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Ten years on, same story as Valletta add more silverware

Posted By Sportinmalta On April 13, 2010 @ 4:10 pm In Featured,Football | 7 Comments

by Sandro Micallef

Experience played a vital role in the National League Anniversary Cup Final as a Michael Mifsud Hat Trick gave a 3-1 victory for Victor Sciriha’s team.

Valletta and Floriana were facing each other again in a one off competition final after ten years when on the 13th December 2000 they played the famous Centenary Cup final where Valletta had the better of arch rivals Floriana.

Valletta captain Gilbert Agius with the 100th National League Anniversary Cup

Ten years have passed since then but Valletta yet again managed to be on the winning side and win the National League Anniversary Cup.

Both Caanen and Popovic could make use of their best players in this derby but to the surprise of many the Dutch coach opted again not to utilize Terence Scerri in his starting line up. Floriana could have scored easily from close range in the opening minutes with a Darmanin header, but Valletta went in front instead with goal by Michael Mifsud after Anonam missed an easy clearance. The rest of the first half saw the Floriana players believing more in themselves and getting close to level the score twice with Ghebru.

Two minutes from the start of the second Half Mifsud tapped an easy ball in the net after Paris did not hold a powerful shot from outside the area by Jamie Pace. On the 87th minute mark Floriana managed a goal back from Pablo Doffo who surprised Nicky Vella, the Valletta keeper who was utilised during all the games of this competition. The game ended on a positive note for Valletta as they secured the win in this Final when Michael Mifsud scored his second Hat trick in less than four days after finding the net three times last weekend against Tarxien.

Referee Chris Lautier gave marching orders to Edmond Agius after foul play on Doffo in the dying moments of the match. The final whistle was followed by celebrations from the Valletta fans who continued to celebrate during the presentation by MFA President Joe Mifsud who handed the coveted 40kg Trophy to Gilbert Agius the City Captain.

Valletta FC

Nicky Vella, Steve Bezzina, Steve Borg, Luke Dimech, Jordi Crujff, Roderick Briffa, Kevin Sammut, Gilbert Agius, Jamie Pace, Doding Priso, Michael Mifsud.

Floriana FC

Bernard Paris, Brian Said, Julian Briffa, Joseph Borg, Ryan Darmanin, Christian Caruana, Michael Ghebru, Sacha Borg, Pablo Doffo, Orosco Anonam, Owen Bugeja.

Referee Chris Lautier

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First Half

2min – Ryan Darmanin misses a golden opportunity to put the greens ahead.

4min- A Miss kick by Anonam just outside the penalty area with Michael Mifsud pushing easily the ball into the net for 1-0.

7min – Yellow Card Luke Dimech after late tackle on Christian Caruana.

11min- Elbowing of Priso on Doffo not sanctioned by Referee.

18min- Yellow Card Julian Briffa. Harsh tackle on Priso.

26min – Cross Shot by Kevin Sammut, Doffo clears in corner

28min- Good run by Michael Ghebru on the right, Valletta defence recovers in time.

34min- Floriana close to level the score, Michael Ghebru lobs the ball over keeper Vella, ball just wide.

35min- Christian Caruana tries to surprise Vella who handles and saves the ball just on the goal line.

41min- Michael Mifsud steps on Doffo with the Argentine needing medical treatment.

42min- Valletta protest with Referee Lautier for not awarding a penalty after Sammut was fouled by Said just inside the penalty area.

45min+ – Floriana unlucky. Joseph Borg sees his low shot missing the target by inches after the Floriana player paved his way easily into the Valletta defence.

Half  Time – Valletta 1 vs Floriana 0

46min- Michael Mifsud taps in from close range after Paris did not hold on to a powerful shot by Jamie Pace.

49min- Gilbert Agius asks Team Manager Saliba to speak to the City supporters to refrain from pointing lasers towards Bernard Paris.

58min – Substitutions. Doding Priso out, Terence Scerri In. Joseph Borg out, Stefan Lijeskic In.

62min- Yellow Card Gilbert Agius foul on Caruana.

67min- Bad handling of the ball by Nicky Vella, and from the lose ball Ghebru misses the target.

70min- Julian Briffa injured (most probably hamstring injury)

71min- Substitutions. Julian Briffa out, Clifton Ciantar In. Gilbert Agius out, Edmond Agius In.

75min- Substitution. Sacha Borg Out, Mark Spiteri In.

83min- Yellow card Christian Caruana

84min- Subststitution. Roderick Briffa out, Dyson Falzon In.

87min- Brilliant strike from 30metres by Pablo Doffo makes it 2-1

89min- Michael Mifsud registers a personal Hat Trick when hitting home from a perfect low cross by Falzon 3-1

92min – Red Card Edmond Agius after deliberately kicking Ghebru. Agius then goes to his bench and breaks perspex with a punch.

Final Score. Valletta 3 vs Floriana 1

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