Birkirkara outclass sloppy Wanderers

Friday, April 9, 2010, 19:16

A collective and effective performance by pace setters Birkirkara led them to a 3-0 victory over a depleted Sliema side. Both teams had players missing namely, Pedro Dos Santos Calcado of Sliema and Alan Tabone of Birkirkara both suspended. The Stripes were also without midfielder Rowen Muscat who was ill.

Mark Marlow, who watched the game from the Sliema Wanderers FC Executive box in the Millennium Stand (serving a one match ban), experienced a horrible nightmare as his players were outclassed by a superior Birkirkara side. Sliema who have conceded a dozen goals in their last three games (v Qormi 0-4, v Hamrun 2-5 and today v Bkara 0-3), committed too many defensive mistakes that led to their opponent’s easy goals.

Birkirkara went a goal up from a fine header by Nikola Vukanac following a George Mallia corner. Five minutes into the second half, Trevor Cilia hit home after a miss-kick by central defender Mifsud. With a sky high morale Zammit’s players maintained the tempo and left no, or little, space to Sliema. The BOV Premier League leaders secured the three points through Trevor Cilia who once again infiltrated the sloppy Sliema defense to make the final score 3-0.

Now all the pressure is on Valletta who take on Tarxien Rainbows on Saturday afternoon. Valletta need a win to keep the four point difference between them and Birkirkara. If Tarxien win against Valletta, Birkirkara’s advantage will be extended to seven points. All actions minute by minute of Sliema v Birkirkara is reported below.

Minute by minute report:

2min – Wide shot by Mifsud Triganza for Sliema from inside the penalty area.

13min – Birkirkara 1-0. Nikola Vukanaz strikes home with a header from a George Mallia corner.

28min – Individual action by Ryan Fenech with his final shot going just above the Stripes crossbar

30min – Simon Agius saves the ball to a corner after a dangerous free kick by Comvalious

31min – From the same corner Shaun Bajada misses the target and so does Nisevic who could have headed in from close range.

35min – A brilliant save by Jorge Mora on Alex Muscat as Sliema press on.

45min – Cross shot by Comvalius with Cilia missing the tap in by centimetres.

Half Time -  Sliema 0 – Birkirkara 1

46min – Clayton Failla out on stretcher after a knock by Bajada

50min – Birkirkara 2-0. Miss kick by Josef Mifsud outside the penalty area, easy job for Trevor Cilia to make the score 2-0.

54min – Close header by Mifsud Triganza just wide following an in-swinger free kick by Ryan Fenech.

56min – Substitutions: Ian Ciantar (Sliema) In – John Mintoff Out. Julio Alcorse (Sliema) In – Clayton Failla Out

58min – Michael Galea hits the cross bar

59min – Birkirkara 3-0. Panic amongst the Sliema defence with Trevor Cilia stealing the ball cleverly and hitting home once again.

61min – Substitution: Joseph Zerafa (Birkirkara) In – George Mallia Out.

70min – Substitution: Karl Pulo (Birkirkara) In – Michael Galea Out.

74min – Direct free kick by Ian Azzopardi tipped over the crossbar by Mora

76min – Half volley shot by Alcorse from the 25metre mark slightly wide from the Birkirkara goal

78min – Julio Alcorse from a closer position hits Mora’s left goalpost.

86min – Substitution: Amadeo Mercieca (Sliema) In – Alex Muscat Out.

87min – Thomas Paris (Birkirkara) In – Angus Buhagiar  Out.

94min – Final whistle

Full Time Score – Sliema 0 – Birkirkara 3.

Referee - Paul Caruana.

1 Comment

  1. ricky falzon says:

    x’pastazata sliema. stop their wages with immediate effect mr. abela


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