San Ġiljan 10 – Neptunes 17
(3-4, 4-4, 1-5, 2-4)
This was a display that underlined our team’s credentials and boosted our ego in view of the intended target of clinching the fifth title in a row.
The result picked momentum in the final sessions when the team unleashed its weapons courtesy of our goleadors, Steve Camilleri with five, the evergreen Tamas Molnar, back after his two-match suspension, and the other Hungarian ace, Peter Biros, the latter two netting four and three respectively. Their tons were superlative!
All our units contributed to our third success over our neighbours this season, with Michele Stellini maintaining his run of scoring in every match, while Jordan Camilleri also scoring twice followed by a goal from Niki Lanzon.
The nous of Sergey Markoch was again evident as he varied his tactics to destroy opponents who only fought until midway through the match. The deployment of Molnar as he alternated his role in the centre with a wiping one from deep positions was another feature of our game-plan.
The passing in the final two sessions and our effiicient blocking on our opponents’ numerical advantage (they scored two on eight against our excellent ten on 11 reading) were really impressive as San Ġiljan wilted under our weight.
The dice were cast in the third session which we won 5-1 after we had led 8-7 at the end of the second quarter.
We then rubbed salt into our opponents’ wounds to finish comprehensive 17- 10 winners. Indeed, our neighbours were well and truly blasted.
And now onto our four top group matches as we enjoy a five-point lead over second-placed Sliema and a massive 11 lengths over San Ġiljan.
S. Ġiljan: D. Camilleri, C. Spiteri de Barro, A. Galea 1, B. Plumpton, K. Dowling 1, M. Zammit 1, A. Radovic 4, A. Bianchi 1, Keith Galea, Z. Kovacic 2, P. Fava, D. Zammit, J. Sammut
Neptunes: A. Borg Cole, N. Lanzon 1, M. Lanzon, M. Stellini 2, T. Agius, G. Mizzi, S. Camilleri 5, J. Camilleri 2, A. Zarb Cousin, P. Biros 3, B. Muscat, T. Molnar 4, C. Mercieca
Referees: P. Balzan, S. Alfi