Day 16: Valletta 0 Qormi 0 Published on: 16-02-2009
Premier League 2008/2009
Monday 16th February, 2009 - 18:00hrs - National Stadium
Josef Mifsud (Jamie Pace)
Sebastian Monesterolo (Dyson Falzon)
Cleavon Frendo (Gilbert Agius)
Ramon Dos Santos
Clifton Ciantar (Matthew Borg)
Paul Camilleri (Anatole Debono)
Josivan Da Silva
BOV Man of Match:
Ramon Dos Santos (Qomi)
Valletta failed to go to the top of the BOV Premier League table yesterday following a goal-less draw against Qormi yesterday. Coach Paul Zammit decided to rest some key players, namely Gilbert Agius, Luke Dimech and Dyson Falzon. Brazilian Paulo Massaro together with Sebastian Monesterolo formed the City’s forward line. Stefan Giglio was also missing for Valletta yesterday; Giglio was serving a one-match suspension after being sent off during Valletta’s last league match.
Keith Fenech and Alfred Effiong were both missing for Qormi. The Citizens dominated the first half and nearly took the lead following a great save by goal keeper Reuben Gauci on a shot by Njongo Priso. On the 28 th minute Joseph Farrugia progressed inside the Citizens area but the shot was easily blocked. Valletta replied with a shot from Paulo Massaro after receiving a pass from Njongo Priso but was denied by Qormi’s goal keeper Reuben Gauci.
On the 44 th minute Paulo Massaro nearly gave the Citizens the lead, but his shot ended high and wide. A minute later Njongo Priso received a perfect pass from Massaro but his effort ended wide.
In the second half substitute Anatole Debono’s header ended wide against the side of the net following a cross by Adrian Ciantar. Coach Paul Zammit exchanged Gilbert Agius for Cleavon Frendo.
On the 35 th minute a cross shot by Anatole Debono sailed across the face of goal following poor defending from the City’s defenders.
Qormi were unlucky on the 74 th minute after Massimo Grima hit the bar with a fine shot from the edge of the box. Striker Sebastian Monesterolo was replaced by Dyson Falzon on the 80 th minute. Two minutes later a free kick by Dyson Falzon ended wide. At the dying minutes of the match Njongo Priso was giving marching orders by the referee after receiving his second yellow card.
Joseph Chetcuti nearly gave Qormi an important win in added time by the referee but was denied following a fine save by goal keeper Andrew Hogg.