Monthly Archives: November 2015

Posted on 23 November, 2015

Hibernians join Valletta in top place after beating Balzan in their first match of the second round.

Balzan registered their third defeat in four matches, leaving them in second place together with Birkirkara and Floriana, two points behind Hibernians and Valletta.

Valerio Senatore, replaced Christian Cassar between the goalposts of Balzan while Justin Grioli was preferred to Steve Bezzina.

Hibernians managed to take the lead on the 32nd minute when, off an Andrew Cohen free-kick from the left, BJORN KRISTENSEN headed the ball over Balzan goalkeeper Valerio Senatore from an acute angled position. Three minutes later, in a swift counter ­attack, Balzan managed to equalize. Aleksandar Vujacic served ALFRED EFFIONG who after beating goalkeeper Jurgen Borg placed the ball into the back of the net. On the 43rd minute, Hibernians regained the lead thanks to another BJORN KRISTENSEN header off another free-kick by Andrew Cohen.

Two minutes in the second half, Hibernians were unlucky not to increase the score when the shot from a direct free-kick by Jackson Lima hit the crossbar. On the 49th minute, Hibernians increased the score to 3­ – 1 when, off a corner taken by Andrew Cohen, JONATHAN PERSON headed the ball home past goalkeeper Senatore. Clayton Failla could have added another goal on the 80th minute but his shot from a direct free-kick hit the upright with the goalkeeper beaten. Four minutes from time, off a free-kick by substitute Godwin Mensha, Zarate headed the ball in the direction of ELKIN SERRANO VALERO who in turn headed the ball home from close range.

Posted on 7 November, 2015

Balzan finished the first round in the top place of the Premier League Table.

Saturday 7th November 2015 : Balzan finished their commitments of the first round of the first phase and moved to the of top the Premier League table, as they beat ten man Sliema Wanderers 1 – 0.

Balzan made two changes from the team which they lost against Birkirkara. Elkin Serrano Valero and Edison Bilbao Zarate returned after serving a game suspension each, while Justin Grioli and Maxim Focsa started among the reserves on the bench. Sliema, on the other hand, had Alex Muscat on the line-up replacing Mark Scerri, who was serving a match suspension.

The first half was characterized with most of the play carried out in midfield. Although both teams had their chances, they did manage to open the score. Two minutes from the end of the first half, Sliema suffered a setback as they were reduced to ten men when their play-maker Pedro Calcado was sent off for hitting an opponent, off the ball.

In the second half Balzan pressed taking the benefit of  their numerical advantage. On the 54th minute, Balzan forged ahead when Lydon Micallef concluded a solo effort, dribbling past several defenders, and finally managed to beat goalkeeper Glenn Zammit, with his low shot.

Balzan opted to take control of the game for the rest of the game by defending the result. This gave Sliema a chance to press for the equalizer, but finally Balzan’s effort saw them finishing winning the game 1 – 0.

Posted on 3 November, 2015

Balzan lost 1 – 4 in the encounter against Birkirkara

Monday 2nd November 2015 –  Balzan suffered the second consecutive defeat when they lost to Birkirkara with a 1 – 4 result. Balzan played with a depleted team as they lacked foreigners Elkin Serrano Valero and Edison Bilbao Zarate, who were suspended for a game, apart from the injured Ryan Fenech, Bojan Kaljevic and goalkeeper Valerio Senatore.

Balzan were unlucky, as they went close on the 4th minute when an Alfred Effiong’s effort was denied by the upright, with Justin Haber beaten. However Birkirkara forged ahead on the 14th minute when, off a Fabrizio Miccoli freekick from the right, ZACH MUSCAT flicked the ball home from close range. Just before half time, Balzan notched the equaliser when, off free-kick by Justin Grioli , MAXIM FOCSA finished the ball at the back of the net.

Birkirkara regained the lead on 62 minutes when, off a corner from the left, the ball fell into PAUL FENECH’s path, who in turn managed to beat Christian Cassar. Four minutes later, Birkirkara increased the score to 3­ – 1, thanks to another goal by ZACH MUSCAT who hit home following a corner from the right by Ryan Camenzuli. Five minutes from time, substitute Ryan Scicluna sealed the issue with a fourth goal, after hitting home from close range.