A brace by Bojan Kaljevic early in the second half handed Valletta a 2-0 win over Gudja United in the second FA Trophy quarter-final at the Hibernians Stadium on Saturday.
The Citizens, who were the losing finalists in last year’s edition of the FA Trophy, therefore join Pieta’ Hotspurs in the semi-finals along with the winners of the two quarter-finals in programme on Sunday.
Following a goalless first half, during which Gudja created the better chances, Valletta forged ahead on the 52nd minute when off a cross by Mario Fontanella from the right, Bojan Kaljevic headed home past goalkeeper Jonathan Debono.
The Citizens doubled the score on the 58th minute thanks to Bojan Kaljevic whose powerful drive gave the Gudja goalkeeper no chance.
On the 66th minute, Valletta were reduced to ten men as Enmy Pena Beltre was sent off after receiving a second yellow card.
VALLETTA Yenz Cini, Ryan Camilleri, Santiago Malano (62’ Miguel Angel Alba), Bojan Kaljevic, Matteo Piciollo (71’ Steve Borg), Shaun Dimech (62’ Nicholas Pulis), Jean Borg, Enmy Pena Beltre, Joseph Zerafa, Triston Caruana, Mario Fontanella
GUDJA Jonthan Debono, Jurgen Farrugia (75’ Peter Paul Sammut), Jonathan Bondin, Aiden Jake Friggieri, Edison Bilbao Zarate, Rundell Winchester (82’ Nivaldo Rodrigues Ferreira), Llywelyn Cremona, Gabriel Mensah, Anderson De Barros, Juan Andres. Bolanos, Justin Grioli (60’ Lee Pisani).
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Duncan Sultana, James Muscat
Fourth Official: Mario Apap
Yellow Cards: Grioli, Kaljevic, Winchester, Pena Beltre, De Barros, Pisani, J. Borg
Red Cards: 66′ Enmy Pena Beltre