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    Agius while Fabrizio Miccoli replaced Vito Plut The First Half The opening minutes belonged to Ulisses who went out aggressive as they did in the first leg However the Stripes were showing great resilience not to concede an early goal in such a crucial phase The Stripes began to settle down encouraged by the continuous instructions of coach Tedesco and they stepped up their level In their first scoring opportunity after twelve minutes Morais shot brought protests for a penalty following an alleged hands ball but the referee waved play on Birkirkara surged ahead on the twenty first minute Rowen Muscat s persistent pressure forced the defender to try to clear However the ball fell in the path of Fabrizio Miccoli whose first time shot saw the ball rolling into an empty net to the joy of the Birkirkara supporters The abilities of Miccoli were clear to see as just four minutes later he delivered a brilliant free kick only to be denied by the crossbar with the Ulisses goalkeeper surprised and beaten Ulisses reacted on the twenty seven minute with a free kick by David Khurtsidze but his effort ended wide Three minutes later Ini Akpan was tested for the first time with a great shot by Artak Aleksanyan but the Stripes goalkeeper pulled off a fantastic save The Stripes outstanding display at the back frustrated the hosts and they could only rely on shots from distance Three minutes from half time Giorgi Khubua tried a shot from outside the box but it was easily saved by the alert Akpan Birkirkara doubled their lead just two minutes from half time Miccoli scorer of the first goal played a key role by delivering a brilliant free kick on the first post which saw Mauricio Mazzetti sprinting inside the box before hitting a terrific header past the goalkeeper With Ulisses having no time to react the Stripes headed to their dressing rooms enjoying a two goal lead The Second Half Ulisses threatened with a direct free kick by Artak Aleksanyan but goalkeeper Ini Akpan had no trouble to save his effort The Stripes went close to adding their third goal on the fifty second minute when Edin Murga had a solo action He dribbled past his marker before his in swinging strike was turned into a corner by Beglaryan From the resulting corner kick the Stripes were once again denied by another great save when Miccoli s second post corner found Mazzetti who headed the ball in the path of Morais but his close range header was blocked by the Ulisses goalkeeper Aleksanyan who was continually pushing forward tried his luck with a shot from outside the box on the sixty third minute but his effort ended over Coach Giovanni Tedesco made use of all his three substitutions in the space of five minutes He made his first substitution on the seventy fifth minute when Fabrizio Miccoli was replaced by Edmond Agius Two minutes later Ellinton Morais was replaced by Vito

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    excellent job as did the other second half substitute Edmond Agius Camenzuli once again relied on his physical strength to win a number of duels in the midfield department Fabrizio Miccoli was once again given the nod to start and he was the central figure in Birkirkara s attack continuously supported by wingers Edin Murga and Ellinton Morais with the latter coming the closest for the Stripes just before the hour mark The First Half West Ham United protested for a penalty after just a minute On the other side of the field in a fast transition Miccoli served Morais but a defender blocked the Brazilian striker before he could race into the box West Ham went close on the ninth minute when off a cross from the right Modibo Maiga headed over Just two minutes later from another cross Morgan Amalfitano held the ball inside the box but fired over from an ideal position On the twentieth minute Rowen Muscat advanced forward and passed to Morais on the wing but the latter s cross shot ended over The abilities of Haber were tested to the maximum on the twentieth minute when he pulled off what seemed to be an impossible save from a header by Modibo Maiga following a free kick from the right Haber deflected his effort into a corner with an acrobatic save Modibo Maiga was giving the Stripes a tough time and in a fast break away on the twentieth minute he raced forward before his powerful shot was deflected by Haber and then denied by the upright Fabrizio Miccoli tried his luck with a direct free kick on the twenty second minute but goalkeeper Adrian saved his effort On the other side of the pitch two minutes later Aaron Cresswell s effort ended inches wide The hosts continued to pile pressure but the Stripes were coping well as their tactical discipline especially at the back was giving no space to West Ham United The Hammers were attacking down the wings but the resilient Stripes cancelled all their efforts West Ham came close once again ten minutes from half time Haber blocked another cross with the ball rolling towards Matt Jarvis but Fenech did well to throw his body in the way and block the attempt from inside the box Haber was the protagonist once again as the half time approached when he pushed away a free kick by Mauro Zarate Three minutes from half time Kevin Nolan pushed forward but his low shot was saved by Haber The end of the first half saw the Stripes brimming with confidence as they headed to their dressing room with a goal less score The Second Half The Birkirkara Coach added a fresh pair of legs as Edmond Agius replaced Edin Murga Agius was deplyed in the midfield in front of the defence with Fenech while Camenzuli was shifted as a winger However only three minutes later Birkirkara s Coach was forced to make his second substitution Fenech

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    picked Miccoli outside the box and the latter had a powerful strike blocked by a defender A minute later Miccoli delivered a threatening free kick which travelled across the face of the goal but was slightly too long for Zach Muscat to be able to make contact The Italian forward remained the most active player in the opening minutes of the match His abilities from set pieces was once again made evident by taking another curling free kick which created havoc inside the box Matthew Jarvis cleared into a corner kick as Morais was about to pull the trigger West Ham had their first opportunity on the tenth minute Mark Noble s corner kick was short cleared as the ball fell to the path of Jarvis but his low shot was saved by an alert Justin Haber On the fourteenth minute Rowen Muscat and Zach Muscat exchanged possession before the latter served Fenech Fenech sent Morais through who was too quick for his marker and he drifted inside the box His low cross was met by Fabrizio Miccoli who slid to send the ball into the net The packed National Stadium erupted with joy and a loud shout of goal was heard as the Maltese side plunged ahead The heat was now on the visitors and a reaction was expected from them However thanks to Birkirkara s composure it never really arrived as the Stripes remained in the driving seat and enjoying an edge over their frustrated opponents Their frustration was made evident a few minutes before half time when West Ham were down to ten men following an off the ball incident James Tomkins hit Vukanac in the face After getting medical attention Vukanac was cautioned for retaliation while Tomkins was shown a straight red card accompanied with loud cheers Just before the half time whistle following a confident and well built action by the Stripes Marcellina had a low shot saved by Adrian The Stripes headed to their dressing rooms leading by one The Second Half The Stripes stayed in command and went close six minutes into the second half Fenech served Miccoli on the left and the Italian striker had a low in swinging shot ending wide off the first post Goalkeeper Adrian was forced to clear into safety as the high pressing of Morais panicked the goalkeeper only for the ball to reach Mazzetti who hit an incredible shot from mid pitch that saw the goalkeeper recovering well West Ham had their first opportunity in the second half a minute later when off a cross by Mark Noble Matthew Jarvis headed over the bar Fabrizio Miccoli made some fine foot work past the twentieth minute mark of the second half and he advanced forward and served Camenzuli on the left wing but the latter s grounder from distance ended off target An impressive display of Rowen Muscat had to come to an end twenty minutes from time when he left the pitch hobbling and he made

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    a number of trialists with some leaving a very good impression Birkirkara 2 0 Zejtun Corinthians Birkirkara registered a perfect start by taking the lead after just a minute Plut raced forward down the left wing before serving Camenzuli inside the box His strike was blocked by the goalkeeper but from the rebound Murga slotted home from close range Ryan Camenzuli went close to doubling Birkirkara s lead with a direct free kick from the right on the twelfth minute but his curling effort was turned into a corner with an excellent save by the goalkeeper The Stripes had another fine scoring opportunity on the twentieth minute Kurt Zammit showed great dribbling skills to get past his markers as he moved forward before serving Murga whose flick scratched past the post Birkirkara were denied by an excellent save from the goalkeeper on the twenty fourth minute Emerson Marcelina had a brilliant in swinging free kick on the first post turned into a corner kick by the goalkeeper The Stripes made them two on the twenty sixth minute Kurt Zammit had a powerful strike denied by the up right and from the loose ball Edin Murga cut to the middle before placing the ball past the Zejtun goalkeeper Birkirkara went close to adding the third goal on the thirty second minute A trialist delivered an excellent cross on the second post that saw Vukanac s header scratching past the post Moments later Agius fired wide from outside the box The abilities of the Zejtun goalkeeper were essential once again on the fortieth minute when Plut served Zerafa who saw his fierce strike denied by a brilliant save turning the ball into a corner kick The Stripes almost grabbed the third goal on the forty second minute when Camenzuli s cross found

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    as a substitute late in the second half The First Half The opening minutes saw a chance on each side After seven minutes alerted goalkeeper Justin Haber punched into safety a threatening cross by Andrew Cohen while four minutes Fabrizio Miccoli saw his free kick deflected into a corner kick by Jurgen Borg The resulting corner kick produced the opening goal of the match on the thirteenth minute There are no doubts about the ability of Miccoli and the Italian striker scored an emphatic goal from a direct corner thanks to his in swinging effort to put the Stripes ahead Hibernians made an instant reaction just three minutes later when Clayton Failla fired a fierce free kick that seemed to be heading to the right top corner of the net only to be denied by an excellent acrobatic save of Haber who turned the ball into a corner kick On the twenty sixth minute Plut drifted inside the box but Rodolfo Soares put the ball into safety before it reached Paul Fenech just a few yards away from the goal line but to no avail Hibernians penetrated the Stripes defence for the first time as the flowing movement of Ribeiro saw the playmaker zipping up the defence with an excellent through ball to Jorginho who hit past Haber only to see his goal ruled out for an offside position The Stripes relief lasted just minutes as the Paolites stepping up their performance levelled matters past the half hour mark Clayton Failla s corner kick failed to be cleared and Zach Muscat deflected the ball into his own net after falling under pressure by Ribeiro Birkirkara had harsh protests for a double booking for Clayton Failla when the latter who was already cautioned pulled and floored Zach Muscat just outside the box but referee Marco Borg kept the cards in his pocket From the resulting free kick taken by Miccoli Plut headed over from an ideal position Hibernians put their noses in front four minutes before the half time whistle The danger came once again from the feet of Failla who had his free kick creating havoc inside the box before Mazzetti s unfortunate header surprised Haber The Stripes tried to react but with few time left Hibernians held for a narrow break till the half time whistle The Second Half Birkirkara came out aggressive in the opening minutes of the second half as they piled up the pressure on the Paolites Miccoli and Plut interchanged possession well before defender Agius passed back to goalkeeper Borg who hastily cleared the ball into a corner kick Moments later Miccoli had a direct free kick saved by Borg Hibernians replied in fashion and they wasted a glorious chance on scoring the third goal Kristensen zipped up the defence by lobbing the ball over Riberio who all alone against Haber the latter make himself big to deny the Brazilian playmaker With the Stripes aggressive start fading away Hibernians continued to be superior and it

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    debutants Fabrizio Miccolo and Vito Plut rounded their satisfactory display with a goal each while Sciberras also put his name on the scoring sheet with a goal in his first appearance after a long injury In the offensive 4 3 1 2 formation Akpan defended the posts Mauricio Mazzetti and Nikola Vukanac formed the central backs while Ryan Camenzuli and Cain Attard patrolled the side backs Gareth Sciberras and Emerson Marcelina started as the defensive shield in the midfield trio with Fenech given the nod to push forward The attacking department featured Miccoli deployed the two strikers Plut and Temile Besides Rowen Muscat Shola Shodiya was also missing as he is the final process of recovering following a long term injury Goalkeeper Philip Schranz Zach Muscat Ellinton Morais and Edin Murga were not called up The First Half The Stripes created their first scoring opportunity on the eighth minute Camenzuli pushing forward on the left flank delivered a cross that saw Gareth Sciberras header punched into safety by goalkeeper Azzopardi Birkirkara surged ahead in their next attack two minutes later Vito Plut did all the work on the left side before his low cross found Fabrizio Miccoli who had only a task of routine to slot the ball into the net from a close range The lead was quickly doubled just two minutes later Opportunist Vito Plut converted from a blunder by goalkeeper Julian Azzopardi as the striker had an easy job to put the ball past the Naxxar goalkeeper The match remained a one way traffic and Miccoli was close to add his second goal on the twenty third minute as his smart lob from the edge of the box was denied by a fine save of Julian Azzopardi after served by Vito Plut Birkirkara went close on increasing the score on the thirty third minute Marcelina raced forward before served Frank Temile who drifted inside the box but fired wide from an ideal position Four minutes later Miccoli served Fenech outside the box who had his shot ending over by a whisker The third goal has been in the air in the previous two chances and the Stripes made it count in the third time as they added another to their tally Cain Attard s cross saw Miccoli having his first timer blocked and from the rebound Gareth Sciberras fired past Azzopardi The end of the first half saw the Stripes heading to their dressing room in a comfortable three goal lead following commanding fourty five minutes The Second Half Having built a comfortable three goal lead in the first half the Stripes continued where they left off in the first fourty five minutes as they continued to dictate the match and forcing Naxxar to defend in numbers On the hour mark Mr Giovanni Tedesco made the first substitution as Gareth Sciberras was replaced by Edmond Agius with Sciberras receiving a deserved standing ovation on his way out On the other hand Spanish winger Juan Quero made his

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    selection from against the opening match against Naxxar Lions Goalkeeper Justin Haber retained his place between the posts while Joseph Zerafa started at the expenses of Ryan Camenzuli Edward Herrera Rowen Muscat Ryan Scicluna and Shola Shodiya were all missing for the Stripes The 4 3 1 2 formation featured Vukanac and Mazzetti forming the central backs with Zerafa and Attard on the side backs The midfield trio was composed of Fenech Marcelina and Sciberras Miccoli was deployed the two strikers Temile and Plut The First Half The Stripes were off to a perfect start as they surged ahead in less than two minutes Fabrizio Miccoli delivered an accurate corner that saw Nikola Vukanac hitting hard past goalkeeper Andrea Cassar to put the Stripes in the lead In the action leading to the goal Tarxien suffered a set back as Matthew Tabone suffered an injury and was replaced by Ebiabowei Baker Tarxien were quick to get back in the match as they restored parity ten minutes later Referee Adrian Azzopardi adjudicated Cain Attard to have handled the ball inside the box and ordered the penalty From the spot Joao Pedro Oliveira hit past Haber The Stripes failed to re group after conceding the equaliser They were struggling to penetrate in the final third as the attacking tandem of Plut and Temile was being neutralised by the solid Rainbows defence while forward Joao Pedro was being the most dangerous player for the Rainbows thanks to his dazzling runs However the Strips stepped up their tempo and regained the lead on the half hour mark Joseph Zerafa pushing forward from the left side drifted inside the box before having his cross short cleared with the ball reaching Fabrizio Miccoli who hit past Andrea Cassar with a fine first time shot Birkirkara were now playing better football and they had ball at the back of the net six minutes from time when Miccoli s free kick saw Vukanac heading past Cassar but the Serbian defender was adjudicated to have been in an offside position Referee Adrian Azzopardi s half time whistle found the Stripes heading to their dressing room having a narrow lead The Second Half Ten minutes into the second half the Stripes went close on adding the third goal Fabrizio Miccoli had a direct free kick turned into a corner kick by goalkeeper Cassar From the resulting corner kick taken by Miccoli Vukanac had a powerful header denied by another excellent save by Cassar However it was the Rainbows who struck the equaliser on the sixty fourth minute After they had their penalty shouts down after Montebello got down to the challenge of Vukanac a minute later Triston Caruana s corner found Ebiabowei Baker unmarked and headed past Justin Haber The Stripes made an instant reaction and they were unlucky not to regain the lead two minutes later Plut served Miccoli who controlled the ball with his chest before unleashing a fierce volley that rattled the crossbar with Cassar beaten With

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    fielded a 3 4 3 formation with Benites and Falcone up front and Briffa roaming behind the two strikers Before the match former Birkirkara FC Head Coach Paul Zammit was presented with a momentum by the Birkirkara Ultras while received a standing ovation by the supporters as an appreciation of his spell with the Club The First Half The Stripes started brightly and they went close after three minutes Camenzuli s cross was deflected into a corner kick and from the resulting set piece Miccoli s cross saw Nikola Vukanac having his header ending just over the bar Birkirkara were on attack again three minutes later when Camenzuli one of the most active players in the opening stages served Morais who raced forward and went down inside the box from a challenge of the Valletta defender but Referee Andre Arciola adjudicated nothing wrong despite the Birkirkara protests Valletta had their first scoring opportunity on the eleventh minute when Claudio Pani had a long distance shot ending wide On the other side of the field just two minutes later Miccoli had a rising shot ending over from the edge of the box The Stripes continued to show the better ideas as they created another dangerous opportunity on the fifteenth minute Miccoli delivered an accurate curling cross from the left that saw Morais header ending wide by inches with Bonello beaten Valletta did not hold back and despite suffering possession for most of the opening twenty minutes they also went close when Jhonnattann Benites created havoc inside the box by his dazzling run but his shot from a tight angle was parried by Haber Three minutes later Morais had a powerful shot blocked by Bonello in another dangerous opportunity for the Stripes The match developed as a tug of war for possession in the midfield as now there was little to separate both sides as scoring opportunities fell short bar a shot by Falcone for Valletta after being served by Ramao The Stripes surged ahead on the thirty ninth minute Miccoli played a short free kick to Morais who raced forward inside the box and had his diagonal shot taking a deflection by Camilleri and ending past goalkeeper Bonello Valletta lifted themselves and produced two scoring chances First Cruz Gill s drive was charged down by Muscat and moments later Benites had a first time effort parried by goalkeeper Haber following a cross by Azzopardi However with the Citizens increasing their tempo there was nothing that Haber could do one minute from the break Albert Bruce one of the City s latest signings played a main role in the goal by delivering a precise ball over the Birkirkara defence and prolific striker Federico Falcone showed great ability to chip over Haber The first half ended in a parity The Second Half There was very balanced opening to the second half as both teams remained tactically disciplined and the rhythm of the match remain unchanged The Stripes created their first opportunity of the

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