Hibernians defeated neighbours Tarxien Rainbows for the first time this season, beating them 3-0 to make sure of staying on top the BOV Premier League table.
Tarxien, on the other hand, continue to share the fourth place with Sliema Wanderers.
Photo: Copyright © Paul Zammit Cutajar
The Paolites lacked Zoran Levnajic but Allan Kardeck dos Santos was back in squad after being released a few weeks ago. Tarxien, on the other hand, lacked Branislav Timotic.
Hibernians managed to take the lead on the 7th minute when off a Clayton Failla cross, the ball reached Rodolfo Soares whose first-time effort gave goalkeeper David Cassar no chance.
Two minutes later, Tarxien replied with a Leandro da Silva Almeida effort ending high. Following a clearance by goalkeeper Mario Muscat who had rushed to the edge of the area, Daniel Mariano Bueno tried to surprise him from midfield but his attempt missed the target on the 18th.
Tarxien were reduced to ten men on the 31st minute after Andrezinho picked a second yellow card in two minutes.
A freekick by Jackson Lima ended just wide on 32 minutes. Jean Paul Farrugia concluded a good move with a close-range shot which was neutralised by Cassar on the 40th.
Eleven minutes in the second half, Marcelo Dias headed just over the bar off a cross by Failla from the left. Four minutes later, Cassar managed to turn into a corner a Jackson Lima effort from another corner.
Tarxien were awarded a penalty on the 65th minute when Leandro Almeida was brought down inside the area by Ryan Camilleri. However from the penalty spot, Mark Tanti’s effort hit the upright.
Substitute Allan Kardeck dos Santos hit the woodwork, following a cross by Cohen from the right, just a few seconds after replacing Jackson Lima.
Hibernians sealed the issue with the second goal on the 77th minute when off a Clayton Failla corner from the right, Jean Paul Farrugia headed the ball home from close range.
The Paolites scored a third goal on the 82nd when David Cassar rushed of the area but failed to clear the ball and Clayton Failla had the easiest of jobs in placing the ball at the back of the net.
Clayton Failla was voted BOV Player of the Match.
HIBS Mario Muscat, Adrian Pulis, Ryan Camilleri, Jonathan Pearson, Rodolfo Soares (84’ Brandon Muscat), Marcelo Dias (63’ Johann Bezzina), Andrew Cohen, Bjorn Kristensen, Jackson di Lima Siqueira (69’ Allan Kardeck dos Santos), Clayton Failla, Jean Paul Farrugia.
Subs not used: Daniel Balzan, Scott Chircop, Ayrton Azzopardi, Karl Conti.
Coach: Michael Woods
Asst. Coach: Darren Abdilla
TARXIEN David Cassar, Carlo Mamo, Manuel Caruana, Marco Tulio Lopes Silva (57’ Mark Tanti), Andre Reinaldo de Souza Esposito, Roderick Bajada (34’ Orosco Anonam), Leandro da Silva Almeida, Justin Grioli, Ryan Sammut, Daniel Mariano Bueno, Steve Bonnici.
Subs not used: Nicky Vella, Steve Sadowski, Andrew Agius, David Fenech, Gianluca Calabretta.
Coach: Clive Mizzi
Asst. Coach: Steven Vella
Referee: Marco Borg
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Sammy Attard
Fourth Official: Fyodor Zammit
Yellow Cards: Dias, Andrezinho, Bonnici, Grioli, Farrugia, Pearson, Camilleri
Red Cards: 31’ Andrezinho
Scorers: 7’ Rodolfo Soares, 77′ Jean Paul Farrugia, 82′ Clayton Failla
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Meanwhile champions Valletta kept the pace with Hibernians as they registered a comfortable 5-0 win over Mosta courtesy of William Barbosa and Michael Mifsud who scored two and three goals respectively.
For new Mosta coach Danilo Doncic, this was a disappointing start as he failed to bring the Blues’ disappointing run to an end after they lost four of the previous five matches.
Valletta took the lead on the 14th minute when off an assist by Roderick Briffa, William Barbosa beat goalkeeper Jeffrey Farrugia with a powerful drive from outside the area.
A freekick by Ryan Fenech for Valletta ended just wide on the 17th minute.
Three minutes later, Valletta doubled the score through Michael Mifsud who headed the ball home off a cross by Demba Toure from the right.
Michael Mifsud made it 3-0 one minute in the second half with a diagonal shot from the left.
William Barbosa concluded a solo effort with a rising shot from a close angle which beat Jeffrey Farrugia on 76 minutes to put the Citizens four goals ahead.
Two minutes later, Farrugia performed a great save on a fine Michael Mifsud effort when served by Toure.
One minute from time, Michael Mifsud completed a hat-trick after he received a pass by Roderick Briffa from the right and beat the Mosta goalkeeper with a low shot.
William Barbosa was voted BOV Player of the Match.
MOSTA Jeffrey Farrugia, Ferdinando Apap, Tyrone Farrugia (80’ Kurt Zammit), Manolito Micallef, Steve Onyii Chiemeka, Ryan Grech, Jonathan Bajada, Danail Mitev, Kurt Magro, Carlos Campagnoli (46’ Bruno Chikwadu Mbonu), Fabio Vignaroli.
Subs not used: Kurt Rizzo, John Paul Grima, Alex Cini, Wayne Chetcuti, Ugochukwu Okoro.
Coach: Danilo Doncic
Asst. Coach: Mark Vella
VALLETTA Manuel Bartolo, Roderick Briffa, Jonathan Caruana, Luke Dimech, Ian Azzopardi, William Barbosa (80’ Daniel Bogdanovic), Ryan Fenech, Abubakar Bello-Osagie (41’ Denni Rocha dos Santos), Michael Mifsud, Demba Toure, Joao Gabriel da Silva (61’ Jason Lee Vandelannoite).
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Joseph JoJo Ogunuppe, Dyson Falzon, Edmond Agius.
Coach: Mark Miller
Asst. Coach: Gilbert Agius
Referee: Chris Lautier
Assistant Referees: Thomas Debono, Peter Abela
Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Yellow Cards: none
Scorers: 14’ William Barbosa, 20’ Michael Mifsud, 46’ Michael Mifsud, 76’ William Barbosa, 89’ Michael Mifsud