Posted on 1 February, 2016


31st January 2016  – Balzan kept pace with the top four after beating Sliema Wanderers 2 – 0.

Nigerian striker Saviour Fidelis was making his debut for Sliema Wanderers after joining the club for Mosta. On the other hand, Balzan had Clive Brincat missing through suspension.

After a quiet start, Balzan took control of the game. On the 26th minute, Balzan managed to take the lead, thanks to a perfect direct free-kick taken by PEDRO DOS SANTOS CALCADO which gave goalkeeper Glenn Zammit no chance.

Four minutes later Sliema suffered a setback when debutant Saviour Fidelis had to leave the pitch seriously injured after clashing with Justin Grioli. He was carried away on a stretcher before being taken to hospital.

On the half hour, Sliema nearly levelled matters when a Gary Muir’s free-kick was deflected into Stefano Bianciardi’s path but his close-range effort was parried to a corner by Ivan Janjusevic. The Balzan goalkeeper saved again over a Rafael Ledesma’s cross-shot from a corner.

On the 43rd minute, Balzan doubled the score when ALFRED EFFIONG received a through pass, dribbled past a couple of Sliema defenders and chipped the ball home, over the Sliema custodian Glenn Zammit.

Two minutes into the second half, Alan Da Silva Souza dribbled his way into the box past Luke Dimech but his shot finished wide.

On the 68th minute, Lydon Micallef, who had come on for Ryan Fenech, found his way into the Sliema area but his final effort was repelled by Luke Dimech.

Two minutes later, Ivan Janjusevic then gave away a free-kick inside the box, after he handled a Grioli’s back-pass. Muir’s shot was blocked by the barrier and from the ensuing melee, Kyle Hendry’s shot was turned into a corner by the Balzan goalkeeper.

On the 77th minute, Paul Fenech served Lydon Micallef in the box but the latter’s shot, from an acute angled, was blocked by Luke Dimech.

Sliema could have pulled one back 10 minutes from time as the Kyle Hendry found his way into the box before squaring to Alex Muscat but the latter hit wide, from a good position.

On the stroke of time, Lydon Micallef had the good chance to kill the game but, with only Glenn Zammit to beat, he shot just wide