Floriana 0 vs 1 St Andrews
Floriana’s dropped precious points in their bid to win a Europa League points to a determined St Andrews who made it a hard nut to crack for Floriana.
For Floriana Michele Paolucci made his debut in this match. St Andrews went ahead when a rather dubious decision by referee gave a penalty to the Viola , when Emerson Marcelina was judged to have fouled Miranda Gomez inside the area, from the spot Kemar Reid sent Akpan the wrong way to give St Andrews the lead. On the thirty-third minute of the first half Reid had another golden opportunity with the latter’s shot ending wide. On the thirty seventh minute Vella saw his free kick ending wide for Floriana. Four minutes later Paolucci saw his header parried away with difficulty by the St Andrews custodian.
Following the break Floriana had a disallowed goal for an offside position, Paolucci delivered a chip inside the area with Vella heading inside with the linesman raising his flag signalling an offside. on the fifty-fifth minute Vella was sent of for Floriana, after fouled Vella retaliated with the referee sending off the Greens midfielder. Floriana were once again unlucky to hit the post following a Fontanella free kick , a header by Marcelina hit the post to deny Floriana the draw.
FLORIANA FC Starting XI; Ini Etim Akpan, Sebastian Nayar, Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz, Maurizio Vella, Jurgen Pisani (46′ Leighton Grech), Michele Paolucci, Alex Cini, Dylan Grima, Mario Fontanella, Emerson Marcelina.
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, Jake Stensen, Mattia Zarb, Bradley Sciberras, Denilson Borg Castaldi, Neil Spiteri.
Coach: JJ Aquilina