12/13/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/13/2019 13:22
The Stripes dominated proceedings throughout, showing their mettle when it mattered most to win the Super Cup for the fifth time in their history. Undoubtedly, Ethiopia forward Abera took centre-stage with three goals to reach the 20-goal mark this season.
Mġarr, on their part, will have been disappointed with the way the game went as they have now suffered their third straight final defeat at the hands of Birkirkara.
Both teams pressed for an early lead in a pulsating start to the game. Mġarr United came close through a Haley Bugeja free-kick which almost slipped from Janice Xuereb's hands before the Birkirkara custodian grabbed the ball.
Birkirkara's reply came through an Esther Anu shot which was easily blocked by Rachelle Borg.
Mġarr were forced to make an early substitution as Patricia Ebejer replaced the injured Borg between the sticks.
The Stripes came closest to draw first blood on the 23rd minute when Abera whipped in a ball into the box but Anu's header struck the crossbar.
A few moments later, Anu squandered a couple of good chances. First, she had a close-range effort blocked by Ebejer before sending her rebound over the bar from point blank.
The goal seemed to be a matter of time for Birkirkara and they managed to break the deadlock three minutes past the half-hour mark. Mġarr failed to clear the danger from a Birkirkara corner with defender Ann-Marie Said poking the ball behind Ebejer.
Birkirkara continued to press Mġarr, coming close to doubling their lead on several occasions through Gabriella Zahra, Kailey Willis and Abera. On the brink of half-time, Ebejer denied Abera before the Ethiopian striker hit the crossbar.
After the break, Willis attempted her luck with a long-range effort but Ebejer was alert to avert the danger. She missed another chance to double her team's lead when she darted into the box but skied her effort.
Mġarr's reply came from skipper Brenda Borg but she could not direct her effort into the net.
Nonetheless, Birkirkara scored twice in the span of three minutes through Raina Giusti and Loza Abera to seal the win. Giusti advanced towards goal before firing the ball past Ebejer before Abera hit a wonder goal from long range which stunned the Mġarr United goalkeeper.
Abera scored her second of the game with a personal effort before producing a long-range shot to seal her personal hat-trick and a convincing win for Birkirkara
Janice Xuereb, Gabriella Zahra, Ann-Marie Said, Stephania Farrugia, Tracy Teuma (87 Simone Buttigieg), Alishia Sultana, Loza Abera, Kailey Willis (80 Jelena Sakic), Raina Giusti, Yasmeen Vella (63 Samantha Zarb), Esther Anu (68 Veronique Mifsud).
Rachelle Borg (16 Patricia Ebejer), Haley Bugeja, Abigail Camilleri (87 Leanne Cefai), Maia Debono, Jasmine Vella Turner, Francesca Chircop (78 Yolande Attard), Rebecca Bajada, Charlene Cassia, Brenda Borg, Amber Grech, Roxanne Micallef (75 Claudette Xuereb).
Referee: Joseph Scerri.