Following the defeat against Sliema, the Greens faced another stern test against title challengers Hamrun Spartans and it was another disappointing loss after an inconsistent match.
The boys started brightly pressuring the Spartans in their own half and it paid dividends as we went up 1-0 after only four minutes. It was a well worked goal as a cross from the left from Arias found Matias Garcia on the opposite side who hammered the ball home with a thumping volley giving Bartolo no chance.
From then until the end of the first half however the Spartans took control of proceedings. They quickly restored parity thanks to Dodo six minutes after Garcia’s goal.
Hamrun continue to press forward and on 29 minutes took the lead thanks to a wonderful chip from Matthew Guillaumier that caught Akpan by surprise.
In the second half it was a much improved performance from the Greens but we were still lacking punch upfront.
Coach Potenza tried to change things up front by inserting Paiber and Flavinho and Flavinho almost made instant impact but his shot was deflected wide for a corner.
Fifteen minutes from time it was Keqi’s turn who pounced on a rebound in the middle of the box but fluffed his shot wide. A few minutes later it was Paiber who went close from a freekick but a fine stop from Bartolo denied him the equiliser.
With the Greens on all out attack, Hamrun sealed the points a minute from time when Sasere dispossessed Cini and with the defence exposed he served Barbosa whose shot was blocked by Akpan, the ball fell to Sasere who had his attempt blocked by Ruiz but he didn’t miss on his second chance to practically close out the game.
Man of the Match as chosen by journalists was Hamrun’s Matthew Guillaumier whilst the Greens are back in action for the last time in 2020 on Tuesday 22nd December against Birkirkara to recuperate the game that was postponed for Match Day 7. Match will be played at the Hibs Stadium with kick-off scheduled at 17:00hrs.
FLORIANA FC Starting XI; Ini Akpan, Enzo Ruiz, Nicola Leone (64′ Brandon Paiber), Kristian Keqi, Uli Arias (86′ Siraj Arab), Jurgen Pisani, Matias Garcia, Alex Cini, Jan Busuttil, Ryan Camenzuli, Tiago Fonseca (64′ Flavio Cheveresan).
Subs not used: Andrea Cassar, Isaac Galea, Ayrton Azzopardi, Aleandro Garzia.
Coach: Vincenzo Potenza
Goals: 4′ Matias Garcia, 9′ Dodo, 29′ Matthew Guillaumier, 89′ Franklin Sasere.
BOV Man of the Match: Matthew Guillaumier (Hamrun).