Hibs win hot tempered South derby

Sunday, February 6, 2011, 16:45

by Sandro Micallef

Yet another derby at the Hibernains Stadium was scheduled for this afternoon as Tarxien and Hiberians battled it out to try and gain more points ahead of the Championship and Relegation Pool respectively.

Mark Miller’s men went in for this game with a specific aim that of winning the three points for two reasons, that of winning against Tarxien in the now established South derby and that of trying to distance themselves from bottom placed Vittoriosa.

It was a hot tempered derby between both sides both on and off the pitch with the two set of supporters in their hundreds to back their respective teams. 

Hibs now move on 15 points (4 more than Vittoriosa) but are already condemmed to play in the Relegation Pool.

First Half

15min. Cristiano Dos Santos Rodriguez hits the crossbar with a powerful shot, and from the re-bound Calabretta sees his almost certain goal cleared off the goal line.

40min. Ritchie Hart close to open the score for Hibs as he hits the lower end of the goalpost with Cassar beaten.

42min. A header by Paul McManus ends just above the crossbar.

Second Half:

49min. 1-0. Andrew Cohen scorer one of his nicest goals in his personal CV to put Hibs one goal up.

54min. 2-0. Edward Herrera puts the ball past Cassar after Richie Hart had hit the crossbar.

55min. Assistant Referee Edward Spiteri and 4th official Kevin Azzopardi give instructions to Referee Arciola to show a red card to Bueno after the Brazilian slapped Aaron Xuereb in the face.

61min. Cohen misses his brace as his flying header misses the target by inches.

87min. 2-1 Cristiano Rodriguez Dos Santos heads home the goal that gave 10 men Tarxien a little hope to salvage the match.

90min. 3-1 Brian Fairbairn closes the game’s story as he swings in a perfect conclusion on the 90minute mark.

Hibernians: M. Muscat (C), R.Camilleri, M.Gauci, A.Xuereb, J.Pearson, P.Osei, R.Hart, A.Cohen, B.Fairbairn (M.Tabone 92min), E.Herrera, P.McManus (S. Pisani 85 min)

Tarxien: D.Cassar, S.Sadovski (R. Mintoff 64min), M.Caruana (C), E.A.Pereira, G.Calabretta (M.Tanti 59 min), C. Dos Santos Rodruguez, S.Pacheco de Oliveira, D.Mariano Bueno, O.Anonam, L.Galea, J.Grioli (J.Vella 46 min).

Referee: Andre’ Arciola

Scorers: A.Cohen, E.Herrera, C. Dos Santos Rodriguez, B.Fairbairn.

Yellow cards: D. Mariano Bueno (T), A.Xuereb, S.Pisani (H)

Red Card: D.Mariano Bueneo (55min)

BOV Player of the Match: Edward Herrera

Attendance for both matches: 1767

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