Blues keep championship pool hopes alive

Sunday, February 6, 2011, 13:51

by Sandro Micallef and Joshua Cacciattolo

Sliema 1  Floriana 0

Sliema Wanderers managed to beat ten men Floriana thanks to a Obinna Obiefule penalty scored on the 90th minute mark.

Floriana have to thank Lofti Saidi for his superb saves during the game that helped the Greens to remain in the match. Floriana who suffered their second consecutive defeat after last week’s 3-1 loss against Tarxien Rainbows, remained in third place with twenty- seven points.

Sliema Wanderers with this win kept their eight place now with nineteen points just one adrift of Qormi and Hamrun. Towards the end Thomas Paris was shown red card for foul language.

Marsaxlokk, Qormi, Hamrun and Sliema Wanderers will enter a decisive week for the two places still up for grabs in the Championship Pool.

Floriana were facing Sliema with a depleted side as they had to play without the services of Mano Micallef and Tyronne Farrgia suspended whilst Nwoke was still injured. Sliema on the other hand had Jackson Lima, Beppe Muscat, Mark Scerri and John Mintoff missing.

This was the first game for Danilo Doncic as Sliema coach and the first match for former Floriana star Etienne Barbara with the Sliema jersey.

First Half

7min: Ivan Woods claims for a penalty but his appeal was turn down by referee Clayton Pisani.

28min: Lofti Saidi tipped tocorner a powerful shot by youngster Miguel Ciantar from a Clayton Faillia assist.

32min: Tunisian Chakib Lachkim diagonal header was superbly tipped away by his country part Lofti Saidi.

Second Half

50minViktor Szentpeteri saved a Sasha Borg shot after a solo run.

52min: Lofti Saidi acrobatic save again denied Lachkim’s powerful shot.

73min: Lofti Saidi again denied Barbara’s shot after Owen Bugeja short clearance.

85min: Steve Bezzina low shot hit the post.

90min:  Penalty!!!!!!! Obinna Obiefule beats Lofti Saidi from the penalty spot after Etienne Barbar was fouled in the box.

Floriana: L.Saidi, B.Said, T.Paris, S.Borg, O.Bugeja, C.Borg, P.Doffo, J.Borg, I.Woods, K.Dzhorov(M.Guerrero Fernandes50min), D.Draganov(C.Caruana 40min).

Sliema: V.Szentpeteri, J.Briffa, S.Bezzina, J.Mifsud, C.Gatt Baldacchino, C.Failla, M.Ciantar(N.Turner 81min), R.Bajada, E.Barbara, C.Lachkim(J.Paris 90min), J.P.Mifsud Triganza(O.Obiefule 62min)

Referee: Clayton Pisani

Yellow cards: C.G.Baldacchino, M.Ciantar, E.Barbara (S) S.Borg (F)

Red Card: T.Paris (Floriana)

BOV Player of the Match: Pablo Doffo

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