Floriana registered their second win in Group B of the AME Cup as they defeated Rabat Ajax 3-1 on Friday.
Gary Roberts put Floriana ahead when he converted a penalty three minutes from the end of the first half. Four minutes in the second half, Daniel Bogdanovic doubled the score and Diogo de Souza Pinheiro made it 3-0 two minutes later. Dani Pelaez reduced the gap for Rabat from a penalty on 63 minutes.
In another match, Qormi defeated Vittoriosa Stars on penalties. At the end of the ninety minutes, the score was 5-5.
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The brother of Mario Balotelli, Enoch Barwuah, put Qormi ahead on the 9th minute but two minutes later, Marcelo Pereira levelled matters for Vittoriosa. Pereira made it 2-1 on the 27th and just before half-time, Siraj Arab scored a third goal.
Two minutes in the second half, Leighton Grech scored Qormi’s second goal before a brace by Simone Bezzicceri on 51 and 56 minutes gave Tommaso Volpi’s side a 4-3 lead. Marcio Teruel equalised on the 88th before Roderick Bajada made it 5-4 for Qormi. However two minutes in added time, Marcelo Pereira restored equilibrium.
In the penalty shoot-out, Roderick Bajada, Joseph Chetcuti, Gianluca Nucera and Leighton Grech scored Qormi’s four penalties while Marcio Teruel, Liam Gauci and Samir Arab scored for Vittoriosa. Marcelo Pereira and Gilbert Martin missed the penalties for the Stars.
Floriana lead the way with six points, followed by Qormi on four, Rabat and Vittoriosa on one.
On Monday, Vittoriosa take on Rabat Ajax while Floriana face Qormi.
Meanwhile in the last two matches from Group A on Saturday, Balzan take on Mosta and Naxxar Lions face Tarxien Rainbows. Mosta lead the way with six points followed by Balzan in five, Naxxar one and Tarxien zero.
Saturday 27th July – Group A
18:30 Balzan vs Mosta
20:30 Naxxar L. vs Tarxien R.
Monday 29th July – Group B
18:30 Vittoriosa S. vs Rabat A.
20:30 Floriana vs Qormi
Thursday 1st August – Semi-Finals
18:30 Winner Group A vs Runner-Up Group B
20:30 Winner Group B vs Runner-Up Group A
Sunday 4th August – Finals
18:30 Final 3rd/4th Place
All matches will be played at the Sirens Stadium