Reds keep Exiles at bay with a fine win

Water Polo Ball Held Underwater

Exiles Elia Caterers 10 Neptunes 15

Partial scores (2-5) (3-4) (3-3) (2-3)

Exiles had to bow to a stronger Neptunes outfit when earlier tonight both teams met in the first of ‘cross over’ clashes between the top three teams in each of the two sections.

At the half-way stage, the Reds were leading by four goals (9-5) and this margin was retained for the rest of the encounter. Exiles played better in the third and fourth quarters even though in the first two sessions they had their share of the action but somehow failed to pierce their opponents’ fort guarded by former Exiles keeper Alan Borg Cole. The goals conceded by Exiles were practically in a set defence formation. As the game progressed Exiles defended better with a commendable reaction by Igor Vukanovic’s team to trim a five-goal deficit to three (8-11) seconds before the end of the third session.

Neptunes scored 5  goals on 9 man-ups and converted 3 penalties awarded. Exiles failed to score in their four man-ups. Exiles’ 10 goals were scored when both teams were equal in the water against 7 netted by their opponents.

Igor Vukanovic had the following players at his disposal Matthew Castillo, Michele Stellini (1 goal), Andrew Magri, Marco Jelaka (2 goals), Timmy Sullivan, Sean Xerri de Caro (1 goal), Mark Fenech, Kurt Griscti (1 goal), Milos Vukicevic (2 goals), Aurelien Cousin (1 goal), Nicky Paris (1 goal), Philip Paris (1 goal), Simon Apap, Christian von Brockdorff and second goalkeeper Max Martin who defended Exiles’ goal on the last two minutes.

The second match of the ‘cross over’ match will see Exiles take on Sirens who in the first phase of the Preliminary Round inflicted Neptunes with their first defeat to top the table with six points.

The match is scheduled for Saturday 6th July with the swim-up fixed at 18.00

 

KaFa

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