Bank of Valletta national league: Champions overwhelm near neighbours

There was no glimmer of hope for the Saints, in stopping Neptunes’ unbeaten run, as the league leaders ran riot in the first three sessions, to open up an unassailable advantage. The saints were on the receiving end for most of the match, and it was only after the break that they began to retaliate, but by then the champions were far out in front. San Giljan had no answer to Neptunes’ constant swimming and judicious passing, and by the interval San Giljan had already fallen 3-10 in arrears. The champions were still putting distance between the two teams, until they began to ease off in the last period, and the Saints hiked up a better scoreline on their part, although they conceded a score of goals.

Tamas Molnar had a field day, leading the champions’ attack, in the four metre area, and he banged in no less than eight strikes. Steve Camilleri followed up with a poker of his own, and Michele stellini grabbed a hat trick of goals. Where Neptunes could be faulted was in the man up issue. They only converted half of their eight numerical advantages.

The Saints had their two foreigners, Nikola Sutic and Filip Trajkovic, sharing eight goals between them, but in seven extra player occasions they could only find the back of their opponents’ net twice.

Neptunes I. Bugeja, N. Lanzon 1, E. Aquilina 1, M. Stellini 3, J. Camilleri, K. Debattista, S. Camilleri 4, V. Gojkovic 2, B. Lanzon, S. Gravina, R. Sciortino, T. Molnar 8, M. Pisani 1

San Giljan D. Camilleri, JC Cutajar, N. Sutic 4, K. Galea 1, F. Trajkovic 4, K. Dowling, L. Grixti 1, A. Bianchi 1, M. Borg Spiteri, C. Gialanze, P. Fava, A. Galea , K. Schembri

Referees M. Dalli, D. di Martire