Day 14: Valletta 1 Birkirkara 1 Published on: 27-01-2009
Premier League 2008/2009
Monday 26th January, 2009 - 20:00hrs - National Stadium
Sebastian Monesterolo (David Camilleri)
Gilbert Agius (Paulo Massaro)
Dyson Falzon (Ian Zammit)
Trevor Cilia (Thomas Paris)
Alan Tabone (Martin Anastasi)
Krasen Valkov (Angus Buhagiar)
15' Cleavon Frendo (V)
47' Shaun Bajda (B)
Referee: Anton Zammit
BOV Man of Match:
Shaun Bajada (Birkirkara)
Valletta dropped two points yesterday after a 1-1 result against Rivals Birkirkara. Newly signed Roderick Briffa made his debut yesterday for the Citizens. Briffa replaced Justin Grioli as a right-back. Njongo Priso was missing for the Whites, Priso served his second match suspension.
Birkirkara had defender Ronni Hartvig and striker Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza missing from their usual starting formation, both players were serving a one-match suspension.
In the eight minute of the match Valletta could easily opened the score, the Stripes goalkeeper spilled a cross by Luke Dimech, Sebastian Monesterolo missed the target from inside the penalty box. Valletta took the lead on the 12 th minute Cleavon Frendo drilled a powerful shot from the right into the back of the net. The Stripes reply came minutes later, a shot from Alan Tabone from the edge of the box was saved by Andrew Hogg.
On the 15 th minute Trevor Cilia progressed from the right inside the City’s area, managed to beat goalkeeper Andrew Hogg but his shot hit the foot of the post and was cleared by the Citizen’s defence. The Stripes equalizer came on the 2 nd minute of the second half, a free kick by Alan Tabone was deflected by Joseph Zerafa towards Shaun Bajada who managed to slot the ball inside the net.
The City’s coach Paul Zammit added more strength to the squad by throwing Ian Zammit instead of Dyson Falzon. On the 65 th minute a header by the stripes captain Michael Galea was saved by goalkeeper Andrew Hogg. Minutes later a powerful shot by Sebastian Monesterolo from a short free-kick by Gilbert Agius was cleared into safety by goalkeeper Paris. On the 80 th minute newly signed Brazilian Paulo Massaro came in instead captain Gilbert Agius.
On the 83 rd minute the Lilly Whites nearly took the lead, a first timer by Ian Zammit from Edmond Agius’ cross was block by goalkeeper Bernard Paris.