27 Nov Six-goal thriller – ARTICLE BY VICTOR CIANGURA, PHOTO SUPPLIED BY OUR OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER, STEPHEN GATT.
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Under 17 Section B
Swieqi 2 Floriana 4
A very entertaining game played at a very fast pace. Floriana enjoyed the lion’s share of exchanges throughout the 90 minutes.
Floriana applied the early pressure. Aleandro Garzia served Mattias Formosa in the area and Swieqi keeper Mike Micallef foiled him with a timely sortie and Jacob Darmanin pounced on a faulty clearance just outside the area and Micallef saved his hard grounder.
In the 5th minute Floriana forged ahead as after a well-taken flag kick by Brady Agius, Formosa scored with a header from inside the area and two minutes later they doubled their lead when after another well-taken flag kick by Agius, Isaac Galea scored with a header from inside the area.
The score became 3-0 in the 11th minute when Formosa controlled the ball after a faulty back- pass to Swieqi keeper and after entering the area scored with a hard rising shot, and in the first action by Swieqi James Grech was fouled outside the area and Floriana keeper Ayrton Borg saved the free kick by Daniele Ferlaino.
The pressure from Floriana resumed. Garzia released Matteo Piscopo on the right flank and after advancing Micallef neutralised the ball following his high cross in the area. Formosa was fouled ouside the area and Agius drove slightly over the bar from the free kick.Formosa served Erson Schembri on the left flank and Micallef neutralised the abll following his high cross in the area.
Swieqi created the last actions before the break. Andrea Lorefice served Timmy Naudi on the right flank and the ball was cleared to a corner following his cross and after the high cross from the flag kick by Naudi, Borg neutralised the ball and Justyn Tabone was fouled just outside the area and Borg saved in two attempts from the free kick by Ferlaino.
Floriana created the first actions after the restart as Agius served Rhone Mifsud Grech with a square pass outside the area and he missed the upright and Agius served Piscopo with a through ball on the right flank who after advancing missed the bar with his cross-shot.
Swieqi managed to reduce the gap by scoring two quick goals in the 65th and 67th minutes. Anthony Bartolo floated a perfect high ball in the area from a right flank free kick and Lorefice scored with a header and Bartolo dribbled past an opponent on the right flank and following his cross James Grech scored with a hard grounder from the edge of the area.
The Greens kept trying to increase their lead. Isaac Galea served Garzia with a through ball just outside the area and Micallef had to dive and saved his hard grounder. Formosa was fouled outside the area and after the free kick by Kieron Fenech created havoc in the area the ball was cleared to a corner and after Agius’s high cross Micallef fisted the ball away. Formosa was again fouled on the right edge of the area and after the free kick by Agius the ball was cleared from over the line.
A minute before the end of normal time the score became 4-2. Formosa received the ball from a long drop-kick by his keeper and as Micallef came out of his charge outside the area he failed to clear the ball away and as Formosa won possesion he entered the area and had the easiest of tasks to roll the ball into an empty net.
Swieqi: M.Micallef(Capt), K.Muscat, J.R.Calleja, J.Galea, A.Lorefice, A.Bartolo, T.Naudi, D.Ferlaino, J.Grech, J.Azzopardi, J.Tabone.
Floriana: A.L.Borg, A.Garzia, K.Fenech, R.Mifsud Grech, E.Schembri, B.Agius, M.Formosa, J.Darmanin, I.Galea (Capt), M.Piscopo, E.Micallef
Player of the match: Brady Agius (Floriana)
Referee: Wayne Sammut