Birkirkara win in style – Update on Lovizon’s conditionTuesday, September 14, 2010, 3:00
Birkirkara got the best possible start to the new season when they beat Sliema Wanderers 4-1 this evening. It was a bittersweet victory for the stripes. Goalkeeper Lovizon fractured his hand after a collision with Miguel Ciantar. Sliema opened the score with a powerful strike from Jackson Lima. Birkirkara managed to change the game with three goals in the first half, thanks to a brace from Michael Galea and debutant Terence Vella. In the second half Sliema played the last few minutes with ten men after John Mintoff was sent off for a professional foul. There was still time for Emiliano Lattes to score the fourth goal for a deserved win
5 min Goalkeeper Manuel Bartolo replaces Ezequiel Lovizon. Bad news for Birkirkara, the Brazilian goalkeeper was taken by the ambulance with a fractured hand.
12 min Debutant Jackson Lima opens the score for the blues with a powerful left side shot beating Bartolo
28 min Captain Michael Galea converts a penalty to make it 1-1 after Sliema’s central defender Suare handled the ball in the box.
36 min Michael Galea just taps in to make it 2-1 after Victor Szentpeteri just saved on Emillano Lates free-kick.
45min Terence Vella conludes in the back of the net from Lattes low cross 3-1.
72 min Terence Vella misses a sitter in front of Viktor Szentpeteri.
86 min John Mintoff shown straight red car for a professional foul.
90min Emilano Lattes rounds off a great performance with a well taken shot in the back of the net for 4-1.
Sliema W. 1 Birkirkara4 (Jackson Lima 12 min, Michael Galea 28 min pen, 36 min, Terence Vella 45min, Emiliano Lattes 90 min)
Sliema W. V.Szentpeteri, J.Mifsud, S.Souare, M.Scerri, M.Ciantar (N.Turner 70 min), C.G.Baldacchino, J.Lima O.Obiefule, J.Mintoff, B.Muscat (J.Paris 61min), C.Failla
B’Kara E.Lovizon (M.Bartolo 6min), S.Zahra, R.Harding, R.Muscat, A.Decesare, T.Vella (R.Scicluna 84min), T.Cilia (T.Paris 80min), E.Lattes, J.Zerafa, M.Galea, A.Buhagiar
Man of the Match Trevor Cilia
Referee Marco Borg
Update on Lovizon’s condition
Sportinmalta.com can confirm that Birkirkara’s goalkeeper Lovizon will undergo surgery at 4pm today at the St. James Capua Hospital in Sliema. He was accompanied to the Mater Dei Hospital yesterday immediately after the accident at the National Stadium but he was not admitted until very late in the night since the Emergency Department was very busy. It is believed that Lovizon will be out for two months.