Valletta extend unbeaten run — Tarxien held in 2-2 draw by M’Xlokk

| Sunday, February 12th, 2012 | 35 Comments »

Leaders Valletta regained a four-point lead on top the BOV Premier League table following a fine 4-1 win over Birkirkara.

The Stripes therefore stay in fourth place on level points with Sliema Wanderers. Lying just three points ahead of seventh-placed Qormi, they are yet to secure a place in the Championship Pool.

Birkirkara had Nikola Vukanac making his debut but Rowen Muscat and Alan Tabone were ruled out injured. Valletta, on the other hand, were in full strength.

Valletta took the lead after just four minutes when Denni Rocha dos Santos pounced on a Michael Mifsud through pass and managed to beat Reuben Gauci with a diagonal shot.

The Citizens doubled the score on 16 minutes when off a Roderick Briffa cross from the right, Ousseni Zongo slammed the ball past the Birkirkara goalkeeper

The Stripes’ reaction consisted of a powerful drive by Ousseni Zongo which hit the crossbar on 17 minutes. A minute later, a Shaun Bajada had a good shot ending just over the bar. Eight minutes from the end of the first half, a Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza shot from the left was deflected into a corner by Hogg.

Nikola Vukanac missed a good opportunity for the Stripes when served by Zerafa inside the area early in the second half.

On 58 minutes, Valletta were unlucky not to increase the lead when shots by Denni and Zongo were blocked with Rodrigo Pereira clearing off the goal line. Off the rebound, Zongo’s effort was tipped into a corner by Gauci. Another shot by Zongo hit the upright on 62 minutes.

Valletta increased the lead on 68 minutes thanks to a perfect lob by Jonathan Caruana when served by Denni.

Two minutes later, Gauci came to the rescue blocking into a corner a close-range effort by Michael Mifsud. A Shaun Bajada freekick ended just wide on 73 minutes.

Jorge Santos Silva tried his luck with a powerful shot from the right on 84 minutes but his attempt was saved partially by the Valletta goalkeeper.

One minute from time, Birkirkara scored a consolation goal when off a cross by Angus Buhagiar, Ryan Scicluna’s first attempt was blocked and off the rebound, Moises Avila Perez placed the ball at the back of the net.

Two minutes in added time, Valletta added another through substitute Alfred Effiong who headed the ball home off a Gilbert Agius freekick from the left.

Ousseni Zongo was voted BOV Player of the Match.

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B’KARA Reuben Gauci, Nikola Vukanac, Joseph Zerafa, Gareth Sciberras, Shaun Bajada (79′ Ryan Camenzuli), Rodrigo Pereira (65′ Moises Avila Perez), Paul Fenech, Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza (71′ Ryan Scicluna), Shola Shodiya Haruna, Angus Buhagiar, Jorge Santos Silva.
Subs not used: Karl Magri, McAllister Clinch, Fabian Zammit, Michael Camilleri.
Coach: Paul Zammit
Assistant Coach: Peter Pullicino

VALLETTA Andrew Hogg, Jonathan Caruana, Steve Borg, Saidou Mady Pananadetiguiri, Ian Azzopardi, Roderick Bajada (60′ William Barbosa), Roderick Briffa, Edmond Agius, Ousseni Zongo (85′ Alfred Effiong), Denni Rocha Dos Santos, Michael Mifsud (89′ Gilbert Agius).
Subs not used: Matthew Towns, Nahuel Jimenez Pulitano, Fillippo Andrea Scozzese, Siraj Arab.
Coach: Leonard Farrugia
Assistant Coach: Jesmond Zerafa

Referee: Fyodor Zammit
Assistant Referees: William Debattista, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Paul Caruana
Yellow Cards: Bajada, Vukanac, Shodiya
Attendance: 2,610

After suffering seven consecutive defeats, Marsaxlokk collected a point as they came back from two goals down to hold Tarxien Rainbows in a 2-2 draw.

For Tarxien, this was a highly disappointing result as they stay second from bottom on sixteen points together with Hamrun.

The Rainbows took the lead on the 7th minute when off a cross by Ricardo Costa, Karl Pulo headed home past goalkeeper Christian Cassar.

Cassar turned into a corner a Ricardo Costa freekick on the 15th and three minutes later, a Lee Galea effort hit the upright and off the rebound, Jimmy Mayasis first effort was blocked by a defender and off the rebound, the ball was deflected into a corner. On 37 minutes, the Marsaxlokk custodian turned into a corner a Justin Grioli effort from outside the area.

Tarxien doubled the score just before the end of the first half when Jimmy Nzinga Mayasi advanced on the right flank and beat Cassar with a low diagonal shot.

Marsaxlokks reaction consisted of a Jean Paul Farrugia effort which was blocked by Nicky Vella in added time.

The Southseasiders pulled one back four minutes in the second half when they were awarded a penalty after Lee Galea brought Nemanja Stoskovic down inside the area. From the penalty spot, Alex Cesar Pedrozo made no mistake.

Marsaxlokk gained confidence and went close with a Peter Taiye Oladotun effort, served by Jean Paul Farrugia, blocked by Vella on 53 minutes. On the other side of the pitch, a rising shot by Ricardo Costa from the edge of the area ended just over the bar on the 59th.

The Southseasiders equalised on 68 minutes thanks to Alex Cesar Pedrozo who received a through pass by Oladotun, dribbled an opponent and beat the Tarxien goalkeeper with a low shot.

One minute from time, Tarxien were reduced to ten men as Justin Grioli was given marching orders by referee Trustin Farrugia Cann.

Ricardo Costa was voted BOV Player of the Match.

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M’XLOKK Christian Cassar, Patrick Borg, Jermain Brincat, Clive Brincat (46’ Peter Taiye Oladotun), Kevin Polidano (23’ Craig Debattista), Trevor Templeman, Nemanja Stoskovic, Jean Paul Farrugia, Gary Caruana, Ivan Kurtusic, Alex Cesar Pedrozo.
Subs not used: Jurgen Muscat, Gabriel Buttigieg, Luke Agius, Darrell Grech, Sunday Eboh.
Coach: Anton Cremona
Assistant Coach: Louis Cutajar.

TARXIEN Nicholas George Vella, Carlo Mamo, Everton Antonio Periera, Adrian Carabott (68’ Daniel Mariano Bueno), Ricardo Costa, Jimmy Nzinga Mayasi, Karl Pulo (88’ Warren Zerafa), Orosco Anonam, Ryan Mintoff, Lee Galea (56’ Julian Vella), Justin Grioli.
Subs not used: Luke Caruana, Steven Sadowski, Stefan Giglio, Mark Tanti.
Coach: Patrick Curmi
Assistant Coach: Michael Church.

Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Chris Francalanza
Fourth Official: Chris Lautier
Yellow Cards: Anonam, Mamo, Kurtusic, Oladotun
Red Cards: 89′ Justin Grioli
Scorers: 7′ Karl Pulo (T); 45′ Jimmy Nzinga Mayasi (T); 49′ Trevor Templeman pen (M); 68′ Alex Cesar Pedrozo (M)

35 Comments

  1. A.F says:

    Sur Norman hemm bzonn li taraw kif ha solvu dil problema ta meta jkun hemm 2 loghbiet wara xulxin ghat team li jkun ma belt,1 ghax l belt ikunu hafna nies u bilfors li jiehdu over imma lanqas hu sew ghat team li jkun ghid jilghab dak l hin irid joqod jisma d diski ta l stereo li jkollhom u kulhadd bil wieqfa ma tistax tara.
    u ohra li rajt inkwietanti hi l waqt li kienet ghadeja l loghba u skurjaw marsaxlokk bdew jajru lilna li konna listess side maghhom biza li seta inqala linkwiet meta ahna konna bit tfal.pls note li mhux ghandi kontra l belt anzi lanqas xejn imma mhux sew lanqas ghal min ikun bil familja li minhabba xi 4 xorbna tinqala xi wahda

    • JP says:

      @ A.F. Sahha slahtu il Gate Money tal Beltin li jhallsu biss biex jaraw it team taghhom….. issa sa toqghod tilmenta ukoll. Mar tridx li xi 2000 ruh jwarbu ghal xi 60 hux ?? Tajba din ..ghax ma taghidx lis sur Norman jaghmel dak li huwa FAIR u jibatkom side ghalikom, ( Millenium in naha l ohra dejjem vojt, ikollkhom il wisa kollu ) u tiehdu il gate money taghkom .

      Ara veru tridu tlaqqtu il borma kollha…..

      • GB says:

        @JP Jekk il-Beltin ihallsu biex jaraw il-loghba taghhom biss, miskom l-istereo tixeluh fil-loghba taghkom biss mela!! Mela x’inhu, l-MFA ghandha tara x’se taghmel!

        Sew li meta M’Xlokk skurjaw it-2 goal kontra Tarxien, supporters tal-Belt bdew jifirhu u jkantaw kant provokattiv kontra Hal Tarxien waqt li konna fl-istess side? Dan inkwiet seta qala.

        MFA PLS NOTE

        • Valletta fc says:

          ha nghidlek siehbi… ma nahsibx li qieghed tghid il-verita ghax jien kont prezenti waqt il-loghba tal Tarxein u fl-ebda hin ma smajt taghjjira wahda kontra Tarxien. Anzi pjuttost xtaqu li jerbhu. Jigifieri qabel tparla ic-cekkja il-fatti

          • GB says:

            @Valletta fc. Qieghed nghid il-verita 100% habib. Nixtieq li kieku jezisti xi video ghand l-MFA halli jaraw in-naha fejn kien hemm il-banda tal-Belt, biex tara jekk iniex nghid il-verita! Meta skurjaw it-2 goal M’Xlokk, is-supporters tal-Belt bdew ikantaw, iharsu lejna u wara ftit bdew sejrin “Beq beq tar-redus” …dan meta konna fl-istess side ta, u naf fic-cert li seta inqala l-inkwiet.

            Iva l-MFA ghandha tiehu passi ghal dan!

            …kont nissimpatizza ftit mal-Belt wara r-rahal taghna, zgur li daqshekk! …u kunu ghafu wahda ta! Min jghola hafna jiehu tisbita kbira mbad!! TARAWX KBIR!!!

        • JP says:

          @GB Mela insejt fl ewwel loghba tal league kemm kantajtu bl Imlaqqtin meta skurjajtu kontra il Belt? Issa trid ir rispett ? Li tizra tahsad siehbi.
          Nghid ghalija jiddispjacini li l affarjiet bejn is supporters taghna t tnejn spiccaw kif inhuma, imma issa li l aspirazjonijiet taghkhom sparixxew qed tara kollox qares ?….fl ewwel loghba le ??

          Is soluzjoni hemm qeghda….. ghajd lil MFA ma tqedkomx aktar is side tal Belt jekk il prezenza u l istorbju taghhom idejjaqkhom…. hemm post il ground…. millenium, wara l lasti….. Pero ghid lill MFA biex ittikhom biss il gate money taghkhom…. ghax ghsliex ghandkom tibqaw titkarrbu biex tiehdu sehem ??????

          MFA PLS NOTE

    • BABBAS says:

      SUR A.F

      HU NAQRA PACENZJA U STAPORTI FTIET IEHOR B,HEKK JEW B,HEKK FTIET BAQALKOM U TINZLU ABBISSI!!

      U IRRIED JIGI XI SAN VICTOR XRIHA IEHOR BIEX TERGAW TARAW WICC ILMA! JEW AHJAR DAWL FUQ NAHA OHRA TAL-MINA

  2. tarxien says:

    miskom tisthu players ta tarxien xarukaza biex ma rbahtux dil loba manafx jin meta ser nerbhu xarukaza

  3. belt biss amen says:

    4 U TIDWIRA OLE

  4. Well done whites . Keep it up.

  5. eman says:

    proset rainbows kburin bikom ghax hlif taqaw ac-cajt ma tafux imbasta bdilna il kowc li kelna u gibna ihor li jien ma ghandi xejn kontrih anzi kowc serju hafna patrik curmi ,il problema il players kinet u ada ,nahseb li certu players ridna nehu ghax isa qedin idardru lilma li qedin jixorbu minu u rabew il kallu, mohkom em tal kumitat

  6. Il-Bidwi says:

    2 goals kmieni (nasheb dhalna nilaghbu kwarta tard ghax irqadna) ikkundizzjonaw il loghba! kien ehmm reazzjoni minn nofs l ewwle taqsima l quddiem imma ma kienx biz zejejd. forsi 4-1 kiefer wisq ir rizultat, imma nsomma li hemm hemm.

    ghalkemm tlifna, xorta applawdejnihom il players ghax rajna commitment. inharsu ghal loghbiet li jmiss halli, ghal kuntrarju ta kif kantaw tal belt u kif kien gara lilhom, fir relegation pool ma nilaghbux!!

  7. jerry says:

    Valletta FC , Hiberians u floriana huma it – tliet timijiet li se jigieldu bi shieh ghal kampjonat din is – sena. Jidher li se jkun hemm glieda qallila ghar – raba post li jista jfisser post fl- ewropa li se jkun behjn sliema u birkirkara u glieda ohra isfel min se jaqa ….. proset x kampjonat dan …… pero hemm bzonn tizdied l-attendenza ghax ghlakemm dejjem tizdied xorta mhux bizzejjed ghal klabbs biex forsi jkun bizzejjed irrid ikun hemm ta l-inqas sitt elef fl-istadium f Ta Qali u victor tedesco u hiberians stadium ippakjati ….. proset x kampjonat din is – sena

  8. beager says:

    @bidwi, ma nafx rajnix listes loghba, xkifer kifer,kelna fejn intokom tnejn ohra ta linqas

    • Il-Bidwi says:

      ahna ma kellniex fejn nidhlu lura fil loghba meta l iskor kien 2-0? ballun mal lasta, save tajjeb ta hogg u l penalty fuq triganza, u vukanac wahdu quddiem il goaler ma kkontrollax. kellna l mumenti taghna…xorta l aqwa tim rebah biex ma ninftihemx hazin, ghax id dritt nidhadtuh.

  9. Aron says:

    Naqbel mal-bidwi l-ewwel 2 gowls ikkundizzjunaw il-loghba u regghu ikkonfermaw id-difetti taghna, wara fragli wisq. U haga li dejqitni ma stajtx nifhem dak il-ftuh kollu fuq wara specjalment fil-bidu tal-loghba,mal-belt taghlaq wara trid.

    Irridu nkunu reali,dan l-istagun Hibs biss jistghu jaghtu sfida lil Valletta. Minkejja li Florjana jinsabu t-3 post, jien nemmen li l-10 timijiet l-ohra kollha jistghu jerbhu / jitilfu ma’ xulxin.

    Rigward kummento ta’ Jerry ma tantx naqbel mieghu ta’ kampjonat sabih….veru tajjeb ghal Belt imma tant ghandhom mezzi finanzjarji u skwadra b’sahhitha li kampjonat kwazi kissruh….l-ecitament li kien ikun hemm fil-passat ghax kien ikun hemm hafna kompetizzjoni ghar-rebh tal-kampjonat spiccat….biss biss illum BKR vs VLT m’ghadhiex loghba bilancjata li tista tmur kull naha, il-Belt huma ahjar. meta tonqos il-kompetizzjoni tonqos l-attendenza…..illum anke tal Belt bdew jitilqu xi 10 minuti qabel ghax il-loghba kienet ilha maghluqa…mhux in0nies jibqghu sa l-ahhar.

    Fil-paasat Valletta u Birkirkara biss kienu jkunu iz-2 timjiet regolari li kienu jimlew 2 sides f’hafna okkazjonijiet fl-istagun….Birkirkara tifimha naqqsu hafna u anke l-Belt naqsu n-nies…minkejja li huma l-aqwa hemm nuqqas kbir ta’ kompetizzjoni minhabba d-dominiju taghhom u r-rizultat dak ikun, nuqqss ta’ interess li jfisser l-attendenzi jonqsu.

    • Nobbli says:

      Il-problem tahjkhom siehbi u mhux taghna …….. Ghax ahna bqajna hemm niggieldu ghall unuri w inthom qed tisfaxxaw ftit ftit
      U tigix issemmi dawk is -snin li ma konniex armati ghax xorta konna nitilghu u nippakkjaw is-side taghna u erbahnilkhom uloll (kemm il-darba)

  10. marcon says:

    Bidwi….ghejjejtu tkunu yoyo’s

    • Il-Bidwi says:

      yoyos meta ilna mil 1997 nidhlu fl ewropa kull stagun?? ara intkom meta ma kellkomx min jippompja anke r relegation pool doqtu :)

  11. valletta says:

    Set Menu from pizza 4you

    Il-bidwi ordna quattro stagioni u frejjeg ghazel quattro formaggi biex jaraw ir-replay fuq ir-rete quattro fl-erba ta filodu. Id-delivery saret bkarozza four wheel drive minhabba li l-wied qed jghereq

  12. Jetro says:

    @ Valletta missek ghatilhom AUDI 0000 QUATRO MIL EWWEL;):)):):)

  13. tigra hamra u safra says:

    TAF XI INGHID, LANQAS HAQ IL HIN LI HLEJT, DIN SUPPOST KELLHA TKUN IL LOGHBA TAL GIMGHA, LOGHOB PATETIKU MIN NAHHA TA BIRKIRKARA, POSSIBLI LI IT TEAM TAGHNA WASAL F DAN IL LIVEL, QAT FL OPPINJONI TIEGHI ME KELLNA TEAM INQAS KUMBATTIV BHAL DAN, LOGHOB ELEMENTARI, U POSSIBLI DAN HU IL LIVEL TA FOOTBALL, IMBASTA HAFNA ESPERTI, PROGRAMMI, U KUMMIDJI, IL LEJL IT TAJJEB.

  14. Valletta Fc :) says:

    Well done valletta fc xD Team kbir… proset lil pleyers tana li tawna gost ilejla….

    Fuq l attendenza ta supporters :) kienet bomba, kien em fuq elfejn waqt li dawk jajdu li uma l aqwa support u kinu gol graund tahom qas kinu kapaci jaqbzu l elf ruh ma 3 teams ohra…

    Valletta Fc <3

  15. Long John silver says:

    Hekk nirragunaw ahna l maltin. Ghax il belt tajbin flok niehdu lezempju biex il football malti jikber nghidu Li l belt kissruh league. Prosit aron Vera tirraguna.

  16. ic-che says:

    Il-bierah il-Valletta urew is-superjorita’ taghhom u taw l-ahjar prestazzjoni s’issa dan l-istagun. Ghajr ghal 2 / 3 okkazzjonijiet wara 2 goals BKR ma wrew xejn. Forsi li dahal dak il-ballun ta’Shola jew forsi l-pen fuq triganza jaf l-iskor kien jkun aktar rispettabli…
    Nsomma issa BKR iridu jirbhu akkost ta’kollox iz-2 loghbiet li gejjin u jittamaw li Floriana jfalluhom (ma’HBS u VLT) biex forsi jirnexxielhom jaqbzuhom fic championship pool!

  17. cityboy says:

    Meta kien hemm l flus gol club ta Bkara qaghtu taraw li ma toqtlux l league u ma tixtrux l aqwa players li kien hawn fis suq Sur aron? Hallina

  18. jerry says:

    Il- valletta huwa tim ambizzjuz ghalhekk it – timijiet ta l-inqas tal- premier ghandhom jiehdu ezempju u jinvestu ….. jekk ghandkhom problema ta finanzi allura immiskom tghamlu meeting ma tal Valletta fc biex forsi jigwidawkhom rigward x ghamlu biex ghollew il- livell u bhekk il- lig ma jkunx tal- belt biss imma jkunn lig ta livell bejn aktar min tim wiehed ghax wara kollox il- valletta fc mix xejn bdew ….. vera li ghandhom president qawwi finanzjarjament pero ghandom esperti ohra li qed immexuwhom possibli mhawnx nies ohra ta timijiet ohrajn fil- premier li kapaci jaslu fejn waslu il- belt u aktar ….. ejja nghamlu kurrag u ma nhallux ix – xoghol li qed tghamel l- mfa jmur fix xejn.

  19. nisew il belt kemm iringrazjawna ax zammejna lil bkara 3-3 meta hadu league bkara konna lunika team li zammejnijom draw aqas huma stess ax tilfu mahom kienu flahhar round … ma jimpurtax ahjar jien min dejjem ek xtaqt li qadt ma nkunu hbieb ta hadd ax flahhar min lahhar xhin tigi daqqa kullhadd itijilek nihduwa tghalima supporters ta tarxien … u players ta tarxien plsssss tghallmu isthu gharukaza alikom !!!!!!

  20. eman says:

    inti il ground kont jew fejn biex ma smajc lil shabek jajru lil ta hal tarxien flistes side ghax ma tajdux li emm erba minkom lanqas igibu rispett lil dawk i tfal li ikun emm

  21. Karkariz Pur says:

    Il-frott li zergha Scriha ftit ta snin ilu, beda juri l-frott. Bhala tim mhux mill-favoriti, biss ghall-gid tal-futbol Malti forsi jaghti spinta. Hekk kif il-belt qed jinvestu mod, haddiehor qed jinvesti mod iehor.

    Il-bierah laghbu football brillanti, ta kwalita, loghba ta sahha u mhux walking football kif konna mdorrijin naraw. Mhux ha nazzarda nghid li tim superjuri, ghax hemm tim li rnexxielu jzommuhom u huma L-hibs. Biss nispera li fi ftit snin ohra, jkun hemm iktar kompetizzjoni u l-futbol jisbieh!

    Minn naha l-ohra ahna, ejja ha nserrhu rasna mir-relegation pool, u flok nibqghu nibdlu l-plejers jew nippruvaw naghmlu rivoluzzjoni shiha. Ejja naghmlu evoluzzjoni, u nibnu fuq il-pedamenti li hemm.

  22. belt biss says:

    Sour grapes

    Come on champions lesti ghal greens ahna

  23. Il-Bidwi says:

    Li tim malti jkun ambizzjuz u jaram tim mill iktar kompetittiv nahseb ma fiha xejn hazin, anzi jalla iktar timijiet jaghmlu hekk. sfortunatament m hawnx hafna rizorsi, plus li players mlatin ta certu livell jew imorru jilaghbu barra jew imorru ma klabb jew tnejn (dawk li jkunu l iktar b sahhithom finanzjarjament fil mument).

    u barra minn hekk…din li jinqasmu l punti qatt ma qbilt maghha personalment, la meta t tim tieghi kien fuq quddiem u lanqas issa fejn jaqblilna! jekk hemm tim kapaci jigri bil kampjonat good luck to them. sta ghat timijiet l ohra li joffru sfida iktar denja. s issa dis sena hemm il hibs li zammew il pass. il problema hi li bi 12 il tim jigu wisq 3 rounds (33 partita ghal kull tim!)