Citizens make it to the final

Saturday, May 14, 2011, 17:16

by Joshua Cacciattolo

Denni Rocha Dos Santos

Valletta was the first team to advance to the final, when in a dramatic extra time, former Tarxien hero Denni Dos Santos effort was enough for the Citizens to progress in the F.A. Trophy competition.

Valletta coach Jesmond Zerafa opted for an offensive 4-2-3-1 formation with Nigerian Omonigho Temile, playmaker Ryan Fenech and Brazilian Denni Dos Santos supporting the lone striker Antunes Andrade

Tarxien coach Noel Coleiro started with an initial 4-4-2. Brazilians Ricardo Costa and Cristiano Rodriguez formed the attack line, supported by another two Brazilians Sergio Pacheco and Daniel Mariano Bueno in midfield.

First Half

18min: Ryan Fenech superb flying kick just missed the post.

22 min: Steve Borg blocks the onrushing Costa off a through ball from De Oliveira.

24 min: Valletta denied a penalty as Tarxien defender Vella Critien handles the ball with his hand off a cross by Fenech.

26 min: Daniel Mariano Bueno’s shot from over 30 yards out is way over the bar. Claims for corner kick denied by referee.

30 min: Valletta hit the post after a solo effort by Dos Santos. Valletta close to taking the lead.

32 min: Andrew Hogg saves from a close range header by Sergio Pacheco De Oliveira

Second half

78min: Terence Scerri effort hit the post.

80min: Daniel Mariano Bueno header hit the post.

88min: Daniel Mariano Bueno powerful stike also hit the woodwork

Extra Time

100min: Edmond Agius’ powerful strike was held by Tarxien goalkeeper David Cassar.

115min: Denni Soas Santos scored with a superb strike from the edge of the penalty area. 1-0

Valletta: A.Hogg, R.Briffa, S.Borg, J.Caruana, I.Azzopardi, E.Agius, J.Pace, R.Fenech(K.Sammut 100min), O.Temile(T.Scerri 71min), D.Dos, Santos, A.Andrade(I.Zammit 111min)

Tarxien R. D.Cassar, G.Calabretta, R.Costa, C.Dos Rodrigues, S.Pacheco(J.Grioli 88min), D.M.Bueno, L.Vella Critien, J.Vella( S.Sadowski 105min), O.Anonam, R.Mintoff, L.Galea

Referee: Kevin Azzopardi

Yellow Cards: L.Vella Critien (T) G.Calabretta (T)


  1. Ballutta says:

    Drago 2000 euros fix-xahar waste of money bhal na kien ell yammani 1500 ohra Fi xahar


  2. Demm Ahdar says:

    @Joshua : adek ma amiltx artiklu fuq antunes li kull ma skorja 2 goals : wihed bil warrani u l ihor ax hallih addej il keeper , il bqija xej mamel. .. jew drago u floriana biss tara?


  3. Clint Gatt says:

    2 penalties for Valletta not given by the ref


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