Bartolo and Lattes win it for Birkirkara

Friday, September 24, 2010, 22:10

by Joshua Cacciattolo.

Birkirkara earned their second win of the season thanks to a magnificant performance by Manuel Bartolo and also thanks to Emiliano Lattes’  winning goal minutes from the end of the game. Terrence Vella had opened the scoreline in the added time of the first half. Hiberians managed to level the score thanks to an Andrew Cohen wonderful strike but later Argentinian winger Lattes scored his second goal of the season to put the Stripes again on top of the standings with Hamrun Spartans the latter with a game in hand.

Birkirkara had extra presure to win this game to keep the pace with the top three teams at this stage of the League. Meanwhile Hiberians were looking to keep there good start of the season. Paul Zammit started with his typically 4-3-3 formation,with Paul Fenech, Patrick Borg and Shaun Bajada all returning from suspension. These three replaced Simon Zahra, Andrew Decesare and the injured Michael Galea respectively. Mark Miller had faith in the same eleven which drew against Valletta last Friday.

First Half

18min First opportunity of the game, Paul McManus chipped on goalkeeper Manuel Bartolo but Patrick Borg clears the ball.

40 min First goal opportunity for Birkirkara. Trevor Cilia shoots wide from inside the penalty area. 

44min An Andrew Cohen shot hit the upright.

45min On loan striker Terence Vella scores for the Stripes with a well executed top corner shot beating Mario Muscat 1-0.

Second Half

52 min What a chance for Hart! Richie Hart’s powerful shot from inside the penalty area just skimmed the post.

63 min Stand in Captain Shaun Bajada easily passes through two defenders but his shot was save by goalkeeper Muscat.

66 min Mario Muscat keeps Hiberians in the game when he saves a Trevor Cilia header.

67 min Goalkeeper Manuel Bartolo tips away a Triston Caruana shot for corner. From the same corner Birkirkara defenders clear off  from the goal line.

72 min A Triston Caruana free kick nearly hit the post, out by inches.

76 min Again Manuel Bartolo tips away in corner an Andrew Cohen powerful shot.

85 min Andrew Cohen equalises for Hiberians with a wonderful strike from 25 meters 1-1

89 min Emiliano Lattes taps in to beat Mario Muscat after a fine run and dribbling by substitute Carl Pulo

Hiberians M.Muscat, R.Camilleri (J.Pearson 73min), E.Herrera A.Pulis A.Xuereb, M.Clarke, Zoran Levnaic, A.Cohen, R.Hart, T.Caruana (W.Chircop 73min), P.McManus.

Birkirkara M.Bartolo, P.Borg, R.Harding, R.Muscat, S.Bajada(S.Zahra 82min) , P.Fenech, Trevor Cilia (A.Decesare 73 min), E.Lattes, J.Zerafa, T.Vella (C.Pulo 89 min), A.Buhagiar.

Referee Adrian Azzopardi

Yellow Cards A.Xuereb (H), A.Buhagiar, R.Muscat (B)

BOV Man of the Match  Manuel Bartolo (Birkirkara)

Attendance 1393

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