Poker “phase” for Birkirkara

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 19:56

Leaders Birkirkara made them four wins out of four against Jesmond Zerafa’s side Qormi. Prior to this match the Stripes had managed the three points against Qormi with a 5-2 win and afterwards twice with the identical score of 2-0. With Thursday’s 3-1 win, Paul Zammit’s side registered a Poker on Qormi in this delicate phase of the BOV Premier League.

Zammit’s side is now leading the table of the BOV Premier League with 39 points, 7 points ahead of Valletta who lie second with 32 points but with a game in hand to be recovered on Friday against Hibs. If Birkirkara win their next two games against Hibernians and Tarxien they will be mathematically crowned Champions before they meet Valletta in the last league game of the season which is scheduled for the 5th May 2010.

The leaders opened the score from a direct free kick by Sylvano Comvalius in the 21st minute. Just before the half hour mark, the Stripes made it 2-0 as Trevor Cilia avoided the offside trap and inserted himself easily in the opponent’s area for a comfortable finish. Cilia then registered his brace five minutes from the end of the first half when he fired home from close range following a corner to make it 3-0. Qormi’s Massimo Grima scored with a long distance shot in the second half to make the score line much more respectable for Zerafa’s side for a final score Birkirkara 3 – Qormi 1.

Minute by minute.

9min. Camillo Sanvezzo da Silva’s low shot deflected to a corner by Jorge Mora.

21min. Direct free kick well executed by Sylvano Comvalius for the leader’s advantage 1-0.

29min. Birkirkara make it 2-0 with Trevor Cilia avoiding the offside trap, inserts himself alone in front of Farrugia for a comfortable win.

38min. Yellow Card Branko Nisevic.

39min. Matthew Farrugia saves a Trevor Cilia close shot from just outside the small box.

40min. From the corner Trevor Cilia pushes the ball into Qormi’s net for a personal brace 3-0.

Half Time. Birkirkara 3 vs Qormi 0

46min. Jonathan Bondin Out, Kenneth Spiteri In.

55min. Keith Fenech Out, Ryan Deguara In.

58min. Alfred Effiong’s shot saved deflected into a corner by Mora.

63min. Yellow Card Angus Buhagiar.

66min. Shaun Bajada Out, Alan Tabone In.

71min. Mora saves an Alfred Effiong shot.

72min. Branko Nisevic Out, Joseph Zerafa In.

73min. Massimo Grima reduces the deficit for Qormi as he hits home from long distance 3-1.

78min. Joseph Farrugia Out, Stefan Giglio In.

81min. Michael Galea Out, George Mallia In.

85min. Effiong dribbles past the Birkirkara defence but misses the target from an easy position.

87min. Trevor Cilia denied a hat trick as his shot is well saved by Farrugia.

89min. Free kick by Cilia, deflected by the human wall, Farrugia lucky as the ball hits the cross bar.

Full Time Birkirkara 3 vs Qormi 1

BOV Player of the Match Trevor Cilia.


  1. gill says:

    respect your opponents and your opponents will respect , mr curmi


  2. Joshua Cacciattolo says:

    Proset din tal minute to minute vera bi sens well done


  3. kevin curmi says:

    there is nothing to say all the teams against valletta


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