Birkirkara FC won the first edition of the Charles Abela Memorial Cup on Wednesday night in front of a big crowd at the Charles Abela Memorial Stadium. The Stripes beat Zejtun Corinthians 4-0 and lost to Mosta FC 7-6 on penalties to finish top of the table with four points.
Zejtun beat hosts Mosta 2-1 to finish second with three points. Mosta were a much improved side in the third and final match where they held a strong Birkirkara side to a 0-0 draw. But the Blues won the penalty shoot-out 7-6. The atmosphere during the match was incredible as the new stands were completely full, especially with the Zejtun fans who were accompanied by a small band and colourful streamers.
At the end of the night’s play, Carlos Abela, youngest son of the late Mosta FC President Charles Abela, presented the winning trophy to Birkirkara captain Alan Tabone, as well as mementoes to the participating teams.
Nectar Group of Companies sponsored of the tournament.
ZEJTUN CORINTHIANS v BIRKIRKARA FC 0 – 4
scorers: Alan TABONE 2, Carl PULO 2 (B’Kara)
MOSTA FC v ZEJTUN CORINTHIANS 1 – 2
scorers: Ryan DEGUARA (Mosta); Oldi MAJTARA 2 (Zejtun)
BIRKIRKARA FC v MOSTA FC 0 – 0 (Mosta won 7-6 on penalties)
Final standings: BIRKIRKARA FC 4 pts; ZEJTUN CORINTHIANS 3 pts; MOSTA FC 2 pts.