(6-0, 6-0, 8-3, 4-0)
SLIEMA N. Grixti, J. Gabaretta 1, L. Galea 1, D. Rizzo 1, M. Meli 4, B. Cachia 2, J. Cutajar 3, M. Mifsud 3, J. Brownrigg 3, J. Gambin 1 , Z. Mizzi, D. Zammit 4, A. Theuma, K. Borg 1,
MARSAXLOKK S. Mifsud, R. Spiteri, C. Cutajar, B. Zammit, T. Agius, D. Bugeja, M. Zammit, L. Mallia 1, L. Saliba, R. Galea 2, J. Valletta, A. Cook, M. Farrugia.
Refs A. Chimenti, R. Magri
The first two matches of this weekend’s programme were resolved in favour of Sliema and Marsascala at the expense of inferior opponents. In the other match, Valletta dismissed Ta’Xbiex in a close encounter.
The Sliema-Marsaxlokk match, Sunday’s first match was never a contest with a gap so huge between the sides.
The disparity was so clear that 11 of the 14-man squad put their name on the scorer’s list for Sliema. In fact, all the Blues’ players bar Zach Mizzi and the goalkeepers scored against Marsaxlokk with Dino Zammit and Mark Meli both netting four goals followed by Matthew Mifsud, John Brownrigg, and Jayden Cutajar with a hat-trick each.
Sliema kept free-wheeling their way to make it a massive verdict in their favour as Marsaxlokk’s rot started in the first session and from then on, they were submerged.
(0-7, 1-6, 1-5, 1-8)
BARRACUDAS C. Bugeja, A. Piccione, A. Magri 1, P. Micallef, D. Ciantar 1, R. Sciortino, S. Aquilina, L. Galea 1, N. Camenzuli, A. Grima Scott, A. Mifsud, TJ Mifsud, M. Borg.
MARSASKALA J. Micallef, L. Falzon, A. Camenzuli 1, P. Privitera 2, R. Greco 3, G. Galea 2, K. Navarro 1, M. Manara 1, D. Pace Lupi 6, G. Sammut 2, J. Ciantar 6, M. Carani 2, A. Muscat.
Refs A. Torneo, N. Mercieca.
In the subsequent match of the day, Marsaskala cantered to a decisive victory against a fragile opposition put up by Barracudas.
It was another embarrassingly one-sided match that could not be seriously regarded by the Southseasiders as a gauge of their strength ahead of Tuesday’s decisive match against Exiles.
Their forceful finishing and their constant rotation of their men heaped misery on opponents willing to fight but unable to compete.
Double figures were reached midway through the second session after which the teams shifted ends on 13-1.
Marsaskala kept piling up the goals in the late sessions in their bid to bridge the gap with Exiles in terms of goal average. Their momentum was never halted as did their scoring rate.
The rout was completed in the last session. Yet, with a 26-3 final scoreline, they still failed to overturn Exiles in the standing as the Sliema side have a better scoring tally – 46 to Marsaskala’s 45.
For the record, David Pace Lupi and Jake Ciantar scored six goals each.
(1-1, 3-1, 3-2, 3-2)
VALLETTA B. Busuttil, N. Farrugia, M. Pace, L. Hylzer, S. Busuttil, Z. Micallef, D. Paolella 1, M. Mifsud 2, S. Micallef, A. Agius 2, T. Said 1, J. Culic, A. Bugeja, L. Felice 4.
TA’ XBIEX R. Coleiro, JC Saliba, E. Aquilina 3, Z. Cutajar Licari 1, E. Meli, S. Engerer, J. Saliba, J. Cassar, E. Schembri 2, B. Attard Littschw, P. Tabone, J. Chircop, D. Galea Mule. Refs: M. Angileri, R. Spiteri
The last encounter of the day saw Valletta overcome Ta’ Xbiex by 10 – 6, a result which gives the Citizens a morale-booster and three other points ahead of their commitments in the First Division.
TUESDAY Group A 6.15pm Neptunes Videoslots WPSC vs Valletta Izibet; Group B 7.20pm Exiles vs M’Skala Fish N Fish; Group A 8.25pm Ta’ Xbiex Amigos vs Otters Nivea
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