Narrow win puts Valletta five points clear

Valletta vs Tarxien R. 20/04/2019. Photo: Copyright © Andrew Grima

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Leaders Valletta moved five points clear after defeating Tarxien Rainbows 1-0 at the National Stadium on Saturday. Second-placed Hibernians, however, have a game in hand.

Miguel Angel Alba scored the all-important goal on 29 minutes with a powerful drive from outside the area which gave goalkeeper Maverick Buhagiar no chance.

VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Jonathan Caruana, Ryan Camilleri, Santiago Malano, Kyrian Nwoko, Jean Borg (87′ Antonio Monticelli), Enmy Pena Beltre, Joseph Zerafa (69′ Bogdan Gavrila), Rowen Muscat, Miguel Angel Alba, Mario Fontanella (90′ Nicholas Pulis).
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Kenley Scerri, Shaun Dimech, Jeremy Micallef.
Coach: Gilbert Agius
Asst. Coach: Stefan Giglio


TARXIEN Maverick Buhagiar, Marco Botta, Daniel Zerafa, Matthew Spiteri, Gabriel Aquilina, Luke Grech, Destin Prince Loic Mambouana, Anderson de Barros, Miguel Ciantar (89′ Matthew Brincat), Ricardo Silva Faria (86′ Daniel Vassallo), Alex Nilsson (75′ Andrew Agius).
Subs not used: Andrea Cassar, Juan Cruz Gill, Darren Falzon, Jacson de Paixao.
Coach: Jose Borg
Asst. Coach: Saviour Debono Grech


Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella, William Debattista
Fourth Official: Philip Farrugia
Yellow Cards: Camilleri, Zerafa, Botta, De Barros, Spiteri, Monticelli
BOV Player of the Match: Miguel Angel Alba
Attendance: 1,419