Floriana FC 0 vs 1 Gzira Utd.
Floriana can count themselves unlucky not to gather points from today’s encounter against Gzira, as they were a much better side on the day.
For Floriana made his debut coach Guido Ugolotti who made one change from the win against Mosta, Clyde Borg replaced Maurizio Vella in the midfield area.
The Maroons had their first chance to open the score on the seventh minute when Garba’s effort sailed away, Floriana started to gain momentum and started to press their opponents but Gzira’s defence controlled well their opponents, leaving no space for the Greens attacking momentum.
Juninho Cabral had a great chance on the thirty-first minute , however his chance ended wide. Gzira managed to counter-attack, Garba went close again on the 42nd minute. The Nigerian forward received the ball inside the penalty area and hit a low shot that was pushed away by Ini Etim Akpan.
Before the break, Failla unleashed a powerful cross, which met Varela, the latter’s header was parried away by the Gzira custodian.
After the break , Vella came on, however his shot from inside the penalty area was saved by Haber.
On the sixty-seventh minute, Steve Pisani saw his low drive ending wide. Few minutes later , Gzira attacked Floriana, however their effort was controlled by the Floriana defence, with the referee signalling a simulation inside the area.
However, against all odds, and play Gzira took the lead it was Garba who threatened Floriana’s defence , Following a loose ball forward, the twenty-four year old anticipated Floriana’s defence and lobbed the ball behind Akpan.
Pisani tried his luck , but yesterday wasn’t his day, unfortunately his shot ended wide.
Floriana could have equalised three minutes later but a goal-bound effort by substitute Daniel Agius was cleared off the goal line by Sacha Borg.
FLORIANA FC Starting XI; Ini Etim Akpan, Enzo Ruiz, Steve Pisani, Clyde Borg (55′ Arthur Henrique Oyama), Ignacio Varela (55′ Maurizio Vella), Juninho Cabral, Clayton Failla (79′ Daniel Agius), Jurgen Pisani, Tiago Galvao da Silva, Alex Cini, Emerson Marcelina.
Subs not used: Justin Spiteri, Bradley Sciberras, Dylan Grima, Jake Stenson.
Coach: Guido Ugolotti