Valletta keep marching on in the BOV Premier League as they defeated Qormi 2-0 at the Hibernians Stadium to extend their positive run to thirteen matches with a sixth consecutive win.
For Qormi, this was the ninth consecutive defeat although they showed slight improvement over recent outings.
Valletta lacked Ian Azzopardi, Romeu Romao, Roderick Briffa and the suspended Federico Falcone. Ousmane Sidibe and Pietro Viggiani, on the other hand, were missing for Qormi.
Jhonnattann was unlucky not to put the Citizens ahead after just two minutes when his attempt from inside the area hit the upright.
Three minutes later, Valletta took the lead thanks to a rising shot from the edge of the area by Llywelyn Cremona which gave Qormi goalkeeper Jean Matthias Vella no chance.
Michael Mifsud doubled the score for Valletta on the 59th minute with a low shot which beat the Qormi custodian when served by Abdelkarim Nafti.
QORMI Jean Matthias Vella, Emerson Vella, Tensior Gusman, Djamel Leeflang Boestra, Yannick Yankam, Alessio Cassar, Ryan Micallef (64′ Kurt Magro), Noah Olawole Ojuola, Terence Vella, Kyle Spiteri (86′ Luke Farrugia), Clifford Gauci.
Subs not used: Andreas Vella, Immy Micallef, Joshua Barbara, Riccardo Sciberras, Clint Barbara.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Jonathan Caruana, Ryan Camilleri, Juan Cruz Gill, Michael Mifsud, Rafael Ledesma (76′ Jurgen Suda), Llywelyn Cremona, Claudio Pani, Uchenna Calistus Umeh, Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao (86′ Russell Fenech), Abdelkarim Nafti (61′ Jean Borg).
Subs not used: Manuel Bartolo, Daniel Camilleri, Luis Vergara Rodriguez, Stefan Cassar.
Coach: Paul Zammit
Referee: Matthew De Gabriele
Assistant Referees: Mitchell Scerri, Martin Borg
Fourth Official: Mario Apap
Yellow Cards: Gill, E. Vella, R. Micallef, C. Gauci
Scorers: 5′ Llywelyn Cremona, 59′ Michael Mifsud
BOV Player of the Match: Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao
Attendance at the Hibs Stadium: 836
Sliema Wanderers continued their recovery as they earned a point in a 2-2 draw with Floriana at the Victor Tedesco Stadium in a match which marked the return of Alfonso Greco as Sliema Wanderers coach.
A draw which leaves the Greens on level points with fourth-placed Birkirkara who however have a game in hand.
Floriana took the lead on the 19th minute when Nicolas Chiesa served Matteo Picciolo whose low powerful shot from just outside the area beat goalkeeper Glenn Zammit.
The Wanderers, however, equalised seven minutes later when off a corner by Denni, there was a cross by Alex Muscat which reached Marko Potezica who blasted the ball past Calleja Cremona with a powerful rising shot.
The Greens could have regained on the 56th minute with a powerful drive by Nicolas Chiesa which hit the posts.
Six minutes from time, Floriana regained the lead. Clifford Gatt Baldacchino brought Mario Fontanella down inside the area; referee Fyodor Zammit ordered a penalty and from the penalty spot, Fontanella made no mistake.
However their joy was short-lived as three minutes from time, Jean Paul Farrugia served Marko Potezica whose low shot beat Calleja Cremona to equalise.
SLIEMA Glenn Zammit, Alex Muscat, Armando dos Santos Tarlazis (66’ Peter Xuereb), Mark Scerri, Saviour Fidelis, Clifford Gatt Baldacchino, Marko Potezica, Denni Rocha dos Santos, Gary Muir, Jean Paul Farrugia, Stefano Bianciardi.
Subs not used: Miguel Bonnici, Justin Vella, Aiden Jake Friggieri, Kurt Shaw, Arsenne Rye Cilia, Kyle Hendry.
Coach: Alfonso Greco
FLORIANA Matthew Calleja Cremona, Andre Scicluna, Antonio Monticelli, Enrico Pepe, Steve Pisani (63’ Mario Fontanella) ,Mauricio Villa (72’ Conor Borg), Matteo Piciollo, Steve Bonnici, Emanuel Briffa, Nicolas Chiesa, Emerson Marcellina
Subs: Matthew Grech, , Neil Spiteri, Jake Davies, Daniel Agius, Firas Aboulezz,
Coach: Luis Oliveira
Referee: Fyodor Zammit
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Peter Abela
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri
Yellow Cards: Denni, Mandinho, Pepe, Bianciardi
Scorers: 19’ Matteo Picciolo, 26’ Marko Potezica, 84’ Mario Fontanella pen, 87’ Marko Potezica BOV Player of the Match: Marko Potezica
Attendence at the Victor Tedesco Stadium: 773
Renato Vella reporting from the Victor Tedesco Stadium