The Malta Independent 4 October 2022, Tuesday
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Sirens show strength and perseverance to clinch the Għaqda Ġurnalisti Sports Cup

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Stewart Said

SIRENS MECCA MARINE.... 14

EXILES............................... 11

(3-3), (2-3), (4-3), (5-2)

 

For the third time this summer, Sirens Mecca Marine ended on the winning side against Exiles, this time claiming the Għaqda Ġurnalisti Sports Cup. Another battle between these two teams as they offered entertainment to those present but also moments where tension escalated.

The result might not give a clear picture of how the game developed as Exiles were in front for three sessions and till the last minutes, they were 11-11. It was not a happy ending to a long career for Timmy Sullivan as he made his last career appearance.

Exiles led 3-1 midway through the first session, but Sirens scored twice from Jerome Zerafa Gregory and Ken Erdogan in the last minute and a half of the session to draw. Exiles regained the two-goal cushion almost in the middle of the second session until Matthew Sciberras scored late in the session.

Sirens made a bold reaction in the third session as they kept holding on despite Exiles’ determination. Sciberras and Gianni Farrugia responded to Matteo Martellacci’s goal to make it 7-7. Veteran Timmy Sullivan and Max Aquilina gave Exiles again a two-goal advantage and at that time they looked in control.

But Sirens had other plans. First, they cancelled the disadvantage with two goals by the end of the third session and in the beginning of the last session, scored another two goals from Jerome Zerafa Gregory and John Napier to give Marko Orlovic’s team an 11-9 advantage.

The game wasn’t finished yet. Exiles roared back and despite losing several fouled-out players, they managed to equalise through goals by Sullivan and Aquilina. The game seemed to be decided on penalties but there was still two minutes to be played.

Sirens took advantage and Jacob Sciberras successfully converted a man-up. Mikhael Cutajar sealed the win with two late goals. At the end of the game, Għaqda Ġurnalisti Sports Executive Members Dominic Aquilina and Mark Muscat presented the trophy to the captain John Napier.

Sirens: T. Micallef, P. Serracino, K. Erdogan (1), J. Sciberras (1), J. Zerafa Gregory (2), G. Farrugia (1), M. Chircop, I. Riolo (2), J. Napier (1), M. Cutajar (2), M. Sciberras (4), M. Azzopardi, M. Bonello Dupuis, G. Melillo, K. Agius

Exiles: M. Castillo, N. Saliba, L. Gialanze, P. Paris, T. Sullivan (2), S. Xerri de Caro, M. Fenech, K. Griscti (1), N. Paris, J. Bajada (1), M. Aquilina (6), D. Fenech, G. Borg, M. Martellacci (1), L. Pursehouse

Referees: Andrea Zedda, Stefan Licari

 

 

Photos: Domenic Aquilina

 

WATERPOLO – WOMEN’S SUPER CUP

 

SIRENS RC ENTERPRISES..... 9

SLIEMA ARKADIA............... 7

(4-0), (1-3), (3-3), (1-1)

 

Title contenders Sirens R Cauchi Enterprises gave themselves a moral booster for the league as they defeated Sliema Arkadia to win the Super Cup. Sliema on the other hand suffered their second consecutive defeat after losing to San Ġiljan in the knock-out final this week.

Sirens made the game an uphill battle for Sliema as they built a commanding 4-0 lead through goals by a brace from Kaia Agius, Martha Perici Ferrante and Denise Micallef. Sliema made a reaction in the second session. First, they reduced the margin to 4-2 and later Yara Bonett responded to Zea Cutajar Licari’s goal.

Dale Dowling’s team kept the advantage in the third session as they even widened the gap to 7-3 but Sliema kept on believing and reduced the deficit to 8-6 after goals by Lisa Fenech and Yara Bonett. Sirens controlled the game in the last session and Denise Micallef assured the win for her team as Sliema’s late goal wasn’t enough. After the game, captain Denise Micallef was presented with trophy by ASA President Joe Caruana Curran.

Sirens: A. Amato, E. Montfort (1), E. Amato, C. Amato (1), M. Perici Ferrante (2), E. Vella, M. Falzon, K. Agius (2), D. Micallef (2), K. Attard, Z. Bartolo, Z. Cutajar Licari (1), K. Agius, T. Saliba, S. Abela

Sliema: K. Plumpton, K. Camilleri, G. Zammit, L. Fenech (2), A. Restall, L. Cachia, S. Camilleri (1), H. Camilleri, K. Cutajar, E. Schembri, Y. Bonett (4), A. Friggieri, M. Micallef, S. Figallo, B. Spiteri

Referees: Stefano Scappini, Richard Magri

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