Following the loss against Hibs on Sunday, the Greens were back in action for the last commitment before the international break to get a hard earned win 3-2 against Sirens at the Centenary Stadium.
For the Greens it was the fifth game in the space of two weeks and the boys have now earned a well deserved break following a long grind that stretches back to the historic win in Belfast against Linfield.
It was a hard fought but well deserved win for the boys in Green as they dominated for much of the proceedings and until the second Sirens goal seemed well in control to get the three points.
Coach Enzo Potenza effected five changes from the team which played Hibernians as Justin Spiteri started in goal while Jurgen Pisani, Nicola Leone, Brandon Paiber and Kristian Keqi were all back in the starting line-up. Missing from the squad due to injuries were Uli Arias, Mattias Garcia and Flavinho.
Sirens, on the other hand had the suspended Thiago Espindola missing with striker Wilfried Domoraud starting the game on the bench.
The Greens were off to a flier when sublime passing between Tiago Fonseca and Ryan Camenzuli after four minutes resulted with the latter whipping in a perfectly weighted cross that Jan Busuttil converted in the back of the net with a fantastic low volley.
We continued to dictate proceedings but on 18 minutes, Tounkara intercepted a ball outside the box and his rising shot beat Spiteri to level the matter.
The boys continue to press and on 29 minutes, Tiago Fonseca exchanged the ball with Paiber and his low shot was parried by Cassar.
At the end of the half the Greens went close again when a Venancio free-kick was partially saved by Cassar with Jurgen Pisani first on the rebound but his attempt was blocked.
The second half started as it had ended and we broke the deadlock again when Leone delivered a cross from the left and Pisani’s close-range header was blocked by the goalkeeper but Kristian Keqi slammed the ball home off the rebound to score his first goal of the season and restore a one goal advantage.
The Greens maintained the pressure and added another on 64 minutes. Following a good run by Venancio, Busuttil exchanged the ball with Paiber, before beating Cassar with an angled shot that got a slight deflection by a Sirens defender.
Sirens increased their intensity and reduced the arrears on 77 minutes when Ryan Grech delivered a freekick from the left, Domoraud’s header hit the upright and off the rebound, Manuel Angel Bustos headed home from close range.
The last piece of meaningful action came two minutes in added time as Leone was given his marching orders for a second bookable offense.
The boys resisted the last ditch efforts by Sirens without ever threatening the goal to earn an important 3-2 win which propels us to third place in the standing with six points from the opening three games. Following the two international break we will now face Sta. Lucija in Matchday 4.
FLORIANA FC Starting XI; Justin Spiteri, Enzo Ruiz, Diego Venancio, Kristian Keqi (76′ Daniel Agius), Nicola Leone, Brandon Paiber (84′ Moustapha Beye), Jurgen Pisani, Marcelo Dias, Jan Busuttil (87′ Alex Cini), Ryan Camenzuli, Tiago Fonseca
Subs not used: Andrea Cassar, Siraj Arab, Kieron Azzopardi, Mattias Formosa.
Coach: Vincenzo Potenza
Goals: Busuttil 4′, Tounkara 18′, Keqi 49′, Busuttil 64′, Bustos 77′.
BOV Man of the Match: Jan Busuttil (Floriana).