San Giljan Salini Resort beat Valletta comfortably

Valletta McDonalds     6     San Giljan Salini Resort     15

(1-3, 1-4, 2-3, 2-5)

The Saints were back after their drubbing by Neptunes, just days ago. They dominated the match against the Citizens, who could have gone to the top of the standings with a victory, As it was San Giljan wanted to show that their stumble against Neptunes was a one-off, and they subjected Valletta to a hard time. The Citizens’ danger man, Russian, Dmitri Kholod, was well marked by Boris Vapenski, although in return, Michael Spiteri Staines found acres of space, to notch a nap hand of goals for Valletta. Dino Zammit returned with a bang in the Saints’ ranks, scoring a poker of goals, as did Peter Borg, who went into the water at opportune times. Marko Orlovic’s vociferous leadership, for the champions, caused him two yellow cards, and a dismissal, late in the match. Valletta had Daniel Spiteri in lieu of Andrew Agius for this match. Valleta managed three goals from seven man ups, with the Saints doing better, failing only once in five occasions.

Aurelien Cousin and Dino Zammit began for the champions, with Spiteri Staines obtaining his first strike for Valletta. Clint Mercieca again gave the Saints a double advantage. In the next session Matthew Zammit increased San Giljan’s advantage, with Daniel Paolella getting Valletta’s second goal. Till the end of the period the Saints eased away from the Citizens with a trio of goals, by Borg, Dino Zammit and Cousin, for a 7-2 halftime lead.

After the break the champions continued on teir way, netting through Dino Zammit and Borg. Valletta returned briefly, with a couple of strikes, from Spiteri Staines, but in between Matthew Zammit grabbed a goal for San Giljan, who went into the last quarter on a healthy 10-4 advantage. Borg again netted for teh champions, but Spiteri staines was still a thorn in the opposing defence, shooting home two more golas. After Orlovic received his marching orders, the Saints ended the encounter on a top note, scoring no less than four times in the remaining time. These came from Borg, Vapenski, Cousin and Dino Zammit, to enhance San giljan’s victory.

Valletta: R. Sciortino , J. Spiteri Staines , D. Spiteri , M. Rizzo , A. Mifsud , R. Mock , D. Paolella 1, N. Bonello Ghio , M. Cordina , C. Zammit ,  D. Kholod , A. Zarb Cousin , M. Spiteri Staines 5

San Giljan: J. Sammut , P. Borg 4, A. Galea , B. Vapenski 1, Da. Zammit 6 ,  M. Zammit 2, K. Galea , C. Mercieca 1, B. Plumpton , A. Cousin 3, P. Fava , D. Zammit 4, D. Camilleri

Referees: P. Balzan, V. Frauenfelder