Valletta condemn Tarxien to eighth defeat

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Valletta joined Hamrun Spartans in third place on the fourteen-point mark as they defeated bottom-placed Tarxien Rainbows 3-1 at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday.

The Citizens therefore condemned the Rainbows to an eighth consecutive defeat as Marko Glumac’s side continues to chase its first points this season.

After having a goal by Irakli Dzaria disallowed for an offside by the Albanian officials, Valletta managed to take the lead on the 14th minute when Kyrian Nwoko received a through pass and advanced before hitting home past Rudy Briffa.

The Citizens doubled the score eleven minutes in the second half thanks to Mario Fontanella who received a cross and beat the Tarxien custodian with a curling shot.

Nine minutes alter, Douglas Packer made it 3-0 for Valletta as he chipped the ball over the goalkeeper from the edge of the area.

Tarxien pulled one back on the 79th minute thanks to a header by Stiv Shaba following a cross by Thomas Veronese from the left.

VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Steve Borg, Shaun Dimech, Kyrian Nwoko, Jean Borg, Enmy Pena Beltre, Joseph Zerafa, Douglas Packer (69′ Nicholas Pulis), Rowen Muscat, Irakli Dzaria (75′ Matteo Piciollo), Mario Fontanella (90′ Ryan Tonna).
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Jonathan Caruana, Bojan Kaljevic, Kevin Tulimieri.
Coach: Darren Abdilla
Asst. Coach: Gilbert Agius
Goalkeepers’ Coach: Romeo Schembri

TARXIEN Rudy Briffa, Marco Botta, Thomas Veronese, Destin Mambouana, Manuel Murillo Torres, Aleksa Andrejic, Gary Camilleri (84′ Daniel Vassallo), Stiv Shaba, Nevin Portelli, Brooke Farrugia (69′ Miguel Ciantar), Misael Miranda Gomez.
Subs not used: Antonio Chetcuti, Ayrton Azzopardi, Dale Tabone, Cedric Zahra, Jan Manicolo.
Coach: Marko Glumac
Asst. Coach: Demis Paul Scerri
Goalkeepers’ Coach: David Farrugia

Referee: Olsid Ferataj (ALB)
Assistant Referees: Edlir Malo, Mario Shazivari (ALB)
Fourth Official: Erjon Bastari (ALB)
Yellow Cards: Shaba, Zerafa
BOV Player of the Match: Mario Fontanella