Valletta scored five goals in the second half as they registered a most comfortable 6-0 win over Qormi at the National Stadium on Friday.
The Citizens were clearly a better side but Qormi made their life difficult during the first half. However in the second half, Danilo Doncic’s side dominated and scored another five goals.
This was the second win for Valletta while for Qormi, this was the second defeat, having won a game and drew with Pietà in the other.
Danilo Doncic made no changes to the team which had defeated Birkirkara last week. Qormi, on the other hand, had Alan Abela, Alessio Cassar and Luke Busuttil replacing Mario Arrieta, Seo In Kim and Lubos Adamec.
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Valletta took the lead on the 14th minute when off a cross by Miguel Angel Alba from the right, Bojan Kaljevic headed home past goalkeeper Jamie Azzopardi.
On the 57th minute, Mario Fontanella was brought down inside the area by Jamie Azzopardi; referee Emanuel Grech ordered a penalty and Miguel Angel Alba hit the ball in the bottom left corner to double the score.
Mario Fontanella made it 3-0 on the hour when he slotted the ball home from close range after Bojan Kaljevic chested the ball down off a cross by Miguel Angel Alba.
The Citizens increased the lead on the 71st minute when Matteo Piciollo served the unmarked Bojan Kaljevic who placed the ball inside the empty net.
Valletta added another on the 80th as Bojan Kaljevic sent Mario Fontanella through on the left and Italian striker slotted past the helpless Azzopardi.
Two minutes from time, Valletta scored the sixth goal thanks to substitute Bogdan Gavrila who received an assist by Matteo Piciollo and the Romanian midfielder rounded a defender before beating the Qormi goalkeeper with an angled shot from the right.
VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Steve Borg (74’ Jonathan Caruana), Ryan Camilleri, Santiago Malano (81’ Bogdan Gavrila), Matteo Piciollo, Enmy Pena Beltre, Joseph Zerafa (69’ Jean Borg), Rowen Muscat, Miguel Angel Alba, Bojan Kaljevic, Mario Fontanella.
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Russell Fenech, Kyrian Nwoko, Nicholas Pulis.
Coach: Danilo Doncic
Asst. Coach: Gilbert Agius
QORMI Jamie Azzopardi, Davide Mansi, Yannick Yankam, Mano Micallef, Alan Abela, Gaetano Gesualdi, Alessio Cassar, Luke Busuttil (65’ Michael Borg), Kassiano Soares Mendonca, Iven Zammit (84’ Nick Ghio), Tensior Gusman (76’ Alexsandro Ferreira).
Subs not used: Dorian Bugeja, Mario Andres Arrieta, Seo In Kim, Michael Camilleri.
Coach: Brian Spiteri
Asst. Coach: Matthew Psaila
Referee: Emanuel Grech
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, Theodore Zammit
Fourth Official: Andrea Sciriha
Yellow Cards: Gesualdi, Kassiano
BOV Player of the Match: Miguel Angel Alba