Match Report: Sta Lucia FC 2 – Floriana FC 1

Floriana started their commitments following the international break with a disappointing 2-1 loss against Sta Lucia. It was an erratic performance by the Greens who managed to take the lead at the stroke of half time but became undone with two quick goals from Sta Lucia after the interval.

Coach Potenza was forced to make a number of changes to his starting eleven as seven players were missing either through injury or suspension whilst Kristian Keqi was only fit to start on the bench.

It was a cagey affair in the first half with chances coming at a premium and in fact the Greens took the lead on the only proper chance of the half.

Camenzuli did well to recover the ball in the middle of the field and after going past a couple of defenders send a delightful through ball to Flavinho who sent a powerful shot to the top of the corner to give the Greens a 1-0 lead at half time.

At the restart the Greens looked to be in control but Sta Lucia equilised out of nowhere on 53 minutes as Kevin Rosero hit a freekick just outside the box in the bottom left corner to equilise.

The goal rattled the Greens who barely had time to regroup as Sta Lucia moved ahead 2 minutes later when a quick break from Da Silva Souza put Tachikawa clear of goal who was first to the ball and put it behind Spiteri.

From then on the Greens looked disjointed and failed to master any sort of recovery with Sta Lucia controlling comfortably as the match ended 2-1 to give Sta Lucia the first win of the season and Floriana the second loss in four games.

Next match is against Senglea Athletic on Wednesday 21st August at 1700hrs at the National Stadium.

FLORIANA FC Starting XI;  Justin Spiteri, Moustapha Beye, Enzo Ruiz, Diego Venancio, Brandon Paiber, Jurgen Pisani (82′ Daniel Agius), Alex Cini, Flavio Cheveresan, Marcelo Dias (59′ Kristian Keqi), Ryan Camenzuli, Tiago Fonseca

Subs not used: Andrea Cassar, Siraj Arab, Kieron Azzopardi, Mattias Formosa, Kurt Thuema

Coach: Vincenzo Potenza

Goals: Cheveresan 44′, Rosero 54′, Tachikawa 55′.

BOV Man of the Match: Rei Tachikawa (Sta Lucia).

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