Floriana earn hard fought victory

Saturday, August 27, 2011, 20:36

by Joshua Cacciatolo

Floriana 2-1 Tarxien R.

Floriana moveed on top of the standings with early pace makers  Valletta and Birkirkara after a hard fought 2-1 victory against Tarxien Rainbows at the Corradino Stadium on Saturday.

The Greens opened the score thanks to an own goal. The Blues replied immediately as Daniel Mariano Bueno scored from the penalty spot to set the stage for an intensive second half.

In the second half the Greens were always in control and the Nigerian netrulised Italian striker Boris Odwong scored the winning goal on the 52nd minute for their second win of the season.

Floriana mentor Woods opted for a 4-4-1-1 formation as veteran Ivan Woods started behind striker Boris Odwong. Newly signed Joseph Okwonkwo started the match after he joined the Greens in the midweek.

Tarxien coach Noel Coleiro opted for a 4-3-3 formation as Brazilians trio Daniel Mariano Bueno and Ricardo Costa supported centre striker Rodrigo Galvao.

In this encounter young referee Malcolm Debono made his top flight debut.

First Half

18min Goal. The Greens opened the score!!! Christian Cassar’s free kick hit Tarxien’s Galvao an ended up in the net.

21min: David Cassar kept the Rainbows in the match as he saved a long powerful shot by Boris Odwong

26min: Goal. Penalty for Rainbows!!! Daniel Mariano Bueno scored from the penalty spot.

Second Half

52min: Goal. Boris Owong beaten the offside trap to score his first Floriana goal after he striked low behind David Cassar. 2-1

74min: Manuel Bartolo saved a powerful Daniel Mariano Bueno low shot.

83min: Another Manuel Bartolo impressive save as he kept Bueno shot off by his chest.

90min: Man of the moment Bartolo again saved a Bueno shot.

Floriana: M.Bartolo, M.Micallef, D.Pisani, T.Farrugia, O.Bugeja, T.Paris (C.Borg 71min), P.Doffo, C.Cassar (J.Okwinkwo 80 min), J.Mintoff, I.Woods, B.Odwong

Tarxien R: D.Cassar, C.Sammut, E.Pereira C.Suguino 83min),, S.Giglio, A.Carabott, R.Costa R.Galvao (R.Saraiva 70min), D.M.Bueno, O.Anonam (L.Vella Critien 57min), L.Galea, J.Grioli

Scores: C.Cassar, B. Odwong (F) D.M.Bueno (T)

Referee: Malcolm Debono

Yellow Cards: L.Galea, E.Pereira, C.Sammut (T) P.Doffo (F)

BOV Man of the Match: Christian Cassar

Attendance: 1155

  Teams P Pts
1 Valletta 2 6
2 Birkirkara 2 6
3 Floriana 2 6
4 Hibernians 2 4
5 Marsaxlokk 2 3
6 Hamrun S. 2 3
7 Sliema W 1 1
8 Balzan Y 1 0
9 Qormi 1 0
10 Mosta 2 0
11 Tarxien R. 2 0
12 Mqabba 1 0

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