Birkirkara hit seven past Mosta — Hibs score six

Birkirkara bounced back from last week’s defeat to Valletta as they registered a most comfortable 7-1 win over Mosta.

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Mosta lacked Alex Cini, Steve Bezzina and goalkeeper Noel Attard apart from Justin Haber and Firas Aboulezz who joined Birkirkara and Balzan respectively. However goalkeeper Jeffrey Farrugia was making his debut after joining the club from Dingli Swallows. Birkirkara, on the other hand, lacked Nikola Vukanac, Ryan Scicluna and Ini Akpan.

Birkirkara managed to take the lead after just five minutes thanks to Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao who tapped the ball home from close range following a cross from the right.

Shola Shodiya missed a good opportunity when served by Jhonnattann on 17 minutes and a few seconds later, the Stripes were awarded a penalty after Ferdinando Apap handled the ball inside the area. Shola Shodiya’s effort from the penalty spot beat goalkeeper Jeffrey Farrugia but referee Chris Lautier ordered a re-rake and this time, the former Dingli goalkeeper neutralised his attempt.

The Stripes doubled the score on 26 minutes when off a cross by Jhonnattann, Paul Fenech’s effort hit the posts, the same player took the rebound, serving Harun Shola Shodiya who slammed the ball home.

Edward Herrera almost scored a third goal hitting just wide from close range following an assist by Jhonnattann a minute later.

On the half hour, Birkirkara increased the lead thanks to Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao who received a long through-pass on the left flank, lobbed the ball over the onrushing Jeffrey Farrugia and placed the ball inside the empty net.

In a timid reaction for Mosta, Danail Mitev had a shot from the left partially saved by Reuben Gauci on the 40th.

Just before half-time, the Blues reduced the gap thanks to a Danail Mitev freekick.

Birkirkara scored the fourth goal when Shola Shodiya sent Jhonnattann through on the left and the Brazilian striker beat Farrugia with a diagonal shot.

A Wayne Chetcuti effort was turned into a corner by Reuben Gauci on the 65th minute. Three minutes later, a shot by Danail Mitev was turned into another corner.

Edward Herrera scored the fifth goal on the 70th as he headed the ball home from close range following a cross from the left.

A minute later, a diagonal shot from the right by Harun Shola Shodiya beat Jeffrey Farrugia for Birkirkara’s sixth goal.

Two minutes from time, Birkirkara sealed the issue with a seventh goal thanks to substitute Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza who beat Jeffrey Farrugia with a shot from inside the area after Edward Herrera controlled a cross by Joselito dos Reis.

Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao was voted BOV Player of the Match.

B’KARA Reuben Gauci, Zach Muscat, Rodrigo Pereira, Alejandro Mendoza Corujo, Ryan Camenzuli, Rowen Muscat, Gareth Sciberras (68’ Yosimar Hernandez), Paul Fenech, Edward Herrera, Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao (61’ Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza), Harun Shola Shodiya (85’ Joselito dos Reis).
Subs not used: Jonathan Martinelli, McAllister Clinch, Fabian Zammit, Joseph Zerafa.
Coach: Paul Zammit
Asst. Coach: Peter Pullicino

MOSTA Jeffrey Farrugia, Ferdinando Apap, Tyrone Farrugia, Bryan Agius, Mano Micallef, Steve Onyii Chiemeka, David Maia dos Santos, Ryan Grech (78’ Steve Schembri), Jonathan Bajada (54’ Wayne Chetcuti), Danail Mitev, Carlos Campagnoli.
Subs not used: Kurt Rizzo, John Paul Grima, Giancarlo Sammut, Chris Saliba, James Brincat.
Coach: Steve D’Amato
Asst. Coach: Mark Vella

Referee: Chris Lautier
Assistant Referees: William Debattista, Thomas Debono
Fourth Official: Marco Borg
Yellow Cards: none
Scorers: 5′ Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao (B); 26′ Harun Shola Shodiya (B); 30′ Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao (B); 45+1′ Danail Mitev (M); 59′ Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao (B); 70′ Edward Herrera (B); 71′ Harun Shola Shodiya (B)

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Valletta maintained a three-point gap on top the BOV Premier League table as they defeated Sliema Wanderers 2-0.

The Blues are still sixth on 30 points, just five ahead of Balzan.

Sliema lacked Luca Martinelli, Shaun Bajada and Paltemio Barbetti while Henry Bonello was ruled out injured. Luigi Ruggiero was back after serving a suspension. Valletta welcomed back Ryan Fenech, Demba Toure and Manuel Bartolo although the latter was retained on the bench but Denni Rocha dos Santos was suspended and Steve Borg injured.

The Blues had the first attempt at goal on the 9th minute with Ryan Fenech testing Glenn Zammit with a freekick from the right.

A few seconds later, Valletta took the lead when Demba Toure received a pass from the left and from in front of the goalkeeper, he controlled the ball, despite falling to the ground and hit low past goalkeeper Glenn Zammit.

John Mintoff came to the rescue for Sliema, blocking a Michael Mifsud effort on the 26th minute. Then on the 40th, Ryan Fenech tried his luck with a shot from the right but Zammit saved the ball partially.

Seven minutes in the second half, Yenz Cini performed a good save on Luigi Ruggiero, turning the ball into a corner.

The Citizens doubled the score on 69 minutes when off a Michael Mifsud corner from the left, Jonathan Caruana headed the ball home in style.

Valletta went close once again on 73 minutes but Ryan Fenech was unlucky to hit the foot of the post with a shot from the edge of the area.

In stoppage time, Sliema ended playing in ten men as Luigi Ruggiero was sent off by referee Kevin Azzopardi.

Ryan Fenech was voted BOV Player of the Match.

SLIEMA Glen Zammit, Alex Muscat (80’ Miguel Ciantar), John Mintoff, Mark Scerri, Luigi Ruggiero, Clifford Gatt Baldacchino, Ivan Woods, Alain Faccini, Matthias Muchardi, Beppe Muscat (46’ Josef Mifsud), Stefano Bianciardi.
Subs not used: James Abela, Dale Micallef, Ryan Dalli, Ariel Laudisi, Gabriel Aquilina.
Coach: Alfonso Greco
Asst. Coach: JoJo Bajada

VALLETTA Yenz Cini, Roderick Briffa, Demba Toure, Luke Dimech, Jonathan Caruana, Jason Lee Vandelannoite, William Barbosa, Ian Azzopardi (46’ Dyson Falzon), Joao Gabriel da Silva, Ryan Fenech (74’ Ian Zammit), Michael Mifsud (85’ Edmond Agius).
Subs not used: Manuel Bartolo, Kurt Magro, Joseph Jojo Ogonuppe, Llywelyn Cremona.
Coach: Mark Miller
Asst. Coach: Gilbert Agius

Referee: Kevin Azzopardi
Assistant Referees: Duncan Sultana, Roberto Vella
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri
Yellow Cards: Vandelannoite, Barbosa
Scorers: 9’ Demba Toure, 69’ Jonathan Caruana
Attendance: 1,272

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At the Victor Tedesco Stadium, Qormi came from behind to beat Tarxien Rainbows 2-1.

It was a great goal by substitute Moises Avila Perez who gave Jesmond Zerafa’s side a dramatic win as he caught Tarxien goalkeeper David Cassar out of place, beating him with a shot from midfield.

The Rainbows had the first attempt at goal with Andrezinho being unlucky to hit the foot of the post.

However Andrezinho was not to be denied a few minutes later as he managed to put Tarxien ahead one minute from half-time with a direct freekick which beat goalkeeper Matthew Farrugia.

Qormi levelled matters ten minutes in the second half when Joseph Chetcuti served Alfred Effiong who controlled the ball before hitting past Cassar.

The Tarxien goalkeeper performed a good save on an Alfred Effiong header off a freekick by Bilbao Zarate. On the other side of the pitch, Andrezinho served Daniel Mariano Bueno whose shot was blocked by Kris Thackray with goalkeeper Matthew Farrugia deflecting the ball into a corner.

The game seemed heading for a draw but on the 90th minute, Moises Avila Perez surprised goalkeeper David Cassar with a brilliant shot from midfield with the ball ending at the back of the net.

Andrezinho was vote BOV Player of the Match.

TARXIEN David Cassar, Carlo Mamo, Roderick Bajada (18′ Andrew Agius), Leandro da Silva Almeida, Andre Reinaldo de Souza Esposito, Ryan Sammut, Daniel Mariano Bueno, Branislav Timotic, David Fenech, Orosco Anonam (63′ Mark Tanti), Steven Bonnici (89′ Clive Fenech).
Subs not used: Nicky Vella, Steve Sadowski, Marco Tullio Lopes Silva, Nigel Vella.
Coach: Clive Mizzi
Asst. Coach: Steven Vella

QORMI Matthew Farrugia, Kris Thackray, Alfred Effiong, Joseph Chetcuti, Abubakar Bello-Osagie (68′ Moises Avila Perez), Luke Sciberras, Matthew Gauci, Edison Bilbao Zarate, Jonathan Bondin (78′ Matthew Bartolo), Alessio Cassar, Stephen Wellman.
Subs not used: Steve Sultana, Roderick Sammut, Leighton Grech, Dormond Micallef, Gilmore Azzopardi.
Coach: Jesmond Zerafa
Asst. Coach: Joe Brincat

Referee: Mario Apap
Assistant Referees: Ingmar Spiteri, Peter Abela
Fourth Official: Adrian Azzopardi
Yellow Cards: A. Agius, R. Sammut, D. Fenech, O. Anonam, S. Bonnic (T), S. Wellman, E. Zarate, M. Avila Perez (Q)
Scorers: 44′ Andrezinho (T), 55′ Alfred Effiong, 90′ Moises Avila Perez (Q)

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In another match, Hibernians defeated Hamrun Spartans 6-1. A win which keeps the Paolites one point behind leaders Valletta.

Clayton Failla put Hibs ahead on the 7th minute beating Andrea Cassar with a first-time effort when served by Jackson Lima.

On the half-hour, a Clayton Failla freekick hit the woodwork and off the rebound, Bjorn Kristensen’s effort was deflected by Hamrun defender Bledjon Guga past Andrea Cassar for an own goal.

Six minutes later, Jackson Lima released Andrew Cohen whose first attempt was blocked by the Hamrun goalkeeper, placing the ball at the back of the net off the rebound.

Hamrun pulled one back thirteen minutes in the second half when off a David Camilleri freekick, Terence Vella hit low past goalkeeper Mario Muscat.

A header by Jackson Lima, off a freekick by Failla, beat Cassar on the 74th minute for the Paolites’ fourth goal.

Seven minutes from time, Andrew Cohen headed the ball home off a cross by Jean Paul Farrugia to make it 5-1.

Hibernians sealed the issue in added time with a sixth goal as Jean Paul Farrugia hit the ball home from close range when served by Failla.

Andrew Cohen was voted BOV Player of the Match.

HAMRUN Andrea Cassar, Roderick Fenech, Gianluca Calabretta (46′ Glenn Azzopardi), Adrian Borg, Luke Grech, Daniel Zerafa, Terence Vella, Bledjon Guga, Loic Lumbilla Kandja (50′ Ayrton Micallef), Massimo Grima (46′ Ryan Spiteri), David Camilleri.
Coach: Stefan Sultana

HIBS Mario Muscat (76′ Daniel Balzan), Adrian Pulis (84′ Keith Tanti), Ryan Camilleri, Bjorn Kristensen, Andrew Cohen, Zoran Levnaic, Clayton Failla, Jackson di Lima Sequeira, Allan Kardeck dos Santos (73′ Jean Paul Farrugia), Rodolfo Soares, Johann Bezzina.
Coach: Michael Woods
Asst. Coach: Darren Abdilla

Referee: Alan M. Sant
Assistant Referees: Paul Apap, Alex Grech
Fourth Official: Fyodor Zammit
Yellow Cards: Levnajic
Scorers: Clayton Failla 7, Bledjon Guga og 30, Andrew Cohen 36, 83, Jackson Lima 74, Jean Paul Farrugia 90 (Hibs), Terence Vella 58 (Ham.)