The Malta Independent 16 December 2019, Monday

BOV Premier League: Easy win for Stripes as resurgence continues

Simon Farrugia Monday, 25 November 2019, 21:20 Last update: about 20 days ago
Photo: Domenic Aquilina
Photo: Domenic Aquilina

Birkirkara                3
Tarxien R.                0

B'KaraA. Hogg, E. Pepe, M. Guillaumier, E. L. Dos Santos (P. Mbong 87'), M. Vella, K. Zammit, R. Briffa, F. Falcone, H. Prado Caio (Y. Yankam 73') , O. Carniello (G. Bugeja 87'), I. Ntow

Tarxien R.:  R. Briffa, M. Botta, T. Veronese, D. Mambouana, B. Muscat (A. Azzopardi 55'), G. Camilleri, A. Andrejic, S. Shaba (M. Ciantar 46') , M. Stanojevic, P. Kanzurov (N. Portelli 83') , D. Zerafa

Referee: Alex Johnson

Asst. Referees:  Alan Camilleri, James Muscat

Fourth Official:  Matthew Degabriele

Yellow Cards:  Andrejic, Shaba, Mambouana, Botta, Zerafa

Scorers:  Isaac Ntow 41' , Federico Falcone 52' , Caio Prado 64' pen.

TMI Top 3 :  1.   I. Ntow                 2.    M. Vella                  3.  E.L.Dos Santos

As expected Birkirkara registered their second win on the trot after beating bottom side Tarxien Rainbows by three goals to nil

The Stripes went into this match on a high after winning their last match against Santa Lucia whereas Tarxien still in search for their first point of the season. In fact this was the Rainbows eleventh consecutive defeat.

The Stripes had Cain Attard missing with Ryan Fenech starting on the bench. On the other hand Demis Paul Scerri was making his debut as Tarxien Rainbows coach following the dismissal of Glumac.  

This was a deserved win for Birkirkara who although they never reached certain hights did what was expected from them. As for Tarxien the dull season continued and time is now ticking away for the Rainbows when we are two matches shy of the end of the first round.

After four minutes a shot from the left side by Ntow was turned onto a corner by Briffa. And on the other end fifteen minutes had elapsed when Tarxien went near off a Daniel Zerafa cross which was headed wide by Shaba.

The weather conditions played a role in this match since the heavy rain which hit the Centenary Stadium was making it practically impossible for both teams to stick to their game plan.

But it was Birkirkara who forged ahead four minutes from the break. Isaac Ntow received a long ball inside the area from Enrico Pepe and after controlling lashed a fierce shot which hit Briffa before ending at the back of the net.

Seven minutes into the second half Birkirkara increased their lead. Maurizio Vella sent a teasing cross from the left flank and in came Federico Falcone who headed past a static Briffa.

And on 64 minutes the Stripes sealed the issue. Mambouana appeared to have brought down Tarabai in the area with the match official without any hesitation pointing to the penalty spot. From the resultant kick Henrique Caio Prado made no mistake.

On 68 minutes a rising shot by Roderick Briffa just sailed over the bar. It was all Birkirkara now and in the 74th minute a Tarabai shot from the edge of the area was tipped over by Briffa.

And the Tarxien Rainbows custodian was once again alert saving on Maurizio Vella just a minute later. Till the end Birkirkara controlled well and thus gained another win and three more precious points.

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