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Sasere, Yuri, Veselji in the limelight, three MPL debutants

Published: Wed 11 May 2022, 08:01

1 – Three players made their Premier Division debut on the last match day of the 2021/22 BOV Premier Division. Floriana goalkeeper Aidan Portelli-Isherwood, aged 19, made his Premier Division debut in the match against Gudja United (2-1) last Thursday, while in the match against Gzira United on Saturday, 16-year-old Hibernians midfielder Lucas Caruana also made his first appearance in the MPL, playing from the start until the 81st minute before being replaced by Zachary Grech. In the match against Balzan, Sliema player Denzel Formston, aged 17, made his MPL debut as well, coming on as a late substitute.

10 – Valletta’s win over Santa Lucia last Friday was their 10th Premier Division win of the season. This is their lowest number of wins since 2005-2006 when they also recorded ten wins (in 28 MPL games), not considering the previous two seasons when the competitions was not played to an end.

20 – Franklin Sasere’s solitary goal against Birkirkara last Saturday was the 20th goal for the Hamrun Spartans striker in the Premier Division.

45 – Mosta midfielder Clayton Failla, was shown the 45th red card of the season in the 3-2 defeat against Sirens. He was sent off by match official Fyodor Zammit just after the match ended. It was also the last red card of the campaign.

50 – Sirens’ third goal in the 3-2 win over Mosta scored by Carlos Flores, was the 50th the Blues conceded this season.

80 – Yuri de Jesus Messias netted the 80th goal of the Second Phase. Gzira United’s Brazilian forward scored the winning goal for the Maroons in the 2-1 victory against Hibernians. It was also the last goal netted of the 2021/22 BOV Premier Division.

100 – In the match against Hibernians, Yuri de Jesus Messias also became the 100th foreign player to win the ‘man of the match’ accolade.

150 – Young Floriana forward Mattia Veselji became the 150th scorer of the campaign. He doubled the advantage for the Greens in their 2-1 win over Gudja United.