Sirens Greentube beat Valletta United

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SIRENS GREENTUBE………………..9

VALLETTA UNITED…………………..5

(2-1), (1-2), (6-0), (0-2)

A brilliant third session, was enough for Sirens Greentube to beat Valletta United, move closer to confirm fourth place, while also are now one point shy of Sliema who will play today against Neptunes. The game was practically evenly played in three sessions, but Sirens took advantage from a black-out by Valletta to secure the game with a session to spare.

Sergio Afric’s words in the half-time charged his players batteries, who became flat after Valletta equalised with two quick goals. On the other hand, the morale of Valletta dropped after conceding three instant goals.

Sirens had the edge over their opponents in the first session. David Cutajar opened the score as he scored from close range, but Michael Cordina equalised for Valletta. Jacob Sciberras managed to put his team in front with the last shot of the session, scoring from his usual position.

Christian Presciutti gave Sirens a 3-1 lead scoring from a penalty, and Sirens looked to have the control of the match. But Valletta had other plans as they equalised with two late goals in the session. First it was Ryan Mock who squeezed the ball past Nicholas Grixti with 19 seconds left. Sirens coach Sergio Afric called a time-out in an attempt to regain the lead, but as soon as the play re-started, they made a foul in attack. Valletta gained possession, Sciortino passed to Michael Cordina who advanced and with a fantastic shot from a notable distance, beat Grixti.

Sergio Afric’s stern words seemed to have had an impact as Sirens caught off-guard their opponents. Afric called an early time-out after Cordina was sent-off for shooting beyond their possession. From then onwards, it was a one-way affair as Sirens scored three quick goals from Marc Grech, Isaiah Riolo and Christian Presciutti. Valletta immobilised and it was no surprise that Sirens continue to extend their lead with another three periodical goals from John Brownrigg, Christian Presciutti and Isaiah Riolo.

This comfortable six-goal advantage meant that the last session was only a formality as Sirens controlled the game, while Valletta were only looking to avoid a huge defeat.

Sirens: N. Grixti, J. Zerafa Gregory, C. Presciutti (3), J. Sciberras (1), M. Grech (1), I. Riolo (2), C. Mercieca, D. Cutajar (1), J. Napier, J. Brownrigg (1), M. Sciberras, J. Ciantar, O. Gauci

Valletta: R. Sciortino, J. Spiteri Staines, A. Agius, M. Rizzo, M. Fenech, R. Mock (2), D. Paolella, N. Bonello Ghio, M. Cordina (2), B. Vapenski (1), K. Galea, D. Fenech, A. Mifsud

Referees: Massimo Angileri, Federico Braghini

 

link – Malta Independent

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