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    Mosta and Valletta to just two points after they were both defeated yesterday while they are just one point under Balzan Birkirkara s Head Coach Mr Giovanni Tedesco made three changes from the defeat against Valletta Zach Muscat was handed with his first start in this Premier League campaign while Emerson Marcelina and Vito Plut were also in the first eleven selection at the expense of Edmond Agius Joseph Zerafa and Rowen Muscat The Italian Coach fielded an offensive an offensive 3 4 3 formation Haber defended the posts while Mauricio Mazzetti Nikola Vukanac and Zach Muscat formed the central backs with Ryan Camenzuli and Edward Herrera patrolling the wing backs Paul Fenech and Marcelina composed the midfield department with Ellinton Morais Fabrizio Miccoli and Vito Plut started up front The First Half The match was just thirty seconds old when the Stripes went close on taking an early lead Ryan Camenzuli found space on the left to send a cross inside the box that saw Fabrizio Miccoli s first time effort scratching past the post With the Stripes dictating the opening stages they broke the dead lock after eleven minutes Miccoli and Fenech exchanged possession with the latter serving Miccoli whose cross found Mauricio Mazzetti and the Argentine defender hit past goalkeeper Matthew Farrugia with a fine strike One quickly became two four minutes later The flowing movement of Plut and Morais was too much for the static Pembroke defence as after exchanging possession Morais had his shot stopped by Farrugia but from the rebound Plut hit home from close range The Stripes remained in command and they went closing on adding the third goal past the half hour mark when Zach Muscat fired wide after served by Fenech Moments later Mazzetti was wide with a shot from outside the box However against the run of the play Pembroke got back in the match as they narrowed the gap on the stoke of half time Austin Martz controlled the ball on the edge of the box and beat goalkeeper Justin Haber with a low fine strike The end of the first half found the Stripes having only one goal to show for their superiority as they leaded with a narrow 2 1 score The Second Half Have lost their lead in their previous two encounters one could insert doubt if the story will repeat itself but these doubts faded away by the quick third goal five minutes inside the second half Miccoli s free kick was not held by Farrugia and from the rebound Zach Muscat stabbed the ball home Pembroke didn t put the towel in and they went close on pulling one back when unmarked Paltemio Barbetti hit a powerful shot from outside the box which Haber turned the effort into a corner kick The Stripes replied with a header by Morais ending wide following a cross by Camenzuli Mr Tedesco utilised his first substitution on the hour mark when Edward Herrera was replaced by Edmond Agius

    Original URL path: http://www.birkirkarafc.com/news.php?id=3700 (2016-02-08)
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    Contact Stripes denied by late goal by Ayrton Galea 23rd September 2015 1 Birkirkara FC Premier League Victor Tedesco Stadium 22 09 2015 20 15 Show all matches 1 Mosta FC Birkirkara FC were denied from their second consecutive victory in the BOV Premier League when loaned player Edin Murga scored three minutes from time to cancel Vito s Plut first half goal as Birkirkara and Mosta shared the spoils in a 1 1 draw Birkirkara surged ahead mid way through the first half on the twenty fifth minute Liliu was instrumental as his powerful surge on the right opened up the Mosta defence before the Brazilian squared to Vito Plut who poked home from close in for his third goal in the last two games However Mosta s efforts paid off three minute from time as they made the score level They owed it to Murga who set off on a diagonal run on the left drifted infield and dispatched a perfect shot into the far corner The Stripes had Mauricio Mazzetti sent off in the added time of the second half following an incident off the ball Scorer of the opening goal Vito Plut was named the BOV

    Original URL path: http://www.birkirkarafc.com/news.php?id=3705 (2016-02-08)
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    leaders Balzan and Hibernians and one point under Valletta Mr Giovanni Tedesco made five changes in which two were forced while he switched his side to a 4 3 3 formation Central back duo Mazzetti and Vukanac were unavailable as Mazzetti was serving his first match ban while Vukanac was injured Marcelina formed the central backs with Zach Muscat while Cain Attard and Joseph Zerafa patrolled the side backs replacing Herrera and Camenzuli respectively Sciberras given the nod from start joined Rowen Muscat and Paul Fenech in composing the midfield department while Miccoli regained a starting call by replacing Temile as he started on the left wing Plut as central striker and Morais on the right The First Half The Stripes created the first scoring opportunity after just one hundred twenty seconds Miccoli picking possession of a short corner delivered a cross inside the box and Zach Muscat had his header ending over Birkirkara threatened again three minutes later Morais drifted to the middle from the right and served Fabrizio Miccoli who had his low shot ending wide from outside the box Moments later Marcelina was over and wide with an over head kick The Stripes were enjoying large swatches of possession but with Qormi defending with five at the back they were struggling to penetrate On the twentieth minute Miccoli shot wide after served by Plut With Qormi continued with their defensive approach of having ten players behind the ball the Stripes turned on their abilities of long distance shooting and Paul Fenech saw his powerful drive scratching past the far post Birkirkara broke the dead lock in their next attack on the twenty seventh minute Cain Attard surged down the right flank before his low cross delivered across the goal and Plut slotted home from close range One goal down Qormi tried to made a sort of reaction but they looked weak and inferior to the discipline Stripes who continued to turn the ball around before trying to penetrate in the final third of the possession The Stripes went close on double their lead two five minutes from time Miccoli and Morais exchanged possession with the latter serving Miccoli who had his shot blocked by the goalkeeper before he was tackled down inside the box but the referee waved play on Birkirkara doubled their lead three minutes later Sciberras served Miccoli who was about to serve Morais but his pass was blocked by a hands ball inside the box and the referee ordered the penalty From the eleven metre spot Miccoli made no mistake to put the Stripes two up till the break The Second Half Qormi introduced Terence Vella off Carlo Monti at the start of the second half as Mr Jesmond Zerafa sought to improve his attacking department They had a shot ending over two minutes inside the second half Qormi went close again on the fifty second minute when had a shot ending wide by inches Birkirkara replied with a powerful shot by Miccoli which

    Original URL path: http://www.birkirkarafc.com/news.php?id=3712 (2016-02-08)
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    match ban while Edward Herrera Nikola Vukanac and Shola Shodiya are still recovering from different injuries Mr Tedesco fielded a 4 3 1 2 formation Haber defended the posts with Muscat and Emerson as central backs while the Under 21 s National Team duo Attard and Camenzuli patrolled the side backs Fenech Scicluna and Sciberras with the latter retaining his place following a brilliant display in the last match composed the midfield department while there were no changes in the attacking department as Miccoli was roaming behind Morais and Plut who formed the attacking department The First Half The Stripes took command from the start They threatened after just a minute when Miccoli had an in swinging cross short cleared and Plut saw his fierce strike blocked by goalkeeper Rossetto in two attempts Their aggression paid off on the eleventh minute as the Stripes broke the dead lock Cain Attard was tackled inside the box by goalkeeper Diego Rossetto and referee Fyodor Zammit ordered the penalty From the spot Miccoli sent Rossetto the wrong way to put the Stripes ahead The Stripes almost doubled their lead two minutes later when Camenzuli powered himself on the left wing before his accurate cross found Vito Plut that saw his powerful volley ending wide by inches The match remained one way traffic as the Stripes went close on the sixteenth minute Scicluna and Miccoli exchanged possession with the latter serving Morais who had his in swinging shot ending just over the bar Morais then had a shot blocked and from the rebound his header was cleared into safety Mid way through the first half Fenech had a fierce from outside the box ending over while four minutes later Miccoli had a long distance free kick ending just over the bar The Stripes could have doubled the lead past the half hour mark Miccoli sent an accurate corner kick and Scicluna saw his close range header ending wide by inches Birkirkara produced another good opportunity before the end of the first half Camenzuli s cross saw Miccoli s low shot scratching past the post with Rossetto beaten as the first half ended with the Stripes leading by one The Second Half With only one goal to show for their superiority the Strioes came out to out the three points beyind any doubt and they threatened in less than sixty seconds Morais sprinted down the left flank before his cross saw Plut s header denied by a fine save of Rossetto Moments later Miccoli fired wide The Stripes reached their target in the opening seven minutes of the second half when they doubled their lead It was a brilliant solo action by Miccoli who dribbled past three players before the ball took a deflection and arrived at the feet of Morais and the latter served the same Miccoli who hit past Rossetto Two almost became three two minutes later A corner kick by Miccoli delivered on the second post saw Zach Muscat s eye catching

    Original URL path: http://www.birkirkarafc.com/news.php?id=3715 (2016-02-08)
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    the last outing against St Andrew s FC as Mauricio Mazzetti regained his place in the back four following a two match ban by replacing Marcelina Emerson while Juan Quero was given the nod for his first at the expenses of Ryan Scicluna In another two changes Zerafa replaced Camemzuli while Rowen Muscat started instead Gareth Sciberras Tedesco fielded a 4 2 3 1 formation Haber defended the posts while Mazzetti and Muscat formed with the central backs with Attard and Zerafa patrolling the side backs Rowen Muscat and Fenech started as holding midfielders with Quero and Morais on the wings Miccoli supported Plut in attack The First Half The Stripes had an early shout for a penalty after four minutes Juan Quero picked up Vito Plut inside the box but the Slovenian striker seemed to be pulled inside the box but Referee Alan Mario Sant waved play on Birkirkara threatened for the opener on the seventh minute Zerafa surged down the left flank before serving Miccoli who had a fierce strike from the box ending just over the bar A minute later Plut headed over following a cross by Miccoli The Stripes continued to show the better ideas On the fourteenth minute Quero s cross found Mazzetti who had his diagonal cross shot almost surprising goalkeeper Elezaj and from the rebound Morais headed wide However against the run of the play Sliema surged ahead on the nineteenth minute Muir picking a cross from the left served Alex Muscat outside the box and the Sliema s captain first time shot hit hard past Haber The Stripes were stunned but they re grouped and began their search for the equaliser On the twenty fourth minute Mazzetti headed wide a cross by Miccoli while minute later Fenech had an in swinging strike ending wide by inches Birkirkara wasted a golden opportunity on the twenty seventh minute Plut s second post cross left not cleared and Fenech headed wide with just yards out On the other side of the field Ledesma put Friggier through but the youngster s shot was blocked by Haber Miccoli had a free kick saved by goalkeeper Elezaj ten minutes from half time while three minutes later Fenech had a shot ending over The Stripes should have equalised before the half time whistle Miccoli s free kick saw Zach Muscat s header blocked by goalkeeper Elezaj and from the rebound Morais hit high from an ideal position The Second Half Birkirkara s failed to convert their chances in the first half but made sure of converting their first scoring opportunity five minutes inside the second half when they levelled matters Ellinton Morais was fouled inside the box by Marko Potezica with referee Alan Mario Sant ordering the penalty kick From the eleven metre spot Miccoli converted and made the score level From chasing to game to leading it in the space of the opening nine minutes as just four minutes after bringing the score level the Stripes surged ahead

    Original URL path: http://www.birkirkarafc.com/news.php?id=3725 (2016-02-08)
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    Vukanac the latter back returning from an injury started at the expense of Cain Attard and Vito Plut The Birkirkara Coach also adjusted his team tactically as he opted for a 3 1 4 2 formation Haber defended the posts while Zach Muscat Vukanac and Mazzetti formed the three line defence with Marcelina acting as the defensive shield in front of the defence Paul Fenech and Rowen Muscat formed the midfield supported by wing backs Ryan Camenzuli and Joseph Zerafa while Ellinton Morais and Fabrizio Miccoli compased the attacking department The First Half The Stripes went out aggressive and they dictated the opening stages of the match In less than sixty seconds Morais and Miccoli combined well with the latter s volley scratching past the post while Fenech went wide with a shot from distance Birkirkara had harsh protests for a penalty on the sixth minute when Andrei Agius seemed to have handled the ball inside the box but the referee only ordered a corner kick a decision that frustrated the Birkirkara clan Hibernians did not hold back and they regrouped following suffering possession in the opening stages Gilmar Ribeiro had his central shot parried by an alert goalkeeper Justin Haber The match continued to offer entertainment in the opening minutes as the Stripes went close to opening the goal Fabrizio Miccoli delivered an accurate free kick that saw Mauricio Mazzetti anticipating goalkeeper Jurgen Borg but the defender s header ended just over the bar Hibernians struck the opener on the nineteenth minute Santos Silva and Ribeiro combined brilliantly with the latter sending a ball behind the Birkirkara defence and Vukanac mishit his clearance to leave Santos Silva alone who sent a wonderful shot past goalkeeper Haber Hibernians were now in the driving seat as boosted by the opening goal they were playing better football The speed of their attacking trio composed of Cohen Ribeiro and Santos Silva was creating difficult situations for the Stripes However the Stripes regained confidence and for their efforts they were rewarded just before the half time whistle A cross from the left saw Morais having his shot blocked by the goalkeeper but from the rebound Camenzuli fired home The end of the first half found the Stripes on a high after equalising in an ideal time The Second Half Hibernians suffered another draw back just one minute into the second half when Failla suffered an injury and was unable to continue playing He was replaced by youngster Joseph Mbong Birkirkara went close on the fifty first minute when Miccoli delivered a second post corner kick that saw Zach Muscat rising high to hit a header that ended just over the bar Birkirkara should have surged ahead on the hour mark A corner kick by Miccoli travelled across the goal with Morais failing the target from just a few yards out The Stripes had the second shout for a penalty kick when Morais drifted inside the box on the sixty third minute and he was

    Original URL path: http://www.birkirkarafc.com/news.php?id=3732 (2016-02-08)
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    the last match against Hibernians Gareth Sciberras was drifted in the midfield department replacing Marcelina Emerson while Plut regained a first eleven call at the expenses of Ellinton Morais Haber defended the posts with Mauricio Mazzetti Nikola Vukanac and Zach Muscat forming the three line defence Gareth Sciberras was deployed in front of the defence while Rowen Muscat and Paul Fenech composed the midfield supported by wing backs Joseph Zerafa and Ryan Camenzuli Miccoli and Plut formed the attacking tandem The First Half Birkirkara survived an early scare as Balzan went close after four minutes Alfred Effiong sprinted inside the box and his curling shot hit the up right and from the rebound Haber made a fine save before the action was brought to an end for an offside position This proved to be a wake up call for the Stripes and they quickly took control Just a minute later Zach Muscat surged down the right flank before his well timed cross saw Vito Plut having his fine header ending wide by inches Birkirkara came close in their next scoring opportunity It was a well built action from the left that saw Fenech put Zerafa through on the left The latter served Gareth Sciberras who his first time shot turned into a corner thanks to a fine save by goalkeeper Christian Cassar With the Stripes in command it was no surprise that they converted their superiority in the opening goal on the thirteenth minute Luke Sciberras fouled Ryan Camenzuli and from the resulting free kick Miccoli was quick to deliver a fine free kick on the second post that saw Zach Muscat acting fast to hit past Cassar to put Birkirkara in the lead Following the opening goal the match reduced in its tempo but Birkirkara remained dictating matters Balzan s weak reaction only involved a shot from Effiong which ended wide and over while Miccoli had a direct free kick hitting the wall The Stripes should have added their second goal on the half hour Camenzuli s runs down the right flank continued to be tormenting as the speedy left footed player cut to the middle before unzipping the defence with a perfect pass to Plut but his central shot was saved by Cassar Birkirkara were threatening to double the lead but it was Balzan who grabbed the equaliser just before the half time whistle Dylan Grima s free kick failed to be cleared by the Birkirkara defence and Maxim Focsa placed the ball at the back of the net The first half ended odds even The Second Half Vito Plut gave a reminder of his technical abilities seven minutes into the second half when he dribbled past two players but his shot from an ideal position inside the box was blocked perfectly by a Balzan defender Fabrizio Miccoli had a direct free kick blocked by Cassar on the fifty sixth minute while four minutes later Fenech had a dangerous cross shot turned into safety by goalkeeper Cassar as

    Original URL path: http://www.birkirkarafc.com/news.php?id=3742 (2016-02-08)
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    his former team kept trust in the same first eleven selection but was forced to make one substitution as Rowen Muscat was replaced by Ryan Scicluna Both Edward Herrera and Emerson Marcelina recovered on time and were named among the substitutes The Italian Coach set once again his side to a 3 1 4 2 Goalkeeper Justin Haber defended the posts with Mazzetti Vukanac and Muscat formed the three line defence Sciberras began the defensive shield in front of the defence supporting midfielders Scicluna and Fenech Camenzuli and Zerafa patrolled the wing backs while Miccoli and Plut composed the attacking department The First Half Floriana came out aggressive Their high pressing was not allowing Birkirkara to dictate matters and it was the Greens who produced the first scoring opportunities in the match Just after five minutes Picciolla had a shot ending wide Mario Fontanella hit the side netting with an angled shot two minutes later Birkirkara did not hold back and they created a good opportunity on the eighteenth minute Scicluna sent the ball behind the defence in the path of the on running Paul Fenech but the Floriana defender recovered well and cleared the ball into a corner kick The Greens came close mid way through the first half A precise pass penetrated the Birkirkara defence but Nicholas Chiesa saw the Birkirkara goalkeeper Justin Haber denying him from a close range effort as the alerted Haber kept the score unchanged On the other end Fabrizio Miccoli delivered a dangerous free kick that unsettled the defence but goalkeeper Matthew Calleja Cremona deflected the ball into safety This was Miccoli s last notable action as ten minutes from half time the Italian striker was unable to continue playing and was replaced by Ellinton Morais Birkirkara were now producing the better ideas They went close on the thirty seventh minute when off a short clearance Ryan Camenzuli saw his left footed curling shot ending just over the bar with goalkeeper Calleja Cremona beaten Just before the end of the first half a diagonal pass from the midfield unzipped the defence to the path of the on running Vito Plut but goalkeeper Calleja Cremona was alerted once again to rush out and take possession as the first half ended goal less The Second Half Setting up in a 4 3 3 formation in the second half as Zerafa and Muscat dropped the side backs along side with Mazzetti and Vukanac at the back the Stripes looked more compact at the back Fenech Sciberras and Scicluna composed the midfield with Camenzuli and Morais on the wings and Plut remained the centre forward The Stripes were quick to take hold of the early moments Six minutes inside the second half Ellinton Morais s header ended wide off a cross by Joseph Zerafa while five minutes later Plut had the ball at the back of the net but the goal was disallowed for an offside position Just before the hour mark the Stripes had harsh protests

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