Floriana dominated their pre-season friendly against Maltese First Division side, Sirens FC.
Senegalese forward, Amadou Samb completed a second half hat-trick for The Green’s.
After just seven minutes of play, Floriana had the chance to take the lead following an impressive run down the right hand side, the player cut inside and was taken down by a Sirens defender leading to a penalty.
Mario Fontanella missed the opportunity to lead as his penalty kick hit the post.
A second chance followed minutes later as Floriana again, hit the woodwork following a lobbed attempt which would not have counted anyway as the play was ruled offside.
The Green’s finally broke the deadlock in the 14th minute when their forward received the ball from across goal, his first shot was saved but the rebound was calmly slotted home with Sirens making an offside appeal which was not approved by the match officials.
Moments later a second goal followed through Fontanella as there was a communication issue between the Sirens goalkeeper and defender following the initial save from the keeper.
Sirens were saved by The Linesman in the 25th minute as a through ball was played to the Floriana front man, who placed the ball to the right of the goalkeeper. The goal was ruled offside giving the First Division side a lifeline to get back into the game.
There was an appeal for a second penalty of the game when Sirens’ goalkeeper came rushing off his line which resulted in him taking the Floriana player down. An outburst from the Floriana fans was not enough to convince Th Referee, who pointed for a corner instead.
Another goal was disallowed before halftime as The Green’s thought they had scored a third through an open header. A signal from the linesman suggested that there was around a foot in the call for offside.
The second half kicked off with the score at 2-0. A number of changes were made with goalkeeper Matthew Calleja Cremona swapping for his understudy and Senegalese forward Amadou Samb being introduced to play.
Just six minutes into the final 45, Floriana had a chance to make it three with a, “how did that not go in?” feel as an across goal cross needed the slightest of touches to add to The Green’s lead.
Sirens didn’t give up as they continued to push forward. Their best chance of the game came when a break through occurred but the Floriana goalkeeper gathered the through ball calmly.
A third goal came in the 72nd minute as substitute, Samb added to The Green’s tally through a leaping header from a well delivered free-kick.
The Senegalese player was on the score sheet again just three minutes later as he connected well to the winger’s cross following an impressive bit of play which saw the player beat two Sirens defenders.
Sirens had a chance to get a consolation goal with a free-kick from the edge of the box. The side didn’t manage to take this opportunity well as it hit the wall and went out for a corner.
The 80th minute saw a fifth goal of the game through Gustavo. Previous goal scorer, Samb assisted his team mate following a counter attack from Sirens’ corner which was cleared quickly. The former Verona forward played the ball across goal, which was converted through a simple tap in.
It wasn’t long until Samb completed his hat trick making the score 6-0. The player who had impressed since coming on as a substitute, scored his well deserved third goal as he lobbed the Sirens keeper from inside of the area.
The initial shot was blocked but Samb calmly lifted the ball into the top left hand corner of the goal.
An impressive performance saw Floriana claim a well deserved victory. The Green’s play Balzan on Friday which will not be a walk in the park for the side.
Floriana goalkeeper, Matthew Calleja Cremona spoke exclusively to ElWriteBack about the game.
“It was a good game and performance. The most important thing is the score line and the performances.
“We start the season in two weeks time so we will see how we get on from there.”
In regards of the side’s next friendly against Balzan, Cremona said: “We are looking for another good performance, they are one of the top four clubs in Malta right now and we want to overcome them in the season so it will be a good challenge to see where we are now.”
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