Mikele Vella on trial with FC Tsarsko Selo Sofia

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15 year old Mikele Vella is on trial with first division side FC Tsarsko Selo of Sofia Bulgaria.  Last season he played for Zebbug Rangers u17 side.

Mikele impressed the Bulgarian coaches and was clearly the best player on trial.

Tutto Sports with Puma shoes and apparel have sponsored Mikele.

Luciano Camilleri jingħaqad ma’ Melita FC

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Il-goalkeeper tat-tim nazzjonali Malti ta’ taħt is-16-il sena Luciano Camilleri mistenni luciano ma’ Melita F.C. b’self mingħand Sliema Wanderers FC.

Dan hekk kif Replay (Net Television) jinsab infurmat li ntlaħaq ftehim bejn iż-żewġ klabbs biex it-trasferiment ikun jista’ jseħħ. Fl-isfond ta’ din it-trattattiva kien hemm ukoll klabb ieħor li esprima interess.

Minkejja li għad għandu 15-il sena, Camilleri hu meqjus bħala wieħed mill-iktar goalkeepers promettenti f’pajjiżna. Tant hu hekk li jilgħab għat-tim nazzjonali Malti ta’ taħt is-16-il sena u ilu sentejn jilgħab għall-U17s ta’ Sliema.

Matul l-istaġun li għadda Camilleri saħansitra tela’ l-Irlanda fejn tħarreġ ma’ Ballymun United FC 1969 u rċieva kliem ta’ tifħir mill-kowċ ta’ Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Deserved win for St Andrew              Under 15 Section A St Andrew  3      Paola Hibs 0

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Victor Ciangura    13.1.19

A very fast and keen game watched by a sizeable crowd at the Luxol Ground. St Andrew fully deserved the verdict as they were the better outfit during both periods. Following this game both teams occupy fourth placing: St Andrew are on 9 points from 6 games while Paola Hibs are on 9 points from 7 games.

St Andrew applied the early pressure. Timothy Cassar Torregiani served Matthew Bonnici with a through ball on the right flank but following his cross in the area there were no takers to apply the killer touch and Alexander Spiteri released William England on the left edge of the area and he missed the near post from his hard drive.

In a Paola reaction they mounted two actions. Mikael Seychell served Shawn Mifsud with a square pass on the edge of the area and St Andrew keeper Kyle Barbara saved his volley and Jake Portelli was fouled well outside the area and after the free kick by Julian Casha created havoc in St Andrews’s area the ball was cleared away.

The pressure from St Andrew resumed. Luca Zammit served Spiteri with a square pass just outside the area and Paola keeper Miguel Camilleri saved his hard drive. Cassar Torregiani served Bonnici with a cross in the area and Camilleri saved his shot to a corner, the same player then released Spiteri in the area and he missed the upright with a low shot and a Spiteri flag kick was cleared to another corner.

Two minutes before the break Paola Hibs were denied by the wood work when Jake Paotelli was fouled on the right edge of the area and from the free kick by Aiden Cassar the ball thumped the crossbar with Barbara completely beaten and somehow the ball was cleared away to safety and just before the half time whistle St Andrew opened the score when Bonnici out-sped two opponents on the left flank and served Nicholas Galea with a low cross in the area who scored with a hard grounder.

The Paolaites created the first action after the resumption as Portelli was fouled outside the area and Barbara saved on the free kick by Cassar.

In the next attack by St Andrew in the 48th minute they doubled their lead as Luca Zammit served Spiteri with a through ball on the left flank who after entering the area he scored with a hard and high diagonal shot and in another action minutes later Galea served Spiteri with a square pass on the edge of the area and Camilleri had to dive and save the ball from his hard drive.

In a Paola action Isaiah Chukenyere served Kieron Caruana with a through ball on the right flank but he was foiled by a timely tackle by Matt Gatt.

St Andrew kept trying to increase their lead. Cassar Torregiani served Galea in the area who scored with a low drive but the point was disallowed for off side. Spiteri enterd the area after dribbling past two opponents and with an open goal at his mercy drove out from a very ideal position and Galea was fouled just outside the area and after the free kick by Andrew Borg, midfielder Luca Zammit, up with his forwards missed the upright with a header from inside the area.

In the second minute of added time St Andrew scored thier third goal when after a flag kick by Bonnici was cleared to another corner it was taken by Spiteri and Zammit scored with a header.

St Andrew: K.Barbara, K.Arpa, M.Gatt, L.Zammit, N.Galea, A.Spiteri, M.Bonnici, J.Pace, A,Borg, T.Cassar Torregiani, J.Parnis

Paola Hibs: M.camilleri, L.Sapiano, A.Cassar, G.Borg, S,Mifsud, J.Casha, I.Chukunyere, J.Portelli, K.Caruana, M.Seychell, S.Nelson.

Player of the match: Alexander spiteri (St Andrew)

Referee: Wayne Sammut

 

Gozo snatch winner in added time                                     Under 15 Section A Balzan   1 Gozo 2

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Victor Ciangura       12.1.19

The Gozitan youngsters were the better outfit as they created more actions than Balzan during both periods. Following this game, Gozo are in the penultimate position on 6 points from 6 games while Balzan are in bottom place on 1 point from 7 games.

The first action was created by Gozo as they won a corner kick on the right flank which was taken by Matthias said and Balzan keeper Matthias Buttigieg was forced to palm the ball away to safety following his high cross in the area, at the other end, Gabriel Farrugia served Gabriel Diego Farrugia in the area and a defender cleared the ball to a corner and after it was taken by Jake Grech the ball was headed away by a defender.

Gozo regained the initiative and created two actions in a row. Lorenzo Atzori was fouled in midfield and after the free kick by Malcolm Azzopardi the ball was cleared away with difficulty and Christian Camilleri dribbled past an opponent outside the area and Buttigieg saved his hard drive from the distance.

In the 32nd minute, Gozo opened the score when Matthias Said pounced on a defensive indecision in the area and scored with a hard low drive.

Two more actions were then created by Gozo. After a flag kick by Said the ball was headed away and the same player then served Atzori with a square pass just outside the ara and Buttigieg saved his shot and Balzan created the last action before the break when Gabriel Diego Farrugia dribbled past two opponents and as he entered the area Gozo keeper Aiden Debono had to come out of his charge to kick the ball away to safety.

A minute after resumption Balzan equalised as they won a corner kick on the right flank which was well-taken by Grech and the ball was cleared to another corner and the same player scored directly from the flag kick with a high and hard screw shot.

In an effort to regain their lead Gozo created three actions. Atzori was fouled in midfield and after the free kick by Azzopardi the ball was cleared away. Camilleri was then fouled outside the area and Atzori drove slightly over the bar from the free kick and Camilleri was again fouled outside the area and Buttigieg saved the hard drive from the free kick by Grech.

Three actions were then created by Balzan. Grech pounced on a loose ball just outside the area and he missed the upright by inches. Gabriel Diego Farrugia served Aiden Mallia with a square pass in the area and he missed the upright by inches with Debono completely beaten and Grech was fouled well outside the area and Debono saved the hard drive from the free kick by Rees Demicoli.

In a Gozo action a well-taken flag kick by Said was headed away with difficulty and in the third minute of added time Gozo scored the winner when Atzori took possessiondsc_4919 of the ball well outside the area, he out-sped two opponents before entering the area and scored with a low diagonal shot to make it 2-1.

Balzan:  M.Buttigieg, C.Borg, S.Berman, D.Sujak, R.Demicoli, Z.Bartolo, J.Grech, G.Cacciatore, A.Mallia, G.D.Farrigia, G.Farrugia

Gozo:   A.Debono, J.Cassar, S.Grech, M.Azzopardi, M.Said, C.Camilleri, L.Atzori, T.Agius, C. Axiak, N.Mifsud, N.Said

Player of the match:  Christian Camilleri (Gozo)

Referee: Slawomir Olucha

 

Spoils shared in keen game Under 15 Section A San Ġwann    1 Valletta 1

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Victor Ciangura      6.1.19

A very fast and keen game with both sides having their very good moments. The first period was a balanced affair while Valletta created more actions after the resumption. Following this game Valletta are in third position on 10 points from 7 games while San Ġwann are in fourth position on 9 points from 6 games.

 

The first action was mounted by Valletta as Keiran Scicluna released Isaiah Micallef in the area and San Ġwann keeper Joel Micallef foiled him with a timely sortie.

 

The reaction by San Ġwann was very immediate as they created two actions. Matthias Fenech was fouled in midfield and the ball was cleared away from the free kick by Isaac Spiteri and Jake Micallef served Myron Micallef in the area and after Valletta keeper Jacob Mangion partly saved his shot the ball was cleared away to safety.

 

Valletta then created two more actions. Micallef served Scicluna with a through ball in the area and Micallef saved his grounder and Micallef then had a run down the left flank and after entering the area Micallef foiled him as he dived at his feet and smothered the ball.

 

In the 27th minute San Ġwann opened the score when Miguel Azzopardi entered the area after dribbling past an opponent on the left flank and as he was tripped the referee pointed to the spot and the same player made no mistake with a hard drive.

 

Four minutes later Valletta came very close to restore parity when Luke St John served Micallef with a high through ball in the area and he missed the upright by inches with a lobbed ball with keeper Micallef beaten and in the last action before the break St John served Deacon Abela with another high through ball in the area and Micallef was forced to dive and save his header.

 

Valletta commenced the second period by creating the first actions. Klose Azzopardi Conti served Micallef with a through ball in the area and after Micallef partly saved his shot the ball was cleared to a corner. Azzopardi Conti was then fouled well outside the area and after the free kick by Javier Farrugia the ball was cleared away with difficulty and Daniel Letherby served Micallef with a perfect through ball in the area but he miscued his shot and Micallef easily saved the ball.

 

Two actions were then created by San Ġwann. A corner kick by Jake Micallef created havoc in Valletta’s area and Matteo Tanti drove out from inside the area and a flag kick by Spiteri also created havoc and the ball was cleared away with difficulty.

 

The equalizer by Valletta was scored on the hour when Miguel Azzopardi floated a high ball in the area from a midfield free kick and Abela, up with his forwards, scored with a header and following this goal Valletta kept pressing till the end. Micallef was fouled just outside the area and Micallef saved on the free kick by the same player. Micallef then served Scicluna with a through ball in the area and with an open goal at his mercy he unbelievably drove out and Scicluna served Micallef with a cross from the left flank and Micallef saved his header.

 

J.Micallef, K.Debono, J.Carbone, I.Spiteri, J.Micallef (Capt), M.Micallef, M.Tanti, B.Hili, A.Vella, M.Fenech, M.Ebejer.

 

Valletta:  J.Mangion, L.St.John, D.Abela (Capt), J.Farrugia, M.Azzopardi, J.Spiteri, D.Letherby, K.Azzopardi Conti, K.Scicluna, I.Micallef, A.Borg.

 

Player of the match: Isaiah Micallef (Valletta)

 

Referee; Max Muscat

Deserved win for Valletta  Under 17 Section A Żebbuġ    0 Valletta 3

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Victor Ciangura       6.1.19

Valletta played below their normal form during the first period which was shorn of shots at goal by both sides. After the resumption they were a better outfit during which they managed to score three goals. Following this game Valletta now occupy third palce on 10 points from 6 games while Żebbuġ are in bottom place having only one point from same number of games.

The first actions were created by Valletta. Neville Borg missed the upright from inside the area after being served with a cross from the left flank and Antheos spiteri dribbled past an opponent on the left flank and after crossing the ball in the area it was cleared to a corner by a defender.

In Żebbuġ’s first actions, Jayden Camilleri was fouled on the left flank and Valletta keeper Anson Saliba saved the free kick by Stephen Gatt and Gianluca Tanti was fouled on the left edge of the area and the ball was cleared away after the free kick by Kyle Tanti.

Valletta then won a corner kick on the left flank which was taken by Kurt Desira and Kieran Fenech headed the ball against the upright and in the action he was injured as he crashed against the post  but resumed play after attention. Neville Borg was fouled outside the area and the free kick by Zachary Chetcuti was cleared away with difficulty , Żebbuġ defender Adam Abela then handled the ball just outside the area Spiteri drove well off target from the free kick and Jeremy Azzopardi served Borg with a through ball in the area and Żebbuġ keeper Luca Baldacchino foiled him with a timely sortie.

Żebbuġ created the last two actions before the break. Shamison Buttigieg dribbled past two opponents outside the area and Valletta keeper Anson Saliba saved his hard drive to a corner and the same player was then fouled on the left flank and Saliba saved the free kick by Gatt.

Four minutes after the restart Valletta opened the score as Chetcuti served Borg with a through ball in the area and netted with a hard low drive and five minutes later they doubled their lead when Borg dribbled past an opponent and released Spiteri in the area who scored with a low shot.

In a Żebbuġ action Buttigieg dribbled past two opponents outside the area and Saliba saved his hard rising shot.

In the 65th minute Żebbuġ suffered a third goal in a most unlucky way. Defender Jordie Cassar cleared the ball from just outside the area and it hit Valletta forward Kurt Desira and  rolled to the back of the net.

Żebbuġ kept trying and Tanti served Buttigieg in the area and Saliba foiled him with a timely sortie and Gatt served Tanti with a cross from the right flank and Saliba saved his close-range header.

Ten minutes before the end Żebbuġ were reduced to ten men as Kyle Tanti was shown the red card after a second booking for a foul on Kurt Buhagiar.

Żebbuġ: L.Baldacchino, A.Balzan, J.Cassar, A.Abela, Ph.Mifsud, S.Gatt, J.Camilleri, G.Tanti, K.Tanti (Capt), T.Attard

Valletta:  A.Saliba, S.Mackay, A.Spiteri, K.Desira, Z.Chetcuti, N.Borg, L.Azzopardi, M.Mercieca, G.Farrugia, K.Fenech, K.Buhagiar (Capt)

Player of the match: Neville Borg (Valletta)

Referee: Joanna Vassallo

Balzan lead Standings Under 17 Section B Floriana  0 Balzan 2

FLORIANA VS BALZAN U17

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VICTOR CIANGURA                                             23.12.18

A very keen and fast game as both sides had their very good moments. Floriana were the better outfit in the first period while Balzan enjoyed the lion’s share of exchanges after the resumption and they now lead the standings on maximum points from 4 games while Floriana are on 6 points also from 4 games.

The first action was created by Floriana as Matthias Formosa served Erson Schembri on the left flank and after advancing Balzan keeper Bradley Scalpello neutralised the ball after his high cross.

Two actions were then created by Balzan. Michael Bartoli served Eric Atkins with a cross in the area from the left flank and with an open goal at his mercy he drove well over the bar and Bartoli then served Miguel Busuttil with a through ball and Floriana keeper Jamie Sciberras came out of his charge to kick the ball away.

Floriana then mounted all the actions before the break. Matteo Piscopo served Leoandro Agius with a through ball in the area and Scalpello saved his shot in two attempts. Formosa was fouled outside the area and after the free kick by Brady Agius, Scalpello saved a header by Isaac Galea. Formosa released Schembri in the area but he missed the upright and Schembri then released Formosa in the area and Scalpello foiled him with a timely sortie.

Balzan threatened as soon as the second half started. Marc Farrugia served Jacob Bartolo in the area and Sciberras foiled him with a timely sortie, at the other end Leoandro Agius dribbled past two opponents and after entering the area Scalpello saved his shot in two attempts.

Two more actions were then created by Balzan. Busuttil was fouled on the right flank and the ball was cleared to a corner from the free kick by Sheldon Briffa and Busuttil pounced on a faulty clearance just outside the area and the ball missed the upright from his hard drive.

In a Floriana reaction, they mounted three actions. Aleandro Garzia served Formosa with a long throw-in from the left flank and he missed the upright from outside the area. Kieron Azzopardi served Formosa in the area and he drove over the bar and Brady Agius served Schembri with a short pass from a corner kick outside the area who then crossed the ball and Scalpello neutralised it in the air.

Balzan reacted strongly and mounted all the actions up to the end. Substitute Leevi Bondin was fouled on the right flank and Sciberras saved the free kick by Ivin Borg. Busuttil controlled a loose ball after a defensive indecision and from the edge of the area missed the upright by inches and Bartolo was then fouled outside the area and the ball was cleared to a corner following the free kick by Borg.

Two minutes before the end of normal time Balzan forged ahead when substitute Bondin served substitute Isaac Camilleri with a through ball in the area and as he was tripped Busuttil made no mistake from the resultant penalty with a hard low drive and in the first minute of added time they scored a second goal as Bondin served Busuttil in the area who made no mistake with a hard low shot.

Floriana: J.Sciberras, A.Garzia, K.Fenech, R.Mifsud Grech, E.Schembri, B.Agius, M.Formosa, L. Agius, K. Azzopardi, I.Galea (Capt), M.Piscopo

Balzan: B.Scalpello, S.Briffa, M.Bartoli, M.Farrugia, I.Borg, N.Magri, M.Mangion, J.Bartolo (Capt), M.Busuttil, C.Pace, E.Atkins

Player of the match: Michael Bartoli (Balzan)

Referee: Daniel Casha

First win for St Andrew, Fifth defeat for Balzan                                            Under 15 Section a St Andrew  3 Balzan 0

BALZAN VS ST ANDREWS U15

VICTOR CIANGURA                                                          23.12.18

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St Andrew registered their first win of the season and are now on 6 points from 5 games while Balzan suffered their fifth consecutive defeat and are still pointless from 5 games.

The Saints dominated the proceedings throughout the whole 70 minutes of play by creating more actions than Balzan as they threatened from the very first whistle. Luca Zammit served Mattias Ellul with a cross pass from the left flank and a defender foiled him with a timely clearance. A well-taken flag kick by Nicholas Galea was headed away.

In the 6th minute St Andrew drew first blood as Zammit was served with a cross from the left flank and from the edge of the area he scored with a hard rising shot past Balzan keeper Matthias Borg, and in Balzan’s only action in the first period after 8 minutes after a flag kick by Liam Azzopardi, St Andrew keeper Kyle Barbara fisted the ball away to safety.

St Andrew resumed with their pressing up to the half-time whistle. Mattias Ellul served Zane Falzon with a cross from the left flank and Borg saved his header from inside the area. James Pace released Ellul on the left flank who after advancing the ball was headed away following his high cross in the area. Falzon served Alexander Spiteri on the right flank and after his perfect cross in the area Timothy Cassar Torregiani failed to apply the killer touch from a very ideal position and Cassar Torregiani served Ellul with a cross-pass in the area and with an open goal at his mercy he skied the ball.

The first action after the restart was created by St Andrew as Spiteri released Ellul in the area and a defender cleared the ball to a corner and at the other end Gabriel Farrugia was fouled in midfield and after the free kick by Rees Demicoli the ball was easily headed away.

St Andrew soon regained the initiative and resumed with their pressing and also scored two more goals to put the issue beyond any doubt.

Spiteri served Falzon on the right flank and after advancing, Borg neutralised the ball from his high cross. Ellul was fouled on the left flank and after the same player’s free-kick Spiteri headed slightly out from inside the area. Nicholas Galea was fouled outside the area and Zammit missed the upright from the free kick.

In the 57th minute St Andrew doubled their lead as substitute Andrew Borg pounced on a faulty clearance outside the area and scored with a hard rising shot and hardly a minute later the score became 3-0 when Falzon dribbled past an opponent on the right flank and served Galea with a cross in the area who scored with a header.

The last two actions before the end were also created by St Andrew. Substitute Matthew Bonnici served James Pace with a long throw-in outside the area and Borg saved his distant shot to a corner and Falzon dribbled past an opponent outside the area and Borg saved his hard rising shot.

St Andrew:  K.Barbara, K.Arpa, M.Gatt, J.Parnis, L.Zammit, Z.Falzon, N.Galea, A.spiteri (Capt), J.Pace, M.ellul, t.Cassar Torregiani.

Balzan :  M.Borg, C.Borg, L.Azzopardi, D.Sujak, R.Demicoli (Capt), Z.Bartolo, J.Grech, G.Cacciatore, K.Attard, G.Farrugia, N.Baldacchino

Player of the match: Luca Zammit (St Andrew)

Referee: Patrick Falzon

Easy for Valletta against Żebbuġ      Under 15 Knock Out Second Round Żebbuġ 0 Valletta 5                                       

VALLETTA VS ZEBBUG U15

Victor Ciangura 16.12.18

 

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Valletta had an easy passage to the next round by beating Żebbuġ who offered a very feeble challenge as Valletta dominated the proceedings throughout the whole 70 minutes.

The Valletta youngsters mad their intentions clear as they started on the offensive from the very first whistle. Gabriel Desira served Isaiah Micallef with a through ball just outside the area and Żebbuġ keeper Jake Vella came out of his charge to kick the ball away.

The first goal was scored after 6 minutes when Denzel Formston pounced on a faulty goal kick and after entering the area he square-passed the ball to Micallef who scored with a low shot past Vella and four minutes later the score became 2-0 as Amir Amhamed released Gabriel Desira on the left flank and as the latter served Micallef with a cross in the area he netted with a rising shot.

The pressure from Valletta resumed as they added two more goals between the 14th and 17th minutes. Neil Cacciatolo served Jake Spiteri on the right flank who then crossed the ball to Jeshua Chircop in the area and scored with a rising shot and Spiteri was fouled on the right edge of the area and following the free kick by Miguel Azzopardi, Micallef scored with a low drive from inside the area.

Two more actions were created by Valletta. Azzopardi released Micallef on the left flank and after crossing the ball in the area there were no takers to apply the killer touch and Amhamed served Micallef in the area and Vella foiled him with a timely sortie.

The score became 5-0 in the 28th minute as after a run down the right flank by Cacciatolo he served Formston with a cross in the area and he scored with a low drive.

Just before the break, Żebbuġ created their only action as they won a corner kick which was taken by Nathaniel Fenech and the ball was easily headed away.

The first action after resumption was created by Żebbuġ when substitute Leon Desira was fouled outside the area and from the same player’s free kick the ball was blocked by the defensive barrier and cleared away.

All the actions up to the end were created by Valletta. Substitute Klose Azzopardi Conti entered the area after dribbling past two opponents and a defender cleared the ball to a corner and after the same player’s flag kick Vella saved a low shot by substitute Aidan Portelli. Azzopardi served substitute Javier Farrugia with a through ball on the left flank and he missed the far post as he tried his luck from the distance.

A flag kick by Farrugia was cleared to another corner and Azzopardi Conti served Azzopardi with a short pass from a corner kick outside the area and he drove slightly over the bar.

Żebbuġ:  J.Vella, M.D’Amato, A.Bartolo, Y.Agius, A.Fenech, N.Fenech, A.Sweet, D.Saliba, J.Psaila, K.Bugeja (Capt), M.Grech

Valletta:    A.Pisani, N.Cacciatolo, L.St John, D.Abela (Capt), M.Azzopardi, J.Spiteri, G.Desira, A.Amhamed, I.Micallef, D.Formston, J.Chircop

Referee: Roberto Attard

Tense encounter decided by penalties.   Under 17 Knock Out Second Round Ħamrun   0      Żebbuġ   0     ( 1- 3 after penalties)

zebbug vs hamrun u17

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A very hard-fought game and played at a very fast pace. The first period was dominated by Ħamrun and after the resumption, it was a balanced affair.

The game was only four minutes old and Ħamrun were denied by the woodwork. Wayne Seracino was fouled outside the area and from the free kick by Redeemer Muscat the ball thumped the bar with Żebbuġ keeper Luca Baldacchino beaten and the ball was cleared away, and in an action by Żebbuġ Andrea Balzan served Shamison Buttigieg with a square pass and Ħamrun keeper Matthias Debono saved his distant shot.

In another Ħamrun action, Seracino was fouled on the left flank and the ball was cleared to a corner from the free kick by Nikolai Micallef.

Two actions were then created by Żebbuġ. Buttigieg was fouled outside the area and the ball was cleared to a corner following the free kick by Stephen Gatt and Mikele Vella was fouled on the left flank and after Gatt’s free-kick the ball was headed away.

Ħamrun regained the initiative and mounted all the actions up to the half-time whistle. Matthew Mifsud released Nikolai Micallef on the left flank who then served Xylon Portelli with a cross in the area and from a very ideal position he miscued his shot and a good opportunity was lost.

Jacob Brincat was fouled on the right flank and Micallef missed the far post by inches from the free kick and Micallef then dribbled past an opponent outside the area and after his hard rising shot Baldacchino was forced to tip the ball over the bar and in the last action Miguel Tabone was fouled outside the area and after the free kick by Muscat, Portelli headed slightly over the bar.

Żebbuġ created the first action after the break as Jayden Camilleri served Buttigieg with a through ball in the area and Ħamrun keeper Matthias Debono foiled him with a timely sortie, at the other end Portelli served Jamie Cutajar with a square pass and Baldacchino saved his distant shot.

Two actions were then created by Żebbuġ. Kyle Tanti was fouled on the right flank and Buttigieg missed the near post from the free kick and Camilleri served Gianluca Tanti with a through ball on the left flank and Debono neutralised the ball following his cross in the area, and in a Ħamrun action Seracino was fouled outside the area and after Portelli served substitute Jamie Spiteri with a short pass from the free kick a defednder cleared the ball to a corner following his hard drive from the distance.

In the 76th minute, Żebbuġ came very close to open the score. Buttigieg was fouled in midfield and after the free kick by Stephen Gatt, Debono had to dive and partially save a header by Adam Abela and the ball was cleared away and Vella was fouled on the right flank and Abela headed out from inside the area after the free kick by Gatt.

Ħamrun then created the last actions before the end. Portelli headed out from inside the area after a Micallef flag kick and after another Micallef flag kick, the ball was headed away.

As the game ended all square penalties had to be taken to decide the winner.

Ħamrun scored only one by Zvake Azzopardi and Baldacchino saved on Micallef and on Muscat and Owen Cassar drove out, while Żebbuġ scored three through Gianluca Tanti, Shamison Buttigieg and Adam Abela.

Ħamrun:  M.Debono, Z.Azzopardi, N.Micallef, R.Muscat, M.Tabone (Capt), J.Brincat, M.Mifsud, X.Portelli, W.Seracino, J.Cutajar, J.Sciberras

Żebbuġ:  L.Baldacchino, A.Balzan, J.Cassar, Ph.Mifsud, A.Abela, S.Gatt, J.Camilleri, M.Vella, G.Tanti, K.Tant (Capt), S.Buttigieg

Referee:  Andre’ Pavia