Birkirkara secure third Championship title

Friday, April 30, 2010, 19:34

by Sandro Micallef

Birkirkara were mathematically crowned Champions of the 2009/10 season after they won their penultimate match against a depleted Tarxien with a narrow 1-0 scoreline.

Carmelo Gauci the new Birkirkara President, who took the helm of the Stripes committee earlier this season, has made history for his Club as he managed to lead his team to another title in his first year as mentor.

Noel Coleiro couldn’t utilise his regular captain and vice captain, as both Sadovski and Caruana were suspended. Tarxien’s central defender Anderson Mendes Pereira and striker Ribeiro were also out of action due to suspension and injury respectively. Carlo Mamo was missing for the Stripes after he fractured his hand last Sunday against Hibernians.

Paul Zammit’s players were totally in control of the match from the initial whistle. The Stripes created an incredible number of  chances before scoring the only goal of the match in the 39th minute with a fine strike by Shaun Bajada.

Tarxien failed to create any counter attacks thus conceding Zammit’s players a lot of ball possession.

The final whistle was followed by spontaneous celebrations by the Birkirkara players, technical staff and supporters who afterwards continued their partying in their home town.

This is the third Championship title won by Birkirkara.

Referee Kevin Azzopardi

2” – Tarxien keeper Anthony Curmi saves a Camvalius shot from close range.

5” – A Michael Galea header deflected in corner following a cross by Joseph Zerafa from the left.

10” – Curmi saves a direct corner by Sean Bajada.

12” – Michael Galea missed the target by inches as he heads just wide from a Bajada free kick.

25” – Free kick by Dutchman Sylvano Comvalius over Curmi’s crossbar.

28” – Mark Tanti receives ball from Ryan Grech with Tanti’s cross shot wide on the far post.

33” – Trevor Cilia’s attempt at goal from just outside Curmi’s area is deflected by the Tarxien keeper in corner.

39” – Shaun Bajada gets a loose ball and strikes home from outside the penalty area to place the ball behind Curmi 1-0.

Half Time score – Birkirkara 1 vs Tarxien 0

45” – Substitution. James Shead In, Justin Grioli Out (Tarxien)

60” – Paul Zammit angry at his players for a series of inaccurate passing.

65” – Assistant Referee Philip Agius signals an offside and denies Bajada an easy goal.

69” – Trevor Cilia anticipates Lee Gales but his shot ends on the side of the net.

70” – Substitution. Warren Zerafa In, Gianluca Calabretta Out (Tarxien)

73” – Substitution. Alan Tabone In, Sylvano Comvalius Out (Birkirkara)

84” – Substitution. George Mallia In, Shaun Bajada Out (Birkirkara)

89” – Substitution. Thomas Paris In, Trevor Cilia Out (Birkirkara)

90” – Fourth official signals 3mins as additional time.

93” – Paul Zammit holds a picture of his late mum in his hands whilst Referee Kevin Azzopardi whistles end of match

Full Time score. Birkirkara 1 vs Tarxien 0

Watch the spontaneous celebrations after the end of match in link below. Video by Catherine Micallef.


  1. Clayton says:

    tassew ghamiltuna kburin li ahna karkarizi … grazzi stripes …. better luck next time city ;-)


  2. Gordy (MalteseFootballStarlets) says:

    Prosit lil Birkirkara F.C li kienu konsistenti matul il-kampjonat u haqqhom jirbhu il-League Malti. Tim zaghzugh u mimli talent li nispera naraw iktar players min dan it-tim involuti fin-nazzjonal.

    Shaun Bajada kif rajtu kellu stagun tajjeb hafna hu huwa playmaker ta certu klassi u nispera li narawh jilghab f’dik il-posizzjoni ma Malta u mhux bhala left back. Hela ta risorsi

    Nixtieq nara ukoll lil Michael Galea man-Nazzjonal li huwa player li jilghab bil-qalb kontra hafna u jaghti kollox ghal flokk. Nahseb li ghad fadallu cans li jigi nvolut man-nazzjonal.

    Nilghabu u ninvolvu  ukoll iktar lil dawn iz-zaghzagh biex jilghabu man-nazzjonal. L-esperjenza mhiex kollox imma l-entuzjazmu,grinta u l-hegga li jaghtu certu zaghzagh anke under 20s ghandha taghti refurbishment u arja friska lit-tim Malti.  

    Jiena nsaqsi! Ghaliex player tipo Rowen Muscat(senza offiza) ma jinkluduhx mat-team nazzjonali Malti tal-kbar wara stagun bhal dan li kellu parti u rwol importanti ghar-rebh tal-kampjonat?



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