Sirens are maintaining last year’s upward performance as they chalked up their second win of the season following an 11-7 success over Marsaskala to turn on the heat on their opponents with one point from two matches.
This was another solid performance by Marco Orlovic’s side. Sirens built their victory over the break obtained in the first session.
In fact, they were a better lot collectively in the opening quarter with Jake Cachia scoring a brace followed by Ken Erdogan and Jerome Zerafa Gregory.
Sirens led 4-1 after the opening session.
Marsaskala’s wastefulness gathered momentum in the second session when they missed a double man-up situation.
The Southseasiders clipped the gap to 5-3 early in the third quarter with Ferenc Salamon having a purple patch, scoring two goals.
The Northerners fought back with Matthias Pasztor, finally breaking his duck as two late goals in the third session made it 8-5 for Sirens.
Sirens had the edge over their fighting opponents in the final session, mainly thanks to the power and scoring opportunism of Pasztor as Mikhael Cutajar and Gianni Farrugia helped Sirens shading the last session 3-2.
In the opening match, Sliema, using all players available, had it all their way against Ta’ Xbiex.
The outcome was an easy win for Sliema. They took a 6-1 lead early on in which their accuracy when in front of goal was evident.
That trend continued in the second session as the gap opened to 9-1.
It looked quite comfortable for the Blues as they led 13-2 before the start of the last session. They shaded the final session 3-2 with Jerome Gabaretta scoring a poker of goals and Dmitrii Kholod and Jayden Cutajar scoring a brace each.
TA’ XBIEX 3
(6-1, 3-0, 4-1,2-1)
SLIEMA: N. Grixti, J. Gabarretta 4, L. Galea, J. Gambin 1, Z. Mizzi 1, B. Cachia 1, J. Cutajar 2, M. Mifsud, J. Brownrigg, D. Kholod 2, A. Prlainovic 1, D. Zammit, A. Bugeja, E. Schembri 2, S. Engerer 1.
TA XBIEX: M. Vassallo, N. Schiavone, L. Montebello, L. Grech Carr, K. Grech, R. Mock, J. Saliba 1, C. Milakovic, U. Vasic 2, J. Culic, Z. Bartolo, J. Farrugia, G. Galea Curmi, M. Ortoleva, K. Agius.
Refs: Mattia Gomez, Peter Balzan.
(1-4, 1-1, 3-3, 2-3)
MARSASKALA: J. Micallef, JC Cutajar, G. Galea, P. Privitera 1, R. Greco, S. Ferenc 2, K. Navarro, D. Tully, D. Pace Lupi , G.Sammut , B. Batori 2 , M. Carani 1, A. Muscat, F. Scardino 1, J. Pace Mizzi. SIRENS: T. Micallef, P. Serracino, K. Erdogan 1, P. Figlioli , J. Zerafa Gregory 1, G. Farrugia 2, M. Chircop 1, J. Cachia 2 , M. Cutajar 1, M. Pasztor 2 , M. Sciberras, M. Azzopardi, M. Bonello Depuis, G. Melillo , G. Sammut 1.
Refs: Alex DeRaffaele, Fabio Brasiliano.
(3-2, 6-2, 4-1, 3-4)
EXILES: M. Castillo, Z. Cutajar Licari, L. Pursehouse, V. Gallo 5, G. Molina 2, S. Xerri de Caro 2, M. Fenech 1, K. Griscti 1, N. Paris, M. Martellacci, M. Aquilina 3, N. Saliba 2, F. Buhagiar, M. Paris Roding.
BARRACUDAS: I. Schembri, P. Caruana Turner, A. Magri, P. Micallef, D. Ciantar 1, R. Sciortino, I. Gusarov 3, R. Latinovic 4, C. Bugeja, S. Apap 1, A. Mifsud, TJ Mifsud, L. Abela, T. Perici Ferrante, W. Ruggier.
Refs: Stefan Licari, Mattia Gomez.
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