Birkirkara, Mqabba share four goals in entertaining match

Friday, September 16, 2011, 18:38

Final Score: Birkirkara 2-2 Mqabba

by Joshua Cacciatolo

Patrick Curmi survived a scare this evening when his Birkirkara side scraped a 2-2 equilizer against Mqabba in the opening match of Day 4.

The Stripes now have seven points from four games as they are two points adrift from leaders Valletta, the latter with a game in hand. Mqabba continued their positive run and now have four points from four games.

Birkirkara striker Alvila Moises opened the score in the first half as Mqabba striker Dejan Mamic scored after the break. On the 74th minute Rodrigo Pereira scored to put the Stripes in lead. Just one minute after Dejan Mamic scored his second for a prestigious draw for Mqabba.

Birkirkara’s coach Paul Curmi started an initial 4-3-3 formation as wingers Trevor Cilia and Leighton Grech support centre striker Alvila Moises. Andrew Decesare replaced Terence Vella as he returned after missed the 3-0 defeat against Hibernians.

Mqabba mentor Clive Mizzi fielded a 4-4-2 formation as Dejan Mamic and John Paul Muscat formed the forward line, the latter replaced suspended Thiago Dos Santos as he was sent off in last Monday 2-0 victory against Marsaxlokk.

First Half

12min: Jorge Mora saved Claudio Calleja’s shot inside the penalty area.

15min: Birkirara opened the score. An Alvila Moises’ low shot ends up in the net to put the Stripes in the lead 1-0.

Second Half

52min: Dejan Mamic equalised for Mqabba as he beats Jorge Mora with a low shot.

60min: Mqabba were close for second one as Andrew Decesare cleared off the line fromwhat seemed an easy Claudio Callejja tap in.

73min: Defender Rodrigo Pereira scored the goal for the 2-1 scoreline after he headed an Alan Tabone cross.

76min: Dejan Mamic again scores as he concludes a low shot past Jorge Mora for the equilizer 2-2.

Mqabba: K.Callejja, P.Grima, M.Potezica, A.Scicluna, B.Timotic, D.Azzopardi (R.Sammut), C.Calleja, J.P.Muscat (M.Briffa 56min), M.Bonnici, C.Micallef, B.Mamic (J.Paris)

Birkirkara: J.Mora, R.Scicluna (A.Tabone 71min), R.Pereira, G.Sciberras, P.Fenech, T.Cilia, A.Decesare, M.Avila, L.Grech (T.Vella), J.Zerafa, A.Buhagiar

Scores: A.Moises, R.Pereira (B) D.Mamic (2) (M)

Referee: M.Apap

Yellow Cards: A.Buhagiar

BOV Man of the Match: Dejan Mamic


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