After a dodgy start during which our team were forced to level matters on three occasions against a disciplined Valletta, our boys came good in the middle sessions to finally ease to an 18-9 victory. Our players had taken some time to get into scoring groove and, moreover, they were caught off guard when conceding the early goals.
However, in the second session Tamas Molnar, Jordan Camilleri, three times, captain Niki Lanzon and Steve Camilleri set the scoring exercise rolling to put our team ahead. We then reached the comfort zone in the third session when the throttle was fully opened thanks to seven goals. This gave us an eight goal advantage and the possibility for Sergei Markoch to introduce the tailenders.
Meanwhile Peter Biros, still not in top physical condition, was not risked and once more did not touch the water.
Molnar’s opportunism and scoring instincts were again in evidence as he grabbed a nap-hand of goals. He was followed by Michele Stellini, with four, and Steve and Jordan Camilleri, with three each. The others came from Niki Lanzon (2) and Clint Mercieca.
It was a comprehensive victory against a gritty Valletta team which nullified an uncertain take-off.