Posted on 30 October, 2015

Balzan lost their unbeaten record as they were defeated by Floriana

Sunday 25th October 2015 : After winning six of the first eight matches, Balzan lost their unbeaten record and gave way to Valletta, as a penalty early in the game and a goal in the final stages gave Floriana a 2 ­- 0 win over Balzan.

Balzan made some changes from their last match against St andres : Clive Brincat, Steve Bezzina and Terence Agius were included in the starting line­up with Samir Arab, Maxim Focsa and Lydon Micallef all starting on the bench. Bezzina was therefore back after an absence of one month but Ryan Fenech and Bojan Kaljevic were still unavailable as they are recovering from injuries.

Floriana could not have a better start as theytook the lead on the 10th minute when Elkin Serrano brought Matteo Picciollo down inside the and Mario Fontanella did not fail to score the penalty.

Balzan had agood chance to equalised five minutes later when Alfred Effiong was floored inside the area by a defender but Aleksandar Vujacic’s effort from the penalty spot was turned into a corner by goalkeeper Calleja Cremona.

Eleven minutes from time, Balzan were reduced to ten men after Elkin Serrano received a second yellow card for a foul on Fontanella.

Five minutes from time, Floriana sealed the issue with a second goal when substitute Juninho Cabral rounded the goalkeeper before placing the ball at the back of the net, after receiving a good pass by Nicolas Chiesa.