Valletta win Premier League championshipSunday, April 17, 2011, 16:49
Full score Valletta 1-0 Marsaxlokk
Valletta won the Premier League championship for the twentieth time in the team’s history this evening with a 1-0 victory over Marsaxlokk
Much to the delight of flag waving supporters who turned a section of Ta’ Qali into a sea of white and red, the Citizens moved twelve points ahead of Floriana.
Player of the match Roderick Briffa scored the game’s only goal on the 54th minute and although the winning team took many chances during the match, they were more cautious in the end to secure the title for the second time in four years.
Valletta coach Jesmond Zerafa field precaution 4-4-1-1 formation, nowing back in his mind a draw will be enough for the twentieth title. Brazilian Anderson Andrade started as alone striker supported by his countryman Denni Dos Santos.
Marsaxlokk coach Patrick Curmi also field a defensive 4-5-1 formation. Nigerian Alfred Effiong started as alone striker supported by Bulgarian Martin Deanov and inform Gareth Sciberras on the flanks.
10min: Ryan Fenech shot was off target.
16min: Valletta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg saves a diagonal shot BY Nigerian Alfred Effiong.
52min!! The championship closer!!! Roderick Briffa intelligently lobbed on Rueben Gauci after a superb assist by Ryan Fenech 1-0.
69min: Antunes Andrade shot wide after a fine solo run.
76min: Ryan Fenech well placed shot hit the woodwork.
Valletta: A.Hogg, S.Borg, J.Caruana, R.DosSantos, I.Azzopardi, R.Fenech, E.Agius, G.Agius, R.Fenech(J.Pace), D.Dos Santos(O.Temille), A.Andrade(T.Scerri)
Marsaxlokk: R.Gauci, C.Mamo(G.Caruana), C.Brincat, E.Yanchev, M.Licari, G.Sciberras, M.Deanov, P.Pullicino(R.Darmanin 59min), F.Raimy, R.Galabov, A.Effiong
Referee: Clayton Pisani
Bov Man of the Match:
Yellow Cards:M.Licari, P.Pullicino, C.Brincat(M) I.Azzopardi, E.Agius, R.Dos Santos (v)