Early goals pave the way for an easy victory

Saturday, August 20, 2011, 20:36

by Joshua Cacciatolo

Floriana 2-0 Mqabba

Floriana eased to victory against newly promoted Mqabba in their first Premier League match, thanks to goals from Christian Caruana and Christian Cassar.

The game got off to a dynamic start as Floriana scored the winning goals in the first twenty minutes to return to winning ways after last Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat against Valletta in the Super Cup final.

Floriana coach Michael Woods started with an offensive 4-3-3 formation as wingers John Mintoff and veteran Ivan Woods supported central striker Boris Odwong. Manuel Bartolo started in the goal as Ghanian goalkeeper William Amamoo started his club suspension.

Mqabba coach Clive Mizzi opted for an initial 4-5-1 formation. Thiago Mazitelli started as a lone striker for the Reds. Defender Mauro Potezica, Andrew Scicluna and James Paris were making the league debut for Mqabba

First Half

2min: Goal. Floriana open the score after Christian Caruana concluded from inside the box 1-0.

3min: Pierre Grima’s free kick just missed the target for the Reds.

20min: Goal. Christian Cassar low free kick ended in the net 2-0.

28min: Ivan Woods diagonal shot was off target.

Second half

66min: Clayton Micallef’s cross shot was turned to a corner by Floriana goalkeeper Manuel Bartolo.

75min: Mauro Bonnici headed wide from Mauro Potezica free kick.

76min: Manuel Bartolo saved a Thiago Mazzitelli powerful shot.

90min: Manuel Bartolo saved a long range Claudio Calleja low shot.

Floriana :M.Bartolo, D.Pisani, M.Micallef, T.Farrugia, O.Bugeja, P.Doffo, C.Cassar (C.Borg 75min), J.Mintoff (J.Borg 64min), C.Caruana, I.Woods, B.Odwong

Mqabba: K.Callejja, P.Grima, M.Potezica, A,Scicluna, M.A.Psaila (C.Micallef 46min), M.Briffa (S.Magro 50min), D.Azzopardi, T.Mazitelli, C.Calleja, M.Bonnici, J.Paris (J.Paul Farrugia 70min).

Scores: C.Caruana, C.Cassar (F)

Referee: Triston Farrugia

Yellow Cards: M.A.Psaila, J.Paris, A,Scicluna (M) C.Caruana (F)

Bov Man of the Match :Christian Caruana

Attendance: 738

Pos TEAMS Points Games
1 Marsaxlokk 3 1
2 Floriana 3 1
3 Birkirkara 3 1
4 Sliema W 1 1
5 Hibernians 1 1
6 Valletta 0 0
7 Tarxien R 0 0
8 Hamrun S 0 0
9 Balzan Y 0 0
10 Qormi 0 1
11 Mqabba 0 1
12 Mosta 0 1




1 Comment

  1. aaron says:

    well done for the updated reports guys – aaron

    [Reply]

Leave a comment