2004–05 Maltese Premier League

The 2003–04 Maltese Premier League (known as the MIA Premier League[1] for sponsorship reasons) was the 25th season of the Maltese Premier League, and the 90th season of top-tier football in Malta. The league started on 7 September 2004 and finished on 8 May 2005. Sliema Wanderers successfully defended last season's league triumph, surpassing Floriana's league title record of 25 championships.

Maltese Premier League
Season2004–05
Dates7 September 2004 – 8 May 2005
ChampionsSliema Wanderers
(26th title)
RelegatedSt. Patrick
Lija Athletic
Champions LeagueSliema Wanderers
UEFA CupBirkirkara
Hibernians
UEFA Intertoto CupValletta
Matches played132
Goals scored413 (3.13 per match)
Top goalscorerAndrew Cohen (21 goals)

TeamsEdit

The following teams were promoted from the First Division at the start of the season:

From the previous Premier League season, the following teams were relegated to the First Division:

First phaseEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Sliema Wanderers 18 13 3 2 33 15 +18 42 Qualification for the Top Six
2 Valletta 18 11 3 4 42 26 +16 36
3 Hibernians 18 10 6 2 34 22 +12 36
4 Birkirkara 18 9 5 4 44 25 +19 32
5 Marsaxlokk 18 7 5 6 32 23 +9 26
6 Floriana 18 6 6 6 21 22 −1 24
7 Pietà Hotspurs 18 5 4 9 34 33 +1 19 Qualification for the Play-Out
8 Msida Saint-Joseph[a] 18 4 6 8 27 34 −7 16
9 St. Patrick 18 2 3 13 17 45 −28 9
10 Lija Athletic 18 2 1 15 10 49 −39 7
Source: RSSSF
Notes:
  1. ^ Msida Saint-Joseph has 2 points deducted.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BKR FRN HIB LIJ MXK MSD PTA SLM STP VLT
Birkirkara 3–0 2–1 4–0 1–1 5–3 2–3 0–2 7–2 1–2
Floriana 1–3 1–1 4–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–0
Hibernians 4–2 2–0 2–1 3–3 1–1 2–1 2–3 2–2 2–1
Lija Athletic 1–6 1–1 0–1 0–3 1–2 0–4 0–4 1–0 1–2
Marsaxlokk 1–1 0–1 1–2 5–1 2–1 4–1 1–3 3–1 1–1
Msida Saint-Joseph 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 3–1 4–1
Pietà Hotspurs 1–1 2–3 1–3 3–0 0–3 2–2 2–3 4–0 2–3
Sliema Wanderers 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–1
St. Patrick 3–3 0–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 3–2 0–5 0–1 1–2
Valletta 0–1 3–2 2–2 4–1 3–1 5–1 4–1 3–2 5–0
Source: RSSSF
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second phaseEdit

Top SixEdit

The teams placed in the first six positions in the league table qualified for the Top Six, and the points obtained during the first phase were halved (and rounded up) before the start of second phase. As a result, the teams started with the following points before the second phase: Sliema Wanderers 21 points, Valletta 18, Hibernians 18, Birkirkara 17, Marsaxlokk 15 and Floriana 13.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SLM BKR HIB VLT MXK FRN
1 Sliema Wanderers (C) 10 5 4 1 14 8 +6 40 Qualification for the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–1
2 Birkirkara 10 6 4 0 25 14 +11 38 Qualification for the 2005–06 UEFA Cup 3–1 1–1 6–3 2–2 3–0
3 Hibernians 10 4 5 1 15 10 +5 35 1–1 2–2 0–3 3–0 1–1
4 Valletta 10 5 1 4 15 15 0 34 Qualification for the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 0–3 1–2 0–2 4–1 2–1
5 Marsaxlokk 10 1 1 8 11 25 −14 17 1–2 0–3 1–3 0–1 1–0
6 Floriana 10 1 1 8 7 17 −10 16 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 4–3
Source: RSSSF
(C) Champion

Play-OutEdit

The teams which finished in the last four league positions were placed in the Play-Out and at the end of the phase the two lowest-placed teams were relegated to the First Division. The points obtained during the first phase were halved (and rounded up) before the start of second phase. As a result, the teams started with the following points before the second phase: Pietà Hotspurs 10 points, Msida Saint-Joseph 8, St. Patrick 5, Lija Athletic 4.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PTA MSD STP LIJ
7 Pietà Hotspurs 6 3 1 2 10 5 +5 20 1–1 4–0 1–0
8 Msida Saint-Joseph 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 19 2–1 3–0 2–0
9 St. Patrick (R) 6 3 0 3 10 11 −1 14 Relegation to the 2005–06 Maltese First Division 2–0 4–2 4–1
10 Lija Athletic (R) 6 1 1 4 3 11 −8 8 0–3 1–1 1–0
Source: RSSSF
(R) Relegated

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals[2]
1   Andrew Cohen Hibernians 21
2   Ivan Woods Sliema Wanderers 20
3   Michael Galea Birkirkara 14
4   Daniel Nwoke Msida Saint-Joseph 13
5   Terence Scerri Hibernians 12
  Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza Birkirkara
7   Haruna Doda Birkirkara 11
  Danilo Dončić Sliema Wanderers
  Gilbert Agius Valletta
10   Massimo Grima Valletta 10
  Etienne Barbara Birkirkara
  Cleavon Frendo Marsaxlokk

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MIA to sponsor Malta FA leagues". Times of Malta. 12 March 2004. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  2. ^ "MIA Premier League Scorers 2004/05". MaltaFootball.com. Retrieved 2 December 2020.

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