The Malta Independent 23 August 2019, Friday

BOV Premier League: Qormi keep hanging on till the end

Simon Farrugia Monday, 22 April 2019, 21:33 Last update: about 5 months ago
Photo: Joseph Galea
Photo: Joseph Galea

Qormi                       1
Birkirkara                 0

Qormi: D. Cassar, D. Mansi, Y. Yankam, A. Rozzi, A. Abela (A. Cassar 76'), M. Borg (M. Micallef 63'), W. De Oliveira (N.Ghio 88'), J. Lokondo, M. Bangoura, L. Santana, R. Romao

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B'KaraK. Naumovski, M. Andelkovic (M. Franca de Siqueira 65'), M. Vella, J. Bezzina, C. Failla, E. Ferreira Dos Santos, N. Vukanac, M. Mifsud, C. Attard, T. Agius (P. Mbong 85'), J. Da Silva Pereira

Referee: Emanuel Grech

Asst refs:Mitchell Scerri, Thomas Debono

4th official: Glen Tonna

Yellow cards: Bezzina, Lokando, Ferreira, Romao  

Player of the match: Wellington de Oliveira (Qormi)

Attendance: 273

Qormi registered their second consecutive win when in yesterday's only match played at the Hibs Stadium they defeated Birkirkara by a solitary goal scored by Antonio Rozzi.

For Birkirkara this was their third defeat on the trot after previous defeats against Hibernians and Mosta. This was also the first match under the guidance of new coach John Buttigieg, their fourth coach of the campaign.

Qormi's Tensior Gusman and Birkirkara's Kurt Zammit were ruled out through suspension.

In the first round match between the two sides the Stripes emerged victorious by a 2-1 score.

This result followed last weeks great win against title contenders Hibernians and continued to lift their morale that they can eventually make it and avoid the drop after one season amongst the elite.

The first minutes of the match were rather dull with neither team venturing forward. In fact it was only inthe 29th minute that the Stripes threatened when a shot from the edge of the area by Bezzina sailed over the bar.

And two minutes later a Failla free kick for Birkirkara ended well of the mark.

It was now Qormi's turn when eight minutes from the break Bangoura made his way into the opposing area but the B'Kara rearguard stopped his effort into a corner. From the resultant kick Davide Mansi headed effort was saved by Naumovski.

And in the 43rd minute a shot on the run by Wellingtod De Oliveira was turned into a corner by Naumovski.

On resumption Birkirkara went near through a Bezzina free kick which went just wide off Cassar's post.

Qormi found also time to venture forward and just off the hour Jordy Lokando tried from close range but Naumovski responded in style. And a fierce shot by Wellington went inches wide.

On the other side Cassar came to his side's rescue when he save Bezzina's shot. And ten minutes from the end came Qormi's all important goal.  It was Antonio Rozzi who converted following some good work by Wellington.

Birkirkara's reaction was rather pathetic with their only chance coming from a Failla free kick which was pushed away by an alert Cassar.

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