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Winning start for Hibernians women after defeating newcomers Valletta

Paolites hand debut to Canadian goalkeeper

Sarah Urpani 44, Martina Borg 55, Kayleigh Chetcuti 89

Hibernians scored three goals without reply as they defeated Valletta to launch their domestic campaign on a positive note.

Keith Gouder’s side opened the score just before half-time through a Sarah Urpani’s long-range shot.

After the break, captain Martina Borg doubled the lead with an effort inside the penalty area before Kayleigh Chetcuti wrapped up the win with another shot from outside the area.

The Paolites had a new goalkeeper between the sticks in Canadian Zeeyana Jivraj who replaced Raisa Costantino after the Maltese custodian left for Italy.

Valletta, on their part, were making their debut in the women’s game after merging with Raiders.

Led by coach Denis Guerra, Valletta’s starting formation was composed by former Raiders Lija players including captain Monique Sultana.

Z. Jivraj; A. Caschetto, E. Zammit, A. Busuttil, C. Ellul, N. Sciberras, K. Chetcuti, S. Urpani, N. Celeste, M. Borg, A. Espitia.
Substitutes used: L. Ayres, C. Hili, M. Cortis, D. Magrin.

S. Blihi; G. Antonelli, G. Mifsud, A. Mifsud, E. Micallef, L. Muscat, F. Bartolo, M. Sultana, M. Conti, M. Bonello Ghio, A. Aloisio.
Substitutes used: S. Farrugia Sacco, S. Bonello Ghio.

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