BOV Premier League | Hibernians 1 – Valletta 0

Hibs kept the pace with Balzan after registering a 1-0 win over Valletta.

Romeu Romao of Valletta in action during their match against Hibernians. Photo: Dominic Borg
Romeu Romao of Valletta in action during their match against Hibernians. Photo: Dominic Borg

Valletta went close after sixteen minutes when Leandro Aguirre saw his effort being saved by Andrew Hogg.

Hibs responded three minutes later through Clayton Failla. The Hibernians midfielder sent a shot from distance that hit the post.

Hogg was on the alert once more on the 23rd minute. Romeu Romao served Umeh Uchenna Calistus and the latter fired a strong shot that forced another good save from Hogg.

On the 39th minute, Calistus had another opportunity for Valletta, but his shot sailed wide of the post.

In the early stages of the second half, Valletta had another good opportunity on goal. New signing Tomas Radinevicius found Jhonnattann Benites Da Conceicao who finished slightly wide.

However, the Paolites scored the all-important goal on the hour mark. Jurgen Degabriele hit a shot which Dzjugas Bartkus partially saved. From the rebound, Jackson Lima finished inside the net.

Valletta increased their pressure in their attempts to score an equaliser and were close seven minutes from time when Steve Borg fired a shot which Hogg managed to save.

In the remaining minutes, Hibs kept firm to take home a vital win.

Hibernians starting line-up: Andrew Hogg, Jackson Lima, Rodolfo Soares, Marcelo Dias, Andrew Cohen, Bjorn Kristensen, Clayton Failla, Andrei Agius, Joseph Mbong, Jorge da Silva Pereira, Jurgen Degabriele.

Valletta starting line-up: Dziugas Bartkus, Jonathan Caruana, Steve Borg, Ryan Camilleri, Tomas Radzinevicius, Uchenna Umeh, Leandro Aguirre, Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao, Rowen Muscat, Valdo Goncalves Alhinho, Romeu Pericles Romao.

Referee: Clayton Pisani
Assistant Refeerees: Alan Camilleri, Chris Francalanza
Fourth Official: Mario Apap
BOV Player of the match: Jackson Lima (Hibernians)

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