24.02.11 Swieqi U. 0 Marsaskala 0
This second round clash between the two new-boys of the BOV 3rd Division pitched Swieqi United against Marsaskala FC. Contrary to the previous encounter between the two sides, this match offered a drab affair; a match which only came to life in the second half. Swieqi were missing the services of Stacy Vella due to suspension; Michael Ciappara and Adam Calleja Urry due to sickness and Wymer Snijder due to injury. The match had a slow start, with neither Marsaskala nor Swieqi clearly dominating the proceedings. Swieqi managed to garner a number of corners, however the Orange could not capitalise on the occasions they created. Time and again Swieqi tried penetrating the thick Marsaskala rearguard – which was marshalled by their player-coach Robert Plumpton – but the Orange could find no way past the Skalin defenders. Indeed, it was not before the 27th minute that the match produced the first shot on goal. From one of the numerous corners won by Swieqi, a loose ball fell to Matthew Spiteri who unleashed a powerful albeit central shot which was saved by the Marsaskala custodian.
The second half saw Swieqi come out as a revamped side with John Debono and Pierre Gaillouste showing their intent through a number of runs on the right. This however did not produce the desired effect, and Pierre Gaillouste could do no better than muster a weak right-footed shot which was turned to a corner by the Marsaskala goalkeeper. From the resultant kick, a melee ensued – the ball was finally hit by Edward Vella, but the Skalin goalie saved the day by blocking the ball exactly on the goal-line. Swieqi had another opportunity with Fabien Debono, who entered the Marsaskala box only to succumb to a timely tackle by the Marsaskala libero.
The Boys in Orange lacked the the right impetus in the first half of the match and duo Debrincat-Mckean will now look to their next match, against Mtarfa FC on Sunday 20th February, to motivate the team to up their performance.