Qormi send Spartans in mini crisis

Friday, September 23, 2011, 19:34

by Joshua Cacciatiolo

Final Score: Qormi 3 Hamrun 2

A penalty awarded by Referee Marco Borg and transformed by Joseph Farrugia paved way for another win for Redino Apap’s Club Qormi FC.

Qormi coach Stephen Azzopardi opted for an offensive 4-3-3 formation as Matthew Bartolo and Jorginho supported debutant Daniel Nwoke who just returned to Malta less tahn 48 hours ago. Qormi were coming from an easy 4-1 victory against Tarxien Rainbows.

Hamrun Spartans mentor Jesmond Zammit started an initial 4-3-3 formation as Kevin Sammut an Gianluca Calabretta supported centre striker Anderson Mendes Ribeiro.

Qormi faced bottom placed Hamrun Spartans at the National Stadium in a game that ended in their favour thus giving them a partial 4th place in the standings. The Reds were in search for the first win as last week they were beaten 1-0 by Floriana and with this loss Jesmond Zammit’s nights will be consisting of nightmare dosage. 

Prior the match former Hamrun coach now Qormi Technical adviser Steve D’Amato presented a bunch of flowers to Hamrun supporters to thank his former supporters for the gratitude during his tenure with the Spartans.

First Half

8min: Luke Scierras opens the score for Qormi as he lobbed the ball on Omar Borg to put Qormi supporters in ecstasy.

32min: Hamrun missed a glorious chance as Geatan Spiteri rounded goalkeeper Matthew Farrugia and as soon as he was going to put the ball in an empty net veteran ex defender Kenneth Scicluna cleared off the line the ball in extremis.

45min: Hamrun Spartans scored on the stroll of the first half ! Matthew Farrugia punched a Gianluca Calabretta cross in Massimo Grima’s feet to beat him with a first timer to make the score 1-1.

Second Half

63min: What a Goal!! Debutant Daniel Nwoke scores a stunting goal as he dribbles past Roderick Fenech before he unleashes a superb strike which also hits the post before ending up in the net.

72min: Carlo Polli’s powerful shot hits the upright post.

76min: Geaten Spiteri equalised for Hamrun as he taps in an Anderson Ribiero low cross.

89min: Qormi make it 3-2 thanks to Joseph Farrugia from the penalty mark in a tragic finale for Hamrun.

Qormi: M.Farrugia, J.Chetcuti, R.Sammut, M.Bartolo, J.Farrugia, D.Nwoke, L.Sciberras, K.Scicluna, J.Da Silva, S.Wellman, A.Bello Osagie (J.Chetcuti 74min)

Hamrun S: O.Borg, N.Gacesca, M.Grima, R.Mangion (C.Tonetto 74min), R.Fenech, A.M.Ribiero, K.Sammut, M.Gauci, C.Polli, G.Spiteri, G.Calabretta

Scores: L.Sciberras (Q) G.Spiteri, M.Grima (HS), J.Farrugia (Q)

Referee: Marco Borg

Yellow Cards: M.Bartolo (Q) R.Mangion (HS) D.Nwoke (Q) 

Man of the Match:

Attendance: 1497

Live Standings

Teams G Pts
Valletta 4 12
Floriana 5 12
Hibernians 4 10
Qormi 5 9
Sliema 4 8
Birkirkara 4 7
Marsaxlokk 5 4
Balzan Y. 4 4
Mqabba 4 4
Hamrun S. 5 2
Mosta 4 1
Tarxien R. 4 1

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