Birkirkara beat ten-man Mosta to set-up semi-final clash with Balzan

Birkirkara will be facing Balzan in the first semi-final of the FA Trophy after defeating Mosta 2-1 in another quarter-final at the National Stadium on Friday.

The Stripes, who had defeated Nadur Youngsters 4-0 and Hamrun Spartans 2-1 in the previous rounds, therefore maintain alive hopes of concluding the season on a positive note.

Birkirkara took the lead six minutes from the end of the first half when Michael Mifsud, served by Johann Bezzina on the right, hit low past Yves Stephane Moto.

Mosta equalised seven minutes in the second half when Jonas Rodrigues Ekani served Akeem Garnet Roach who entered the area before hitting slotting the ball past Andrew Hogg from the left.

Mosta goalkeeper Yves Moto was sent off by referee Mario Apap, who replaced Philip Farrugia for the second half, after halting Jorginho’s solo run. Mosta coach Mark Miller sacrificed James Brincat in order to include goalkeeper Andreas Vella.

Birkirkara regained the lead on the 74th minute thanks to a cross from the right by Michael Mifsud which was deflected by Tobi Jnohope past goalkeeper Andreas Vella.

MOSTA Yves Stephane Moto, Jonas Rodriguez Ekani (85′ Kurt Zammit), Gianluca Cuomo (77′ Kyle Frendo), James Brincat (65′ Andreas Vella gk), Duane Bonnici, Dexter Xuereb, Rafael Morisco, Tyrone Farrugia, Akeem Roach, Demir Imeri, Tobi Jnohope.
Subs not used: Dylan Ciappara, Zack Mifsud, Steve Bonnici, Liam Portelli.
Coach: Mark Miller
Asst. Coach: Joseph Grech

B’KARA Andrew Hogg, Maurizio Vella (86′ Kurt Zammit), Johann Bezzina, Clayton Failla, Eduardo Ferreira dos Santos, Nikola Vukanac, Michael Mifsud, Cain Attard, Terence Agius, Thiago de Brito de Souza (72′ Luke Montebello), Jorge Pereira da Silva (82′ Danilo Chapoval).
Subs not used: Kristian Naumovski, Carlo Zammit Lonardelli, Gianluca Bugeja, Paul Mbong.
Coach: John Buttigieg

Referee: Philip Farrugia (46′ Mario Apap)
Assistant Referees: Paul Apap, Thomas Debono
Fourth Official: Mario Apap (46′ Philip Farrugia)
Yellow Cards: Imeri
Red Cards: 63′ Yves Stephane Moto

Attendance: 504