Birkirkara take third place in UEFA Women’s Champions League mini-tournament

Women’s League champions Birkirkara became the first Maltese team to register a win in the UEFA Women’s Champions League as they came from behind to defeat Glentoran FC of Northern Ireland 2-1 in the match for third place in Group 7 at the Cluj Arena in Cluj-Napoca on Sunday.

Kick-off was delayed by an hour due to a water-logged pitch and things did not seem to be going in the right direction as Kelly Bailie put Glentoran ahead on the 13th minute following a Joely Andrews corner.

However two minutes in the second half, Raina Giusti, who had just replaced Sofia Iaderosa at half-time, levelled matters, placing the ball at the back of the net following a cross by Gaia Milan.

The Stripes were now brimming with confidence and on the 58th minute, Charlene Zammit made it 2-1 following a Tracy Teuma corner.

B’KARA Janice Xuereb, Gabriella Zahra, Ann-Marie Said, Stephania Farrugia, Marta Grosso, Gaia Milan (81′ Martina Fenech), Tracy Teuma, Alishia Sultana, Sofia Iaderosa (46′ Raina Giusti)(74′ Ileana Farrugia), Yasmeen-Marie Bajada, Charlene Zammit.

GLENTORAN Ashleigh McKinnon, Annie Timoney (46′ Jennifer McDade), Jessica Foy, Emma McMaster (80′ Rachel Rogan), Nadene Caldwell, Caragh Hamilton, Joely Andrews, Kerry Beattie, Casey Howe (55′ Immy Lancaster), Kelly Bailie (64′ Makyla Mulholland), Chloe McCarron.

Referee: Anastasiya Romanyuk UKR
Assistant referees: Oleksandra Vdovina UKR, Ana Ciobotaru MDA
Fourth official: Oxana Cruc MDA