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    Catherine composed the midfield department with Gabriella Zahra and Kim Parnis while Kjaer was the only striker on the days On the other hand Janice Xuereb retained her place defending the posts Kim Parnis replaced Melania Bajada and Alishia Sultana replaced Isabelle Mazzitelli The latter was unavailable for selection along side with the injured Kirstie Vella On the plus side Martina Cilia was back after missing the last match The First Half Hibernians went close on surging ahead in their first scoring opportunity after ten minutes after the Stripes dictated the opening stages Shona Zammit penetrated the Birkirkara defence with an intelligent pass and Dorianne Thuema was unlucky to see her strike come off the cross bar The Stripes went close to surge ahead on the ninetieth minute Giusti s corner kick created havoc with Heidi Kjaer has her shot blocked and from the rebound Kim Parnis was unlucky to see her shot deflected and then saved by the Hibernians goalkeeper The Paolites surged ahead on the twenty fourth minute Thuema was close once again when her shot beat goalkeeper Xuereb but Oriana Bedingfield did an outstanding block off the goal line However from the rebound the same player put the ball into the net However Birkirkara reacted strongly and they made them level six minutes later The ability of strong forward Heidi Kjaer to hold the ball gave chance to Raina Giusti to surge forward before serving her with a brilliant and precise through ball The best was yet to come as Giusti unleashed a wonderful strike from outside the box that ended in the right top corner for an incredible goal Hibernians regained the lead just before the half time whistle Ylenia Carabott came one versus one in front of Janice Xuereb and her shot looked heading to

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    to send the latter through inside the box but Giusti s shot from a diagonal position was saved by the Raiders goalkeeper Marie Anne Mumford With Birkirkara down to ten men as Heidi had to get assistance by the physiotherapist Raiders were unlucky not to score the opening goal on the tenth minute Emma Xuereb served Rodianne Zerafa and the latter s powerful shot was denied by the crossbar Birkirkara Coach Mr Jean Pierre Portanier had to make the first forced substitution as early as the twelfth minute as Kjaer was unable to continue playing She was replaced by Kim Parnis The first indications show that Kjaer twisted her ankle but nothing serious The Stripes gained superiority as time went by On the seventieth minute Melania Bajada sent a brilliant cross behind the wrong footed Raiders the defence with Kelly Agius Pace picking up possession outside the box and saw her fierce shot ending just over the bar Three minutes later Catherine Campbell had a terrific strike turned into a corner with difficulty by the Raiders goalkeeper The match continued by Birkirkara s dominance and on the twenty third minute they were rewarded It was an example of how football should be played as everything started from the feet of goalkeeper Janice Xuereb and following an eye catching build up Raina Giusti set Kelly Agius in the box and the Birkirkara forward hit past the Raiders goalkeeper Boosted by the opening goal the Stripes remained in command They grew confidence as they continued to turn the ball around and keep possession while Raiders lacking from creativity up front were unable to get past the solid defensive central back duo of Stephania Farrugia and Yasmeen Vella Farrugia and Vella weren t the only two doing an excellent job for the Stripes as Melania Bajada and Oriana Bedingfield were also enjoying a good game at the back The midfield duo composed of Gabriella Zahra and Catherine Campbell looked tireless with Zahra winning countless balls while Campbell setting up a number of passes in the offensive department Wingers Alishia Sultana and Raina Giusti were giving a headache to the defenders by their speed helping forwarsd Kim Parnis and Kelly Agius Pace As the half time approached the Stripes threatened to double the lead Three minutes before half time Raina Giusti won possession and the fast player surged forward before having her shot ending over Minute later the Stripes were more dangerous as Kelly Agius Pace had a shot turned into a corner kick following an intelligent pass by substitute Parnis The Stripes ended the first half leading thanks to Kelly Agius Pace s goal mid way through the first half The Second Half Birkirkara left where they continued in the first fourty five minutes as once again they went out as the most aggressive side and produced the first scoring opportunity Four minutes inside the second half Agius Pace showed great skills to sent Alishia Sultana through but the latter had her shot

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    in her usual midfield position In the other change Maryrose Cardona was included on the right wing instead of Alishia Sultana Janice Xuereb defended the posts with Stephania Farrugia and Yasmeen Vella formed the central backs with Charlene Schembri and Oriana Bedingfield as side backs Gabriella Zahra and Melania Bajada composed the midfield department while Maryrose Cardona and Raina Giusti patrolled the wings Catherine Campbell took a roaming role behind Kelly Agius Pace in attack The First Half The Stripes registered the perfect started as they took just five minutes to break the dead lock Catherine Campbell unzipped the defence with a fine pass to Kelly Agius Pace and the latter sprinted forwarded before she produced a wonderful lob over the goalkeeper Despite taking an early lead the opening stages were balanced but Birkirkara could have doubled the lead on the thirteenth minute Campbell and Agius Pace combined well again with the English midfielder putting Agius Pace through but the latter s failed the target Kirkop s sigh of relief lasted only five minutes as the Stripes doubled the lead The speed of Raina Giusti was clear to see as she surged on the left flank and her shot was blocked by the goalkeeper but from the rebound Kelly Agius Pace slammed home The combination of Campbell and Agius Pace caught the eye again on the twenty fifth minute This time they exchanged roles as Agius Pace served Campbell but the latter s up rising shot ended just over the bar Birkirkara made them three on the twenty eighth minute The attacking tandem of Campbell and Agius Pace was tormenting the defence and their excellent combination led to the third goal Campbell sent Agius Pace through and the latter returned the pass to Campbell who controlled and hit past the goalkeeper Leading by three the Stripes were now dictating matters They were enjoying large swatches of possession and before half time they could have made them four Campbell set Agius Pace in front of the goalkeeper but her shot ended wide by inches The end of the first half saw the Stripes leading by three thanks to a brace of Agius Pace and anither one by Catherine Campbell The Second Half Three became four three minutes inside the second half Kelly Agius Pace got past the Kirkop United defence and her shot was blocked by the goalkeeper but from the rebound Maryrose Cardona was the quickest to make the best and hit home from close range to score her first goal this season Mr Jean Pierre Portanier utilised his first substitution on the fifty fourth minute as Charlene Schembri was replaced by Alsihia Sultana Sultana was included on the right flank while Cardona was deployed as right back The brilliant of combination of Campbell and Agius Pace remained evident once again On the fifty seventh minute Agius advanced on the right before picking up Campbell who had her shot blocked by the goalkeeper Three minutes later substitute Sultana had shot

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    Stripes gave an outstanding tactical display Janice Xuereb defended the posts Stephania Farrugia and Yasmeen Vella formed the central backs while Melania Bajada and Oriana Bedingfield started as side backs Gabriella Zahra composed the midfield department with Alishia Sultana and Raina Giusti patrolling the wings Catherine Campbell retained her role on roaming behind striker Heidi Kjaer Thanks to this victory the Stripes completed their first round commitments on a high They have now registered three consecutive victories and finished the first round with twelve points three under leaders Hibernians and five points over third placed Mgarr United The First Half The Stripes came out aggressive and they took just five minutes to break the dead lock Raina Giusti s quick movement unsettled the defence and showed great vision to serve the unmarked Gabriella Zahra who unleashed a well placed shot that hit past the help less Rachelle Borg Mgarr were stunned by the opening quick but they were quick to re group They caught the Birkirkara defence on the back foot as Amber Grech was sprinted forward but was fouled by Stephania Farrugia who received a yellow card for her tactical foul From the resulting free kick the same player shot wide However Birkirkara dictated matters and they made doubled the lead on the twenty second minute Zahra s quick short free kick surprised the defence as it was met by the brilliant timed run of Stephania Farrugia and the latter had her shot blocked but Raina Giusti was quick to pick up the loose ball and smashed the ball home Two become three just nine minutes later The combination from set pieces between Zahra and Farrugia were evident once again Zahra was quick again to find the unmarked Farrugia who showed great skills to control and hit past goalkeeper Borg From a predicted tight encounter to a one way traffic match the Stripes were all over their stunned opponents The latter had a desperate shot flying over the bar on the fortieth minute when Jasmine Vella turned hit high after served by Claudette Xuereb The speed of Raina Giusti on the left wing was tormenting the defence and it paid off with the fourth goal just before the half time whistle It was a quick transition from the back that saw Heidi Kjaer serving Giusti on the run who got past her marker Rebecca D Agostino powered herself inside the box and hit past goalkeeper Borg The Stripes headed to their dressing room with an incredible four goal lead The Second Half Mr Jean Pierre Portanier was forced to make his first substitution at the start of the second half as Catherine Campbell suffered a knock and was substituted by Kelly Agius Pace The Stripes lost a golden opportunity to make them five just one minutes inside the second half Their aggressive approach led to goalkeeper Rachelle Borg failing to hit the ball but Kelly Agius Pace had her shot ending wide by inches from outside the box In

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    style with a fine fourth and final goal For the Stripes this was another high scoring victory and they have now scored sixteen goals in their current run of four straight victories in which fourteen were scored in the last three outings The Stripes are still the second best attack after Hibernians but now they are sharing the best defence with four goals conceded from six matches along side with the same Paolites Birkirkara FC Women s Team Coach Mr Jean Pierre Portanier once again fielded a 4 4 1 1 formation and made three changes Veteran goalkeeper Nina Dimech defended the posts at the expenses of Janice Xuereb while Kim Parnis was replaced by Maryrose Cardona in the midfield department and Isabelle Mazzitelli was given a first eleven selection as she replaced Alishia Sultana There were no changes in the back four as Stephania Farrugia and Yasmeen Vella formed the central backs with Melania Bajada and Oriana Bedingfield as side backs Gabriella Zahra led the midfield along side Maryrorse Cardona while Isabelle Mazzitelli and Raina Giusti patrolled the wings Foreign duo Catherine Campbell and Heidi Kjaer composed the attacking department The First Half Birkirkara registered a perfect start The match was only fourty five seconds old when the Stripes surged ahead Maryrose and Gabriella Zahra combined well before the latter unzipped the defence with a perfect pass to Raina Giusti and the winger lobbed over goalkeeper Rosemarie Baldaccinho Stunned by the opening goal Birkirkara were quick to double their lead Just six minutes later Maryrose Cardona won possession and served Raina Giusti The eighteen year old showed great abilities to dribble past two markers and smashed a wonderful shot past the goalkeeper The match continued to be one way traffic and Birkirkara went close to the third goal Raina Giusti delivered an accurate corner kick on the sixteenth minute but Stephania Farrugia s header ended just over the bar Birkirkara threatened again when the forward foreign duo of Kjaer and Campbell combined well before the latter supplied a great through ball to Mazzitelli but the latter had a bad touch and goalkeeper Baldaccinho saved the danger The Stripes made them three on the half hour mark Oriana Bedingfield made an excellent run on the left flank to pick up possession and supplied a brilliant cross to Isabelle Mazzitelli who showed great skills to round the goalkeeper and put the ball into an empty net Birkirkara almost added their fourth goal on the fortieth minute Catherine Campbell unzipped the defence with a perfect pass and Maryrose Cardona s close range shot ended wide as the Stripes ended the first half enjoying a comfortable three goal lead The Second Half Leading by three goals Mr Jean Pierre Portanier made a double substitution for the start of the second half Scorer of a brace Raina Giusti was replaced by Alishia Sultana while Heidi Kjaer was replaced by Kelly Agius Pace Birkirkara continued where they left in the first half In a quick

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    the third consecutive match Thanks to this victory the Stripes have now joined Hibernians on top of the table with eighteen points at least for a matter of hours as the Paolites have a game in hand as they will take on Kirkop United this evening Birkirkara s Coach Mr Jean Pierre Portanier made two changes from the last match against Pembroke Athleta Kelly Agius Pace and Kim Parnis regained a first eleven place following the departure of Maryrose Cardona and Heidi Kjaer The Birkirkara Coach set out a 4 4 1 1 formation Xuereb defended the posts with Stephania Farrugia and Yasmeen Vella as central backs while Melania Bajada and Oriana Bedingfield as side backs The midfield was composed by Gabriella Zahra and Kim Parnis with Isabelle Mazzitelli and Raina Giusti on the wings Catherine Campbell and Kelly Agius Pace formed the attacking department The First Half The Stripes went out with all guns blazing and they surged ahead after just four minutes Kelly Agius Pace served Raina Giusti a short corner and the rapid forward showed great skills to dribble across the box and struck a wonderful shot at the back of the net past goalkeeper Marie Anne Mumford One became two in the next two minutes Gabriella Zahra showed great vision to supply a brilliant through ball in the path of Giusti who out run her opponent and drifted in the box before calmly placing the ball past the Raiders goalkeeper It was a brilliant start for the Stripes who kept dictating the opening stages but against the run of the play Raiders could have narrowed the gap with a close range effort blocked by the alerted goalkeeper Xuereb while on the other side of the pitch Isabelle Mazzitelli saw her effort ending wide from a good position Kelly Agius Pace could have punished Raiders for care less defending as a short back header was picked up by the Birkirkara forward on the twelfth minute but her low placed shot was parried by goalkeeper Mumford The Stripes remained brisker and mid way through the first half they produced another fine scoring opportunity The vision of Gabriella Zahra was evident again as she picked Giusti on the wing but the latter s shot from tight angle was saved by Mumfod Emma Xuereb had a shot ending wide for Raiders moments later Birkirkara could have added the third two minutes before half time Catherine Campbell found space outside the Raiders box to strike a left footed shot but her effort was saved by Mumford as the score remained unchanged till the half time whistle The Second Half The Stripes once again went out with an aggressive approach and their efforts were paid off with the third goal on the fourty ninth minute They were quick in transitioning the ball forward with Campbell serving Agius Pace who advanced before her inch perfect cross found unmarked Gabriella Zahra who slotted the ball past Mumford Raiders got back in the back on

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    outings Thanks to this victory the Stripes assured of facing Hibernians in next week s big match with just three points less than the Paolites who defeated Mgarr United with a 4 2 score to regain sole leadership Hibernians are leading the table with twenty four points three over the Stripes Birkirkara s Coach Mr Jean Pierre Portanier made two changes from the last match against Raiders Melissa Stickland was handed her first start at the expense of Isabelle Mazzitelli while Charlene Schembri replaced Melania Bajada The Birkirkara Coach set out a 4 4 1 1 formation Xuereb defended the posts with Stephania Farrugia and Yasmeen Vella as central backs while Oriana Bedingfield and Charlene Schembri on the sides Gabriella Zahra and Kim Parnis composed the midfield department while Melissa Stickland and Raina Giusti patrolled the wings Campbell and Kelly Agius Pace started in attack The First Half The Stripes started brightly One minute past and they went close Charlene Schembri was quick to serve Melissa Stickland who unleashed a powerful shot from diagonal angle that almost surprised goalkeeper Costantino but the shot scratched past the far post Birkirkara surged ahead in their next attack on the seventh minute Raina Giusti produced a terrific run on the left channel as she sprinted forwards before supplying and excellent low cross that found Stickland in the perfect position to slam home from close range and score the first goal with our Club Settled by the opening goal the Stripes continued to show better ideas On the thirteenth minute Giusti once again penetrating on the left channel cut inside the middle before having her shot ending wide The Stripes produced another fine scoring opportunity on eighteenth minute Stickland showed great skills to avoid two markers before serving Campbell who had a powerful shot from outside the box ending over by inches Birkirkara remained on the attack Giusti delivered an excellent cross from the left side on the twenty seventh minute to the path of Kelly Agius Pace that saw the latter s shot from inside the box ending narrowly wide The Stripes continued to show better ideas They dictated the play and enjoy large swatches of possessions but they were struggling to penetrate in the final third On the thirty eighth minute Kim Parnis delivered a dangerous free kick on the second post that saw Campbell failing to hit from close range As the match approached half time Birkirkara threatened twice to double their lead Three minutes from time Kim Parnis had a fierce shot from outside the box blocked by goalkeeper Costantino while minute later the same player had a shot from inside the box parried by Costantino as the first half score remained unchanged The Second Half The Birkirkara Coach affected the first substitution five minutes inside the second half Melania Bajada was introduced on the right side back as she replaced Charlene Schembri who enjoyed a fine performance Bajada quickly left her impact as after three minutes her cross was

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    Isabelle Mazzitelli and Kirstie Vella For the latter this was her first start in this league s campaign Goalkeeper Janice Xuereb defended the posts with Melania Bajada Stephania Farrugia and Yasmeen Vella forming the three line defence Gabriella Zahra and Oriana Bedingfield started in midfield with Mazzitelli and Vella patrolling the wing backs Kim Parnis and Raina Giusti started at the either side of central striker Kelly Agius Pace The First Half Birkirkara survived an early scare after just a minute Dorianne Theuma was given space to surge forward and lobbed the ball to Martina Borg who her shot flashed across the goal The Stripes replied on the sixth minute when Kelly Agius shot ended wide by inches Hibernians surged ahead on the eleventh minute Martina Borg served Corissa Vella who unmarked turned to face the goal and her low shot hit hard past goalkeeper Janice Xuereb to put the Paolites ahead and break the dead lock The early goal was the wake up call for the Stripes as they quickly A fine through back to the path of Kim Parnis put the latter open on the right side with Raina Giusti and Kelly Agius Pace both unmarked in the box but Parnis opted to shoot and her effort was held by goalkeeper Tagliaferro Birkirkara should have made the score level on the seventeenth minute Agius Pace showed great abilities to turn and supplied an excellent through ball to Raina Giusti who advanced forward but all alone against goalkeeper Tagliaferro had her close range shot blocked by the Hibernians goalkeeper The match remained balanced but the Stripes looked sharper Leading the midfield Gabriella Zahra was playing a key role in Birkirkara s quickness to transfer the ball forward while the diagonal runs of Giusti and Agius Pace were giving the Hibernians rear guard a hard task to deal with The Stripes lost another golden opportunity five minutes from half time A free kick from the right was deflected by Isabelle Mazzitelli in the path of Kim Parnis but the latter failed to hit the ball with only Tagliaferro to beat Lost chances carry a lot of weight and Birkirkara paid the ultimate price as just two minutes later Hibernians doubled the score Yasmeen Vella was adjudicated to have handled the ball inside the box and the referee ordered what seemed to be a very controversial penalty From the spot Ylenia Carabott doubled the lead Birkirkara were left blaming their luck not to pull a deserved one goal back just before half time Gabriella Zahra served Kelly Agius Pace who showed great skills to dribble past two markers and surge inside the box but her shot was denied by the foot of the post as the Stripes were left chasing a two goal difference at the break The Second Half The Stripes went with all guns blazing in the second half as they sought to get back in the match Agius Pace penetrated the defence and served the unmarked Raina Giusti

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