Malta Football Association
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Tarxien, Żejtun battle for place in BOV Premier League
Apr 27, 2018
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Fans of Tarxien Rainbows and Żejtun Corinthians are expected to flock to the Hibernians Stadium on Friday to support their teams in this eagerly-awaited play-off kicking off at 19.00.
  


A place in next season’s BOV Premier League will be at stake with Tarxien Rainbows, who finished third from bottom, seeking to retain their status while Żejtun will be going all out to gain promotion after ending their First Division commitments in third place.

 

“Our goal is to win this game during the regular 90 minutes,” Jose Borg, the Tarxien Rainbows coach, told www.mfa.com.mt.

 

“We have been following the first division as we knew there was always the possibility of having to contest this play-off, even though I feel we could have avoided it.”

 

According to the play-off competition regulations, the two contestants can use up to four foreign players in order to create a level playing field.

 

BOV Premier League teams can field up to seven in the normal season but Borg is not concerned about this restriction.

 

“I don’t think that playing with fewer foreigners is a setback for us as we have done this on other occasions during the season,” Borg, who took charge of Tarxien Rainbows at the start of the season, said.

 

Żejtun Corinthians earned the right to contest this play-off after finishing third behind Qormi and Pietà Hotspurs in the BOV First Division.

 

FAMILY ATMOSPHERE

 

Joe Borg, the Żejtun Corinthians coach, believes that the family atmosphere at the club is the key behind the team’s progress this season.

 

“We are like a family, not just a football team, and that counts for more than 60 per cent of any success in my opion,” Borg said.

 

Borg and Alan Mifsud teamed up three years ago at Żejtun Corinthians.

 

Under their guidance, Żejtun managed promotion to first division after two years and have now made it to the play-offs.

 

“It has always been my dream to see my hometown team play in the top league,” Mifsud, who hails from Żejtun, said.

 

Mifsud, the team manager, has had a successful playing career, most notably with Hibernians, but he considers this play-off as one of the most important games he has been involved in.

 

Both Borg and Mifsud are confident that Żejtun can hold their own against Tarxien Rainbows.

 

This season, Żejtun managed to beat Mosta in the FA Trophy before being elimineted by Valletta in the quarter-finals.

 

FIRST DIVISION PLAY OFF

 

On Sunday, Żabbar St Patrick meet Swieqi United in the BOV First Division Relegation/Promotion Play-Off at the Centenary Stadium (16.00).
 

Żabbar finished 12th in the league on 23 points while Melita and Rabat Ajax were relegated.

 

The promotion race in the second division was very tight with Gudja and Santa Lucia ending the season on equal points to set up decider which went Gudja’s way.

 

Swieqi had led the second division for a long time but missed the chance to win the title and automatic promotion after going down 3-1 to Marsaxlokk in their final match.

 

Led by Billy Mock, Swieqi eventually finished third to earn a place in the play-off which is expected to unfold into a hard-fought encounter on Sunday.

 

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