Sirens notch stoppage-time equaliser against nine-man Valletta

A goal six minutes in added time handed Sirens a point in a 1-1 draw with a Valletta side reduced to nine men at the Centenary Stadium on Tuesday.

Following a goalless first half and after having two players sent off, Valletta had managed to break the deadlock six minutes in the second half but six minutes in added time, the St. Paul’s Bay side notched the equaliser.

A draw which puts the Citizens in sixth place, on level points with Floriana on 13 points, four behind the two joint-leaders. For Jesmond Zerafa’s side, this was the fourth draw in five matches.

Sirens, on the other hand, move fifth from bottom as they somehow recovered from the disappointing 0-4 defeat to Zejtun this weekend.

Valletta were reduced to ten men on the 70th minute after Mihailo Jovanovic was sent off for a rough tackle on Samba Tounkara.

Nine minutes later, Eslit Sala received a second yellow card for a foul on Maxuell to leave his side in nine men. .

However, on the 84th minute, Valletta took the lead when off a corner from the left by Ryan Fenech, substitute Jonathan Caruana headed home past goalkeeper Miguel Montfort.

But six minutes in added time, Sirens levelled matters thanks to Wilfried Domoraud who slotted the ball past goalkeeper Henry Bonello from close range off an assist by Maxuell Samurai.

VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Triston Caruana, Santiago Malano, Matteo Piciollo (61′ Ryan Fenech), Shaun Dimech (60′ Kyrian Nwoko), Enmy Pena Beltre, Joseph Zerafa, Eslit Sala, Miguel Angel Alba (82′ Jonathan Caruana), Mihailo Jovanovic, Mario Fontanella (90+2′ Ryan Tonna).
Coach: Jesmond Zerafa

SIRENS Miguel Montfort, Jonathan Pearson (67′ Adrian Borg), Ryan Grech, Sergio Raphael dos Anjos, Michael Mifsud (76′ Maxuell Maia da Silva), Wilfried Domoraud, Jacob Walker, Samba Tounkara, Terence Agius (85’ Romario Lucas Memezes), Angel Manuel Bustos, Thiago Espindola.
Coach: Steve D’Amato

Referee: Ishmael Barbara
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella, Duncan Sultana
Fourth Official: Stefan Pace
Yellow Cards: Malano, Sala, Bustos
Red Cards: 70’ Mihailo Jovanovic,  79’ Eslit Sala
BOV Player of the Match:  Samba Tounkara