Tarxien move to second place with win over Greens

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 14:30

by Sandro Micallef.

Infront of a bumper crowd at the Hibs Stadium in Corradino, Floriana faced a relaxed Tarxien side as Noel Colerio and co had already reached their target that of making it in the Championship Pool.

Floriana’s Raykov had to play without the services of Cassar and Nwoke both injured and Doffo suspended.

Floriana had a better start with some good movement but things got a different twist as Tarxien started to push their talismans forward.

Daniel Mariano Bueno who started on the bench and came in to replace an injured Cristiano was on top form as he was instrumental in today’s Rainbows win. The Greens today did not only dissappoint their fans but they disappointed also their President Johann Said who was seen visibly angry at Half Time when he walked in his team’s dressing rooms. Floriana protested heavily at assistant referee Borg after he did not signal an offside position in the action leading up to Tarxien’s second goal. 

With today’s three points Tarxien move alone in the second place of the table with 28 points leaving Florina third with 27 points.

First Half

13min. Floriana appeal for a penalty as Lee Galea tries to clear and the ball who seemed to touch his hand.

14min. Farrugia’s through pass for Draganov cuts Tarxien’s defence with the latter’s shot saved by keeper Cassar.

16min. Anonam for Tarxien is close to open the score with a fine shot from inside the penalty area after a Costa cross.

21min. Christian Caruana was close to open the score line as his shot was just inches away.

33min. Cassar saves a Draganov’s shot from just outside the penalty area.

36min. Tarxien 1-0. Substitute Daniel Mariano Bueno’s perfect cross is headed home by Cristiano Dos Santos Rodriguez who anticipates Farrugia and beats Saudi.

Second Half

51min. Tarxien double the score. Justin Grioli’s cross finds Daniel Mariano Bueno in front of Saidi and executes a flying header for 2-0

58min. Tarxien 3-1. Mariano Bueno dribbles inside the Green’s defense and effects a low cross shot which is tapped in perfectly by Cristiano Dos Santos Rodriguez. 

67min. David Cassar affects a super save on Guerrero close range shot.

69min. Floriana 3-1. Draganov flicks the ball past Cassar from Dzhorov corner.

72min. Tyronne Farrugia is booked for the second time in the game and shown the red card

75min. Floriana supporters start insulting and throwing bottles and other objects to assistant Referee Konrad Borg. The latter agrees with Referee Azzopardi to swop sides with the other assistant referee not to be under  further threat.

85min. Cassar saves a Woods attempt after a Dzhorov free kick.

Tarxien: D.Cassar, S.Sadovski, M. Caruana (R.Mintoff 39min), E.Antonio Pereira, G.Calabretta (M.Tanti 55min), R.Costa (D.Mariano Bueno 33min), C.Dos Santos Rodriguez, S.Pacheco De Oliveira, O.Anonam, L.Galea, J.Grioli. 

Floriana: L.Saidi, B.Said, T.Paris, I.Woods, C.Caruana (O.Bugeja 68min), C.Borg, D.Pisani (K. Dzhorov 53min), M.Micallef, M.Guererro Fernandez (S.Borg 68min), D.Draganov, T.Farrugia. 

Referee: Adrian Azzopardi

Yellow Cards: L. Galea, J.Grioli (T), T.Farrugia, M.Micallef (F)

Red Card. T.Farrugia (F)

Scorers:  Cristiano Dos Santos Rodriguez (36min, 58min), Daniel Mariano Bueno (51min), Dragomir Draganov (71min)

BOV Player of the Match: Daniel Mariano Bueno


  1. CLINTON says:



  2. David Scicluna says:

    Well done Blues. Forza Tarxien Rainbows.


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