Saturday, August 20, 2011 , by

Alex Vella, National Pool – Commentary from The Times of Malta

In a match valid for statistics, Marsascala were after a win to extend their unbeaten run at the top of the Division Two standings.

However, they were shocked by a workmanlike Otters Nivea in yesterday’s first match which, unfortunately, also had the southenders ending the proceedings in casual fashion.

The first session did not go against the grain as Marsascala led 4-2, only for the Gozitans to take a lead of 8-7 by the end of the second quarter.

The team guided by Pierre Borg won the next session 4-3 to level matters on 11-11 before the start of the final session.

But they looked a subdued lot and perhaps disinterested as Alfred Cachia’s outfit picked their spot admirably to win the last session of the game 5-3 for a final 16-14 victory.

This success had the generous Otters ending their commitments on a bright note, with Hungarian Mate Balatoni, topping the list of yesterday’s scorers with five goals.

Marsascala 14

Otters 16

(4-2, 3-6, 4-3, 3-5)

Marsascala : S. Farrugia, C. Spiteri de Barro 1, M. Pace, Mil. Koralji 4, D. Caruana, E. Arrigo, J. Licari 3, J. Cremona 1, S. Micallef 1, R. Scerri 2, D. Cassar, A. Zammit 1, Mih. Koralji 1.

Otters : J. Cremona, G. Attard 2, G. Zammit 2, Z. Radocz 3, D. Schembri 2, K. Scicluna, M. Balatoni 5, S. Dimech, S. Xerri, E. Farrugia, C. Martin, P. Martin, K. Grima Scott 2.

Refs: R. Spiteri, P. Giordano.