Saints still grace the top half of the standings

San Giljan put their defeat by Neptunes behind them, as they beat exiles in this first meeting between them this season. This loss leaves Exiles pointless, at the bottom of the standings. The Saints were in control from the start, and after taking an early advantage they never relinquished it, although momentarily Exiles drew level, in the second period. But San Giljan then scored three times without reply, and went in at halftime on a 5-3 lead.

Exiles were hot on their heels in the last two sessions, but the Saints made the issue safe, when they replied to every goal scored by Exiles, to keep their opponents at arms’ length.

There were expulsions at both ends. John Paris was sent off from the bench, for Exiles, in the third session, and at the end of the same period, it was the Saints’ Paul Fava to receive marching orders. In the last session the Saints’ mentor, Karl Izzo, was also ejected, but San Giljan held out to win the match.

Exiles had Karl Rizzo Naudi back, after three games lost, due to injury. Their Serbian player, Marco Cuk, finished up with a hat trick. For san Giljan there was Filip Trajkovic, with a handful of goals. Man ups did not reach expectations for both sides. Exiles only managed to score once, from four occasions, and san Giljan had seven numerical advantages, but found the back of the net on two occasions.

 

Exiles A. Borg Cole, J. Rizzo Naud 2, K. Rizzo Naudi 1, D. Pace Lupi, T. Sullivan 1, M. Calleja, M. Cuk 3, K. Grixti, A. Zarb Cousin, A. Cousin 2, J. Paris, A. Sciberras, K. Lanzon

San Giljan D. Camilleri, JC Cutajar, N. Sutic 2, K. Galea 1, F. Trajkovic 5, K. Dowling , L. Grixti, A. Bianchi, M. Borg Spiteri , C. Gialanze 2, P. Fava 2, A. Galea, K. Schembri

Referees M. Dalli. P. Balzan

Source: www.independent.com.mt