Birkirkara, Valletta share spoils in thrilling game

Friday, October 15, 2010, 19:51

by Joshua Cacciatolo.

Pace setters Valletta did not manage to get the full points against reigning Champions Birkirkara as both teams shared the spoils in an exciting game that produced no less than four goals in a 2-2 draw.

Paul Zammit, Birkirkara’s mentor opted to start with goalkeeper Manuel Bartolo in a his initial 4-3-3 formation. Defender Nikola Vukanac and skipper Michael Galea also featured in the Stripes’ starting eleven. Jesmond Zerafa amended his team with just one change from Valletta’s last game ( 1-0 win against Qormi). Ex Birkirkara player Roderick Briffa, today wearing the Valletta jersey, was inserted in the initial line up to replace Nigerian striker Joseph Okwonkwo in a typically 4-4-1-1 formation for the Whites.

After a series of saves by Bartolo, Birkirkara opened the score thanks to Trevor Cilia as he scored his first goal of the season. Valletta managed to equalise thanks to a Kevin Sammut powerful low shot. Jamie Pace gave the lead to Valletta five minutes before the half-time break.

At the start of the second half  Zerafa’s team could have made it 3-1 but goalkeeper Manuel Bartolo saved a penalty taken by Denni Dos Santos after the latter was tackled by Paul Fenech inside the box. Nine minutes from time,  man of the match Trevor Cilia levelled the score for Birkirkara to make rubber stamp the final score on 2-2 with a half volley super shot.

First Half

1 min Manuel Bartolo was called in action early in the game . He saves on a Terence Scerri shot.

18 min First substitution for Birkirkara. Australian born Simon Zahra replaces injured Shaun Bajada.

25 min Inform winger Trevor Cilia opens the score for the stripes from an intelligent assist by Michael Galea.

26 min Terence Vella comes in for injured Rowen Muscat.

27 min Valletta level the score 1-1. Kevin Sammut converts in the back of the net from an Ian Azzopardi low cross.

40 min Jamie Pace completely unmarked makes it 2-1 from a Kevin Sammut free kick for the City players.

Second Half

51 min Terence Scerri hits wide from inside the penalty area.

62 min Andrew Hogg saves a Trevor Cilia powerful shot.

66 min Penalty awarded for Valletta. Manuel Bartolo saves a semi central shot by Brazilian Denni Dos Santos.

69 min First substitution for Valletta. Dyson Falzon replaces Nigerian Temile.

74 min Another change for Valletta as Edmond Agius comes in for Roderick Briffa.

78 min Trevor Cilia shot finishes wide from outside the box.

80 min Last substitution for Valletta. Ian Zammit replaces Denni Dos Santos.

81 min What a strike by Cilia !! Trevor Cilia’s powerful shot from outside the penalty box equalises for the Stripes 2-2.

86 min Standing ovation for the Stripes’ hero Trevor Cilia as he was replaced by Thomas Paris.

Full-Time: Birkirkara 2  (T.Cilia 19 min, 81 min)  Valletta 2 (K.Sammut 25min, J.Pace 40min)

Valletta FC A.Hogg, S.Borg, J.Caruana, R.D.Santos, R.Briffa (E.Agius74  min), J.Pace, O.Temile (D.Falzon 69 min), K.Sammut, D.D.Santos (I.Zammit 80min), T.Scerri, I.Azzopardi.

Birkirkara FC M.Bartolo, J.Zerafa, N.Vukanac, R.Harding, P.Fenech, T.Cilia (T.Paris 86 min), R.Muscat (T.Vella 26 min), E.Lattes, S.Bajada (S.Zahra 18 min) M.Galea, A.Buhagiar.

Referee: Alan Mario Sant

Yellow Cards: A.Buhagiar, J.Zerafa, T.Cilia, M.Bartolo (B), I.Zammit, A.Hogg, J.Pace. (V)

BOV Player of the Match: Trevor Cilia (B)

Attendence : 3823

1 Comment

  1. Massimo says:

    Proset lit-team kollu karkariz u Proset kbira lil Manuel Bartolo u Trevor Cilia.
    Proset ukoll lil BU 97 ghall- koreografija li ghamlu il-grawnd. Keep it up.


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