Floriana FC 2 vs 0 Tarxien Rainbows.
In a windy afternoon at the National Stadium , Floriana beat Tarxien with a one goal in each half.
For Floriana made his Sebastian Nayar as he started from the first minute after returning back from a spell in Gibraltar with Lincoln Red Imps also making his debut was coach J.J. Aqulina who recently joined Floriana’s technical team to aid coach Chiesa.
After a series of mid pitch play both sides shared possession with Floriana being much creative with their ball play, with Tarxien goalkeeper Chetcuti denying the Greens on various occasions during the first half. Floriana forged ahead a minute before the break when Fontanella received a pass from Vella with the latter’s pass cutting through Tarxien’s defence with the Italian striker low shot ending behind Checuti to give Floriana the lead before the break.
Right after the break , Ayrton Azzopardi saw his shot parried away by Grech with the ball hitting the cross bar along the way. Floriana continued to press their opponents however Tarxien’s custodian made his point denying the Greens again on various occasions during the match. Eight minutes from full time Floriana scored their second when Maurizio Vella advanced before unleashing a powerful drive which gave Chetcuti no chance with the ball ending behind the Tarxien’s custodian to give Floriana a breath of fresh air late in the game. In this match Floriana also welcomed back Jurgen Pisani who recently recovered well from his injury which left him out last season as he replaced Mario Fontanella late in the game.
FLORIANA FC Starting XI; Matthew Grech, Sebastian Nayar (90′ Bradley Sciberras), Enrico Pepe, Steve Pisani, Clyde Borg, Maurizio Vella, Juninho Cabral (77′ Leighton Grech), Alex Cini, Arthur Henrique Oyama, Dylan Grima, Mario Fontanella (84′ Jurgen Pisani).
Subs not used: Ini Etim Akpan, Denilson Borg Castaldi, Neil Spiteri, Mattia Zarb.
Coach: JJ Aquilina
Ass. Coach: Nicolas Hernan Chiesa
BOV Player of the Match: Steve Pisani