Birkirkara beat Vittoriosa to move closer to top three

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 16:35

by Sandro Micallef.

Birkirkara and Vittoriosa had different targets this season and today’s game had points at stake for the Stripes to keep up the pace and stay close to the top three teams, whilst Vittoriosa needed today’s full points to jump in the 9th place of the table an attempt that did not materialise.

Vittoriosa’s coach Muscat had to choose his formation bearing in mind that Compagnoli was ruled out due to injury as was Kevin Mifsud. In form Leighton Grech was not in perfect condition so he was sidelined and sat next to his coach and was utilised only in the last twenty minutes of the games.

Paul Zammit was giving the official debut to Andrie Agius and Alemao in the BOV Premier League this season. He relegated Michael Galea on the bench. Alan Tabone was playing against his former team mates as he recently moved to Vittoriosa. He was given also the nod for the starting line up.

Birkirkara were far better in the first half but suffered tremendously in the second part of the game where the Cottonera side could have easily managed the equalizer, but the Vittoriosa strikers were stopped on various occassions by duo Agius and Vukanac who had an almost perfect game in front of Fraser.

First Half

16min. A Lattes free kick is easily saved by Vittoriosa’s keeper Agius.

19min. A Birkirkara counter attack almost proved fatal for the Cottonera side as Shaun Bajada’s shot on the run was inches away from the goalpost.

21min. Birkirkara keep on pressing for the opener and Terence Vella sees his half volley shot hit the crossbar. 

38min. Birkirkara 1-0. Andrei Agius strikes home from a corner to make it a special day on his debut with the Stripes.

Second Half

53min. Ryan Grech lobs the ball from a lose ball and almost nets the ball.

65min. Vittoriosa pressing and keeping ball possession and trying to play long balls towards Jorge Santos and Ewurum.

Birkirkara: M.Fraser, T.Vella (R. Camenzuli 91min), J.Zerafa, N.Vukanac, S.Bajada (R.Scicluna 80min), A.Agiuis, R. Alemao (K.Pulo 71min), R.Muscat, P.Fenech, E.Lattes, A.Buhagiar.

Vittoriosa: S. Aguis, K.Sammut, C.Micallef, S.Wellman, J.Chetcuti, M.Maccari, R.Grech, E.Louis Dos Santos, J.Santos Silva, A.Ewurum, A.Tabone (L.Grech 70min).

Referee: Alan Mario Sant

Yellow Cards: S.Wellman, R.Grech, J.Santos Silva, J.Chatcuti (V), A.Buhagaiar (B)

Scorers: Andrei Agius (38min)

BOV Player of the Match: EmilianoLattes

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