Valletta and Birkirkara share the spoils, Sliema stun HiberniansSaturday, October 6, 2012, 13:11
Leaders Valletta lost their 100% record as they was held by Birkirkra 1-1 in a fair contest encounter at the National Stadium Ta Qali.
Valletta now have 19 points from 7 match, three ahead second place Birkirkara, who leapfrog Hibernians after there second consecutive defeat.
Valletta was without influence duo Ryan Fenech and Ian Azzopardi as on the other side Birkirkara was without Ryan Scicluna.
Valletta took the lead on the 29 th minute as former Birkirkara player Roderick Briffa headed home past goalkeeper Rueben Gauci after was served by Gabriel.
The joy was short lived as Birkirkara equalised by Paul Fenech as his shot beaten Manuel Bartolo after was served by Jhonnathan.
In yesterday’s first match Sliema Wanderers stun title hopefuls Hibernians by the inspired Ivan Woods as he notched a hat trick in the 4-1 win.
Sliema Wanders move to fourth place with 13 points as Hibernians are now third with 15 points after two consecutive defeats.
Sliema Wanderers was without Miguel Ciantar, while Hibernians had Mario Mudscat and Marcelo Dias back after missed the 1-0 lost against Valletta.
Sliema took the lead on the 39th minute as veteran Woods header chip the ball on Muscat for a 1-0 lead.
In the second half Sliema where awarded a controversy penalty as the referee saw Rodolfo Soares challenging John Mintoff illegally inside the penalty area. From the penalty spot Woods converted.
Sliema make sure of the points on the 90th minute when Muchardi diagonal shot beaten Muscat and two minutes on the clock Woods notched his hat trick after was served by Mintoff.
Rabat and Hamrun share the spoils
Hamrun Spartans1 Rabat Ajax 1
A 90th minute goal by captain Adam Smeir handed Rabat Ajax only their second point of the season and also ended a 450 minutes goal drought by the Magpies in a dull 1-1 draw at the Victor Tedesco Stadium.
Rabat Ajax now leapfrog Melita on 2 points from 7games as the Spartans have 7 points from the same amount of games.
Rabat Ajax coach Silvio Vella preferred Justin Felice as his target man as he replaced Astrauskas, while Heiner Backhaus replaced the suspendend Clive Brincat, the former Hamrun Spartans midfielder replied with a man of the match performance.
Hamrun Spartans coach Stefan Sultana kept the same line up that beaten Melita last week.
The game came in to life on the 86 minutes, the Spartans broke the deadlock. They were awarded a penalty after Falzon appeared to pull the advancing Vella and Grima despatched his shot past Azzopardi.
Hamrun almost increased their lead but Vella’s grounder hit the foot of the post. Rabat looked shell shocked but they refused to give up.
On the stroll of the end of the game Rabat draw levelled. Backhaus surprised his opponents as he cut the ball back to Smeir from a free-kick and the Rabat forward beaten Cassar with a first-timer.
Hamrun Spartans: A. Cassar, D. Zerafa (D. Camilleri), M. Grima, T. Vella, G. Calabretta (A. Borg), A. Ivanov, R. Fenech, L. Vitanov, A. Yoshev, N. Bozhov, R. Brightwell (R. Spiteri).
Rabat Ajax: J. Azzopardi, G. Jesualdi(S.Gauci), C. Schembri, I. Carapic, H. Backhaus, J. Felice(N. Astrauskas), A. Smeir, M. Fuster (J. Caruana), D. Falzon, Y. Cauchi, D. Azzopardi.
Referee: Chris Lautier.
Yellow cards L.Vitanov;Y. Cauchi; N.Bozhov; H.Backhaus; T.Vella.
Qormi held by Floriana
A brace by Italian Vincenzo Pisani was not enough for Qormi as they was held in a 2-2 draw by Floriana.
Floriana now have now have nine points from 7 games as the Black and Yellow’s have 7 points from 7 games. Both clubs was coming from a disappointing defeats.
Floriana was yesterday managed by team manager Adam Lewer and only president Justin Attard was on the bench as a club official alongside the kit manager, physiotherapist and the substitutes. Youngster Clyde Borg was drafted in the first eleven to replaced the suspended Kane Farrugia..
On the other side coach Stephen Azzopardi yesterday was flanked by his new No 2 Joe Brincat as he gave the nod to Luke Sciberras ahead Gabriel Buttigieg.
The game was only 4 minutes old as Pisani as he capitalised on a mistake by Floriana goalkeeper Jonathan Debono who failed to hold onto Gaetan Spiteri’s shot. Few minutes later they levelled by their best player Verma as he scored another spectacular free kick.
Qormi regained the lead on the 65th minute as Pisani beaten Jonathan Debono after was served by Joseph Chetucti.
And again Floriana equalised two minutes later as Wasiu squeezed the ball underneath Qormi goalkeeper Steve Sultana after fine work by Trevor Cilia.
Floriana: J. Debono, T. Farrugia, D. Pisani, O. Bugeja, C. Borg(T. Paris), C. Tremarco, V. Alhinho, A. Verma, T. Cilia, S. Wasiu, R. Darmanin.
Qormi: S. Sultana, K. Thackray, R. Sammut, M. Bartolo, V. Pisani, A. Bello-Osagie(S. Sirito-5), Edison, G. Spiteri(J.Chetcuti) J. Bondin, L. Sciberras, L. Grech( M. Gauci).
Referee Fyodor Zammit.
Yellow cards Tremarco, Grech, Paris.
Man of the match Vincenzo Pisani (Qormi).
In a statement issued by the Floriana website stated that Floriana are in talks to sign Tony Warner and Francis Jeffers.
Floriana Football club are pleased to announce that we are in the final stages of contract negotiations with two former English Premiership players.
Firstly, Tony Warner (Goal Keeper) is a former Liverpool, Celtic and Fulham player and is set to big a big presence in the sticks for the greens.
Secondly, Francis Jeffers (Striker) is a former Arsenal, Everton and Glasgow Rangers player and is sure to make a big impact in the Maltese Premier League.
We hope to finalise all contract terms before the eagerly anticipated derby against Valletta on 20th October. An announcement will be made on FlorianaFC.com with further information.