Posted on 13 December, 2015


Two goals late in the first half were enough to give Valletta a win against Balzan, beating them 2 – 1. At the end of the match, Balzan could have levelled matters, if it was not for the decision of the referee to deny them from a sure penalty.

Balzan made three changes from the team which lost against Tarxien as Elkin Serrano, Christian Cassar and Lydon Micallef replaced Dylan Grima, Valerio Senatore and Steven Bezzina. On the other hand, Valletta started with the same eleven players of the game against Birkirkara.

In the first half Valletta came out searching for an early goal but Balzan defended well and opted to operate with fast counterattacks by Godwin Mensha and Alfred Effiong in front. Valletta took the lead on the 36th minute, when Uchenna Umeh served CLAUDIO PANI, who in turn gave no chance to goalkeeper Christian Cassar with his powerful shot . Balzan reacted but were not able to take the chances that came their way. Valletta continued pressing and on the 43rd minute they doubled the score thanks to ABDELKARIM NAFTI whose powerful shot from outside the box ended in the top left corner.

In the second half, the game remained lively with Balzan increasing their efforts. Fifteen minutes from time, Balzan played their last card when they introduced Ryan Fenech, coming from a long injury, to give more power to their midfield. Balzan pulled one back on the 77th minute when off a cross by Clive Brincat from the left, Godwin Mensha’s header was connected with another header by Ryan Darmanin and finally ALFRED EFFIONG headed the ball home, after hitting the post. In the added time Balzan protested for a penalty when Alfred Effiong was floored by a defender as he dashed into the box, but the referee waved play on.