10.04.17 Swieqi register crucial victory against Southerners
Swieqi United registered an important win against Birzebbugia with the in-form Nicholas Schembri grabbing two goals in a keenly contested encounter.
In fairness, Swieqi wasted a number of opportunities to score but were denied by Birzebbugia's goalkeeper who was in fine form himself. The first half was a very evenly balanced encounter with both sides exchanging some very good goal scoring opportunities. Swieqi chose a direct approach and tried to score early on whilst Birzebbugia relied on their sturdy defence and good counter-attacking skills. The best chance in the first half for Swieqi fell to Nicholas Schembri who unfortunately could not finish. Dylan Gouder and Kenneth Ekezie also went close on two other occasions.
In the second half, Swieqi started much stronger and were duly rewarded for their endeavours when Nicholas Schembri scored in the 61st minute with a low and powerful shot after good work and a great pass from Kenneth Ekezie on the wing. Seven minutes later, Schembri made it 2-0 with a great shot from a tight angle. Luca Santoiemma reduced the gap on 83' minutes and Swieqi survived a late scare to register a crucial three points in their bid to consolidate 5th place. It was also the first time the Orange beat Birzebbugia!
Formation: Sam Bartolo, Dylan Gouder, Glendon Refalo, Kyle Muscat, Matthew Laferla, Kenneth Ekezie (C), Luke Scicluna, Bruno Menezes, Alan Schembri Wismayer, Nicholas Schembri, Pierre Muscat
Subs used: Roderick Taliana, Benji Frendo & Alin Margarit.
Match Report: Michael Calleja
Photo Credits: Jeffrick Cachia