Our first game in the 2014/15 MFA Cup competition was against Gozitan opposition in the form of Munxar. The game started well with an early goal from Adofo Sanz Ortiz. After an initial attempted lob, his persistence allowed him to fight off both keeper and defender to get the ball home.

Joel Xuereb then took center stage as he first missed two of the easiest opportunities he will have all season, and then showing no signs of lost confidence, beat the offside trap, rounded the keeper and scored from a tight angle to give us a 2-0 lead.

At this point we perhaps got a little over-confident and started giving the ball away when simple possession work would have perhaps opened the game up further. However we reached half time and had an opportunity to freshen the approach.

The second half provided more controlled football from our boys and perhaps through frustration, a Munxar player reacted badly following a tackle from Simon Gatt and was shown a red card.

As the second half wore on, the coach decided to give some game time to Daniel Tabone, a young defender who has shown dedication in training, and he responded with a solid performance at left back.

In the closing stages, a third goal was added by Oliver Farrugia who reacted quickly to a loose ball following a corner.

This was a positive performance and we now play Kirkop in the next round of this competition. In the meantime, the league kicks off on Saturday with a derby against Hotspurs. Both teams will want to start the season well so this is sure to be a tough game. We look forward to seeing you all there.

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