Preview: UBet FA Trophy vs Hibs Published on: 17-05-2013

Valletta and Hibernians will meet today in the second semi-final of the U*Bet FA Trophy, kick-off at 18:00hrs.

After winning two consecutive championships, the Citizens finished third this season and winning the FA Trophy is a must. Valletta, won the FA Trophy twelve times, seeking the twenty-sixth final in the history of the club.

Last season, they were eliminated by Qormi in the semi-finals (3-4). Valletta reached the semi-finals after eliminating Hamrun Spartans 3-1 in the third round, Champions Nadur Youngsters 2-0 in the fourth round and Rabat Ajax 3-0 in the quarter-finals.

Holders Hibernians hope to end the season on a positive not after losing the BOV Premier League Championship Decider to Birkirkara last week. Hibernians won last year’s edition of the FA Trophy against Qormi.

Hibernians reached the semi-final of this competition after eliminating Mosta 2-1, First Division side Gudja United 4-0 and Second Division champions Zebbug Rangers 3-0.

Both teams met six times this season. During the Euro Cup, Hibernians registered a 1-0 win but Valletta defeated Hibernianss 3-1 in the BOV Super Cup, Valletta won the first two matches in the first two rounds of the BOV Premier League 1-0 and 4-1, however in the Championship Pool, Hibernians won the two encounters 4-2 and 2-1.

Today’s winner will face Qormi in next Wednesday’s final.