BoV national league first division play off semifinal 2: Sliema 13-San Giljan 6

This second encounter, between these two sides, was more clear cut, with the Blues in a better frame of mind. In fact Sliema were never in arrears through out the match, after they ended the opening session with a two goal advantage, with the saints missing all three man ups in their favour.

The second period was a different story, with San Giljan rallying back, and coming to level terma, at 4-4, only to be hit once more, till the end of the session, and the interval, conceding two goals, and losing Filip Trajkovic in the process, with three fouls. The Saints felt the strain of a foreigner less, and the Blues pushed home their surperiority, with a four goal blitz, before the Saints could pull a goal back, but they 5-10 behind. In the final quarter Sliema had control of the situation, and although they also lost John Soler, on fouls, it was too late for the Saints, with Sliema adding on two more strikes, for good measure.

Man ups let San Giljan down once again. They had eight occasions, but only produced a couple of goals for their efforts. Sliema also had eight man ups, but they only missed two of those. Three San Giljan players finished up with two goals, Nikola Sutic, Karl Galea and Paul Fava. Sliema had Mark Meli and Bogdan Rath with a hat trick each.

Sliema thus set up a meeting with the current champions, Neptunes, in a best of five final, starting next Friday, 2nd September.

Source:www.independent.com.mt

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

Sliema R. Coleiro, J. Gabarretta 2, N. Lubrano 1, R. Fodor 1, M. Meli 3, J. Soler 2, D. Paolella, M. Rizzo, C. Debono, P. Privitera, B. Rath 3, J. Spiteri Staines, D. Abela

Referees I. Sciriha, S. Pinato