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Galea header sparks Birkirkara joy

Published: Friday 23 May 2003, 9.47CET
Michael Galea's 92nd-minute winner helped Birkirkara FC beat Sliema Wanderers FC in the Maltese Trophy final.

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Published: Friday 23 May 2003, 9.47CET

Galea header sparks Birkirkara joy

Michael Galea's 92nd-minute winner helped Birkirkara FC beat Sliema Wanderers FC in the Maltese Trophy final.

A goal two minutes into injury time from striker Michael Galea ensured Birkirkara FC retained the Maltese Trophy after a dramatic final against champions Sliema Wanderers FC.

Repeat performance
Maltese Premier League winners Sliema went into their 36th final hoping to avenge last year's 1-0 defeat at the same stage by Birkirkara and claim the Trophy for a record 19th time. However, Birkirkara, pipped to the league title by Sliema, produced a resilient performance in their fifth consecutive final to repeat the 2002 scoreline.

Galea winner
Danilo Doncic, who scored four goals for Sliema in their 5-2 semi-final win against Hibernians FC, went close seven minutes from the end when his shot just flew past the post. But appropriately it was Galea, the league's top marksman with 18 goals, who headed in the 92nd-minute decider, following a cross from former Sliema defender Mark Anthony Bonnici.

Second Trophy
Having lost on their first five final appearances, Birkirkara claimed the Trophy for the second occasion. Their league position had already guaranteed their UEFA Cup qualification along with Valletta FC. Sliema enter the UEFA Champions League, while Hibernians will tackle the UEFA Intertoto Cup.

Last updated: 23/05/03 13.06CET

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