The Malta Independent 24 April 2019, Wednesday

BOV Premier League: No stopping to Valletta’s goal machine

Chris Cassar Saturday, 27 October 2018, 19:02 Last update: about 7 months ago
Photos: Trevor Sollars
Photos: Trevor Sollars

Valletta-Mosta                  5-0

Valletta: Y. Cini, S. Borg, R. Camilleri, S. Malano, M. Picciolo (N. Pulis 83'), K. Nwoko (B. Gavrila 62'), J. Borg, E. Pena Beltre (J. Caruana 77'), I. Saleh, M. Alba, M. Fontanella.

Mosta: A. Vella, A. De Cerchio (K. Zammit 77'), K. Hirose, M. Sammartino, D. Xuereb, M. Gomez (K. Frendo 80'), T. Farrugia, Z. Brincat, J. Cisotti, N. Falou (J. Brincat 84'), F. Mazzavillani.

Referee: Ishmael Barbara

Ass.referees: Mitchell Scerri, Paul Apap.

Fourth Official: Alex Johnson.

Scorers: M. Fontanella 39', M.A. Alba 45', 79 M. Picciolo 75' pen, B. Gavrila 85'

Yellow cards: De Cerchio,

Player of the match: Miguel Angel Alba (Valletta)

TMI best three: 1. M.A. Alba, 2. M. Picciolo, 3. Z. Brincat

Attendance: 822

Champions Valletta notched their sixth victory in a row with yet another display of attacking flair that in the end left its toll on the Mosta fort. Even though without start striker Bojan Kaljevic Valletta's goal machine kept on going piling up five more goals.

Mosta gave all they could and were dangerous at times, but in the end they tired out and received a severe drubbing y a Valletta side in real good health.

Both sides made some changes from their last outing, with Valletta coach having to do without goalkeeper Henry Bonello, star striker Bojan Kaljevic and defender Joseph Zerafa who was serving a suspension.

Mosta coach Enrico Piccioni had Romau injured and striker Renan was also missing, with Miranda Gomez and Samb Falou taking their place.

Mosta collected only one point in their four previous outings, but on the other hand the champions were coming from five impressive consecutive victories, scoring twenty two goals in these five victories.

Valletta started as expected on the offensive with a Picciolo drive blocked by a Mosta defender. On eight minutes an Alba low drive was cleared off the goal line by Tyrone Farrugia. Two minutes later Pena Beltre crossed towards Nwoko who nodded towards Fontanella who shot high from close range.

On 14 minutes Mosta had a glorious chance when Falou was put through and beat the offside trap but his effort was brilliantly blocked by Cini. On the other end Picciolo passed towards Nwoko whose scorcher was somehow blocked by a defender.

On 18 minutes a Zachary Brincat effort missed the crossbar by a whisker with Cini completely helpless. Picciolo had another good run on the left with Nwoko however failing to connect in front of goal.

On 27 minutes Mosta went close with a Sammartino run on the left with Brincat nipping in and anticipating Cini but his shot just missed the base of the upright. On 33 minutes Cini failed to grasp a Sammartino cross but Cisotti failed to take advantage.

Six minutes from the break Valletta took the lead with a well-executed move on the right with Alba passing towards Pena Beltre, whose low pass was met by Fontanella who shot low into the net. Just before the break Valletta doubled the score Fontanella started the break, but Miguel Angel Alba continued the run and drilled the ball low into the net.

The second half started with a Falou Samb just missing the upright and on the other end Mario Fontanella had two attempts just missing the upright. On 54 minutes Cini made a great save off a Hirose shot from a distance and sixty seconds later Mosta were unlucky when a Zachary Brincat shot finished against the woodwork.

Gavrila came in for Nwoko and immediately tested goalkeeper Vella. On 74 minutes Fontanella was tripped by De Cerchio when about to shoot home and from the penalty spot Matteo Picciolo made no mistake.

Four minutes later Miguel Angel Alba scored a gem from a distance for Valletta's fourth goal. Five minutes from time Valletta scored again with Bogdan Gavrila firing home following a Fontanella header.


Photos: Trevor Sollars

  • don't miss