23.01.17 Swieqi U17s Defeat Mqabba
Swieqi U17s faced Mqabba on Sunday 22 January at 12.45 at Dingli Ground. The match was played in poor weather conditions, with rain falling throughout most of the game.
The game started off with Swieqi seeing the majority of ball possession. Our young Owls eventually took the lead early in the first half, when Daniel Causon headed in from a well taken corner. This helped Swieqi take control of the game.
Swieqi continued to have the better chances throughout the first half, but failed to find the back of the net on various occasions. They could have paid dearly for this, as Mqabba had a chance to equalise, but the attempt was well saved by the Swieqi keeper.
Swieqi then doubled their lead courtesy of Sasha Peric. However, towards the end of the first half, Peric sustained an injury and subsequently had to leave the pitch as a result. The first half therefore ended 2-0 in favour of the young Owls, with Swieqi in total control.
Weather conditions did not improve in the second half, and a more balanced game ensued as a result of this. Nonetheless, Swieqi found the back of the net once again, when Isaac Camilleri slotting it past the Mqabba goalkeeper to make the score 3-0. One might have been forgiven for thinking the game would have been over at this point, but Mqabba pulled one back when they scored from a shot from outside the box, as the Swieqi goalkeeper was caught out of position. Five minutes later, Mqabba scored another to make the score 3-2.
With Mqabba determined to level the score, the Orange came close to extending the lead, but a shot on goal went just wide. Moments later, controversy ensued as while launching a quick counter attack, one of our players was hacked down outside the box. While a foul was given in favour of Swieqi, no card was shown by the referee, despite the protestations of many players. However, in the end, this did not matter much, as Andy Shaw closed off the game to seal an important three points for the Orange.
Swieqi U17s play their next game on Sunday 29 January at 13.00 at Mgarr Ground against Rabat.
Final Score: Swieqi 4-2 Mqabba.
Lineup: Andre Vassallo, Neil Baldacchino, Francesco Borg Bonello, David Cardona, Matthias Sultana, Jacques Galea Souchet, Andrew Shaw, Raul Mackay, Sasha Peric, Leonardo De Bartoli, Daniel Causon
Bench: Kyle Pace, Emilio Edwards, James Mercieca, Andrew Mallia, Isaac Camilleri, Christian Cali, Shaun Tortell
Match Report: Mark Zammit
Photo credits: Mark Chetcuti