Sliema Wanderers and Birkirkara shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw in a direct clash for fourth place at the National Stadium on Saturday. A result which leaves the Stripes one point ahead of the Blues.
This was the fifth win in six matches for Birkirkara while Sliema are now unbeaten in five matches with three draws and two wins.
The Wanderers managed to take the lead on the 24th minute when Michele Sansone released Juri Cisotti on the right and off the latter’s cross, Danny Holla slotted the ball past goalkeeper Alessandro Guarnone.
Birkirkara equalised on the 31st minute when off a throw-in by Cain Attard, Luke Montebello flicked the ball in style off the upright to end at the back of the net.
The Stripes forged ahead nine minutes in the second half when off a cross by Luke Montebello from the left, Caio Prado hit home from close range.
Birkirkara had Oscar Carniello sent off on the 79th minute after receiving a second yellow card.
Five minutes from time, Sliema notched the equaliser when Dejan Vukovic had a shot from the right blocked and off the rebound, he served Danny Holla who slammed the ball home.
SLIEMA Jake Galea, Michele Sansone (73′ Gabriel Aquilina), Alex Satariano, Kurt Shaw, Alessandro Milesi, Juri Cisotti, Denilson Pereira (73′ Edmond Agius), Danny Holla, Ruslan Kisil (46′ Riki Kakinuma), Myles Beerman (84′ Nuno Jorge Malheiro Barbosa), Dejan Vukovic.
Coach: Andrea Pisanu
B’KARA Alessandro Guarnone, Luke Montebello, Paul Mbong, (75′ Claudio Bonanni), Roderick Briffa, Kurt Zammit, Reginald Mbu Alidor, Federico Falcone (84′ Glending Farrugia), Francesco Verde, Cain Attard, Caio Prado (57′ Yannick Yankam), Oscar Carniello.
Coach: Andre Paus
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, Roberto Vella
Fourth Official: Darryl Agius
Yellow Cards: Carniello, Holla, Milesi Falcone
Red Cards: 77′ Oscar Carniello
BOV Player of the Match: Danny Holla