Floriana FC 3 vs 1 Balzan FC.
Floriana have returned to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Balzan at the National Stadium.
Balzan forged ahead a few minutes after the kick-off when off a Uros Ljubomirac the ball met Andrija Majdevac whose header hit Jurgen Pisani who was unlucky to score an own goal in an attempt to clear the chance.
A few minutes later, Akpan saved a good header by Ljubomirac. Another shot came from Majdevac with the latter’s cross hitting the side netting. On the twenty-seventh minute, Akpan produced another great save denying Luke Montebello.
Floriana drew level seven minutes from the break when off a Kristian Keqi assist the ball met Tiago Fonseca whose low shot from the left gave Naumovski no chance to parry just in time to draw level before the break.
After the break, the Greens started well however the best chance came to Balzan when a Majdevac’s cross ended in goal-kick to the relief of the Floriana faithful present at the stadium this afternoon. Keqi saw his chance ending wide a few minutes later, Majdevac was once again a threat the Floriana’s defence, however, his low drive was cleared off the line by Pisani.
On the seventy-seventh minute, Montebello saw his chance parried away by Akpan. Floriana forged ahead on a minute later when Ulises Arias showed great vision in setting up a swift counter-attack following a pass from Keqi with the ball meeting Caceres who quickly slotted the ball behind Naumovski.
The Greens looked like increasing another however Keqi’s chance was saved by Naumovski. However, Keqi got his name in the scoresheet a few minutes later to increase the tally for the Greens and seal the win.
FLORIANA FC StartingXI; Ini Etim Akpan, Enzo Ruiz, Diego Venancio, Kristian Keqi, Ulises Arias, Brandon Paiber (68’ Augusto Rene Caseres), Jurgen Pisani, Matias Nicolas Garcia (86’ Clyde Borg), Alex Cini, Ryan Camenzuli, Tiago Adan Fonseca (90+1’ Jan Busuttil).
Subs not used: Justin Spiteri, Bradley Sciberras, Aleandro Garzia, Terence Vella.
Asst. Coach: Darren Anton Vella
All Photos are ©Jane Farrugia and Jeremy Alamango (Photo26)