Floriana maintained their unbeaten record in the BOV Premier League table thanks to a narrow win over Old Firm rivals Sliema Wanderers at the National Stadium on Sunday. A win which puts the Greens on the 23-point mark, one behind Gzira and Balzan and two ahead of Hibernians.
For the Wanderers, this was the first defeat after four consecutive wins. A defeat which leaves John Buttigieg’s side in sixth place.
Moldovan international striker Nicolae Milinceanu, who joined the Wanderers from FC Chiasso last week, was included as a substitute.
The Greens scored the all-important goal on the 20th minute thanks to an own goal by Goran Adamovic, following a Juninho Cabral effort, which beat goalkeeper Glenn Zammit.
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FLORIANA Ini Etim Akpan, James Baldacchino (86’ Dylan Grima), Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz, Steve Pisani, Maurizio Vella (80’ Clyde Borg), Juninho Cabral, Alex Cini, Arthur Henrique Oyama, Mario Fontanella, Emerson Marcelina.
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, Jake Stinson, Mattia Zarb, Denison Borg Castaldi, Neil Spiteri.
Coach: Giovanni Tedesco
SLIEMA Glenn Zammit, Goran Adamovic, Gabriel Aquilina (46’ Nicolae Milinceanu), Jefferson de Assis, John Mintoff, Frenci Qeros (73’ Ryan Spiteri), Ricardo Callisto Correa Duarte), Michele Sansone, Stefano Bianciardi, Edmond Agius, Matias Muchardi.
Subs not used: Miguel Bonnici, Lee Pisani, Gary Muscat, Peter Xuereb, Jonathan Pearson.
Coach: John Buttigieg
Referee: Mario Apap
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Dusan Petrovic
Fourth Official: Stefan Pace
Yellow Cards: Bianciardi, Muchardi, Pisani, Assis, Vella
BOV Player of the Match: Maurizio Vella