Malta Football Association
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CHAMPAGNE FLOWS DOWN BIRKIRKARA’S VALLEY ROAD AS STRIPES SWEEP TO SWEET 2013 TITLE SUCCESS
May 12, 2013
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  • Photo courtesy of Paul Zammit Cutajar
  • Photo courtesy of Paul Zammit Cutajar
  • Photo courtesy of Paul Zammit Cutajar
  • Photo courtesy of Paul Zammit Cutajar
  • Photo courtesy of Paul Zammit Cutajar
  • Photo courtesy of Paul Zammit Cutajar
  • Photo courtesy of Paul Zammit Cutajar
  • Photo courtesy of Paul Zammit Cutajar
  • Photo courtesy of Paul Zammit Cutajar
  • Photo courtesy of Paul Zammit Cutajar
  • Photo courtesy of Paul Zammit Cutajar
  • Photo courtesy of Paul Zammit Cutajar
  • Photo courtesy of Paul Zammit Cutajar
  • Photo courtesy of Paul Zammit Cutajar

On a very wet day Valley Road in Birkirkara is notorious for torrential rainwater which sweeps ferociously down this town’s principal thoroughfare and very often wreaks havoc in the central zone of one of the most populous localities in Malta.


 

 

Not so on the calm spring evening of Saturday the 11th May 2013. It was champagne and beer that flowed profusely as corks went popping up from the bottle tops and foamy white liquid gushed out of the cans amid the revelry of numerous fans who celebrated Birkirkara’s fourth Malta championship success.

 

Just after 8.15 pm the Stripes’s unassuming captain and midfielder Gareth Sciberras was on an appropriately-prepared platform in the middle of the Ta’ Qali Stadium pitch to be presented with the handsome BOV Championship Cup by MFA president, Norman Darmanin Demajo, in the presence of Charles Borg, the BOV CEO.  Birkirkara had come from behind to beat Hibernians 3-1 in the first-ever decider since the top league was re-classified to Premier Division.

 

A crowd of just under 10,000 watched an intense duel which had that lasting volte face inthe second period after Hibernians had taken a first-half 1-0 lead.

 

At the final whistle by referee Alan Mario Sant the field of play and the Birkirkara stands were awash with the yellow-red colours as flags and banners jinked and swayed with the celebratory movement of the numerous Stripes fans. Their chorus of chanting was deafening.

 

It was an evening to remember for their amiable coach Paul Zammit who steered his relatively young team to their fourth championship title after they had won it in 2000, 2006 and 2010.

 

The Birkirkara lads had never for a moment lost their self-belief after finishing the first phase in third place, a point behind joint leaders, Valletta and Hibernians. They stuck doggedly to their task of chasing the front runners and succeeded in picking 23 points in the ten championship pool matches. This tally was more than any of their rivals managed.

 

That left them with a decider against the Paolites to negotiate, a showdown which finally ended in triumph for them. Their positive mentality was a trump card.

 

A big well done for the Stripes...! It was a truly deserved success for the players’ and their coach’s work ethics. Credit also goes to the losers for playing their part in the tango.

 

Above all, it was a day when football emerged triumphant.

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