Floriana FC 1 vs 1 Balzan
Floriana and Balzan will go home with one point each following a one all draw this afternoon at the National Stadium. For Balzan two precious points were dropped in their hunt to claim their first ever Premier League in their history.
Coach Nicolas Chiesa opted for the same formation that beat Hamrun Spartans a week earlier at the Hibernians Stadium (0-1). Floriana had the first chance on goal on the fifteenth minute when a free-kick by Arthur Oyama was parried away by Janjusevic. The Montenegrin goalie came into rescue few minutes later when Sebastian Nayar fired a long distance shot with the Balzan custodian parrying it away with difficulty. On the nineteenth minute Carlos Eduardo De Fiori Mendes saw his chance ending wide. Mid-way through the first half , exactly on the thirty-fifth minute Floriana forged ahead it was Mario Fontanella who ran through past Balzan’s defence with his low shot giving Janjusevic no chance to give Floriana the lead. Before the break Floriana had a golden opportunity through a free kick, which it ended wide.
Following the break, Balzan had a chance through Effiong with the latter saw his shot parried away by Akpan. On the fifty-fourth minute Mario Fontanella ran inside the area with the latter missing the target by few. Balzan started pushing and on the fifty-seventh minute Effiong ran through the Greens defence with his powerful shot being saved by Akpan. However Balzan drew on the hour when Effiong unmarked Carlos Eduardo De Fiori Mendes who was in a dubious offside position with his shot ending behind Akpan. This goal brough harsh protests from the Floriana technical team.
Alfred Effiong was once again dangerous when he saw his shot ending wide. Enzo Ruiz came onto rescue for Floriana when he cleared off the line a powerful shot by Bojan Kaljevic. Few minutes later a powerful shot by substitute Jurgen Pisani was blocked away into corner. In the injury time Floriana could have wrapped the three points when Cabral released Fontanella with the latter saw his shot ending wide.
FLORIANA FC Starting XI; Ini Etim Akpan, Sebastian Nayar, Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz (84’ Jurgen Pisani), Steve Pisani, Juninho Cabral, Alex Cini, Arthur Henrique Oyama, Dylan Grima, Mario Fontanella, Emerson Marcelina.
Coach: JJ Aquilina