Day 26: Valletta 2 Sliema W. 0 Published on: 23-04-2010
Premier League 2009/2010
Friday 23rd April, 2010 - 19:30hrs - National Stadium.
||Sliema W. 0
Sliema W. F.C.
Gilbert Agius (Edmond Agius)
Terence Scerri (Kevin Sammut)
Njongo Priso (Dyson Falzon)
Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza (Amadeo Mercieca)
Noel Turner (Ray Attard)
Clifford Gatt Baldacchino (Ian Ciantar)
45' Michael Mifsud
66' Njongo Priso
Alan Mario Sant
Man of Match:
Njongo Priso (V)
Valletta recovered from a low-key performance in the first half and the sending-off of defender Luke Dimech to beat Sliema Wanderers 2-0 this evening.
Michael Mifsud gave Valletta the lead on the stroke of half-time and Doding Priso sealed the issue with an excellent goal midway through the second half as Valletta moved within a point of leaders Birkirkara who have a game in hand.
The first half was marked by a shortage of scoring chances. Andrew Hogg, the Valletta goalkeeper, parried away a shot by Julio Alcorse and, at the other end, Doding Priso lifted the ball high and wide after being sent through by Roderick Briffa.
Valletta’s disjointed performance incensed their fans who called on their players to up their efforts. On the stroke of half-time, Valletta took the lead, Michael Mifsud heading Terrence Scerri’s cross into the net.
Sliema had a legitimate penalty claim turned down by referee Alan Mario Sant after Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza was felled by Steve Borg’s sliding challenge.
As the two teams headed for the dressing rooms at half-time, Luke Dimech, who had been targeted for abuse by the City fans towards the end of the first half, was sent off after receiving a second caution, presumably for taking his shirt off.
Despite their numerical handicap, Valletta were all over Sliema in the opening stages of the second half. Their efforts yielded a second goal midway into the second half, Doding Priso finishing off a mesmerising run with a perfectly-hit shot past Agius.
Valletta winger Priso was named BOV player of the match.
(Article by Kevin Azzopardi - Times of Malta)