Hibernians vs Birkirkara – An eternal rivalry
Hibernians and Birkirkara, the dominant couple in Maltese women football and who yet for another season will be challenging each other for the ultimate prize, the BOV Women Premier League 2014/2015.
Next Tuesday they will be facing each other in a do or die contest, their 51st encounter, which will conclude their 1st round fixtures before returning in action for the last part of the season.
Hibernians will face Birkirkara as the league leaders as they are 3 points ahead of their rivals and a win would mean taking a big step towards their 11th title. Till now, they have won all 4 matches they have played in the Championship pool, producing positive performances which led to convincing results, with a tally of 18 goals scored and only 3 conceded. On the other hand, only the 3 points will satisfy Birkirkara in order to reach Hibernians on top of the league. Birkirkara saw their gap increase to 3 points after their loss on matchday 3 against Mgarr United (1-2), while they had lost their sole leadership in the league after being awarded a 3-0 loss against Pembroke Athleta for having utilised an ineligible player. Despite their delicate situation, Birkirkara managed to overcome Raiders Luxol in their last match, in a nervy-contest which was decided by a controversial goal in the dying minutes of the encounter and which for sure gave them a huge boost to face Hibernians.
Hibernians matches in the Championship Pool before facing Birkirkara:
Vs Mgarr United = 6-2.
Vs Raiders Luxol = 1-0.
Vs Pembroke Athleta = 7-0.
Vs Kirkop United = 4-1.
Birkirkara matches in the Championship Pool before facing Hibernians:
Vs Kirkop United = 4-0.
Vs Pembroke Athleta = 5-0 (loss 0-3).
Vs Mgarr United = 1-2.
Vs Raiders Luxol = 1-0.
Sports journalist from Malta with a great passion towards women’s football. My interest towards women’s football commenced during the 2007 FIFA World Cup and from then on I started to catch up with all international tournaments that used to be broadcasted. My involvement in local women’s football started few years ago by attending all national team’s matches and sometimes used to attend some of the domestic league’s matches. I hope that my articles with WSU help our local league to build an important reputation among other nations and expose our girls in this movement.