Sliema and Qormi earn a point each

Saturday, January 15, 2011, 14:24

by Joshua Cacciattolo

Qormi and Sliema earned a point each in today’s first match. The defence was strong for both opponents’ strikers and now Sliema Wanderers joined Marsaxlokk with 15 points while Qormi are just one point adrift.

Both clubs now need a win to challenge for the sixth place and avoid relegation. Sliema’s former coach Stephen Azzopardi made some changes to 4-4-2 formation. Matthew Bartolo started as a right back while Joseph Chetcuti  played behind strikers Abubaker and Josue Santos Souza. Under pressure Mark Marlow made one change following last week’s victory against bottom placed Vittoriosa Stars. Clifford Gatt Baldacchino was preferred to the injured Josef Mifsud. For the first time this season goalkeeper Henry Bonello was on the bench.

Referee Mario Apap  controlled his first Qormi vs Sliema match in his career and the 3rd Premier League match so far.

First Half

2min: Newly signed Josue Santos Souza’s effort was off target

17min: Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza’s half volley effort was saved by former Sliema goalkeeper Matthew Farrugia from Lachkhem’s right cross.

44min: Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza missed a sitter after a fine run by captain Mark Scerri.

Second Half

50min: Striker Josue Santos missed a golden chance to put Qormi in the lead after he shot wide in the penalty box from Matthew Bartolo’s run on the right.

88min: Abubaker’s header was cleared off the line by defender Beppe Muscat.

90min: Obinna Obiefule’s shoots wide when one on one with goalkeeper Matthew Camilleri.

Qormi: M. Camilleri, J. Vandelannoite, M. Bartolo(G.Buttigieg 90min), K. Fenech, J. Chetcuti, A. Bello Osagie, G. Mallia, J. Bondin, C.Frendo(L.Sciberras 62min), K. Hojung, J. Souza Santos.

Sliema W – V. Scentpeteri, M.Scerri, J.P. Mifsud Triganza (O.Obiefule 76min), S. Bezzina, C. Gatt Baldacchino, J. Lima, C. Lachkhem, A. Spiteri(M.Ciantar 75min), R. Bajada, B. Muscat, C. Failla

Referee: Mario Apap

Yellow CardsK .Fenech, J.Bondin (Q), B.Muscat (S)

BOV Player of the Match: Jason Lee Valdelannoite (Qormi)

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