08.03.15 Seniors gain what could prove to be precious point
It was by no means a great encounter and in fact the game was for long periods of time a midfield battle, but come the end of the 90, both Swieqi and Siggiewi would have been glad to earn a point. The Orange quite simply had to bounce back, particularly after a decisive defeat vs Sirens the previous weekend. Despite a major injury crisis which saw the likes of Jean Claude Borg and Jeremy Gatt Coleiro ruled out, coach Debrincat had to rely on the Briscoe-White brothers to marshall the midfield.
Swieqi did start rather well and went close on several occasions in the first half although Siggiewi also threatened but keeper Mulholland was also guarding the goal well. Swieqi should have had a penalty when Smeir was fouled in the box but the referee waved play on. On the other end of the pitch, Siggiewi threatend through set-pieces but could not breach the Swieqi defence. Come the second half, the game intensified and the pace quickened. Siggiewi began to threaten regularly and almost scored when a shot whisked past the post.
To make matters worse for Swieqi, Kristian Sultana was sent off ensuring the orange would have to see out the last remaining minutes of the game. Swieqi could have won it when Konda's shot hit the post and in the dying stages Daniel Calleja Cremona was fouled in the box but the referee did not award the penalty - much to the dismay of the Swieqi bench. In the end, the Orange held on and claimed a vital point in the lead up to the crucial game vs Dingli.
Team: M. Mulholland, G. Refalo, M. Asciak, K. Sultana (s/o), M. Farrugia, O. Smeir (D. Calleja Cremona), M. Fenech (Kyle Calleja), J. Briscoe White, P. Briscoe White, K. Ekezie, L. Konda