Dramatic win for Valletta over neighbours Floriana

Leaders Valletta came back from one goal down to beat eternal rivals Floriana 2-1, therefore making sure of retaining sole leadership.

The Greens forged ahead during the first half and the Citizens seemed unable to react but after the break, Paul Zammit’s side turned defeat into victory to move back on track after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Tarxien Rainbows last week.

Henry Bonello and Michael Mifsud were named in the starting line-up for Valletta while Matthew Calleja Cremona was back in goal for Floriana.

Floriana took the lead on the 19th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Matteo Picciollo was brought down inside the area by Claudio Pani and from the penalty spot, Mauricio Villa converted.

Matteo Picciollo was unlucky to hit the crossbar with a shot from outside the area on the 53rd and following a corner by Steve Pisani, Mauricio Villa hit the crossbar once again with a close-range header two minutes later.

Valletta levelled matters on the 68th when Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao exchanged the ball with Roderick Briffa who served him with an intelligent passs and the Brazilian striker managed to slot the ball past Calleja Cremona from a close angle on the left.

The Citizens notched the winner four minutes from time when off a cross from the right by Roderick Briffa, Jhonnattann headed the ball down and substitute Uchenna Calistus Umeh slammed the ball home.

FLORIANA Matthew Calleja Cremona, Andre Scicluna (82′ Juninho Cabral), Antonio Monticelli, Enrico Pepe, Steve Pisani, Clyde Borg (88′ Mario Fontanella), Mauricio Villa, Matteo Piciollo, Steve Bonnici, Emanuel Briffa, Nicolas Chiesa.
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, Luke Micallef, Neil Spiteri, Daniel Agius, Firas Aboulezz.
Coach: Luis Oliveira

VALLETTA Henry Bonello. Ryan Camilleri, Juan Cruz Gill (63′ Ian Azzopardi), Michael Mifsud (69′ Uchenna Calistus Umeh), Roderick Briffa, Federico Matias Falcone, Llywelyn Cremona (76′ Jean Borg), Claudio Pani, Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao, Romeu Pericles Romao.
Subs not used: Nicky Vella, Diego Douglas Balbinot, Jurgen Suda, Nicholas Pulis.
Coach: Paul Zammit

Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri, Luke Portelli
Additional Assistant Referees: Glenn Tonna, Stefan Pace
Fourth Official: Duncan Sultana
Yellow Cards: C. Borg, A. Scicluna, Romao, Umeh, Juninho, Jhonnattann
Scorers: 19′ Mauricio Villa pen, 68′ Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao, 86′ Uchenna Calistus Umeh
BOV Player of the Match: Matteo Picciollo
Attendance: 2,080

5 comments
  1. Bdejna il loghba bl ghar mod possibli u ma nidejaqx najd li l-furjana haduna fl ewwel taqsima. il penalty ghalija l-foul beda barra l-kaxxa u il player tal furjana baqa diehel fil kaxxa u waqa … pero it tieni taqsima tajna daqs kemm qlajna u irnexilna ndawwru ir rizultat …. prosit whites kuragg ghal loghba li jmiss kontra pembroke.

  2. Ma kelli l ebda dubju li l belt kienu se jdawru l logjba. Pero ghalia serqu t3 punti
    Nemmen li ha tkun iebsa ferm ghal BKR vs FLO

  3. imma kif dejjem trid tajd xi hmerija …. xi trid tajd bija ” sraqna ” ahna mhux intom ta min 4-1 fhakka tajn tigu 5-4 …. id dnub ma jorqodx siehbi u titfax tajn bla bzonn ax jaralhekk … mur segwi it team tijak mhux dejjem mohhok fina

  4. ”serqu” ewfemizmu jekk taf xinhu…
    u tal-5-4 ha ddumu sejrin biha. L-ewwel nett 4-2 HT score kien…
    U nahseb intom dejjem b’subajkom dritt ! Ghalhekk meta hadtu s-6 tazzi ghamiltu 7 snien ta’ghaks !

  5. li idejaqni fik che ghax namlu xnamlu trid tmaqdar …. ara xtamlu intom andek ejra bazwija lejn it team tal belt ….. jien minna biss jinpurtani ghax alahares noqod nikteb kull meta tamlu xi pudina tal kumitat takom …. u btw falejtu lil zammit biex hadtu league intom ta siehbi gej bl’aks

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