Valletta left it till late to grab the three points as they beat Sliema Wanderers 1-0 at the National Stadium. Both sides had players making their debut – Albert Bruce for Valletta, Johann Bezzina, Rafael Ledesma and Benjamin Essel for Sliema. Michael Mifsud and Pedrinho returned for the Wanderers after missing the first match but goalkeeper Glenn Zammit was suspended. Valletta scored the all-important goal one minute from time when off a cross by Albert Bruce, Roderick Briffa headed the ball down to substitute Federico Falcone whose diagonal chance beat goalkeeper Entonjo Elezaj. SLIEMA Entonjo Elezaj, Alex Muscat, Johann Bezzina, Michael Mifsud (81′ Ryan Dalli), Pedro Henrique dos Santos Calcado, Rafael Pompeo Rodrigues Ledesma (88′ Peter Xuereb), Clifford Gatt Baldacchino, Marko Potezica, Benjamin Essel (38′ Gary Muir), Stefano Bianciardi, Luke Dimech. Subs not used: Timothy Aquilina, Justin Vella, John Mintoff, Carl Cassar. Coach: Stephen Azzopardi VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Jonathan CaruanaRead More
After beating Sliema Wanderers 2-0 in their first outing, Tarxien Rainbows registered another positive result as they held Birkirkara in a 2-2 draw at the National Stadium on Friday. Birkirkara welcomed back Justin Haber and Joseph Zerafa in their starting line-up while Liliu and Zachary Muscat were back in squad. Luke Montebello and Ebiabowei Baker made their debut for Tarxien. The Stripes managed to take an early lead and although Tarxien levelled matters, they regained the lead but once again Jacques Scerri’s side managed to restore equilibrium to take home a point. Birkirkara took the lead on the 2nd minute when off a corner from the right by Fabrizio Miccoli, Nikola Vukanac headed the ball home past goalkeeper Andrea Cassar. However on the 14th, Cain Attard handled the ball inside the area. Referee Adrian Azzopardi ordered a penalty and Joao Pedro Oliveira Santos made no mistake from the penalty spot.Read More
After winning their first match, Birkirkara, Tarxien Rainbows and Valletta will be aiming for a second win as four matches are in programme on Friday – two at the Hibernians Stadium and two at the National Stadium.
Birkirkara face Tarxien while Valletta take on Sliema Wanderers. Balzan meet Naxxar Lions while champions Hibernians take on Floriana.Read More
Sliema Wanderers goalkeeper Glenn Zammit was handed a one-match ban by the MFA Disciplinary Commissioner after being sent off in Friday’s BOV Premier League match against Tarxien Rainbows.
Zammit is therefore ruled out of Friday’s clash with Valletta.Read More
National coach Pietro Ghedin and Under-21 national coach Silvio Vella named the provisional squads ahead of the qualifying matches from the European Qualifiers and the UEFA Under-21 Championship in programme early next month.
The senior national team faces Italy at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Firenze on Thursday 3rd September and three days later, hosts Azerbaijan at Ta’ Qali. The Under-21 national team, on the other hand, will be engaged in two qualifiers away from home to the Czech Republic and Montenegro on September 4 and 8.Read More