Spartans too strong for Youths

Sunday, August 21, 2011, 23:49

by Joshua Cacciatolo

Hamrun S.3-1 Balzan Youths

Balzan Youths began life back in the top flight with a heavy loss as Hamrun Spartans performed a painful lesson .

Hamrun coach Jesmond Zammit started with an initial 4-3-3 formation as wingers Gianluca Calabretta and Kevin Sammut supported center striker Anderson Mendes Ribiero, the latter returned to Malta after one season in  Ukraine. Zammit started with Omar Borg in goal as newly recruited Matthew Gauci (ex Hibernians) and Croatian Gacesca joined Roderick Fenech and left back Steve Bonnici to formed the back four.

Balzan Youths coach Ivan Zammit opted for a 4-4-2 formation. Brazilian playmaker Pedro Calcado and Sibalin formed the attack. Five players marked their debut for the Youths.

First Half

6min: Rennie Forace’s shot was deflected to corner.

15min: Anderson Mendes Ribiero header just missed the target for the Spartans.

38min: Goal. Massimo Grima opened the score as he headed in a Kevin Sammut cross 1-0.

40min: Goal. Penalty for Hamrun!! Calabretta was tripped in penalty box by Forace. Ribiero made no mistake from the penalty spot for a comfortable lead on the stroll of first half 2-0.

Second Half

48min: Goal. Game Over!!! Ribiero adds his second and third for Hamrun as he scored from a close range 3-0.

54min: Goal. Lydon Micallef scored a consolation goal for Balzan as he converted Yessous Camilleri’s cross 3-1.

67min: Omar Borg saved a powerful Pedro Calcado free kick.

Balzan Y:M.Camilleri, C.Ciantar (R.Farrugia 79min), R.Forace, Y.Camilleri, B.Guga, N.Tasic (D.Fenech 76min), L.Micallef, S.Ciscaldi (B.Bondin 56min), P.Calcado, D.Grima, D.Sibalin

Hamrun: O.Borg, N.Gacesca, M. Grima, R.Mangion, R.Fenech (R.Spiteri 90min), A.M. Ribeiro (D.Zerafa 90min), L.J.Agius, K.Sammut, M.Gauci, S.Bonnici, G.Calabretta (D.Camilleri 73min)

Scorers: M.Grima, Ribeiro (2).(H), L. Micallef (B)

Referee: Fyodor Zammit

Yellow Cards: N.Tasic, P.Calcado (B) L.J.Agius, M.Grima, R.Mangion (H)

Red Card: L.J.Agius (H)

BOV Player of the match: Massimo Grima


  1. Balzaniz says:

    Better luck next time guys.


  2. Hamruniz says:

    Well done Boys. Good Start let’s keep on going


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