Marsa regain sole leadership in Second Division – REVIEW

Published: 22-01-2020 14:50
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2019-20 BOV Second DivisionMatch Day 1419/01/2020RABAT AJAX 0MARSA          3(HT 0-0) (Victor Tedesco Stadium)L. Micallef 51, 55, 96  Marsa regained sole leadership in the BOV Second Division as Lydon Micallef’s hat-trick propelled them to a 3-0 victory over Rabat Ajax. Micallef was one of five new signings named in the starting line-up by Marsa coach Josè Borg, along with Francesco Gusman, Kurt Zammit, Larson Mallia and Antonio Monticelli. During a highly entertaining first half, Marsa created the better chances. Larson Mallia tested Rabat goalkeeper Andrew Zammit on 12 minutes and four minutes later, Mallia just failed to connect with an inviting cross by Lapira. On 24 minutes, a powerful drive by Kurt Zammit was parried by the Andrew Zammit and four minutes later, in a swift counter-attack for Marsa, a low shot by Micallef was blocked by the Rabat Ajax goalkeeper. Just before the end of the first half, a rising shot by Shalon Diacono ended just over the bar. Marsa managed to take the lead on 51 minutes thanks to Micallef who received an assist on the left and hit low past goalkeeper Zammit. Rabat replied with an Aidan Azzopardi free-kick that was met by Joseph Caruana but his header was neutralised by Jonathan Grech on 53 minutes. A minute later, Micallef doubled Marsa’s lead, again firing a low shot past the goalkeeper after receiving a cross from the left. Neil Falzon went close with a diagonal shot from the right ending just wide on 84 minutes. A fine Christian Caruana effort from outside the area was blocked by the Rabat goalkeeper four minutes from time. Deep into stoppage time, Marsa scored the third goal, once again thanks to Micallef who rounded the goalkeeper before placing the ball in the back of the net. OTHER RESULTS18/01/2020MARSAXLOKK       5KALKARA UNITED 0(HT 2-0) (Luxol Stadium)1-0 A. Ewurum 39, 2-0 K. Muscat 45, 3-0 P. Doffo 55 pen., 4-0 R. Micallef 60, 5-0 P. Doffo 66. LUQA ST ANDREW’S 0XGHAJRA TORNADOS 0(Luxol Stadium) 19/01/2020 BIRŻEBBUĠA ST PETER’S 0ŻURRIEQ 0(Luxol Stadium) MELLIEĦA 2MELITA 1(HT 2-0) (Victor Tedesco Stadium)1-0 M. Micallef 9, 2-0 D. Fenech 42, 2-1 J. Engerer 92. MĠARR UNITED 2SAN GWANN 2(HT 2-0) (Luxol Stadium)1-0 A. Sammut 37, 2-0 A. Sammut 37, 2-1 N. Abouaisha 55, 2-2 L. Mallia 74. Second Divsion StandingsMarsa 28 points; Mġarr United 26; Marsaxlokk 25; Rabat Ajax 24; San Ġwann 23; Żurrieq, Melita 18; Kalkara 17; Birżebbuġa St Peters, Mellieħa 15; Xgħajra Tornados 9; Żabbar St Patrick 7; Luqa St Andrews 6. 2019-20 BOV THIRD DIVISIONMatch Day 1218/01/2020 KIRKOP UNITED 2MSIDA ST JOSEPH 2(HT 0-2) (Sirens Stadium)0-1 A. Cauchi 14, 0-2 C. Quaranta, pen., 30, 1-2 D. Tanti pen., 55, 2-2 K. Caruana 78. Kirkop United and Msida St Joseph shared four goals and the points in an entertaining match on Saturday. Msida took the lead on 14 minutes. Kurt Zahra’s corner was headed home by centre-back Alexander Cauchi, who was playing his first match for Saints after signing from Xgħajra Tornados earlier in the week. On 28 minutes, Kirkop were reduced to 10 men after Kenneth Ekezie received a straight red card for violent conduct. From the resultant penalty, Ciro Quaranta scored Msida’s second goal. In the 57th minute, Agatino Sicali wa adjudged to have handled the ball inside the Msida box. Kirkop’s Dylan Tanti made no mistake from the spot. Ten minutes later, Msida’s Matthew Borg was dismissed after earning a second yellow card for a hanball. Kirkop drew level in the 78th minute thanks to Karl Caruana. Msida created the better chances in the closing minutes through the lively Quaranta but he was unable to score. In the very last minute of added time, Quaranta’s free-kick from just outside the box came off the crossbar. OTHER RESULTS18/01/2020 MDINA KNIGHTS 5MTARFA               3 (HT 3-0) (Sirens Stadium)1-0 D. Sant 18, 2-0 C. Vella 21, 3-0 R. Sciberras 37, 3-1 I. Igwemeke 68, 4-1 D. Mifsud 69, 4-2 I. Abela 73, 5-2 K. Drakard 76, 5-3 I. Igwemeke pen. 8919/01/2020ATTARD  7GĦAXAQ 1(HT 3-1) (Sirens Stadium)1-0 C .Farrugia 6, 2-0 J. Gauci 19, 2-1 D. Agius 25, 3-1 J. Gauci 35, 4-1 N. Schembri 67, 5-1 J. Delia 75, 6-1 N. Spiteri 81, 7-1 B. Alla 88 MARSASKALA 0DINGLI SWALLOWS 0(Sirens Stadium) 20/02/2020GĦARGĦUR 2SANTA VENERA LIGHTNINGS 0(HT 1-0) (Centenary Stadium)1-0 W. Zerafa 17, 2-0 A. Fernandes 74 SIĠĠiEWI 2TA’ XBIEX 1(HT 1-0) (Centenary Stadium)1-0 G. Camilleri 7, 2-0 S. Vella 86, 2-1 R. Polidano 92Third Division StandingsAttard 28 points; Siġġiewi 23; Kirkop United, Msida St Joseph, Għargħur 22; Għaxaq 21; Dingli Swallows 17; Marsaskala 12; Mdina Knights 11; Mtarfa 10; Sta Venera Lightnings 6; Ta’ Xbiex 4.