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 Post subject: Valletta 3 Hamrun Spartans 0
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:38 am 
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This match , in The Maltese Premier League was one of two at the National Stadium, Ta’ Qali on Sunday.

It is a quirk that entrance to the stadium gets you two matches. The first match was a 2-2 draw between Floriana and Sliema Wanderers, the second between league leaders and champions in waiting Valletta and Hamrun Spartans ( the mighty red and blacks )

I have followed Hamrun through thin and thinner for 25 years, although I only get to see them a couple of times a season.

This season we should manage mid-table security, relegation isn’t likely and European qualification probably impossible.

The first half was full of half chances for both sides, very defensive play with the odd counter attack by Spartans, and slow and steady build up play by Valletta. It was no surprise that Valletta scored first, a shot was deflected to give them a 30th minute lead, and a second followed just before half time. I must say, the Hamrun players’s heads dropped, and it might have been three at half time were it not for a decent save by the Hamrun ‘keeper.

The second half was a bit flat, one decent chance, a cracking shot by the Hamrun defender Tristan Caruana and a couple of half chances, but Valletta sat back a bit and became the counter attackers scoring a third when a loose ball following a save by Galea in the Hamrun goal was pounced on by the Valletta striker ( Nwoko ? )

All in all a pleasant afternoon in the sun, four sets of fans, alcohol in plastic glasses available and not a hint of trouble anywhere.

Great stuff !

Next up, a friendly between Burmarrad FC and a new team for next season, the horribly named FC Qawra United, formerly the Qawra branch of the Man Utd supporters club who are looking to start in the minor leagues next season.

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