2018–19 Maltese Premier League

The 2018–19 Maltese Premier League was the 104th season of top-flight league football in Malta. The season began on 17 August 2018 and ended in April 2019. Defending champions Valletta won their 25th title, following a penalty shootout win against Hibernians in a championship decider match.[4]

Maltese Premier League
Season2018–19
Dates17 August 2018 – 28 April 2019
ChampionsValletta
(25th title)
RelegatedSt. Andrews
Qormi
Pietà Hotspurs
Champions LeagueValletta
Europa LeagueHibernians
Gżira United
Balzan
Matches played182
Goals scored495 (2.72 per match)
Top goalscorerTaylon Nicolas Correa (18 goals)[1]
Biggest home winValletta 6–0 Qormi
(21 September 2018)[2]
Biggest away winTarxien Rainbows 0–7 Valletta
(8 December 2018)[3]
Highest scoringTarxien Rainbows 0–7 Valletta
(8 December 2018)[3]
All statistics correct as of 4 May 2019.

TeamsEdit

Location of teams in 2018–19 Maltese Premier League

Lija Athletic and Naxxar Lions were relegated after they finished thirteenth and fourteenth the previous season.[5] They are replaced by Qormi and Pietà Hotspurs, the 2017–18 Maltese First Division champions and runners-up respectively. Tarxien Rainbows retained Premiership status by defeating Żejtun Corinthians in a play-off decider.[6]

Team In league since City Training Stadium Capacity
Balzan 2011–12 Balzan St. Aloysius Sports and Recreational Complex 100
Birkirkara 1990–91 Birkirkara Mġarr Ground 0
Floriana 1986–87 Floriana Independence Arena 0
Gżira United 2016–17 Gżira Gżira Football Ground 0
Ħamrun Spartans 2016–17 Ħamrun Victor Tedesco Stadium 6,000
Hibernians 1945–46 Paola Hibernians Ground 2,968
Mosta 2011–12 Mosta Charles Abela Memorial Stadium 600
Pietà Hotspurs 2018–19 Pietà Trinity Stadium
Qormi 2018–19 Qormi Thomaso Ground 500
Senglea Athletic 2017–18 Senglea Ta' Qali National Stadium 17,797
Tarxien Rainbows 2008–09 Tarxien Tony Cassar Sports Ground 1,000
Sliema Wanderers 1984–85 Sliema Tigne Sports Complex 1,000
St. Andrews 2015–16 St. Andrew's Luxol Stadium 800
Valletta 1944–45 Valletta Sirens Stadium 600

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Balzan   Jacques Scerri Joma Investors Mutual Limited
Birkirkara   John Buttigieg Adidas McDonald's
Floriana   Guido Ugolotti Joma Scotts Supermarket, Guess?
Gżira United   Jesmond Zerafa Joma Jeep
Ħamrun Spartans   Giovanni Tedesco Sportika SA
Hibernians   Stefano Sanderra Joma Bezzina
Mosta   Mark Miller Macron Dimbros, Nilmar
Pietà Hotspurs   Ramon Zammit Nike Famalco.net
Qormi   Matthew Psaila Macron
Senglea Athletic   Enzo Potenza Macron Palumbo
Sliema Wanderers   Stefano Maccoppi Adidas DIZZ, DSM Sports
St. Andrews   Michael Woods Macron
Tarxien Rainbows   Jose Borg Erreà Cassar Ship Repairs
Valletta   Gilbert Agius (caretaker) Joma Iniala
  • Additionally, referee kits are made by Adidas, sponsored by TeamSports and FXDD, and Nike has a new match ball.

VenuesEdit

Ta' Qali Ta' Qali Paola Hamrun
Ta' Qali National Stadium Centenary Stadium Tony Bezzina Stadium Victor Tedesco Stadium
Capacity: 16,997 Capacity: 3,000 Capacity: 2,968 Capacity: 1,962
       

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Ħamrun Spartans   Jacques Scerri Mutual consent 31 May 2018[7] Pre-season   Giovanni Tedesco 31 May 2018[7]
Hibernians   Mario Muscat
  Neil Zarb Cousin
End of caretaker 4 July 2018[8]   Stefano Sanderra 4 July 2018[8]
Senglea Athletic   Steve D'Amato End of contract 30 June 2018   Bruno Russo 17 July 2018
Floriana   Nicolas Hernan Chiesa Sacked 27 August 2018[9] 12th   Luís Oliveira 29 August 2018[10]
Senglea Athletic   Bruno Russo Sacked 15 September 2018[11] 13th   Enzo Potenza 20 September 2018[11]
Qormi   Brian Spiteri Resigned 6 November 2018[12] 13th   Matthew Psaila
Floriana   Luís Oliveira Sacked 14 November 2018[13] 9th   Guido Ugolotti 14 November 2018[14]
Mosta   Enrico Piccioni 16 November 2018[15] 12th   Mark Miller 22 November 2018[16]
Sliema Wanderers   John Buttigieg 26 January 2019[17] 6th   Stefano Maccoppi 11 February 2019[18]
Balzan   Marko Micovic Resigned 3 February 2019[19] 6th   Jacques Scerri 5 February 2019[20]
Gżira United   Darren Abdilla 12 February 2019[21] 3rd   Jesmond Zerafa 12 February 2019[21]
Birkirkara   Paul Zammit 26 March 2019 7th   John Buttigieg 18 April 2019[22]
Valletta   Danilo Dončić 8 April 2019[23] 1st   Gilbert Agius (caretaker) 8 April 2019[23]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Valletta[a] (C) 26 18 4 4 61 18 +43 58 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Hibernians 26 18 4 4 54 27 +27 58 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Gżira United 26 13 11 2 42 21 +21 50
4 Ħamrun Spartans 26 12 10 4 35 20 +15 46
5 Sliema Wanderers 26 13 6 7 37 26 +11 45
6 Balzan 26 12 7 7 41 31 +10 43 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[b]
7 Birkirkara 26 12 3 11 33 26 +7 39
8 Floriana 26 9 5 12 28 25 +3 32
9 Mosta 26 7 8 11 30 45 −15 29
10 Tarxien Rainbows 26 8 2 16 29 58 −29 26[c]
11 Senglea Athletic 26 7 5 14 33 46 −13 26[c]
12 St. Andrews (R) 26 7 3 16 25 45 −20 24 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
13 Qormi (R) 26 6 2 18 25 51 −26 20 Relegation to the Maltese First Division
14 Pietà Hotspurs (R) 26 3 4 19 25 59 −34 13
Source: Malta Football Association
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champions, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).[24]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Valletta and Hibernians finished equal on points, and a championship play-off to determine the winner was won by Valletta
  2. ^ Balzan qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round as the 2018–19 FA Trophy winners
  3. ^ a b Tarxien Rainbows finished ahead of Senglea Athletic on head-to-head points: Senglea Athletic 1–2 Tarxien Rainbows, Tarxien Rainbows 2–2 Senglea Athletic.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BAL BIR FLO GŻI ĦAM HIB MOS PIE QOR SEN SLI STA TAR VAL
Balzan 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–0 4–2 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–0 1–2
Birkirkara 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 2–3 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–3 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–3
Floriana 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 4–1 0–1 0–1 4–0 2–0
Gżira United 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–2 3–3 5–2 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0
Ħamrun Spartans 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–1
Hibernians 5–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–3 2–0 2–2 2–0 5–0 1–2
Mosta 0–0 0–3 3–3 1–1 0–0 0–4 3–2 2–0 0–3 1–2 1–3 3–1 0–1
Pietà Hotspurs 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–3 3–1 0–3 0–4
Qormi 1–3 1–0 1–3 1–4 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–3 0–2 1–2 1–2
Senglea Athletic 0–5 0–2 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–1 4–0 0–2 5–0 1–2 1–5
Sliema Wanderers 1–3 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–1 3–0
St. Andrews 0–1 2–0 3–0[a] 1–0 0–3 1–2 1–1 3–3 0–2 1–2 0–2 1–5 0–4
Tarxien Rainbows 1–3 0–2 0–3 1–4 2–1 2–4 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 0–7
Valletta 4–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 5–0 3–0 6–0 3–3 2–0 1–0 1–0
Source: Malta Football Association
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.
Notes:
  1. ^ St. Andrew's were awarded a 3–0 win after the Malta Football Association's Protests Board upheld their protest as Floriana didn't have 11 homegrown players in their squad. Originally, the match ended in a 0–0 draw.[25]

Positions by roundEdit

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards.

Leader and 2019–20 UEFA Champions League first qualifying round
2019–20 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
2019–20 UEFA Europa League preliminary round
Relegation play-offs
Relegation to First Division
Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
Valletta14141064332233233111221112111
Hibernians62695553322121222112221222
Gżira United14111111111312333333333333
Ħamrun Spartans35257776566654644456544444
Sliema Wanderers21533224444546777644465555
Balzan87322445655477566577776656
Birkirkara53746867777765455765657777
Floriana1112111196881091010899991098888888
Mosta12848991012121212121111111112889999999
Tarxien Rainbows13697101011109108891088891010101010101010
Senglea Athletic1013141414141414141414141413131211121212111111111111
St. Andrews41012121211998899108101010111111121212121212
Qormi7981011131313131313131314141414131413131314131313
Pietà Hotspurs911131313121211111111111212121313141314141413141414
Updated to match(es) played on 27 April 2019. Source: Scoresway

Championship play-offEdit

At the end of the season, Valletta and Hibernians finished off equal on 58 points; in the last matchday, Valletta were few minutes away from winning the title as they were leading 1–0 against Ħamrun Spartans, but a goal in stoppage time levelled the match.[26] Hibernians had a convincing 5–1 win over Balzan to force a championship decider to be played between the two on 18 May.[27]

4 May 2019 Valletta 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
HiberniansTa' Qali
16:30 CEST
Report
Stadium: Ta' Qali National Stadium
Attendance: 9,544
Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
Man of the Match: Taylon Nicolas Correa (Hibernians)
Penalties

Relegation play-offsEdit

A play-off match took place between the twelfth-placed team from the Premier League, St. Andrews, and the third-placed team from the First Division, St. Lucia, for a place in the 2019–20 Maltese Premier League. St. Lucia became the first First Division club to win a Premier League play-off, thereby booking a place in next season's Premier League for the first time in their history.[28]

5 May 2019 St. Andrews (1)1–4 St. Lucia (2) Paola
16:00 CEST
Report
  • Patrick Jean   10', 75' (pen.)
  • Jackson Mendonza   17', 60'
Stadium: Hibernians Stadium
Referee: Etienne Antoine Mangion

Season statisticsEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 5 May 2019[1]
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Taylon Nicolas Correa Hibernians 18
2   Mario Fontanella Valletta 17
3   Haruna Garba Gżira United 12
4   Bojan Kaljević Valletta 11
  Tiago Adan Hibernians
  Jake Grech Hibernians
7   Andrija Majdevac Balzan 10
  Miguel Alba Valletta
9   Alfred Effiong Balzan 9
10   Younes Bnou Marzouk Sliema Wanderers 8
  Kevin Tulimieri Ħamrun Spartans
  Augusto Cáseres Senglea Athletic

Hat-tricksEdit

Player[29] For Against Result Date
  Kevaun Atkinson St. Andrews Mosta 3–1 18 August 2018
  Bojan Kaljević Valletta Senglea Athletic 5–1 28 September 2018
  Haruna Garba Gżira United Balzan 3–0 27 October 2018
  Mario Fontanella Valletta Tarxien Rainbows 7–0 8 December 2018
  Diego Venancio Senglea Athletic St. Andrews 5–0 14 March 2019
  Justin Mengolo Gżira United Pietà Hotspurs 5–2 30 March 2019
  Taylon Nicolas Correa Hibernians Balzan 5–1 27 April 2019

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Player of the Month
Player Club
August[30]   Michele Paolucci Tarxien Rainbows
September[31]   Bojan Kaljević Valletta
October[32]   Mario Fontanella Valletta
November[33]   Martin Davis St. Andrews
December[34]   Taylon Correa Hibernians
January[35]   Augusto Cáseres Senglea Athletic
February[36]   Wilfried Domoraud Ħamrun Spartans
March[37]   Younes Bnou Marzouk Sliema Wanderers
April/May   Jake Grech Hibernians

Annual awardsEdit

Award[38] Winner Club
MFA Footballer of the Year   Andrei Agius Hibernians
Coach of the Year   Stefano Sanderra Hibernians
Young Player of the Year   Matthew Guillaumier Birkirkara
Foreign Player of the Year   Miguel Alba Valletta
Best Goal Award   Jurgen Degabriele (vs Floriana) Hibernians
Best Fans Award Valletta

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