The best team won
Floriana deserved the verdict as they were the better outfit by playing low and short passing and creating more occasions than Żejtun. They failed to turn their superiority into more goals and they were denied on many occasions by Żejtun keeper Christian Camilleri who made very good saves.
After only three minutes Floriana won a corner kick on the left flank and from Miguel Galea’s cross the ball was cleared on the line from a shot by Mattia Zarb. Bradley Sciberras served Dario Mentosa on the edge of the area and he missed the bar by inches. Camilleri then foiled Brandon Bray with a timely sortie after a Zarb through ball and later he partly saved a close-range shot by Zarb after a Kurt Theuma through ball and a defender cleared the ball away.
Floriana opened the score in the 15th minute. Galea dribbled past an opponent on the left flank and then square-passed the ball to Zarb who scroed with a hard rising shot from 20 metres.
The pressure from Floriana resumed. Zarb served Galea with a short free kick pass and Camilleri saved his shot to a corner and he also denied the same player with a timely sortie by diving at his feet after a Zarb through ball.
In the only action by Żejtun in the 28th minute Luke Bongailas served Godwin Gafa’ with a cross in the area and Floriana keeper Christopher Farrugia saved his header.
Floriana doubled their lead in the 34th minute as Phyall Ghalled scored from inside the area after a Zarb cross from the right flank.
Żejtun mounted the first action after restart as Bongailas set Gafa’ through in the area and Farrugia foiled as he dived at his feet and smothered the ball, at the other end Camilleri saved a shot by Sciberras after a Zarb square pass. Zejtun came close to narrow the gap in the 46th minute as Gafa’ entered the area from the right flank and the ball missed the far post from his shot.
Miguel Galea should have added another for Floriana but he miscued his shot with only Camilleri to beat after a Dylan Mifsud cross. Eight minutes before the end Floriana scored a third goal when Sciberras released Zarb in the area and he scored with a hard low drive.
Floriana: C.Farrugia, M.Zarb, N.Azzopardi, S.Bartolo, M.Galea, P.Ghalled, D.Mentosa, D.Mifsud, K.Theuma, B.Bray, B.Sciberras,
Żejtun: C.Camilleri, R.Attard, L.Bongailas, S.Bonnici, G.Carabott, C.Cassar, G.Gafa’, J.Galea, D.Mercieca, K.Spagnol, O.Zahra Referee: Carl Galea