Woods hands FA Trophy to Floriana

Sunday, May 22, 2011, 16:55

by Joshua Cacciattolo

A last gasp goal by Floriana forward Ivan Woods gave them their first major honour, after a 17 year wait, when the Greens beat arch rivals and champions Valletta 1-0 in the 73rd F.A. Trophy final. Over 8,400 supporters flocked to Ta’ Qali for an epic clash for the season’s last honour.

Floriana coach Michael Woods opted for just one change from last week’s victory against Birkirkara as he opted for a 4-4-1-1 formation. Right back Duncan Pisani started instead the injured Dragomir Draganov

Valletta coach Jesmond Zerafa started with an initial 4-4-1-1 formation. Captain Gilbert Agius and Valletta’s topscorer Terence Scerri replaced Kevin Sammut and Brazilian Antunes Andrade from the Citizen’s last outing.

The first half was characterised by very open football, with both teams getting their chances at goal. Valletta drew first blood with a Denni shot after 12 minutes, and a while later captain Gilbert Agius missed the target with a powerful shot.

Christian Caruana posed the first threat to the City goal by found an attentive Hogg and in the 37th minute Floriana claims for a penalty on Woods fell on deaf ears. Valletta threw all their forces ahead to get a goal before half time but parity was maintained.

Ivan Woods scoring the winning goal

Ivan Woods scoring the winning goal

In the second half Valletta could have opened the score but Towns saved off Terrence Scerri, and in the next attack Scerri hit just wide. Floriana created few chances in the second half, and it was only in the 65th minute that Nwoke troubled Hogg but the Nigerian’s shot went just wide.

Andrade’s sure goal was kicked off the goal line by Floriana’s Duncan Pisani, and this spurred Floriana to launch a last effort. The Greens gained a free kick with 2 minutes left on the clock after Azzopardi floored Caruana just outside the penalty area. Ivan Woods’ powerful shot found the net as it took a deflection off a Valletta player, sending the thousands of Floriana fans into ecstatic celebrations.

Valletta had one last chance and Hogg went up into the Floriana penalty box, but in the ensuing melee the ball was kicked towards the Citizen’s goal, but Roderick Briffa cleared the danger with Cassar chasing him for the ball.

After the referee’s final whistle it was time for the Floriana party to begin. Tempers flared after Floriana’s Christian Cassar gestured towards the Valletta supporters, with a number of Valletta players pushing Cassar to the floor while the dejected Valletta supporters returned home, with soe of them throwing seats into the pitch.

Floriana: M.Towns, D.Pisani, O.Bugeja, T.Farrugia, M.Micallef, C.Cassar, P.Doffo, C.Caruana, T.Paris, I.Woods, D.Nwoke

Valletta: A.Hogg, I.Azzopardi, E.Agius, S.Borg, J.Caruana, G.Agius, J.Pace, D.Dos Santos, T.Scerri, R.Fenech, R.Briffa

Referee: Paul Caruana

Attendance: 8,400





14 Comments

  1. FORZA VALLETTA CITY says:

    AHNA IC CHAMPIONS TA MALTA GHAX FORSI INSEJTU , U GHAL INFORMAZZJONI TAGHKOM KIENU FTIT MIS SUPPORTERS LI JRIDU JERBHU DEJJEM LI BDEW IKISSRU ,DEJJEM L-ISTESS NIES ANZI L MFA  GHANDA IL CAMERAS KULLIMKIEN ISSA TISTA TWEHHILHOM L ISPEJJES KOLLHA U JIEN MA JIDDISPJACINIX GHALIHOM LA HUMA BAD LOOSERS. LILKOM LIL TAL FURJANA NAWGURALKOM GHAT TIENI UNUR TA L ISTAGUN U NAWGURA UKOLL LIL PRESIDENT JOHAN SAID GHAX JIXRAQLU U META TITILFU TAJRUHX BHAL META QAL KLIEM IEBES LEJKOM OK IMMA FTAKKRU LI DAN L ISTAGUN IL BELT CHAMPIONS 

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  2. greens says:

    ilbieah kulhad mana zamm imbarra is-sliema u id-dede

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    Ahdar skur Reply:

    Kif wasalt ghal din il-konkluzjoni habib ?

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  3. Joe says:

    jista xi hadd itella highlights tal-partita u dawn l-kummidji online…

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  4. FIRE ENGINE says:

    Dak li sar huwa tal-misthija. Il-gurnalisti tat-TV li ppruvaw jghajdulna li kwazi ma gara xejn huma aktar tal-misthija.
    Il-prezentaturi tal-programmi sportivi tal-bierah filghaxija l-anqas biss ghamlu kumment serju fuq is-salvagizmu tal-player belti. Kontu mahruqa aktar mill-players u s-supporters f’ daqqa. Fuq stazzjon tat-TV il-Belt gew imsemmija aktar mil-FURJANA. Biex jinsolentawna aktar igibu reklam taparsi biex inehhu min fuq l-istonku ic-CD tal-Belt. VERU GHANDKOM BIEX TISTHU.

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  5. ffc says:

    mhux ta bxejn mlaqta!!!

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  6. ic-che says:

    Min sema’ news tat-tvm seta’ josserva d-dwejjaq li kellu fuqu id-dede, habba li t-tim ta’qalbu tilef!
    Min qed jistennna xi punizzjoni qawwija ha jibqa’ dizzappuntat ghax skontu ma gara xejn specjali!!!! 
    Pero jekk dan jkun il-kaz ghandu jigi mgirghel jirrezenja ghax l attegjament -biased li ghandu hu inkredibli! 

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    fair play Reply:

    Jien lid-dede smajtu fuq in-news u waqt li ma naqbilx mat-ton li uza fejn ipprova jaghti c-cirkustanzi tal-kaz huwa qatt ma qal jew insinwa li ma gara xejn specjali. Ma nafx fejn ic-che jara attitudni biased mil-president il-gdid tal-MFA.

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  7. Antoine Spiteri says:

    when a San Giljan waterpolo player did something similar all the sports news were full off shoots of the all action in that game and after, where are the photos of yesterdays flying kick on the floriana player. he actually kicked the player out of the pitch and into the track. personally i would ban the player from Maltese football for life. it’s shameful to have these type of bad losers in Maltese football . Some are writing it’s because the Floriana player that was kicked insulted Valletta , well who ever played against Valletta in  Maltese football knows that they  insult  players and the officials constantly . Well this shows that the MFA and the Media made Valletta untouchables. yesterday during a Maltese sports shows the presenter was saying that it is being blown out of proportion , i don’t think so at all cause that kick could have resulted in a much more serious injury. If the same thing happened in the English football the player would have been taken out of the pitch in hand cuffs. 

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  8. raphael says:

    tal-misthija kif l-players tal-belt agixxew wara t-telfa

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  9. Green Army says:

    Joshua ghandek zball zghir…

    mhux pushing Christian Cassar to the floor.. imma kicking christian cassar…

    u dak il mascot tal belt xqed jahseb li hu sejjer fuq il player tal furjana???

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  10. Green Army says:

    Rebha kbira u buzz kbir fil Furjana… ma tista taghmila qatt u qatt fatta…

    Ilum urejna xsapport ghandna u kemm nafu niehdu pjacir bla inkwiet… mhux bhal girien li jahsbu li ghandhom xi dritt divin li jerbhu dejjem huma!!!

    COME ON GREENS!!!

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  11. paola says:

    Sandro waqt kontrattakk: “Kienet kollha Storm in a tea cup” u jmissha ma ssemmietx. IMISSU JISTĦI JIDHER QUDDIEM IN-NIES. DAN JIPPRETENDI LI JIEN GHANDI NDAHHLU F’DARI U NARA L-LOGHOB LI JIKKUMMENTA HU? HA JICHAD ISSA LI QAL HEKK JEW LI TKELLEM TA GURNALIST MAHRUQ U MHUX TA’ PREZENTATUR?

    isthi sandro u ieqaf mix-xoghol ta gurnalist jekk veru thobb il futbol malti. jekk thobb biss il butek kompli sejjer hekk.

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  12. JCIM says:

    Jekk ma terbhux tkissru u ssawtu. Nies tal-misthija supporters mhux denji. Nispera li il-players involuti fl-inkwiet u is-supporters jehlu dak li haqqhom u mhux ghax tal-Belt noqghodu lura.

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