The Malta Independent 21 February 2019, Thursday

BOV Premier League: Spartans keep on marching on with 3-0 victory over Tarxien

Simon Farrugia Saturday, 9 February 2019, 19:53 Last update: about 11 days ago
Photo: Trevor Sollars
Photo: Trevor Sollars

Ħamrun S.           3
Tarxien R.           0

Ħamrun S. FC: S. Cini, C.Calil (C.Borg 70'). T. Caruana, M. Criaco, W.Domoraud (R.Darmanin  88'), M.Gauci. K.Micallef, D. Moukanza (C.Cutajar 90'), O.Nikolopoulos, E. Pepe, K.Tulimieri

Tarxien R. FC: D. Bugeja, S. Arab, M.Botta, F. Anderson De Barros, D.Falzon, J. Gill (M.Spiteri 74'), P.Mambouana, M. Paolucci, Ricardinho, J. Wemmer, D. Zerafa

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Referee: Mario Apap

Asst refs: Christopher Francalanza, Roberto Vella

4th official: Etienne Mangion

Scorers: M.Criaco 26', W. Domoraud 84',  P.Mambouana og  90'  

Yellow cards: K.Tulimieri, R. Darmanin, S. Arab, F. Anderson De Barros

Red Card: K. Tulimieri

Player of the match: Alain Moukanza (Ħamrun S.)

TMI Top 3: 1. A. Moukanza         2.    W.Domoraud            3.    M.Criaco

Ħamrun Spartans registered their ninth win of the season when they easily disposed of Tarxien Rainbows by three goals to nil. It was a must win for the Spartans who are pressing to gain a place in Europe next season and they duly acknowledged.

This was another disappointing result for Tarxien who are now languishing near the bottom half of the table. Ħamrun did all the running and even when they were with a man less they just the same dominated.

The Spartans are now well positioned and are grabbing win after win with consistency the major factor for their success. Under coach Giovanni Tedesco they have made great strides and though he was once again suspended for this match his tactical plan is gaining dividends.

In the first round match Tarxien had prevailed winning by the odd goal in three.

Tarxien were first to venture forward when after  two minutes a Siraj Arab shot was turned onto a corner by Sean Cini.  In the 21st minute Ħamrun responded when Tulimieri's shot was blocking partially with the Rainbows rearguard finallyclearing the ball to safety.

Ħamrun took the lead on 24 minutes when following a defensive blunder, Moukanza took control of the ball crossed towards Marco Criaco whose shot found the corner of the net.

Tarxien failed to mount a reaction and nine minutes from the end of the first half  Ħamrun went near once again when Nikolopoulos brought the best out of  goalkeeper Bugeja who turned into a corner. From the corner that ensued a headed effort by Wilfried Domoraud hit the crossbar.

On resumption Ħamrun were dealt a blow when in the 64th minute Kevin Tulimieri was sent off for a second bookable offence. Though playing with ten man Ħamrun kept on controlling matters and in the 73rd minute the Spartans were unlucky not to increase their lead when a Alain Moukanza shot hit the woodwork.

But seven minutes from the end of the match Ħamrun increased their lead when off a Matthew Gauci cross Wilfried Domoraud slotted the ball home.

Ħamrun sealed the issue in added time when in a quick counter attack a Moukanza cross found Prince Mambouana trying to clear the danger but instead he put the ball in his own net.

The Spartans supporters were now in raptures seeing once again their faithful winning convincingly. Their season has so far been a positive one bar the elimination from the FA Trophy which was in controversial style and which also resulted in a number of suspensions.

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