Late equalizer for Hamza’s Valletta


By Sulayman Bah Gambia’s Hamza Barry’s Valletta scored a late goal to force a shareHamza Barry 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.      ]]>