Floriana FC 1 vs 0 Ħamrun Spartans
A solitary goal by Italian striker Mario Fontanella hands Floriana a vital win at the Victor Tedesco Stadium.
Floriana immediately held the initiative from the first minute when Ignacio Varela saw his header parried away by Steve Sultana, the Ħamrun custodian.
Ħamrun replied with Mauricio Jose Marinho who’s shot gave no trouble to Akpan to save, Akpan
once again came to the rescue when Guilherme Felipe De Castro saw his shot parried away by Floriana’s custodian. Ħamrun had another chance through Lydon Micallef , with the latter seeing his shot being blocked by defender Enzo Ruiz.
Juninho Cabral had a chance before the break with Sultana saving to deny the Greens the lead. Straight after the break Floriana had a chance by Mario Fontanella, the Italian stiker saw his shot blocked by goalkeeper Sultana. The Boys in Green continued to push forward when Clyde Borg crossed through the middle with Cabral finishing high.
Few minutes later Fontanella headed wide. Mid-way through the second half , Cabral had a golden opportunity to give Floriana the lead, with the Brazilian striker missing the target from a difficult position, but Floriana’s effort were rewarded in the dying minutes when substitute Leighton Grech crossed from the right with the ball falling onto Fontanella’s head with the Italian saw his first effort partially blocked by Sultana then off the rebound the Italian scored to give Floriana the merited lead late in the game.
FLORIANA FC Starting XI; Ini Etim Akpan, James Baldacchino, Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz, Clyde Borg (77’ Dylan Grima), Ignacio Varela, Maurizio Vella, Juninho Cabral (70’ Leighton Grech), Alex Cini, Mario Fontanella, Emerson Marcelina.
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, Jake Stensen, Mattia Zarb, Jamie Delia, Neil Spiteri.
Coach: Giovanni Tedesco
BOV Player of the Match: Juninho Cabral