Birkirkara eliminated BOV Premier League leaders Hamrun Spartans from the quarter-finals of the Izibet FA Trophy, defeating them 1-0 at the National Stadium on Saturday.
The Stripes, who had defeated Nadur Youngsters 4-1 and Balzan on penalties in the previous rounds, therefore join Gzira United in the semi-finals and await the last two semi-finalists from the two quarter-finals in programme on Sunday.
Birkirkara scored the all-important goal on 17 minutes when following a good run on the right flank, Paul Mbong managed to serve Enzo Daniel Cabrera who slotted the ball past goalkeeper Henry Bonello.
BIRKIRKARA Giacomo Nava, Osvaldo Iorio, Diego Pires dall’Oca, Yannick Yankam, Paul Mbong (82’ Jed Valletta), Kurt Zammit, Matteo Fedele (88’ Kevin Tulimieri), Cain Attard, Enzo Daniel Cabrera (82’ Andrei Ciolacu), Simon Zibo, Dennis Custodio Ribeiro.
HAMRUN Henry Bonello, Ederson Bruno Domingos (63’ Joseph Mbong), Steve Borg, Matthew Guillaumier, Elvis Mashike, Roko Prsa (76’ Luke Montebello), Ognjen Bjelicic, Juan Corbalan, Jonny Robert do Nascimento (76’ Kalle Holmberg), Emerson Marcelina, Ryan Camenzuli.
Referee: Ishmael Barbara
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella, Duncan Spencer
Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann