Manuel Bartolo heroics put Birkirkara to the semis

Sunday, March 20, 2011, 18:08

Final Score Sliema W. 3-3 Birkirkara (1-3 after pen)

Manuel Bartolo saved three penalties to put Birkirkara to the next round after an entertaining three all draw in today’s first UBET FA Trophy quarter final clash.

Sliema W. open the score thanks to a Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza 4min opener. Birkirkara equalised on the stroke of half -time thanks to a Nikol Vukanac header. In the second half  Ibrahim Babatunde made it 2-1 but Jean Pierre Mifsud  Triganza had other intentions to make it 2-2.

In extra time Etienne Barbara made it 3-2 on the 115 minute mark but three minutes later Michael Galea forced the game to go into a penalty shootout with his wonderful strike.

Sliema coach Danilo Doncic opted for an offensive 4-3-3 formation. Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza, Nigerian Obinna Obiefule and Tunisian Chakib Lackham formed the offensive trio.

Birkirkara coach Paul Zammit also opted for an offensive 4-3-3 formation Trevor Cilia Nigerian Ibrahim Babatunde and captain Michael Galea formed a trident in the forward line.

First Half

4min: Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza opened the score after he beat the offside trap and beat Bartolo 1-0.

30min: Birkirkara goalkeeper Manuel Bartolo saved a well taken shot by Etienne Barbara

39min Again!!!! Manuel Bartolo saved a certain goal by Etienne Barbara. Birkirkara looked confused.

41min: Penalty for the stripes!!!! Captain Michael Galea hit the post from the penalty spot. Still 1-0 for Sliema Wanderers.

45min: Nikol Vukanac made the score 1-1 after his header beat Henry Bonello from a Michael Galea cross 1-1.

Second Half

55min: Ibrahim Babatunde fired home after a misunderstanding between captain Josef Mifsud and goalkeeper Henry Bonello 1-2 for the Stripes.

69min: Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza made it 2-2 after his shot was deflected by Andre Agius and put Manuel Bartolo to the wrong direction 2-2.

Extra Time

112min: Etienne Barbara made it 3-2 after his powerful shot beat the helpless Manuel Bartolo.

118min: What a game, What a Goal!!!! Michael Galea volley beat Henry Bonello 3-3.

Penalties

1.N.Turner score    M.Galea missed  1-0

2. M.Scerri  missed  E.Lattes scored  1-1

3. J.Lima  missed     P.Fenech  scored 1-2

4. R.Bajada missed    I.Babantunde scored 1-3

Sliema W: H.Bonello, J.Mifsud, J.P.Mifsud Triganza, S.Bezzina, C.Gatt, Baldacchino, J.Lima, O.Obiefule (J.Mintoff 84min), C.Lackham (M.Scerri 66min), R.Bajada, C.Faillia, E.Barbara (N.Turner 115min)

Birkirkara, M.Bartolo, J.Zerafa(R.Muscat 36min), N.Vukanac, A.Decesare, A.Buhagiar, P.Fenech. A.Agius, S.Bajada (R.Scicluna 57min), T.Cilia( E.Lattes 65min). I.Babatunde, M.Galea

Referee: Kevin Azzopardi

Yellow Cards:J.Zerafa, N.Vukanac (B) E.Barbara, C.Lackham, J.Mintoff (S)





2 Comments

  1. CLINTON says:

    ARA NAQRA XEJRA AW TA AQAS LAGHBU MANGHA U INDIRIZAW LILNA KEMM IL GOALER U ANKA IL QADDIS MIEXI FL ART

    MELA IL GOALER GHADA MIN TAHTNA BIEX JINTIMIDANA U L QADDIS EZZEZ IL BANKINA U ZARMA UMBGHAD HAREG IHARES LEJN IS SUPPORTERS BELTIN NAHSEB NESA LI HMISTAX ILU GHALIMNIJHOM JILGHABU B 10 PLEYERS ……………….AQAS B HABAT WARA IL BIEB MA RIDUH JEW JIBDA JHALASNA HU FLOK INHALSUH AHNA LIL PAWLU FREJJEG……………….

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  2. Zewg Stilel says:

    Ma kellux ghalfejn bartolo jaghmel dawk il-mossi lejna, u haga il-coach pawlu zammit haseb li qed jaghmel tug of war kemm beda jtija il-kaxxa. ha narraw x`azzjoni ha tiehu issa l-mfa.

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