Impressive Hibs stun Valletta to share record

Sunday, September 25, 2011, 18:48

by Sandro Micallef

Hibernains’ jubilation at the end of their 2-0 win over Valletta was very similar to that of three seasons ago when the Paolites had won the BOV Premier League when ironically they had registered a goalless draw against the City in the last match of the season.

This time around the stakes were different. Three points to go and lead the standings and also a win to maintain the 37 unbeaten run which would have been surpassed by Valletta if the latter had won the match.

Mark Miller surprised everyone with his tactical formation, giving space to his wingers and giving instructions to attack Zerafa’s side instead of waiting for them like many teams do.

Michael Mifsud was not in action today as he is nursing a hamstring injury.

Valletta were out to beat Hibernians’ record of 37 unbeaten runs which was established in the 80′s. But the Citizens were out also to stay on top of the standings.

Hibs had a flying start as their foreigner Edison Luis Dos Santos headed home a perfect cross from Herrera just 180 seconds into the game.

The first part of the game resulted in a tough encounter with no less than six yellow cards shown by Referee Arciola and two red cards ,one on each directed at Gilbert Agius and Adrian Pulis. Eventually the balance on the ref’s bad book at the end of the match was that of twleve (12) yellow cards and four (4) red cards.

First Half:

3min. Hibernians in their first attempt manage to open the score thanks to a superb header by Edison Luis Dos Santos – Tarabai

14min Yellow card shown to Alfred Effiong after the Valletta striker used his elbow in a tussle with a Hibs central defender.

28min. Dos Santos header is too central for Valletta’s keeper Hogg after a Cohen free kick.

33min Gilbert Agius is sent off after a late tackle on Rodolfo Soares.

35min. Failla hits the upright from the free kick after Agius’ sent off and from the lose ball Dias just misses the target.

39min. Mario Muscat saves a Barbosa header following a perfect invitational free kick by Malta international Briffa.

40min Already five players yellow carded and one sent off…. a very hot encounter ahead in the second half.

41min. William Barbosa’s direct free kick is just inches above Muscat’s cross bar.

43min. Adrian Pulis is given marching orders as he is show his second yellow card after a late tackle.

45min Referee Andre’ Arciola send both teams for the Half Time talk after a tense first part of the game

2nd Half:

47min. Valletta close to level the score as Denni Dos Santos’s misses the target from a Briffa assist.

57min. William Barbosa tests his luck this evening with a powerful shot from the 35 meter shot that ends wide.

76min. Alfred Effiong’s header misses the upright after he intercepted an Edmund Agius cross from the right.

84min. Zongo who was just on the field of play for 60 seconds shoots low and sees Muscat effecting a nice save.

89min Steve Borg is sent to the dressing rooms before his team mates as he is shown a straight red for pulling off the ball Cohen just outside the penalty area in a Hibs counter attack. Ryan Fenech also shown a red card for persisting protests.

93min Game over. Hibs make them 2-0 after a sole run by Edison Dos Santos who puts the ball in an empty net after Hogg had advanced forward for a Valletta corner.

Valletta: A.Hogg, J.Caruana, S.Borg, I.Azzopardi, A.Effiong, R.Briffa (D.Falzon 73min), J.Pace, E.Agius (R.Fenech 79min), G.Agius, D.Dos Santos, W.Barbosa (O.Zongo 84min)

Hibernians: M.Muscat, R.Camilleri, A.Pulis, D.Balbinot, E.Herrera, C.Failla, A.Cohen, M.Dias (P.Cizoba Anizoba 73min), R.Soares, B.Kristensen, E.Louis Dos Santos (H),

Referee: Andre’ Arciola

Yellow Cards: A.Effiong (V), M.Dias (H), I.Azzopardi (V), A.Pulis (H), D. Balbinot (H), A.Pulis (H), D.Dos Santos (V), R.Soares (H), A.Cohen (H), J.Pace (V), P.Cizoba Anizoba (H), A.Hogg (V)

Red Card: G.Agius (V) 33min, A.Pulis (H) 43min, S.Borg (V), R.Fenech (V)

BOV Player of the Match: Edward Herrera (H)


Teams G PTS
Hibernians 5 13
Floriana 5 12
Valletta 5 12
Sliema W. 5 11
Qormi 5 9
Mqabba 5 7
Birkirkara 5 7
Balzan Y. 5 4
Tarxien R. 5 4
Marsaxlokk 5 4
Hamrun S 5 1
Mosta 5 1


  1. FIRE ENGINE says:

    PROSIT HIBS. Veru supporters imb………zz ghandhom il-belt. Sinjuri tal-belt u Sur Schriha, Kulhadd jista jitlef. Forsi issa taghmel 4 xhur ohra tipprova tifhem ghalfejn tlift bhalma kont ghedtilna meta tliftu mal-Furjana. Forsi issa tinduna li ghalxejn tipprova tkisser lil haddiehor.


  2. paola says:



  3. ljun feroci says:

    Prosit Hibs u vera tal belt ma jafux jiehdu telfa,thajjir lejn Gilbert (il solo capitano) , bzieq indirrizat ghas Sur V.Xriha , insomma mandra shiha.


  4. Stars says:

    ma gara xejn whites. xorta champions u grazzi talli tajtuna 37 loghba bla telfa. Skond ir-rapport t’hawn fuq, 3 xuttijiet taw fil-lasta l-paguni u giethom tajba.


    black & white Reply:

    milli jidher ma kontx ta qali l hadd! il gurnalisti sportivi kollha qablu li hibs kienu l ahjar team fil ground u int qed tghid mod iehor! jew forsi kont aljenat tisma l banda ddoqq wahedha!


  5. Kevin F says:

    L-ghomor city :) Ssa sur Vic ihallas il- multi ……il-veru nithassru:)


  6. DC says:

    seeeeaaaaaatssssss itiruuuuu minnnn postoooommmm!!! :) )))))


Leave a comment