BOV Premier League | Tarxien Rainbows 1 – Pembroke Athleta 1

In a match that saw both teams scoring from a penalty, Tarxien and Pembroke shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Stevan Racic (Pembroke) and Matthew Tabone (Tarxien) challenging each other. Photo: Dominic Borg
Stevan Racic (Pembroke) and Matthew Tabone (Tarxien) challenging each other. Photo: Dominic Borg

Tarxien started on the attack and were close after four minutes. From a corner, Ayrton Azzopardi delivered a cross that was met by Ebiabowei Baker who headed slightly over.

On the 11th minute, the Rainbows had another attempt on goal. Julian Galea sent a cross towards Matthew Brincat whose header was saved by Matthew Calleja Cremona.

Calleja Cremona denied Brincat once more on the 19th minute. The twenty-year old hit a low shot from the edge of the penalty area which Calleja Cremona saved without much difficulty.

Pembroke responded on the 38th minute. Emmanuel Naate fired a shot from distance that went high.

On the 40th minute, Tarxien were close again. Alex De Paixao Alves passed the ball inside the penalty area towards Alex Nillson. However, the Swedish striker saw his close range effort going off target.

Two minutes into the second half, Daniel Ponce De Leon Garcia saw space and sent a shot from outside the penalty area that ended up wide.

Tarxien kept on pushing forward and had another chance on goal on the 62nd minute. Following a cross, Galea served Nillson and the Tarxien forward sent a shot that ended up centimetres wide.

A minute later, Pembroke managed to go ahead. Stevan Racic was brought down inside the penalty area by Baker and the referee ordered a penalty. Racic took charge of the penalty and converted past Philip Schranz.

Tarxien equalised on the 73rd minute through another penalty. Zoran Levnaic fouled De Paixao Alves inside the penalty area and the referee whistled for another penalty. From the penalty spot, Azzopardi made no mistake and finished behind Calleja Cremona.

On the 80th minute, Ponce tried his luck from distance but his shot sailed wide of the post.

Pemroke ended up in ten men on the 86th minute. Iraklis Roppas used his hands to block a cross and the referee showed him his second yellow card.

Tarxien Rainbows starting line-up: Philip Schranz, Ebiabowei Baker, Matthew Brincat, Emerson Marcellina, Julian Galea, Daniel Ponce De Leon Garcia, Alex Nilsson, Ayrton Azzopardi, Alex Da Paixao Alves, Matthew Tabone, Sacha Borg

Pembroke Athleta starting line-up: Matthew Calleja Cremona, Darren Falzon, Miguel Attard, Stevan Racic, Adrian Borg, Zoran Levnaic, Iraklis Roppas, Go Nagoka, Ugochunckwo Akuto, Emmanuel Naatey, Tyrone Fenech

Referee: Glen Tonna

Assistant Referees: Peter Abela, Theodore Zammit

Fourth Official: Philip Farrugia

BOV Player of the Match: Alex De Paixao Alves (Tarxien)

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