San Ġiljan and Sliema picked maximum points from yesterday matches against Exiles and Valletta to move to 12 and nine points respectively at the top of the table.

There was no sweating for leaders San Ġiljan when they overcame their opponents from across the bay in the opening match.

The 11-3 scorline underlined the disparity between the sides, with the winter title-holders pressing home their superiority in the first and third quarters.

They were too good for a team practically resigned into submission and dejected at their inability to give the otherwise steady Thomas Micallef who replaced the absent Jake Tanti in San Ġiljan’s goal more shots to deal with.

Exiles were without the influential Timmy Sullivan and the injured Benji Lanzon.

But that was not sufficient reason for their flat showing against opponents who relied mainly on Matthew and Dino Zammit and the precocious Andreas Galea for their scoring traits.

In the second match Sliema had the better of a fighting Valletta by eight goals to four.

The Blues’ victory stemmed mainly from their longer bench and the opportunism of alternating centres, Zach Mizzi and Jerome Gabarretta, scorers of five goals between them.

San Ġiljan 11
Exiles 3

(5-0; 1-3; 4-0; 1-0)

San Ġiljan: T. Micallef, P. Borg, A. Galea 3, B. Grech, D. Zammit 1, M. Zammit 3, B. Plumpton 1, J. Galea, T. Said, A. Cousin 1, P. Fava, D. Zammit 2.

Exiles: S. Galea Pace, J. Rizzo Naudi, J. Bajada, M. Stellini 1, A. Magri, S. Xerri De Caro, D. Borg Millo, K. Griscti 1, N. Paris 1, A. Bianchi, C. Von Brockdorf, L. Felice 1, M. Castillo.

Referees: Mario Dalli, Massimo Angileri.

Sliema 8
Valletta 4

(1-1; 3-0; 1-2; 3-1)

Sliema: R. Coleiro, J. Gabarretta 2, E. Aquilina, C. Cluett, M. Meli, K. Dowling 1, M. Spiteri Staines, B. Cachia, R. Greco, A. Attard 1, Z. Mizzi 3, N. Bugelli 1, Z. Sciberras.

Valletta: R. Sciortino, J. Spiteri Staines 1, A. Agius, M. Rizzo 1, M. Fenech, R. Mock, D. Paolella, N. Bonello Ghio, M. Cordina 1, D. Fenech, K. Galea 1, O. Zammit, F. Buhagiar.

Referees: Peter Balzan, Stefan Licari.

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