This match was a mere formality for San Ġiljan Giuseppe’s, with 3CX Exiles pinning their very slim hopes on a Houdini Act in order to surpass Sirens when trying to collect points in their last two matches.
Exiles managed to overcome the first hurdle yesterday in pretty unexpected fashion against the Saints who flew off their block in the style of an accomplished sprinter.
They managed to take a 5-1 and 6-1 lead in the first sessions. Then, inexplicably, they went into jogging pace and that allowed the gallant Exiles to bounce back and surprise their flagging opponents.
Karl Izzo’s team were completely on top until two minutes into the second session when they led 6-1 but then Exiles came back as the Saints collapsed as they lost the second session 5-2 and the third 4-0 with their scoring machine comp-letely stalling.
In fact Exiles managed to turn the score 9-6 in their favour with the last quarter to go.
That final part of the game, and amid some strange decisions from the referees, Exiles went 11-7 in front against their completely subdued opponents who were aware that whatever the result they would still meet Sliema in the semi-final play-offs, such is the flaw of the system.
San Ġiljan 9
(4-0, 2-5, 0-4, 3-3)
San Ġiljan: D. Camilleri, J.C. Cutajar, N. Sutic 2, K. Galea, F. Trajkovic 2, K. Dowling, L. Grixti, A. Bianchi 1, M. Borg Spiteri, C. Gialanze 2, P. Fava 2, A. Galea, K. Schembri.
Exiles: A. Borg Cole, J. Rizzo Naudi 2, K. Rizzo Naudi, D. Pace Lupi, T. Sullivan 2, M. Calleja 1, M. Cuk 4, K. Grixti, A. Zarb Cousin, A. Cousin 2, N. Portelli, D. Spiteri, K. Lanzon 1.
Refs: M. Angilleri, D. Di Martire.