Hibernians, Valletta and Birkirkara set to maintain perfect start

Friday, August 31, 2012, 6:31
Terence Scerri in action last Friday against Floriana before suffered an injury

Terence Scerri in action last Friday against Floriana before he suffered an injury

by Joshua Cacciattolo

The BOV Premier League resumes this weekend with another six matches being played between today and Sunday, before a one-week break due to international commitments.

The first two days provided no surprise results.

This evening’s first match at the Hibernians Stadium, is between Birkirkara and Rabat Ajax (kick-off 6.30pm). A win for Birkirkara will prove that Paul Zammit’s side is stronger than last season although the new players have still to gel as a team. In the absence of Ryan Sciluna, the former Valletta mentor welcomes recently signing Edward Herrera on board and could make a debut against the promoted side, although very unlikely to strart. Birkirkara are coming from two wins and their forward line is more dangerous this season. With better understanding between Shola Haruna, Jhonnathan and the teenage sensation Ryan Camenzuli, Rabat’s  rearguard will be in for a hard time. Rabat Ajax was nearly away from their second defeat against Melita last Saturday, before a superb injury time equaliser of Fuster gave the Magpies their first point of the season. Rabat mentor Silvio Vella is without experienced defender Clive Brincat, who suffered a groin injury, but welcome back Heiner Backhaus.

In today’s second match is between Sliema Wanderers and Mosta (kick-off 8.30pm). The two teams had contrasting fortunes so far. Sliema Wanderers beaten Tarxien Rainbows in their second match while Mosta lost against champions Valletta. On paper, Mosta may look better than the Blues. Mosta, though, will once again be relying heavily on Daniel Bogdanovic and Nigerian Obinna Obiefule to register their first win of the season. Only time will tell how far Mosta can go this season.

Although winning at the death, Sliema Wanderers did not impress against Tarxien Rainbows and disappointed the neutrals for had to wait till the 90th minute to beat Tarxien Rainbows. Italian striker Alain Faccin may give the Wanderers some impetus up front after join the club during the week.

Matchday 3 continues on Saturday as Hibernians take on newly promoted Melita. Hibernians coach Michael Woods welcome back John Nwoba on fold after a second half substituted performance against Qormi last week and could be line for a last minute transfer after sold Edward Herrera to rivals Birkirkara.

Melita coach Martin Gregory was minutes away from winning their first win in the Premier League history, but a last minute Fuster goal deny them against the Magpies. The Amateurs will have Serbian defender Ivan Tufegdzic and French midfielder Maxime Batel disposal for coach Gregory.

What was supposed to be a tricky opener against Mosta last Sunday, resulted into yet another routine win for the defending champions. Their third appearance in tomorrow’s second match (kick-off 8.30 pm) against Qormi, should be even less complicated. Qormi’s rearguard cannot afford the kind of slips committed against Hibernians, because Valletta are more ruthless. Moreover, the Spartans’ midfield has to be swifter in its build-ups against the likes of the experienced opponents. The Black and Yellows hope that they will have three former Floriana players ready in time to feature against the champs, Gaetan Spiteri could return from the first minute after an encourage second half performance by the former Hamrun Spartans captain.

On Sunday Hamrun Spartans take on Tarxien Rainbows as both clubs are still waiting for their first win of the season. Hamrun Spartans coach will be without striker Terence Scerri after suffered cruciate ligaments injury while captain Roderick Fenech begins his two match suspension after he was dismissed against Floriana last week. Hamrun Spartans could also be active in the last hours of the transfer market as they targeting Birkirkara unwanted Angus Buhagiar.

On the other hand Tarxien Rainbows had a turbulent week after the resignation of Danilo Doncic, they appointed Clive Mizzi and also signed Ryan Sammut and Brazilian midfielder Andrezinho.

Match day 3 ends on Sunday night as Floriana take on Balzan Youths at the National Stadium – kick off 20.30

Floriana FC are in a transition period this season but still hope to remain one of the top challengers for the major awards. They have lost Christian Caruana to opponents Balzan FC and could exchange three Maltese players with another three Qormi players.

Balzan coach Ivan Zammit will be back after missing the last two outings for suspsnsion but will be without foreigner Renato Conceicao (suspended), new signing Christian Caruana could skip the match against his former side after pick up a slight knock against Hamrun Spartans in his last outing for the Greens.

Fixtures

Fri-31-Aug 18:30 Hibernians Stadium Birkirkara vs Rabat Ajax

Fri-31-Aug 20:30 Hibernians Stadium Sliema Wanderers vs Mosta

Sat-01-Sep 18:30 National Stadium Hibernians vs Melita

Sat-01-Sep 20:30 National Stadium Valletta vs Qormi

Sun-02-Sep 18:30 National Stadium Hamrun Spartans vs Tarxien Rainbows

Sun-02-Sep 20:30 National Stadium Balzan vs Floriana

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Massive blow for Hamrun Spartans as Scerri suffers cruciate ligament injury

Hamrun Spartans striker Terence Scerri will be sidelined for at least six months after suffering a cruciate ligament tear just minutes into his side’s 1-1 draw with Floriana last Friday.

Terence Scerri is set to undergo surgery in the next days. Let’s hope the strong striker can get back to full fitness soon for the benefit of Maltese football.

Terence Scerri joined Hamrun Spartans on loan from Valletta last July and he was the club’s main striker this season after the club released foreigners Dene Shields and Anderson Mendes Ribiero.

Clive Brincat out with groin injury

Rabat Ajax defender Clive Brincat sustained a groin injury and is set to miss Rabat Ajax’s Premier League match against Birkirkara on Friday.

The injury could keep Brincat out for a month.

Rabat Ajax coach Silvio Vella could make use of German Heiner Backhaus at the back for the Birkirkara game after he missed the 3-3 draw with Melita





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