Sliema Wanderers and Floriana will be contesting the final of the FA Trophy after both emerged as winners in the two semi-finals which were played on Saturday. The final scheduled for May 20th will therefore be contested by the two teams which won this competition most – Sliema twenty-one times and Floriana nineteen.
At the National Stadium, holders Sliema Wanderers defeated Tarxien Rainbows 3-0.
The Wanderers managed to take the lead on the 23rd minute when off a Ricardo Correa Duarte freekick from the right, Denni Rocha dos Santos rose high to head home past Andrea Cassar.
Sliema doubled the score seven minutes from the end of the first half thanks to Leonardo Incorvaia whose header, off another Correa freekick from the right, gave the Tarxien goalkeeper no chance.
Mark Scerri made it 3-0 on the 64th minute when he received an assist by Frank Temile on the left and slotted the ball past Cassar from inside the area.
TARXIEN Andrea Cassar, Ebiabowei Baker, Emerson Marcelina, Daniel Ponce de Leon Garcia, Alex Nilsson, Andrew Agius (60′ Julian Galea), Sergio Fernandez Prendes (75′ Ayrton Azzopardi), Daniel Zerafa, Alex da Paixao Alves (88′ Dylan Micallef), Kurt Zammit, Sacha Borg.
Subs not used: Philip Schranz, Matthew Brincat, Matthew Tabone, Antonio Chetcuti.
Player-Coach: Triston Caruana
SLIEMA Giuseppe Sarao, Alex Muscat, Denni Rocha dos Santos (45′ Ryan Spiteri), Peter Xuereb, Leonardo Incorvaia (70′ John Mintoff), Mark Scerri (85′ Gabriel Aquilina), Matias Muchardi, Ricardo Callisto Correa Duarte, Jonathan Pearson, Frank Temile, Stefano Bianciardi.
Subs not used: Miguel Bonnici, Michele Sansone, Luca Martinelli, Luca Brincat.
Coach: John Buttigieg
Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
Assistant Referees: William Debattista, Sammy Attard
Additional Assistant Referees: Trustin Farrugia Cann, Stefan Pace
Fourth Official: Duncan Sultana
Yellow Cards: A. Agius, S. Borg, D. Zerafa
Attendance at the National Stadium: 664
At the Gozo Stadium, Floriana defeated SK Victoria Wanderers 3-1.
Steve Pisani put the Greens ahead on the 23rd minute but before the end of the first half, Fernando Giarrizzo levelled matters two minutes in added time.
Eight minutes in the second half, Maurizio Vella restored the lead for Floriana. Steve Pisani made it 3-1 on the 71st minute when he converted a penalty.
Fernando Giarrizzo was sent off for the Wanderers on the 74th minute to leave his side in ten men.
SKVW Matthew Towns, Ian Xuereb (87′ Nicholas Vella), Aleksandar Komljenovic, Sam Frank Bajada (87′ Mario Azzopardi), Srdjan Draskovic, Dylan Mercieca, Predrag Djordjevic, Fernando Giarrizzo, Sam Harland (55′ Chris Sciortino), Igor Grkajac, Milanko Raskovic.
Subs not used: Matthew Vella, Anthony Attard, Johann Attard, Joseph Refalo.
Coach: Mark Buttigieg
FLORIANA Justin Haber, Andre Scicluna, Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz (84′ Alex Cini), Steve Pisani, Ignacio Varela, Sebastian Nayar, Maurizio Vella (79′ Clyde Borg), Nicolas Chiesa (90+3′ Jake Stenson), Mario Fontanella, Ryan Camenzuli.
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, Mattia Zarb, Lomar Cutajar, Zach Camilleri.
Coach: Giovanni Tedesco
Referee: Clayton Pisani
Assistant Referees: Chris Francalanza, Peter Abela
Additional Assistant Sandro Spiteri, Eman Grech
Fourth Official: Ryan Aquilina
Yellow Cards: Ruiz, Bajada, Mercieca, Camenzuli
Red Cards: Giarrizzo