A goal by Kristian Keqi on the 16th minute enabled Floriana to return to winning ways as they defeated Senglea Athletic 1-0 at the Hibernians Stadium on Friday in a clash between two teams eager to climb out of the danger zone.
For the Greens, this was the first win since December. A win which puts them in eighth place on 21 points. On the other hand, for Senglea, this was the first defeat in 2019 after four wins and an impressive 3-3 draw with Valletta.
Kristian Keqi scored the all-important goal on the 16th minute with an angled shot from inside the area.
Four minutes in the second half, Senglea went close to equalising but Taisei Marukawa’s effort hit the foot of the upright.
SENGLEA Matthew Farrugia, Taisei Marukawa, Sidqy El Mehdi, Zachary Cassar (85′ Gary Camilleri), Leighton Grech, Gonzalo Julian Leyton, Diego Venancio, Gonzalo Nicolas Virano (72′ Karl Cutajar), Matias Nicolas Garcia, Augusto Rene Caseres, Christian Sammut (46′ Bradley Schembri).
Subs not used: Zach Valletta, Matthew Bartolo, Luke Scorfna, Larson Mallia.
Coach: Vincenzo Potenza
Asst. Coach: Darren Anton Vella
FLORIANA Ini Etim Akpan, Enzo Ruiz, Kristian Keqi (90+4′ Daniel Agius), Brandon Paiber (89′ Clyde Borg), Alex Cini, Ulises Arias, Arthur Oyama, Edward Herrera, Ezequiel Cesani, Emerson Marcelina, Lucas Vieira da Silva (74′ Terence Vella).
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, Bradley Sciberras, Dylan Grima, Jake Stenson.
Coach: Guido Ugolotti
Asst. Coach: Massimo Savio
Referee: Glen Tonna
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, Dusan Petrovic
Fourth Official: Philip Farrugia
Yellow Cards: Marcelina, Caseres, Keqi
BOV Player of the Match: Ini Etim Akpan