Sliema Wanderers registered their second win in the BOV Premier League as they defeated Floriana 1-0 at the National Stadium on Friday.
Following last week’s impressive win over Valletta, the Wanderers managed to produce another good performance which enabled them to take home maximum points while maintaining another clean sheet.
Sliema had new signings Younes Marzouk making his debut as he replaced Mark Scerri. Floriana coach Nicolas Chiesa, on the other hand, named goalkeeper Matthew Grech and Patrick Wleh in the starting line-up with Ini Etim Akpan and Jurgen Pisani starting the game on the bench.
The Wanderers scored the all-important goal on the 16th minute when Jefferson de Assis’ effort was blocked and Matias Muchardi was at the right place at the right time to hit home from close range.
Muchardi could have added another on the 33rd minute but was unlucky to hit the crossbar with a direct freekick while Jean Paul Farrugia hit the upright two minutes from time.
FLORIANA Matthew Grech, Patrick Wleh, Mohammed Saleh, Enzo Ruiz, Steve Pisani, Ignacio Varela, Juninho Cabral, Clayton Failla, Alex Cini (69’ Jurgen Pisani), Arthur Oyama, Emerson Marcelina.
Subs not used: Ini Etim Akpan, Clyde Borg, Mattia Zarb, Bradley Sciberras, Dylan Grima, Jake Stenson.
Coach: JJ Aquilina
Asst. Coach: Nicolas Chiesa
SLIEMA Jake Galea, Matias Muchardi, Kurt Shaw, John Mintoff (87’ Michele Sansone), Jefferson de Assis (82’ Jean Paul Farrugia), Ryan Fenech, Nii Nortey Ashong, Frank Temile, Goran Adamovic, Stefano Bianciardi, Younes Marzouk (72’ Edmond Agius).
Subs not used: Timothy Aquilina, Peter Xuereb, Stefan Cassar, Ayrton Azzopardi.
Coach: John Buttigieg
Asst. Coach: Ivan Woods
Referee: Matthew Degabriele
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri, William Debattista
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri
Yellow Cards: Cini, S. Pisani, Fenech, Marcelina, Failla, Adamovic, Nortey, J. Pisani
BOV Player of the Match: Matias Muchardi