19.09.11 Swieqi U. 2 Fgura 2
A match played in extremely difficult conditions due to scorching heat took some time to get going as both teams found it hard to play football. However, it was Fgura who started the game quite well with some good interchanges of play and some shots at goal. Swieqi bid their time and it was Eric Sciberras who had the first shot on target mid way through the first half. The game took some time to get going and in fact in the 44th minute, the ever industrious Eric Sciberras delivered a free kick into the penalty area which was not met by anyone and ended up in the back of the Fgura net. 1-0 and it seemed that Swieqi had the upper hand. Merely a few seconds later, Fgura drew level when their striker managed to evade the Swieqi defence and chipped the ball over George Edwards. 1-1 at Half time.
The second half started like the first half, with both teams trying to cancel each other out but it was Fgura who started to impose themselves when a few minutes after the break Fgura scored after pouncing on some uncertainty in the Swieqi defence. Thereupon, Swieqi clicked into gear. Some good one touch football and work by John Debono and Simon Borg led to some periods of sustained pressure on the Fgura goal and this was rewarded on 76 minutes when Timothy Hampton knocked in a well taken goal after a well worked free kick. 2-2 and game on. Thereupon, Swieqi were denied twice by the Fgura United keeper and a clear penalty was not given when Fabien Debono's header was saved by the defender's hands, but this went unnoticed.
Thereagain, both teams had some good chances but the game ended in a draw. A point which Swieqi had earned well and fully deserved. Having said that, the club is disappointed that the game was played in such difficult conditions and the players were left dehydrated and unable to play proper football. We hope that the authorities will see and understand this matter and hopefully change such schedules in order to improve Maltese football in the long run.