Day 12: Valletta 2 Hibernians 0 Published on: 07-01-2009
Premier League 2008/2009
Wednesday 7th January, 2009 - 19:30hrs - National Stadium, Ta' Qali.
Cleavon Frendo (Stefan Giglio)
Sebastian Monesterolo (Ian Zammit)
Jamie Pace (Jonathan Bondin)
Adrian Pulis (Jean Paul Farrugia)
Alexis Tekumu Mbongo
Christian Callejas (Andrew Cohen)
Jonathan Pearson (Triston Caruana)
6' Gilbert Agius (V)
45' Njongo Priso (V)
Referee: Alan Mario Sant
BOV Man of Match:
Gilbert Agius (Valletta)
Champions Valletta moved to the top spot of the BOV Premier League last night following a 2-0 result against Hibernians last night.
Newly signed striker Sebastian Monesterolo made his debut with the Lilly Whites yesterday. Steve Bezzina and Josef Mifsud were missing also for the Citizens. Brazilian Paulo Massaro failed to make it with the initial squad also, his clearance documents failed to arrive in time for registration.
Valletta surprised their opponents early in the match, after six minutes the Citizens took the lead. A fine pass by Edmond Agius found the Valletta Captain breaking into the box who slotted the ball behind Mario Muscat. This was the first goal Mario Muscat had conceded in 380 minutes of football.
Hibernians nearly leveled matters; a shot by Tekumu Mbong was saved in two attempts by Andrew Hogg. Cleavon Frendo could have added a second goal after 21 minutes but his shot went over the bar.
On the 25 th minute a power cut failure hit the Ta’ Qali National Stadium, a few minutes later the match continued after all floodlights were light up.
On the 43 rd minute Rumen Galabov’s header from Christian Callejas's free-kick went over the bar. Valletta made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time, Sebastian Monesterolo advanced, exchanged the ball to the right to Cleavon Frendo who drilled a great low cross for the unmarked Doding Priso to tapped the ball in from close range.
Hibernians nearly reduced the gap on the 51 st minute, Adrian Pulis saw his header hitting the cross bar after receiving a cross from Clayton Failla.
Hibernians hopes of recovery suffered a blow on the 60 th minute when Terenece Scerri was given marching orders by the referee presumably for use of foul language. The Paolities coach introduced Andrew Cohen and Jean Paul Farrugia to join Mbongo on the front.
Ian Zammit nearly added the score for the Citizens on the 71 st minute after receiving a pass from Doding Priso but his effort was cleared by goalkeeper Mario Muscat.
On the 94 th minute from a counter attack, Doding Priso progressed into the Paolities area before passing to captain Agius but his shot went high.