Massimo Tirotta was Agua FC’s goal
scoring hero in Sunday’s CML Cup final helping his team to win the cup to add
to the Sunday Championship won a week earlier to claim the coveted Double.
International Kickers stood in the way
of Agua’s quest to claim their second trophy of the season and proved strong
opposition, keeping the outcome in the balance until the end. But Agua
ultimately proved too strong, scoring twice in the last few minutes to put a
gloss on the final 4-0 score.
The first half was one of few
chances with neither keeper being busy. Agua did however enjoy the greater
possession and it was them who came closest to breaking the stalemate when they
crashed a shot against the woodwork. On the half-time whistle they were
presented with a breakthrough after De Riso’s footwork invited a rash
challenge. Tirotta, Agua’s top goal scorer, expertly despatched the spot-kick
into the top corner.
Whatever the Kickers management
said to their players at half-time had the desired effect as after the interval
they sprung into life, passing the ball more crisply and threatening their
opponents’ goal on several occasions and given a slice of luck they would have
claimed a deserved equaliser.
In the 70th minute Tirotta hit his,
and his side’s second goal. It’s a mistake to allow Tirotta too much space in
the box and the Kickers defenders suffered the consequences when he collected a
cross and picked his spot. Conceding a second disturbed Kickers momentum.
Man-of-the-match Tirotta claimed
himself a hat-trick when striking partner De Riso rolled the ball into his path
for a chance he couldn’t miss after the off-side trap was beaten and Agua’s
fourth was a De Riso goal in the last minute, but this was rough justice on a
spirited Kickers side who had given everything in the second half.
After finishing last season at the
bottom of the table it has been quiet a turnaround in fortunes for Agua, whose
challenge now will be to retain both trophies when the Sunday League kicks off
again in October.