Gudja UTD News
Monday 10 December 2018
A hat-trick by Firas Aboulezz beats Naxxar Lions.
It was a well fought match between Gudja and Naxxar, with the Blues coming out victorious 3-1.
The first half was a very well balanced one, in which both teams had a few scoring opportunities. They both hit the post once, Gudja with an Alexis Ramos volley, whilst for Naxxar it would have been an own goal by Luca Martinelli, but both teams failed to score. Naxxar had a goal disallowed for an offside position.
In the second half, Naxxar Lions started a bit better than Gudja and went close to opening the score with a direct free kick by Saturday Nanapere, but Gudja improved as the game progressed.
The first real second half scoring opportunity for Gudja came in the 57th minute when Firas Aboulezz entered into the box but Borg who seemed to be already beaten, turned his effort to a corner. From Gudja's corner, Naxxar Lions went close again with a fast break but their efforts passed just wide.
One minute later, Firas was again inside the box but with only the goal keeper to beat, Firas saw his shot hit the post. Two minutes later, exactly on the 60th minute, Firas Aboulezz put Gudja one up with a powerful long range effort from 30 yards.
Gudja seemed to take control of the whole match and just a few minutes after the first goal, Firas doubled the lead for Gudja with a close well placed shot in the top right corner of the net.
In the 76th minute, Saturday Nanapere headed one back for Naxxar from a corner situation, but Gudja still remained far superior to Naxxar. Gudja went close to scoring the third one three times as Alexis Ramos tried his luck with a 50 metre shot and Jackson Lima saw his efforts being stopped twice.
But Gudja continued to put pressure on their opponents and in the dying moments of the match, Firas Aboulezz placed his shot in the left bottom corner to seal the 3 points for Gudja United.
Written by Malcolm Bugeja