen minutes to give his side three valuable points.

For Marsa this was the eighth successive defeatand although they are showing some signs of improvement, their chances of avoiding the big drop are slim indeed, parctically none.

 

Zejtun C-Naxxar L            1-4

Zejtun: G. Zammit, C. Giordemaina, I. Azzopardi, J.A. Meira, A. Carabott, A. Smeir (R. Spiteri 57’), J. Castano, D. Albanese (D. Andelkovic 70’), N. Tabone, A. Farrugia (G. Sultana 76’), G. Azzopardi.

Naxxar L: O. Borg, M. Fenech, M. Mifsud, E. Cerqueira Farias (P. Ellul 90’), J. Debono, R. Cassar, J. Ellul, A. Buhagiar (C. Bugeja 74’), S. Nanapere, B. Essel, S. Meilak.

Referee: Emanuel Grech

Scorers: Joel Ellul 9’ (N), Saturday Nanapere 21’ (N), Johan Castano 30’ (Z), Edson Farias 80’ (N), Jurgen Debono 84’ (N)

Naxxar Lions burst Zejtun’s bubble yesterday inflicting on them a heavy defeat that practically eliminates Zejtun from the promotion race. This was a match between two sides in fourth position, both chasing Gudja in third place.

Zejtun were coming from five consecutive victories and had also beaten the then still unbeaten Santa Lucia in their last outing. But yesterday Steve D’Amato’s boys stunned their opponents with an almost perfect display of football.

Naxxar set the match on the right track with two goals in the opening twenty minutes, but Zejtun pulled one back through league top scorer on the half hour.

In the second half Zejtun were expected to make a comeback, but although having territorial superiority, the Naxxar defence was never in danger. The Lions put the game to bed with two further goals in the last ten minutes.

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