Hibernians FC 3 vs 2 Floriana F.C.
Hibernians registered their first win against Floriana this season as they came from behind to beat Floriana at death.
Floriana had a great start as after few minutes they managed to take the lead when off a Fontanella free kick, Ignacio Varela rose high above the paolites defence which remained static and headed behind Hogg to give Floriana an early lead into the game. The Greens were in the driving seat and continued to press the Paolites, few minutes later Floriana scored their second it was a curling shot from outside the area by Chiesa which was partially saved by Hogg , the ball fell onto Fontanella’s feet with the latter placing the ball behind Hogg to give Floriana a two goal cushion.
Hibernians increased tempo and scored before half time, it was Clayton Failla who shouldered responsibility and took a well executed free kick which gave goalkeeper Grech no chance. The Paolites increased their efforts in the second half , however they had to wait till the eighty second minute to score draw it was a Marcelo Dias cross with the ball meeting Jackson Lima who from close range tapped in to score the draw.
As the game was approaching it’s dying minutes both sides shared possession in the half pitch, but it was Hibernians who were creating better chances than Floriana, it was a tussle in the Floriana defence with the Floriana defence committing a foul in order to deal with an insidious Hibernians attack, Gilmar Da Silva Ribeiro taking the shot with the ball meeting Andrei Agius , with the latter scoring the late winner (ninety seventh minute) winner to give Hibernians first time the lead in this match.
FLORIANA FC Starting XI; Matthew Grech, Andre Scicluna, Antonio Monticelli, Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz, Ignacio Varela, Sebastian Nayar, Alex Cini (92′ Zack Camilleri), Nicolas Chiesa, Mario Fontanella, Ryan Camenzuli (60′ Clyde Borg).
Subs not used: Christopher Farrugia, Jake Davies, Jurgen Pisani, Jamie Delia, Denilson Borg Castaldi.
Coach: Giovanni Tedesco
BOV Player of the Match: Nicolas Chiesa