Floriana F.C. 1 vs 0 Mosta F.C.
Floriana have returned to winning ways after beating Mosta this afternoon at the National Stadium, Floriana can count themselves lucky to have won this match as their performance wasn’t up to standard.
It was a penalty early in the first half which gave Floriana an early lead, it was a cross from the right which it was judged to be handled inside the area by Tyrone Farrugia, Clayton Failla took the responsibility of the penalty kick with his powerful shot ending behind Vella to give Floriana an early lead into the game.
On the twenty-third minute Cabral saw his shot parried away by Andreas Vella, the Mosta custodian, few minutes later Enzo Ruiz cleared into corner following a Brincat corner.
Mosta hit back on the twenty-sixth minute. Following a cross inside the penalty area, Renan Abner de Oliveira’s header forced a good save from Ini Etim Akpan.
After the break exactly the fifty-fifth minute, Brincat ran forward inside the penalty area and hit a shot that was saved by Akpan once more produced a great save on the Mosta youngster. Floriana were unlucky not to have scored their second when Juninho Cabral free kick hit the woodwork.
Ten minutes later, Brincat of Mosta was again denied by Akpan.
Mosta kept on pushing forward, but Akpan remained in their way. On the 71st minute. James Brincat’s cross was met by De Oliveira whose effort was saved by the experienced goalkeeper.
In the remaining minutes, Floriana held firm to take home the three points.
FLORIANA FC Starting XI; Ini Etim Akpan, Enzo Ruiz, Steve Pisani, Ignacio Varela, Maurizio Vella (83′ Dylan Grima), Juninho Cabral, Clayton Failla, Jurgen Pisani, Tiago Galvao da Silva (59′ Arthur Henrique Oyama), Alex Cini, Emerson Marcelina.
Subs not used: Justin Spiteri, Clyde Borg, Bradley Sciberras, Jake Stenson, Daniel Agius.
Coach: Luis Oliveira
Asst. Coach: Ryan Newell
BOV Player of the Match: Juninho Cabral