The Malta Independent 5 December 2020, Saturday

Premier League: Tarxien add to Senglea’s misery

Chris Cassar Sunday, 25 October 2020, 06:38 Last update: about 2 months ago

Tarxien Rainbows beat Senglea 5-0 to register their first win of the season and to Senglea’s misery at the bottom of the table. This was a relegation clash with both sides in desperate need of their first victory, but in the end this anticipated balanced affair was a one-way traffic one as Tarxien were miles ahead of their opponents.

Senglea are in deep trouble, after some pathetic showings so far theis season especially against Lija and Sliema. Yesterday’s performance was another gem in Sesnglea’s poor showing, suffice to say that Tarxien had hit the woodwork twice before eventually opening thse score.


Senglea have the worst attack, with just one goal scored so far, and the worst defence too, having already conceeded 16 goals, an average of over three goals per match. Statistically and practically Senglea are heading straight to Challenge League football next season.

For Tarxien a sigh of relief after a very solid performance, but their position is far from healthy as this year’s relegation struggle will be a very hard one.

Both sides had a timid approach in the first part of the game with Senglea’s first attempt from a Jan Tanti freekick, a freekick well saved by Marcio Fernandes. Tarxien were unlucky on 20 minutes when a Miranda good run was finished with his shot hitting the post.

There was more to come as five minutes later Tarxien were again unlucky with Jurgen Debono’s shot again hit the upright. On the half hour Tarxien finally and deservedly broke the deadlock when Plut crossed towards Miranda whose effort hit defender Terzin with the ball finishing at the back of the net. Four minutes later came Senglea’s reaction with a Kukic freekick going wide.

On the resumption Fernandes saved for Tarxien a Gomes shot, with the same Fernandes saving off Jan Tanti minutes later. On 67 minutes the turning point of the match when Tarxien won a penalty and Senglea goalkeeper Matthew Farrugia was booked twice for dissent and sent off.

From the spot Conceicao made no mistake beating reserve goalkeeper Bugeja. Senglea now threw in the towel and Tarxien made it three ten minutes later when Conceicao received a precise cross from Plut as he easily beat Bugeja.

Tarxien continued to insist in attack and added two more goals in the final minutes of the match. A cedric Zahra shot was deflected by Alan Abela for the second goal of the afternoon and in stoppage time Vito Plut crowned a very good performance by scoring the fifth and final goal.


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