BOV Premier League | Floriana 0 – Birkirkara 2

Birkirkara bounced back from their defeat against Valletta as two late goals earned them a 2-0 win over Floriana.

Photo: Dominic Borg
Photo: Dominic Borg

Birkirkara went close on the 18th minute. Marcelo de Siqueira drilled a shot that forced a good save from Ini Etim Akpan.

Floriana hit back on the 24th minute. From a free-kick, Juninho Cabral saw his thumping shot being saved by lristijan Naumovski.

The Greens suffered a huge set back on the 39th minute as Alex Cini was sent off after being shown his second yellow card of the match following a foul on Siqueira.

The tempo slowed down drastically inside the second half as both teams could not penetrate each other’s defence.

In fact, the first real chance of the second half was created by Birkirkara on the 74th minute. Siqueira’s acrobatic effort was saved by Akpan.

On the other end, Ignacio Varela attempted to lob the ball past Naumovski with the latter parrying it for a corner.

Four minutes later, Daniel Agius of Floriana saw his close range effort being saved by Naumovski.

Birkirkara broke the deadlock on the 88th minute. Mislav Andjelkovic fired a shot from distance that gave Akpan no chance.

Jake Grech could have scored on the 90th minute as he went through on goal, but failed to conclude.

However, the young midfielder still managed to seal the issue a minute later. Birkirkara’s substitute received the ball from Siqueira and placed it inside the net.

Floriana starting line-up: Ini Etim Akman, Enzo Ruiz, Steve Pisani, Ignacio Varela, Maurizio Vella, Juninho Cabral, Clayton Failla, Jurgen Pisani, Alex Cini, Arthur Henrique Oyama, Emerson Marcelina

Birkirkara starting line-up: Kristijan Naumovski, Danilo Augusto Chapoval, Mislav Andjelkovic, Paul Fenech, Kurt Zammit, Eduardo Ferreira dos Santos, Cain Attard, Terence Agius, Marcelo Franca de Siqueira, Thiago Esmerindo de Souza, Milan Basrak

Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Mitchell Scerri
Fourth Official: Matthew De Gabriele
BOV Player of the Match: Marcelo Franca de Siqueira (Birkirkara)

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