MEN’S EUROPEAN JUNIOR WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS TBILISI GEORGIA DAY 3
RUSSIA – MALTA 14 – 12 (5-2, 3-4, 4-2, 2-4)
Another great performance by the U17 National Team. Russia opened the scoring only for Jake Muscat to equalise through a penalty. Malta went ahead when Jake Muscat scored in a man-up situation. Unfortunately, Russia came back strongly to close the first session 5 – 2. At the start of the 2nd session Benji Cachia scored on a counter attack, followed by another man-up goal by Jake Muscat. The Russian widened the gap to 7-4 but Jake Muscat scored his third penalty of the match. A goal for each team, with Seb Busuttil putting his name on the score sheet closed the 2nd session at 8-6. Both teams seemed cautious at the start of the 3 rd session. Malta were awarded another penalty which was converted by Jake Muscat and Jake Bonavia scored Malta’s 9th goal on a counter attack. Russia scored 3 goals to end the session 12 -8. Seb Busuttil scored a man-up while Jake Muscat scored another penalty to make the score 12-10. Benji Cachia scored on another counter attack followed by another counter attack goal by Jake Bonavia to level the score at 12-12. Unfortunately, the Russian scored twice to end the game 14 -12.
Karl Izzo, National Coach said that he was proud with these boys as they played one of the best games of water polo at National level. The team was tactically perfect and it was a pity they missed some man-up situations which would have surely made us win this game! All the players gave their best in a high-level collective team effors.
Izzo continued that this result and the victory over Turkey are an important chapter of their career. Such results are a reward for their efforts and with the constant support of their clubs and the ASA, the lessons to be learnt from their club coaches and the National Team’s technical staff, these boys can look ahead to wonderful careers.
It is thanks to the “all-round” effort that we can look forward with confidence to today’s important game against Serbia at 14:00, where the boys will surely give their all to add another great performance to those already witnessed in Tbilisi.