03.03.14 Swieqi 19s beat Section E leaders
Swieqi United squared up to group leaders Xghajra Tornadoes in what would prove to be a classic encounter at Pembroke Stadium. Building on their recent impressive 16-1 win vs Gharghur, Swieqi were keen to ensure the result was no fluke. From the onset, Swieqi looked the more aggressive and were duly awarded when Neil Farrugia fired from close range. Thereupon, Xghajra equalised when goalkeeper Matthew Schembri failed to clear the ball from the box and the Xghajra striker rammed the ball into the empty net. Swieqi then scored immediately afterwards through Karl Grech with a well taken goal before Xghajra equalised when some confusion from a free kick led to a goal. 2-2 at half-time and all to play for.
Swieqi certainly started the second half in the same way they started the first. With Kurt Giacchino proving ever dangerous, there was no respite for Xghajra. The turning point of the game occurred right after the hour mark when Neil Farrugia was tripped in the box and Xghajra's defender was sent off. Kurt Giacchino duly converted from the spot. No sooner had Swieqi gained the numerical advantage, Cesco Tanti was shown a straight red for lashing out at an opponent. Nevertheless, Swieqi doubled the scoreline when a foul in the box led to another sending off and Kurt Giacchino sent the keeper the wrong way.
It was all Swieqi at this stage, and Neil Farrugia scored another wonder goal, when his neat control led to him skim past the defender and release a thunderous shot which left Xghajra's goalkeeper stranded. Kyle Sciberras then added the icing on the cake when his perfect free kick found the back of the net. A great win and a great night for our Minors team.
Formation: M. Schembri, J. Xuereb, D. Cuschieri, C. Tanti, S. Vella, A. Mifsud, K. Fenech, K. Grech, N. Farrugia, K. Sciberras, K. Giacchino
Swieqi United 6
(Karl Grech, Neil Farrugia 2, Kurt Giacchino 2, Kyle Sciberras)
Xghajra Tornadoes 2