Marsaxlokk keep last four at bay

Saturday, January 15, 2011, 15:36

by Joshua Cacciattolo

Marsaxlokk return to winning ways  after defeating Champions Birkirkara 2-0 thanks to Malcolm Licari and Gareth Sciberras’ goals in the second half. The Southsiders remained in the sixth place with eighteen points while Birkirkara have twenty points and now occupy the fourth place.

Paul Zammit started as usual with his 4-3-3 formation. Wingers Karl Pulo and Emiliano Lattes  supported lone striker Michael Galea. Defenders Patrick Borg and Andrew Decesare and midfielder Alan Tabone replaced Nikola Vukanac, Paul Fenech and Angus Buhagiar.

Marsaxlokk coach Patrick Curmi opted for a 4-5-1 formation. Second top scorer Alfred Effiong was supported by Trevor Tempelman and Bulgarian Martin Deanov on the flanks. Andrew Spiteri replaced injured Carlo Mamo.

First Half

1min: Martin Deanov’s free kick was off target.

2min: Alfred Effiong’s effeort was saved by Scottish goalkeeper Michael Fraser after passing Patrick Borg.

11min: Rumen Galabov shot wide from inside the box.

21min: Malcolm Licari’s powerful shot-cross was saved by Birkirkara custodian.

28min: Michael Galea’s goal was ruled out for a clear offside.

Second Half

49min: Alan Tabone headed wide from Emiliano Lattes’ right cross.

52min: Alan Tabone’s free kick was off target.

65min: Nigerian Alfred Effiong’s powerful strike was saved by Michael Fraser.

66min: Finally a goal!!! Malcolm Licari opened the score for the Southsiders. After some good work by Gareth Sciberras, he dribbled past Andrew Decesare and goalkeeper Michael Fraser to put Marsaxlokk in the lead. 1-0

75min: One become 2!!!!!!!!!! Gareth Sciberras marked his magnificent match with a goal after he headed Alfred Effiong cross.

Birkirkara: M.Fraser, T.Paris, J.Zerafa, P.Borg, A.Decesare(R.Scicluna 77min), R.Muscat,S.Bajada, A.Tabone(T.Vella 73min), K.Pulo, E.Lattes, M.Galea

Marsaxlokk: R.Gauci, M.Licari(R.Darmanin 90min), A.Spiteri, E.Yancev, C.Brincat, T.Templeman, F.Raimy, R.Galabov, G.Sciberras(P.Pullicino79min), M.Deanov(G,Caruana83min), A.Effiong

Referee: Andre Arciola

Yellow Cards: A.Spiteri, A.Effiong, P.Pullicino (MX), J.Zerafa (B)

BOV Player of the Match: Malcolm Licari (Marsaxlokk)

Attendance: 1161


  1. Belti says:

    Hawn xi hadd jikrili teleskopju ha nara fejn huma B’Kara c-champions?
    Forza Whites ghal lum ha nibqaw ghaddejjin. Xejn inqas minn tlett punti.


  2. Rudolf says:

    well done patrick Curmi and well done to our pres


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