BOV Premier League | Balzan 2 – Floriana 0

Despite being faced with a tricky test, Balzan registered a 2-0 win against Floriana to regain top spot.

Dylan Grima of Balzan in action. Photo: Christine Borg
Dylan Grima of Balzan in action. Photo: Christine Borg

Balzan went ahead on the 11th minute. From a free kick, Ryan Fenech sent a dangerous cross inside the penalty area that found Elkin Serrano Valero who headed past Matthew Grech.

Oliver Spiteri’s side kept on insisting and hand another opportunity on the 17th minute. Matteo Piciollo fired a shot from the edge of the penalty area that was saved by Grech.

Floriana hit back two minutes later. Mario Fantanella hit a close range shot that forced a good save from Ivan Janjusevic.

Fontanella went close again to score the equalising goal for his side on the 30th minute. Ignacio Varela served Fontanella inside the penalty area and the latter saw his shot ending up slightly off target.

However, Balzan increased their advantage on the 33rd minute. Paul Fenech passed the ball towards Anderson De Barros who hit a low shot that ended up inside the net.

Supporters of both sides had to wait a lot as the next chance on goal was created by Floriana on the 76th minute. Fontanella delivered a cross towards Nicolas Chiesa whose effort ended up wide.

Balzan had the last opportunity of the match five minutes later. Bojan Kaljevic fired a powerful drive that was parried by Grech.

Floriana starting line-up: Matthew Grech, Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz, Clyde Borg, Ignacio Varela, Maurizio Vella, Jurgen Pisani, Alex Cini, Amadou Samb, Nicolas Chiesa, Mario Fontanella.

Balzan starting line-up: Ivan Janjusevic, Dylan Grima, Bruno Giglio de Oliveira, Bojan Kaljevic, Ryan Fenech, Steve Bezzina, Alan da Silva Souza, Matteo Piciollo, Elkin Serrano Valero, Paul Fenech, Anderson de Barros.

Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Paul Apap
Additional Assistant Referees: Fyodor Zammit, Matthew De Gabriele
Fourth Official: Peter Abela
BOV Player of the Match: Alan da Silva Souza (Balzan)