Birkirkara moved fourth in the BOV Premier League table, one point ahead of Floriana, as they defeated Hamrun Spartans 3-0 at the National Stadium on Sunday.
The Stripes dominated from start to finish with the Spartans hardly having a single shot at goal. For the Spartans, this was the fifth defeat in six matches but they still remain eleven points clear of Mosta and thirteen ahead of Pembroke.
Hamrun had three changes as David Cassar, Luke Sciberras and Siraj Arab Eddin replaced Kambala Batusila, Philip Chircop and Leandro Motta. For Birkirkara, Mislav Andjelkovic and Christian Bubalovic replaced Srdjan Dimitrov and the suspended Predrag Jovic.
Birkirkra managed to take the lead on the 36th minute when Edward Herrera’s diagonal shot from the right was deflected by Gonzalo Malan past Hamrun goalkeeper David Cassar.
The Stripes doubled the score on the 61st minute thanks to a Christian Bubalovic header off a Miguel Angel Alba corner from the left.
Substitute Jhon Obregon Quinones was unlucky to hit the crossbar on the 83rd minute but another substitute, Srdjan Dimitrov, made it 3-0 one minute from time with a low diagonal shot from the left when served by Ryan Scicluna.
B’KARA Henry Bonello, Edward Herrera (78’ Ryan Scicluna), Christian Bubalovic, Gareth Sciberras, Mislav Andjelkovic, Edmond Agius (84’ Srdjan Dimitrov), Nikola Vukanac, Joseph Zerafa, Miguel Angel Alba, Cain Attard, Gonzalo Malan (68’ Jhon Obregon Quinones).
Subs not used: Ini Etim Akpan, Matthew Guillaumier, Steve Bonnici, James Brincat.
Coach: Nikola Jaros
HAMRUN David Cassar, Christian Emeka Anigbogu, Manolito Micallef, Karl Micallef, Siraj Arab Eddin (78’ Daniel Debono), Luke Grech, Igor Misan, Brandon Paiber, Saturday Nanapere, Massimiliano Giusti (66’ Leandro Motta), Luke Sciberras (66’ Mathieu Manset).
Subs not used: Kambala Batusila, Russell Vella, Luca Gatt, Jeremy Busuttil.
Coach: Jacques Scerri
Referee: Glenn Tonna
Assistant Referees: Sammy Attard, Dusan Petrovic
Fourth Official: Eman Grech
Yellow Cards: Malan, Bonello, Zerafa
BOV Player of the Match: Miguel Angel Alba