Birkirkara move to second place

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 19:10

by Joshua Cacciattolo

Birkirkara moved to second place after an impressive victory against this year’s surprising package Tarxien Rainbows 3-1. Birkirkara now have seventeen points from nineteen games while the Rainbows have fifteen points, joint with Marsaxlokk in third place.

Evergreen Michael Galea open the score on the ninth minute. Tarxien levelled the score on the 35th minute after Sergio Pacheco struck from the penalty spot. At the beginning of the second half Emiliano Lattes immediately put the Stripes in the lead with a superb shot. Birkirkara wrapped the points in the 77th minute thanks to Paul Fenech 4th goal of the season.

Tarxien coach Noel Coleiro opted for a 4-3-3 formation. Brazilian Trio composed by Ricardo Costa, Sergio Pacheco and Cristiano Rodrigues formed a trident forward line.

Birkirkara coach Paul Zammit started also as usual 4-3-3 formation. Nigerian Ibrahim Babatunde and Argentina Emiliano Lattes supported Captain Michael Galea upfront. Both clubs meet last week in a 0-0 draw.

In today’s first match Marsaxlokk registred a emphatic 4-0 win against strugglers Floriana thanks to Alfred Effiong poker. At the beginning of the season “Fredu” also notched another poker against Birkirkara.

First Half

9min: Michael Galea screamer beaten helpless Tarxien goalkeeper David Cassar.

27min: Manuel Caruana long strike was off target.

35min: Sergio Pacheco make it 1-1 from the penalty spot.

Second Half

47min: Emiliano Lattes beaten Cassar with a diagonal shot after an intelligent trough ball to make it 2-1 for the Stripes.

52min: Cassar tipped a Shaun Bajada powerful header . In the resulting corner Andre Agius hit the post

54min. David Cassar again came to rescue after a powerful shot was heading to the back of the net.

71min: Ibrahim Babatunde effort was denied again by David Cassar.

77min: Paul Fenech make it three after an impressive counter attack with a diagonal shot on the left.

Tarxien Rainbows: D.Cassar, S.Sadowski(J.Vella 54min), M.Caruana, E.Perreira, R.Costa( S.Hili 79min), C.Rodrigues, S.Pacheco(A.Farrugia 87min), L.Vella Critien, O.Anonam, L.Galea, J.Grioli.

Birkirkara: M.Fraser, E.Lattes, J.Zerafa, N.Vukanac, P.Fenech, R.Muscat, I.Babatunde(A.Decesare 83min), S.Bajada(R.Scicluna 89min), P.Borg, M.Galea(R.Alemao90min), A.Agius

Referee: Adrian Azzopardi

Yellow Cards: Cristiano, M.Caruana, J.Grioli (T) J.Zerafa, P.Borg, S.Bajada (B)

Bov Man of the Match: Emiliano Lattes

Attendance: 971

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