Floriana FC 0 vs 1 Valletta
Floriana’s unbeaten run ended tonight as the Greens lost the derby against Valletta.
Valletta created their first chance of the match on the twenty-eight minute when Saleh saw his chance ending wide behind Akpan. Floriana responded four minutes later when Mario Fontanella saw his chance saved by goalkeeper Bonello.
Valletta continued to press the Greens when off a Claudio Pani free kick , Nwoko saw his chance slight over the bar. Akpan produced a great save two minutes later when he parried away a Cruz header to deny the Citizens to open the score. Nwoko yet again saw his header ending wide following another up swinging free kick from the left.
As pressure was mounting on Floriana’s rear guard, Valletta scored through Matteo Piciollo, the former Floriana forward, following a precise through ball Piciollo fired a powerful shot which gave goalkeeper Akpan no chance to save to give Valletta the lead. Floriana tried to counter attack however Valletta’s defender Juan Cruz Gill blocked Varela’s shot.
FLORIANA FC Starting Xi; Ini Etim Akpan, Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz, Steve Pisani, Clyde Borg (70′ Dylan Grima), Ignacio Varela, Maurizio Vella, Alex Cini (87′ Leighton Grech), Arthur Henrique Oyama, Mario Fontanella, Emerson Marcelina.
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, James Baldacchino, Jurgen Pisani, Denilson Borg Castaldi, Neil Spiteri.
Coach: Giovanni Tedesco