Failla penalty sinks Stripes

hibs-bkara161030jonbA controversial penalty twelve minutes from time gave Hibernians an important 1-0 win over Birkirkara at the National Stadium on Sunday as they move second, one point ahead of the Stripes and three behind leaders Balzan.

The two teams shared the exchanges throughout the ninety minutes and both had their fair share of scoring opportunities.

Hibernians lacked the injured Jonathan Pearson and the suspended Joseph Mbong. These were replaced by Clayton Failla and Juan Manuel Varea. For Birkirkara, Rowen Muscat replaced Mislav Andjelkovic.

On the 23rd minute, Birkirkara almost took the lead following a corner from the left by Dimitrov but three consecutive attempts by Christian Bubalovic, Cain Attard and Rowen Muscat were cleared off the goal line by the Hibs defence. On the other side of the pitch, a Jorginho header was parried with particular difficulty by Kopric on the 33rd.

The Paolites managed to break the deadlock on the 78th minute. Nikola Vukanac tackled Jorginho as the latter was about to enter the penalty area from the right. Referee Trustin Farrugia Cann ordered a penalty despite harsh protests by the Birkirkara players who argued that the player was tackled outside the area and from the penalty spot, Clayton Failla converted.

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B’KARA Miroslav Kopric, Christian Bubalovic, Gareth Sciberras, Rowen Muscat, Srdjan Dimitrov (79′ James Brincat), Vito Plut, Nikola Vukanac, Frank Temile, Joseph Zerafa (85′ Predrag Jovic), Cain Attard, Ryan Scicluna (70′ Shaun Bajada).
Subs not used: Ini Etim Akpan, Edward Herrera, Matthew Guillaumier, Steve Bonnici.
Coach: Drazen Besek

HIBS Andrew Hogg, Rodolfo Soares, Marcelo Dias, Jackson de Lima Siqueira, Bjorn Kristensen, Clayton Failla, Dunstan Vella, Jorge da Silva Pereira (94′ Timothy Tabone Desira), Jurgen Degabriele (85′ Renan Pimenta Telles), Juan Manuel Varea (61′ Andrew Cohen), Andrei Agius.
Subs not used: Rudy Briffa, Daniel Buckle, Conner Zammit, Johann Bezzina.
Coach: Mark Miller

Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, David Castillo
Fourth Official: Eman Grech
Yellow Cards: Bubalovic, Temile, Dimitrov, Zerafa
BOV Player of the Match: Jorge da Silva Pereira
Attendance: 1,090

5 comments
  1. Kif triedna nattendu ghall futbol hawn Malta meta tara dawn il hmerijit minn dawn ir referees li il foul li minnu gie il penalty sar zewg jardi barra mill kaxxa,dawn referrees tal FIFA?????

  2. Forsi vera li l penalty ma kienx u hasra li tlifna l loghba hekk ghax kien haqqna ta l inqas draw, imma fl istess hin nahseb li pattejna qares ghall-fatt li ma konniex kapaci nsarrfu s supremazija ta ‘ l-ewwel taqsima f’goal jew tnejn. Probabbli kienet tkun storja differenti.

    Imm dak hu s-sabih u l-ikrah tal-football. Hibs tjiebu fit tieni taqsima u ma hallewniex noholqu l-perikli bhall-ewwel taqsia.

    Xorta nemmen li t-team taghna hemm qieghed. Il-wirja kienet posittiva (forsi kif ghidt, ridna nkunu iktar konkreti quddiem il lasta, xi haga li habba fiha nwaqqaw il punti, ara meta nisfruttaw ic-chances il-loghba tkun f’idejna). Fil-fehma tieghi iktar kont dizappuntat bit-telfiet kontra pembroke u sliema fejn kellna wirjiet fjakki meta tqis il-potenzjal tat-tim. Insomma tlifna battalja imma l-kampjonat ghad fadallu u kulhadd jista jwaqqa l-punti ma’ kulhadd.

    KURAGG STRIPES MA NAQTAW QALBNA QATT!!

  3. Mela qalek il grounds vojti malta ghax i referees jaghmlu i zballi mela il kumplament ta dinja kif i nies madwar i dinja imorru il football ghax i zballi kullimkien issiru ibda bil kampjonat ingliz qara i zballi li issiru hemm ejja sa l-awstralja i qara i zballi li issiru FL – a-league u referees l-ghandom qedin bhala professsjonali umbat u fil state leagues i zballi titbellah blitara intom tgergru fuq malta ghax tridu xahaga biex tgergru fuq pajjizkom ghax kiku differenti it harsu madwar i dinja

    • Int la ma thiex Malta tikkummentax,ghax hawn dawn li int sejjaht zbalji isiru regulalment u terga l-Awstralja m’ghandkhomx xi league ta barra minn hawn u ghandi dubju jekk ghandkomx referres tal fifa.

  4. Jien Malti u Naqbel perfettament ma ‘ Ozmalt, zbalji isiru kullimkien anke minn referees professjonali.

    Sur Zanzu tajjeb li tkun taf li r-referees tal-ghola Divizjoni fl-Awstralja huma FIFA !! Barra minnhekk qabel titfa d -dubji kun af il-fatti !!….
    ….L-Awstralja ghandhom kwazi d-doppju minn Malta ta’ FIFA Referees.

    Zanzu, qed tghid li l-Awstralja m’ghandkhomx xi league ta barra minn hawn u dawn irnexxielhom jghaddu fil-fazi Finali tal-World Cup erba’ darbiet, sahansitra fit-2006 gol-Germanja, irnexxielhom jaslu sa l-ahhar 16, jatu kedda lill-Italja b’telfa ta 1-0 b’penalty fid-90minuta. Dak inhar L-Awstralja kellhom possession ta 58% kontra l-42% tal-Italja…F’din is sena l-Italja rebhu l- Word Cup !
    Fl-2010 ma rnexxielhomx jghaddu ghall-Afrika bid differenza ta Gowls u ghaddew il-Ghana.

    Zanzu, qabel titfa d -dubji kun af il-fatti u fittex il-fatti !!!

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