Floriana FC 2 vs 1 Naxxar Lions FC
A late penalty deep into stoppage time gives Floriana vital three points in their chase for top four finish.
For this match Floriana had Arthur and Steve Pisani missing both through suspension, James Baldacchino, Nicolas Hernan Chiesa and Juninho Cabral were included into the first eleven by coach Giovanni Tedesco.
Following a slow start to the game , both sides exchanged fair possession with Floriana being more aggressive with Naxxar attacking through the left flank when Mano Micallef unleashed a good cross with Fenwick missing the target in front of Akpan. Floriana replied with a low shot by Chiesa with Nicht parrying away the danger. However on the nearly thirty minutes passed when Argentine Varela unleashed a powerful curling shot from outside the area which gave the Naxxar custodian no chance of saving to give Floriana the lead just before half time.
Few minutes after the match Naxxar started to attack when Cascaval saw his chance saved by goalkeeper Akpan, however Naxxar notched their equaliser when Cascaval found himself alone infront of the goal following a corner mishap and tapped the ball in to restored the equilibrium in a delicate time in the match. As minutes were passing quickly Floriana made a double change when Leighton Grech and Dylan Grima came on.
Floriana could have notched the winner when midfielder Vella advanced through the Naxxar defence with Bonnici flooring the Floriana midfielder with referee Alan Mario Sant pointing to the spot, from the penalty Italian striker Mario Fontanella saw his chance saved by goalkeeper Nicht. To add more drama to the match another penalty was given deep into injury time when substitute Grech was floored inside the area by Bonnici, Mario Fontanella took the responsability and gave Floriana the late lead this time round. Coach Giovanni Tedesco was given marching orders by the referee following some remarks.
FLORIANA FC Starting XI; Ini Etim Akpan, James Baldacchino, Alex Cini, Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz, Clyde Borg, Nicolas Chiesa (49′ Leighton Grech), Maurizio Vella, Juninho Cabral, Ignacio Varela (46′ Dylan Grima), Mario Fontanella.
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, Mattia Zarb, Jamie Delia, Neil Spiteri, Jake Stensen.