By Sulayman Bah
Gambia’s Hamza Barry’s Valletta scored a late goal to force a share
of the spoils against Birkirkara of the Maltese top flight.
Birkirkara’s second-half improvement looked to have been rewarded when
Nikola Vukanac fired them ahead with 13 minutes remaining but they
were pegged by Briffa.It was the third game in a row that Birkirkara conceded a late
equaliser but yesterday they risked leaving the stadium empty-handed
were it not for Haber who pulled off two smart saves in stoppage time.
The outcome was fair as neither side did enough to win but the main
beneficiaries were Hibernians, who will begin the last round with an
eight-point advantage, and, to a lesser extent Birkirkara who will
head into the home straight level on 22 points with Valletta.
Close to the 15th-minute mark, Valletta appealed for a penalty when
Gambia’s Hamza Barry darted into the box only to go down when he came in
contact with Nikola Vukanac but referee Esther Azzopardi did not blow his whistle.