BOV Premier League | Naxxar Lions 1 – Floriana 2

A late penalty converted by Mario Fontanella gave Floriana a 2-1 win over Naxxar Lions.

Photo: Christine Borg
Photo: Christine Borg

Floriana went ahead on the 41st minute. Ignacio Varela hit a stunning shot that gave Christoph Nicht no chance.

Naxxar managed to equalise on the 77th minute. Following a congestion inside Floriana’s penalty area, Adrian Cascaval placed the ball past Ini Etim Akpan.

The greens were awarded a penalty on the 85th minute when Mauricio Vella was brought down inside the penalty and the referee pointed towards the spot. However, Fontanella saw his shot from the eleven metres mark being saved by Nicht.

Despite losing this opportunity, Floriana scored the winning goal on the 92nd minute through another penalty after Leighton Grech was fouled inside the penalty area. Fontanella took charge of the penalty, and this time the Italian forward finished inside the net.

Naxxar Lions starting line-up: Christoph Nicht, Adrian Cascaval, Ryan Gimour Cassar, Arnaud Mendy, Ouzin Ndoye, Duane Bonnici, Manolito Micallef, Ryan Grech, Scott Fenwick, Daniel Mateo Bustos, Jesus De Messias

Floriana starting line-up: Ini Etim Akpan, James Baldacchino, Alexander Cini, Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz, Clyde Borg, Nicholas Chiesa, Maurizio Vella, Juninho Cabral, Ignacio Varela, Mario Fontanella

Referee: Alan Mario Sant

Assistant Referees: Paul Apap, Roberto Vella

Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri

BOV Player of the Match: Ignacio Varela (Floriana)