Neptunes shake off early Exiles resistance

Exiles 7 Neptunes 14

(1-3) (2-2) (2-5 (2-4)

Exiles met Neptunes at the National Pool on Saturday night in the Premier League

The had to bow to Neptunes’ staying power after their resistance against the current champions lasted only up to the half-way stage of the encounter when the score read (3-5) in favour of our opponents. In the third and fourth sessions Exiles attacks fell prey of  the Reds as they piled nine goals to four to win the three points at stake. The team has now been adapting to a type of defence which is bearing encouraging results but when fatigue starts creeping in, the sharpness in blocking or covering shots also suffers.

This was clearly evident last Saturday as some of the goals conceded could have been avoided. In the attacks created in the last two quarters we lacked that final killing shot that would have made the match more exciting though there was never any doubt as to where the points were going.

Both teams suffered eight exclusions and one penalty Neptunes converted two man-ups but missed a penalty whilst Exiles scored their penalty and also found the net twice when in numerical advantage. One must mention that our opponents were short of Tamas Molnar who was suspended and probably this had an effect on both sides as they set out for the match. In fact Gergerly Katonas and Peter Biros shadowed each other whilst Stevie Camilleri was not all the time marked by our Luka Sekulic.

Coach Maurizio Mirarchi tried his usual system of constant changing to give oxygen to all players but his tips are limited to the water’s edge and it’s up to the players in the water to deliver.

Italian mentor made use of the following players Ian Bugeja, Julian Rizzo Naudi (1 goal), Simon Vassallo (1 goal), David Pace Lupi (1 goal), Gergerly Katonas (2 goals), Diego Borg, James Spiteri Staines, Kurt Griscti, Luka Sekulic (2 goals), Peter Borg, Benji Lanzon and Kayne Lanzon.

There is hardly any time to think about the last outing as the team now prepares for another tussle with Valletta United on Wednesday the 6th August 2014 at the National Pool at 18.45 hours.




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