06.02.15 Futsal troops rally to earn vital 3 points
Swieqi knew that this was a match whereby 3 points needed to be achieved at the end of the 40 minutes. On the other hand Gzira were well aware that they needed to pick up points in order to stand a chance of survival in the Premier League.
Coach Zvezdan named a strong squad for this match thanks to the fact that a number of key players were available after injury layoffs and personal commitments.
This was a match which saw both sets of goalies heavily involved and keeping their respective teams in the game.
Swieqi began the first half brightly, creating a number of good chances however they could not find the finishing touches. Gzira found themselves restricted in their own half and under constant pressure, thus their chances were reduced to the odd long ball or two, leaving Swieqi custodian Jeremy with little much to do.
Swieqi had the pilot of Fredrik's flight to thank for his arrival was a boost to Swieqi who added some flavour in attack.
Gzira's star player was hands down their goalkeeper who made a number of key saves during the first half to ensure that his team headed into the half time break 0-0.
Zvezdan immediately rallied the players to keep on going forward and search for that much deserved opening goal. Mid way through the half, Fredrik opened the score with a well taken goal. Gzira instantly went on the attack, causing a bit of a panic for Swieqi and those present supporting them. However Jeremy was on high alert and threw his body at every shot Gzira tried to take. Fredrik doubled the score soon after which might have led team Swieqi taking their foot of the pedal too soon. Gzira pulled a goal back with a few minutes remaining on the clock.
Gzira threw everything they had in attack and in the process committed a number of scrappy fouls, earning themselves a total of 6 fouls which was converted to a penalty kick for Swieqi. Fredrik showed his gentleman's skills by passing on the ball to Sebastian Delsinger, making his debut with Swieqi in the Premier League, at the expense of him grabbing a hat trick. The Gzira custodian saved Sebastian's kick and put the rebound well wide.
Gzira did try and find the equalising goal, however ultimately they simply ran out of time and Swieqi managed to hold onto a 2-1 win and a much deserved 3 points much to the admiration of those present supporting the team.
Swieqi next take on Valletta in the Quarter Final of the Knock Out competition on Friday 13th February at 9.30pm.
Line Up: Jeremy Alden, Paul Hyzler (c), Fredrik Johansson, Andrew Decesare, Sebastian Delsinger, Tim Ellis, Martin Sammut, Gabriel Buttigieg, Velibor Milicic
Write Up: Robert Dingli