Valletta regained sole leadership in the BOV Premier League as two goals in the final twenty-five minutes gave them a 2-0 win over Sliema Wanderers. The Citizens therefore move three points clear of Hibernians.
With Michael Mifsud still ruled out injured and Edmond Agius, Roderick Briffa and Alfred Effiong suspended, Jesmond Zerafa handed Terence Scerri a place in the starting line-up. The Wanderers, on the other hand, lacked Anicet Eyenga and Mark Scerri but welcomed back Alex Muscat, Beppe Muscat, Ryan Grech and Josef Mifsud. Andrew Decesare made his debut for the Wanderers after recovering from a long-term injury.
Goal-mouth action was rare during the first half with the two goalkeepers hardly being tested.
One minute from the end of the first half, Valletta were awarded a penalty after Rumen Galabov brought Ousseni Zongo down inside the area. However William Barbosaâ€™s shot from the penalty spot was turned into a corner by Henry Bonello.
On 64 minutes, the Sliema custodian managed to block close-range attempts by Terence Scerri.
However one minute later, substitute Aleksandars Cekulajevs put Valletta ahead when Denni advanced on the left before testing Henry Bonello who saved partially his attempt and the Latvian striker hit home from close range.
Two minutes in added time, Valletta doubled the score when William Barbosa exchanged the ball with Gilbert Agius on the right and beat Bonello with an angled shot from inside the area.
Henry Bonello was voted BOV Player of the Match.
SLIEMA :Â Henry Bonello, Alex Muscat, Nikola Bogdanovic, Ryan Grech, Trevor Cilia, Ryan Fenech, Rumen Galabov,
Jeremiah Ani, Emiliano Lattes, Cleaven Frendo (82â€² Andrew Caligari), Beppe Muscat.
Subs not used: Anthony Curmi, Josef Mfisud, Steve Bezzina, Clifford Gatt Baldacchino, Ryan Dalli, Andrew Decesare
Coach: Danilo Doncic
Assistant Coach: Saviour Debono Grech
VALLETTA Andrew Hogg, Jonathan Caruana, Steve Borg, Ian Azzopardi, Gilbert Agius, Denni Rocha da Silva
(86â€² Nahuel Pulitano Jimenez), Terrence Scerri, Ousseni Zongo (60â€² Aleksandrs Cekulajevs), William Barbosa,
Saidou Mady Panandetiguiri, Roderick Bajada.
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Llywelyn Cremona, Samir Arab, Siraj Arab, Filippo Andrea Scozzese.
Coach Leonard Farrugia
Assistant Coach: Jesmond Zerafa
Referee: Esther Azzopardi
Assistant Referees: Mariano Debono, Duncan Sultana
Fourth Official: Clayton Pisani
Yellow Cards: Panandetiguiri, Hogg
Scorers: 65â€² Aleksandars Cekuljaves, 90+2â€² William Barbosa
Photos by Stiefnu De Battista | Article by Maltafootball.com