BOV Premier League | Floriana 1 – Gżira Utd 0

A goal by Nicolas Chiesa mid-way through the first half gave Floriana a narrow 1-0 win over Gżira Utd.

Jurgen Pisani of Floriana challenging Moises Avila Perez for the ball. Photo: Dominic Borg
Jurgen Pisani of Floriana challenging Moises Avila Perez for the ball. Photo: Dominic Borg

Floriana went ahead on the 25th minute when ­they were awarded a penalty after Maurizio Vella was brought inside the penalty area by Antonio De Queiroz Machedo Neto. From the resulting spot kick, Nicolas Chiesa kept his composure and finished past Jurgen Borg.

The Greens were close to double the score on the 38th minute. Amadou Samb saw hit effort being cleared off the line by Neto.

A minute later, Justin Haber was on the alert to deny Gżira. From a free kick, Rafael Pompeo Rodrigues Ledesma fired a shot that was parried by the experienced goalkeeper.

Giovanni Tedesco’s side had another opportunity early in the second half. Mario Fontanella went past the Gżira goalkeeper, but saw his shot being cleared off the line by Souleymane Diamoutene.

Haber produced another great save on the 50th minute to deny Gianmarco Conti.

On the 77th minute, Vella of Floriana received the ball from Samb and hit a shot that was saved by Borg before hitting the post.

Nine minutes from time, Moises Avila Perez hit a low shot that ended up centimetres wide.

Floriana starting line-up: Justin Haber, Andre Scicluna, Enzo Ruiz, Steve Pisani, Clyde Borg, Maurizio Vella, Jurgen Pisani, Amadou Samb, Nicolas Chiesa, Mario Fontanella, Ryan Camenzuli.

Gżira starting line-up: Jurgen Borg, Rafael Ledesma, Gianmarco Conti, Antonio de Queiroz Machedo Neto, Juan Carlos Corbalan, Jonathan Bondin, Moises Avila Perez, Jacob Borg, Zachary Scerri, Souleymane Diamotene, Yanis Tonna.

Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Stefan Pace
BOV Player of the Match: Amadou Samb (Floriana)