San Ġiljan 17
(4-2, 3-6, 3-2, 7-0)
San Ġiljan: D. Camilleri, J.C. Cutajar, N. Sutic 4, K. Galea 1, K. Dowling 1, M. Zammit 2, B. Letica 2, A. Bianchi, R. Mock, K. Mock, P. Fava 2, B. Plumpton, M. Pisani 5.
Exiles: A. Borg Cole, J. Rizzo Naudi, S. Vassallo, D. Pace Lupi 1, T. Sullivan, D. Borg, J. Spiteri Staines 2, K. Grixti, M. Paris, P. Borg, A. Kunac 4, M. Toth 3, K. Lanzon.
Refs: M. Angileri, F. Brasiliano.
San Ġiljan Giuseppe’s blasted seven goals in the last session to wallop Exiles Ferretti 17-10 in a match which went on a ding-dong trail in the first three sessions.
In the end, there was little doubt that the Saints kept the pace better and in Matthew Pisani and Nicola Sutic they had the main scoring protagonists.
San Ġiljan, with Bogdan Rath being replaced by Sutic and with Karl Galea reappearing, held the edge in the first session which they won 4-2.
Exiles came back strongly in the second quarter when winning it 6-3 for an 8-7 lead at the halfway mark. Three goals from centre Marton Toth and a brace from Kunac, the last on the stroke of time, complemented the goal by James Spiteri Staines.
San Ġiljan, whose goals came from Sutic, Boris Letica and again Pisani, were erratic at this stage. They may have missed the propulsion of the still absent Christian Gialanze.
But the Saints fought back from two goals down in the third session to level on 10-all. It was in this last part of the game that Karl Izzo’s team rose to their responsibilities.
That seven-goal blitz had no answer from Exiles as Pisani kept up his scoring spree when totalling five goals and Sutic almost emulating him with four.