Posted by: stgeorgesfc | January 21, 2011

Nergghu nitilfu punti importanti

BRMLA_VS Hin: 2.00 pm  

Data: 23 ta Jannar

Post: V. Tedesco (Hamrun)

Skor: 1 – 3

Mqabba showed remarkable resilience as they overcame the sending-off of David Azzopardi to turn the tables on fellow promotion hopefuls St George’s who had taken a 36th-minute lead. 

St George’s badly missed the towering presence of striker Glenn Bonello while Mqabba gave a debut to Advan Cakigi and Wilson Caushi. The latter has returned for a second spell with the team coached by Clive Mizzi.

Note: Balzan Youths’ protest against Msida SJ result to be reconsidered by Malta FA Protests Board.

Inside the first minute, Mqabba’s Caushi came close but his drive from the edge of the area just missed the target. Two minutes later, Mqabba threatened again as Marlon Briffa’s first-time effort finished over the crossbar following a cross from John Paul Muscat.

St George’s produced their first notable attack in the sixth minute when Ruiz passed to the unmarked Dylan Zarb who sprinted forward but shot inches wide from an acute angle.

Luke Agius jipprova jirbah il-ballun

Luke Agius jipprova jirbah il-ballun


On 20 minutes, Mqabba goalkeeper Kris Calleja took a big risk when he tried to dribble Mark Barbara. Having been partially dispossessed, Calleja was forced to make a tackle to stop Barbara but the loose ball fell to Gary Inguanez who immediately aimed a shot at goal but the Mqabba goalkeeper made up for his mistake with a good save.

A good move between Caushi and Cakigi set up Claudio Calleja whose fine grounder was saved by Thomas Galea, the St George’s goalkeeper. Ten minutes from half-time, Ruiz used his pace to run through the Mqabba defence but his progression was stopped by Azzopardi’s late challenge. The Mqabba defender was sent off for his offence.

The Saints took immediate advantage as Inguanez’s drive came off Pierre Grima’s hands. A penalty was given and from the 11 metres, Ruiz’s drive was pushed away by Calleja but the St George’s forward headed home from the rebound.

Just before half-time, Mqabba’s Branislav Timotic did well to get in front of Barbara and clear the ball away after Zarb had delivered an inviting cross.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Mqabba drew level on 55 minutes. Cakigi cut in from the right and served Muscat who buried the ball home from close range. Two minutes later, a Caushi free-kick was saved by Galea.

Mqabba forged ahead on 63 minutes when the unmarked Briffa hit past Galea from an inviting position after receiving a good cross from Calleja.

The Saints tried to produce a comeback. Benoir Fenech’s drive hit the side-netting but, as St George’s pushed more men forward, Mqabba were finding more space up front. Briffa was denied by Galea but two minutes from time Mqabba sealed the issue when Calleja scored with a brilliant free-kick.

St George’s: T. Galea, L. Agius, L. Stivala (T. Farrugia), B. Fenech (N. Caruana), A. Bonello, E. Sevasta, E. Amaira, G. Inguanez (R. Sell), D. Zarb, J. Ruiz, M. Barbara.

Mqabba: K. Calleja, P. Grima, M. Bonnici, B. Timotic, M.A. Psaila (I. Curmi), M. Briffa, D. Azzopardi, C. Calleja (J. Shead), J.P. Muscat (M. Grioli), A. Cakigi, W. Caushi.

Referee: Paul Apap.

Man of the match: Claudio Calleja (Mqabba).




  1. 😦 ….Bla Kliem!

  2. Nixtiequ li lplayers jilghbu bil qalb dak klx. Il grinta hi importanti al tim bhal taghna. Haga ohra….is supporters li qed jitilghu numeruzi lground hemm bzonn inheggu iktar ttim taghna…ax kultant meta nikkritikaw lplayers taghna aktar nwaqqawlhom il moral. Kuragg Blues!!

  3. ma nafx x qed jigri jien fi team ta bormla:( bi players inqas u jtuna 3 x misthija!!!! nahseb qed juruna bi car li ma jridux jitilu….. daqsekk rajtuni lejn ground

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