Tarxien stay one point ahead of Stripes

Sunday, November 28, 2010, 16:24

by Sandro Micallef.

Tarxien were the happier side this afternoon as they registered as yet another important result holding reigning Champions Birkirkara to a goalless draw.

Birkirkara and Tarxien were out this afternoon to gather more points and try to stay close to the top three Clubs that occupy the first three positions so far in the Premier League table.

Birkirkara were on twelve points from nine matches, whilst Coleiro’s team had a point more from the same number of matches.

Daniel Mariano Bueno was given the green light for a starting line up after he fully recovered from injury. Ryan Grech was also included with the first set of eleven players after he too was struggling with his fitness. Paul Zammit had Trevor Cilia on the bench since he has not totally overcome his injury problems. Central defender Nikola Vukanaz watched the game from the tribune as he failed a physical test and was declared not fit to play. Sergio Pacheco was not in the eighteen man sqaud for Tarxien.

Tarxien’s coach asked utility player Anonam to play in midfield with the Nigerian born playing upfront even in the dying moments of the game. Paul Zammit used a 4-2-3-1 approach.

First Half:

15min: A Sean Bajada free kick misses the target just off Cassar’s right-hand side upright.

26min: Riccardo Costa drives through the Birkirkara defence after a lengthy possession by the Rainbows with his shot saved by the Stripes keeper Michael Fraser.

29min: Daniel Mariano Bueno enters the danger zone with his left shot over the crossbar.

32min: Emiliano Lattes shoots towards Cassar after he was lucky to get the ball from a lose ball.

38min: Michael Galea misses the target from an ideal position within the penalty area as he shoots over the crossbar.

44min: Daniel Mariano Bueno almost puts Tarxien in front as his scissor kick just missed the upright.

Second Half:

60min: Michael Galea was almost certain to open the score when his close range shot was blocked by central defender Lee Galea.

76min: A Bajada free kick just brushes the right hand side upright of Cassar with Galea missing the easy tap in.

79min: Great opportunity for the Stripes as Lattes cuts a nice cross from the right and substitute Terrence Vella still cold misses the easiest of goals.

80min: Tarxien respond with a shot cross by Cristiano Dos Santos Rodriguez that end wide.

86min: A half volley shot by Angus Buhagiar is saved by Cassar.

88min: From a Mark Tanti’s free kick Anonam’s header is saved in two attempts by Fraser who seemed hesitant in the occassion.

Birkirkara: M. Fraser, P.Fenech, J.Zerafa, P.Borg, S.Bajada, R.Harding, R.Muscat (S.Zahra 73min), K.Pulo (T.Vella 73min), E.Lattes, M.Galea (T.Cilia 82min), A.Buhagair.

Tarxien: D.Cassar, M.Caruana (R.Mintoff 76min), E.Antonio Pereira, R.Costa (J.Vella 67min), C.Dos Santos Rodriguez, D.Mariano Bueno, L.Vella Critien, O.Anonam, R.Grech, L.Galea, J.Grioli.

Referee: Mario Apap

Yellow Cards: Luke Vella Critien, Justin Grioli (T), Ryan Harding (B)

BOV Player of the match: Emiliano Lattes

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