It had rained all day, but 1354 hardy fans still made it out to Theatre of Dreams
. Dean Gentry
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Paolino Franceschini
and Morten Hansen
MAN tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
The following players took the field: Moreira - Fleury, 民枫 (Minfeng), Strool - Zoguito, Busuttil, Taliana, Carbone, De Brabander - Faias, Marques.
Ridge decided to use a 3-4-3 set up.
They fielded: Arguello - Elizondo, Buerge, Ruiz Gavero - Heinesen, Ros, Cini, Portelli - Micallef, Barainka, Tabone.
The boggy pitch disrupted the game, especially for technical players like E. Faias
was called on to replace MAN's M. Busuttil
after 32 minutes following a nasty collision.
The home side put themselves ahead 1 - 0 after 35 minutes courtesy of a breakthrough from E. Faias
, who scored with a stunning volley following a cross from the right wing.
Cheers filled the stadium as B. Taliana
broke through the visitors' central defence to put away the ball to increase the lead to 2 - 0 to MAN.
The players of MAN now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle.
slipped and slithered in the wet grass. His usual rapid runs were nowhere to be seen today.
Things were deteriorating for the away team as MAN scored another to make it 3 - 0 after a left side attack resulted in a goal for J. Marques
after 44 minutes.
After 44 minutes, E. Faias
put MAN ahead 4 - 0 when he rose to head in a cross from the right wing.
Coming from the right, J. Marques
almost managed to score another goal for MAN, but his header was tipped over the bar by the visitors' keeper.
4 - 0 was the score after the first half.
Possession in this half belonged to MAN, who controlled the ball 68 percent of the time.
Morale on the visitors' bench was greatly improved when their H. Tabone
reduced the lead to make it 4 - 1 after 70 minutes, following a pass from the right.
MAN's L. Zoguito
saw his fine effort strike the top of the bar following some good work up the middle by his teammates after 77 minutes.
81 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defence had to look on as E. Faias
broke through, making the score 5 - 1 for MAN.
This third goal completed a hattrick for E. Faias
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by MAN, with 69 percent of the ball.
The most dominating MAN player was without a doubt B. Taliana
was a disappointment, however.
Ridge's best player was J. Elizondo
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 5 - 1.