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.