Floriana FC 0 vs 0 Balzan FC.
Floriana and Balzan gather one point each this afternoon as Floriana feel robbed as a dubious decision by the referee in the dying minutes denied the Greens important three points against Balzan.
During the first half both sides enjoyed possession, with Floriana showing more intent with Balzan counter-attacking the Greens, Floriana created their first chance on the fifteenth minute when Brandon Paiber advanced inside the area, after dribbling a Balzan defender the Floriana player saw his effort saved by Mintoff.
Few minutes before half time Floriana almost opened the score, it was a corner by Arthur Oyama who’s cross met Enzo Ruiz, the Argentinean defender lobbed the ball with Mintoff saving the ball with difficulty.
After the break Floriana continued to press their opponents, it was an effort by Kristian Keqi, with the latter failing to hit the target from close range.
Balzan’s first real chance came few minutes later when they were awarded a free-kick it was a Calixto Correa Duarte shot which hit the Green wall.
Calixto Correa Duarte had another golden opportunity a few minutes later when his chance was parried away by Akpan.
Floriana were unlucky to have a goal disallowed in the dying minutes off the game when off a corner by Oyama the ball was headed by Ruiz, with the ball being deflected into Balzan’s goal with the referee signalling an irregularity in the goal and ruled out the goal for the Greens despite the protests.
Few minutes later and Floriana were denied a penalty when Vieira who has been recently subbed in for Floriana was floored inside the area with the referee waving play on.
Floriana F.C. Starting XI; Ini Etim Akpan, Enzo Ruiz, Kristian Keqi (86′ Lucas Vieira), Brandon Paiber (74′ Clyde Borg), Jurgen Pisani, Tiago Galvao, Alex Cini, Ulises Arias, Arthur Oyama, Edward Herrera (79′ Daniel Agius), Ezequiel Cesani.
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, Bradley Sciberras, Dylan Grima, Terence Vella.
Coach: Guido Ugolotti
Asst. Coach: Massimo Savio
BOV Player of the Match: Enzo Ruiz (Floriana)