The University of Malta Futsal team came into Monday’s game against Safi San Lorenzo knowing that a win would not only keep them in 5th place in the standings and hence in the running for a play-off spot; but it would also set a new club record of 6 consecutive wins.
With another bumper crowd cheering the team on, the Knights got off to a perfect start when within the first two minutes of the match, they took the lead through Leo Muscat. By the midway point of the first half, that lead was doubled. After a great sequence of interplay, the ball fell to Andrea Farrugia who hit a scorching shot from distance which the Safi goalkeeper got a hand to, but could not keep out. Half time came with the score at 2-0 in favour of the Knights, and with the leading team looking comfortable despite their opponent’s tactical organisation.
In the second half though, Safi began to turn the screw and put the Knights under pressure. Goalkeeper and Captain Matthew Gatt was called into action on several occasions and responded well to keep his side in the lead. With the Knights seemingly on the ropes however, they managed to break away and it was Leo Muscat who scored to give his team some real breathing space.
Safi did get one back halfway through the second half to throw the match back under question, but the 3 goal lead was restored with around 7 minutes left on the clock. Safi, having committed 5 fouls in the half, gave the Knight the chance to score from a free shot; a chance which was well taken by Martin Caruana. Safi tried to put together a resurgence, playing the final stages of the match with a flying keeper to add further pressure onto the Knights. However the Knights remained defensively organised and held firm right till the end to secure the 4-1 victory.
It is the Knight’s 6th consecutive win; a club record. It means that they now have 21 points from 10 games and that they keep hold of 5th place in the table. Their next game is on the 27th February at 9:15pm against 3rd placed Hamrun Tre Angeli. We urge you to support your University as they continue their push for the play-offs!
Full Matchday Squad:
Matthew Gatt (C), Dylan Cacciattolo, Shawn Deguara, Djordje Maksimovic, Dalziel Bugeja, Gaetano Gesualdi, Martin Caruana, Leo Muscat, Rodney Debono, Paul Scerri, Andrew Camilleri, Andrea Farrugia, Jonathan Sammut, Neil Cauchi.
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