Floriana FC 2 vs 1 Pembroke Athleta
10 men Floriana gather the maximum points from this encounter.
It was an uphill struggle for Floriana , who after just seven minutes saw their Italian striker Mario Fontanella sent off following an incident with an opponent with the referee showing a straight red. Despite the early numerical inferiority Floriana enjoyed most of the possession yet they couldn’t conclude behind former goalkeeper Calleja Cremona.
On the eleventh minute a chance came to captain Nicolas Chiesa with goalkeeper Calleja Cremona partially saving from the rebound Jurgen Pisani’s effort was saved by the Pembroke custodian. Later Steve Pisani crossed to Maurizio Vella with the latter saw his shot ending wide. After the break Amadou Samb replaced Clyde Borg , the Senegalese accompanied Varela up front.
This move by coach Tedesco made an immediate impact to the match, Samb rounded goalkeeper Calleja Cremona with Pembroke’s Djelilj coming to the rescue. On the 63rd minute Floriana took the merited lead, it was Amadou Samb who saw Varela running down the right flank with the latter pulling a powerful drive behind goalkeeper Calleja Cremona to give Floriana the lead. On the seventy fourth minute Floriana made them two, it was Samb’s turn who after seeing the Pembroke’s custodian rushing onto him he placed the ball to make it two nil for Floriana.
Pembroke scored their consolation goal on the ninetieth minute when following a Shola’s free-kick, Adrian Borg headed behind goalkeeper Grech to score the consolation goal for Pembroke.
FLORIANA FC Starting XI; Matthew Grech, Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz, Steve Pisani, Clyde Borg (46′ Amadou Samb), Ignacio Varela, Maurizio Vella (85′ Brooke Farrugia), Jurgen Pisani, Nicolas Chiesa, Mario Fontanella, Ryan Camenzuli.
Coach: Giovanni Tedesco
BOV Player of the Match : Amadou Samb