Hamrun Spartans vs Floriana FC 0-1 (HT 0-0)
Floriana registered their first win to move into sixth place on five points as they defeated Hamrun Spartans 1-0. For the Spartans, this was the third defeat in a week.
The two teams shared the exchanges for long stretches but once Floriana managed to take the lead, the Spartans’ reaction was rather sterile.
The Greens lacked injured Sunday Eboh, Christian Cassar and Roberto Brincat while missing for Hamrun was Manolito Micallef.
Floriana went close after less than a minute with a diagonal shot by Sunday Akanni Wasiu from the left which scraped past the post. A long distance effort by Julian Briffa was then neutralised by Ivan Casha on the 7th minute and two minutes later, Bernard Paris blocked a close range effort by Gaetan Spiteri following a good move by the latter.
On 21 minutes, Christian Caruana had a powerful shot from the edge of the area, following a cross by Pablo Doffo from the right, ending just wide. Seven minutes later, Caruana headed just wide off a Pablo Doffo corner. Floriana threatened once again with a close-range effort Sunday Akanni Wasiu on 28 minutes.
Six minutes in the second half, Floriana took the lead when off a perfect pass by Sunday Akanni Wasiu, Donovan Simmonds managed to beat Ivan Casha with an angled shot from the right.
There was hardly a reaction from the Spartans and the Greens went close again with a shot from outside the area by Sunday Akanni Wasiu which was neutralised by Casha on the 70th.
Three minutes from time, Hamrun Spartans were reduced to ten men as striker Marcelo Pereira was sent off by referee Alan Mario Sant for hitting Orosco Anonam.
HAMRUN Ivan Casha, Rupert Mangion, Roderick Fenech, Diego Cucciardi, Mead Mifsud (67′ Mauro Busuttil), Lee James Agius (82′ Christian Cacciattolo), Marcelo Pereira, Gaetan Spiteri, Martin Hrubsa, Timothy Fleri Soler (71′ Aaron Attard), Clyde Camoin.
Subs not used: Andrea Cassar, Dalton Caruana, John Debattista, Neville Galea.
Coach: Steve D’Amato
Asst. Coach: Marco Grech
FLORIANA Bernard Paris, Duncan Pisani, Clifton Ciantar (24′ Owen Bugeja), Julian Briffa, Orosco Anonam, Joseph Borg, Pablo Doffo, Jermain Brincat, Donovan Simmonds (82′ Ryan Darmanin), Christian Caruana (56′ Luke Agius), Sunday Akanni Wasiu.
Subs not used: Jurgen Micallef, Mark Spiteri, Clyde Borg.
Coach: Roddy Collins
Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assistant Referees: Ingmar Spiteri, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Kevin Azzopardi
Yellow Cards: C. Ciantar, G. Spiteri, C. Caruana, D. Cucciardi
Red Cards: 87′ Pereira
BOV Player of the Match: Sunday Akanni Wasiu
Scorers: 51′ Donovan Simmonds
Qormi FC vs Hibernians FC 3-1 (HT 0-1)
Brazilian striker Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo was once again the hero for Qormi with a hat-trick as they came from behind to beat champions Hibernians 3-1. A win which puts Jesmond Zerafa and Vince Carbonaro’s side on top of the BOV Premier League table together with Valletta.
For Hibernians, this was the first defeat after two wins in the first two games.
Adrian Pulis, Jean Paul Farrugia and Ben Camilleri were all ruled out injured for the Paolites. Qormi, on the other hand, were in full strength except for goalkeeper Matthew Camilleri.
Hibernians took the lead after just three minutes when off a cross by Edward Herrera, Rumen Galabov headed the ball home.
Qormi replied with a Camilo Da Silva header, off a Joseph Farrugia corner from the left two minutes later, ending just wide. On the 10th minute, Alfred Effiong hit high off a cross by Massimo Grima from the right.
On 28 minutes, Joseph Farrugia tried his luck with a shot from outside the area which was neutralised by Muscat. Then just before half-time, a freekick by Andrew Cohen ended high.
Qormi levelled matters five minutes in the second half thanks to a powerful drive by Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo from outside the area which beat goalkeeper Mario Muscat.
On 69 minutes, Hibs missed a good chance following an inviting cross by Olegs Malasenoks from the right. Four minutes later, a cross shot by Yan Cauchi was neutralised by Matthew Farrugia. The Qormi custodian then performed a good save on a close-range effort by Andrew Cohen on 78 minutes.
Eleven minutes from time, Qormi notched the winner when Alfred Effiong controlled the ball on the right inside the area and the ball reached Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo who hit home from close range.
The Yellow Blacks sealed the issue one minute from time when in a swift counter-attack, Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo concluded a good run on the right flank by hitting the ball low past Mario Muscat.
QORMI Matthew Farrugia, Ramon Dos Santos, Massimo Grima, Keith Fenech (93′ Kenneth Spiteri), Joseph Farrugia, Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo, Jonathan Bondin, Stephen Wellman, Roderick Sammut, Joseph Chetcuti (91′ Stephen Meilak), Alfred Effiong (88′ Ryan Deguara).
Subs not used: Jurgen Cilia, Malcolm Buttigieg, George Chircop, Sharlon Pace.
Coach: Vince Carbonaro
Team Manager: Jesmond Zerafa
HIBS Mario Muscat, Jonathan Caruana, Edward Herrera, Jonathan Pearson, Elkien Cauchi (59′ Yan Cauchi)(87′ Aaron Xuereb), Christian Callejas, Etienne Barbara, Andrew Cohen, Rumen Galabov, Olegs Malasenoks, Ryan Camilleri.
Subs not used: Daniel Balzan, Matthew Tabone, Triston Caruana, Dylan Sammut, Leighton Grech.
Coach: Mark Miller
Asst. Coach: Edmond Lufi
Referee: Adrian Casha
Assistant Referees: Joe Camilleri, Gordon Barbara
Fourth Official: Adrian Azzopardi
Yellow Cards: R. Camilleri, Callejas
BOV Player of the Match: Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo
Scorers: 3′ Rumen Galabov (H)
50′ Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo (Q)
79′ Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo (Q)
89′ Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo (Q)