Zebbug Rangers finally claimed their first win in the BOV Premier League as a goal in stoppage time gave them a 2-1 over Tarxien Rainbows.
The Rangers are still anchored at the bottom of the table but now move to just four points behind Tarxien Rainbows. The Rainbows have now gone eight matches without a win.
Zebbug lacked the suspended Carlo Monti while Tarxien were still without the injured Firas Aboulezz and Owen Bugeja.
Tarxien managed to take the lead on the 13th minute when Carlos Menendez Hevia concluded a solo effort with a low shot which ended in the bottom right corner behind Fabricio Rapchan.
Six minutes in the second half, Zebbug levelled matters when off a corner by Mathias Muchardi, Bojan Mamic headed home past goalkeeper Sean Mintoff.
In stoppage time, the Rangers notched the winner when off a Mathias Muchardi freekick from the right, Yessous Camilleri headed home past goalkeeper Sean Mintoff.
TARXIEN Sean Mintoff, Kane Paul Farrugia, Manuel Caruana, Alvaro Andre Rodrigues Silva (66′ Alex Cini), Cleber Barbosa Viana, Triston Caruana, Ryan Sammut, Carlos Menedez Hevia, Matthew Tabone, Alessandro Lopes Pereira, Jorge Santos Silva.
Subs not used: Jonathan Debono, Steve Sadowski, Luke Zahra, Alex Cini, Manuel Xerri, Silas Caruana, Luke Aquilina.
Coach: Clive Mizzi
ZEBBUG Fabricio Rapchan dos Santos Morales, Thomas Paris (87′ Luis Alfredo Pena Marquez), Matthew Bartolo, Matthew Gauci, Yessous Camilleri, Jacob Borg, Mauricio Osmar Rodrigues Britto, Lee Galea, Mathias Muchardi, Melvin Farrugia (28′ Miguel Ciantar), Bojan Mamic.
Subs not used: Jeffrey Farrugia, John Nwoba, Lee James Agius, Bjorn Chetcuti, Ratko Mandic, Luis Alfredo Pena Marquez.
Coach: Alfonso Greco
Referee: Clayton Pisani
Assistant Referees: Paul Apap, David Castillo
Fourth Official: Mario Apap
Yellow Cards: Camilleri, Ciantar, Cini
BOV Player of the Match: Carlos Menendez Hevia
Photos: Copyright © Paul Zammit Cutajar
Meanwhile in another match, Floriana and Pietà Hotspurs shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
A draw which satisfied neither side as the Greens were aiming for a win which would have put them in fourth-place while Pietà were hoping to return to winning ways after a defeat to Mosta and a draw with Tarxien.
The match came to life in the final couple of minutes.
Two minutes from time, Pieà Hotspurs were awarded a penalty after goalkeeper Tyrone Gauci brought Malcolm Licari down inside the area. From the penalty spot, Jurgen Pisani converted to put the Hotspurs ahead.
However their joy was short-lived as one minute in added time, off a cross by Steve Pisani, Steve Bonnici headed home to equalise.
PIEÀ David Cassar, Cain Attard, Christian Grech, Leonardo Fortunato dos Santos, Jurgen Pisani, Orosco Ndubisi Anonam, Joao Gabriel da Silva (79’ Kyle Cesare), Rafael Rodriguez da Silva, Rafael Xavier Zacarias (84’ Malcolm Licari), Claudio Daniel Frances, Luke Micallef (64’ Terrance Agius).
Subs not used: Miguel Montfort, Cleaven Cassar, Dylon Agius, Travis Bartolo.
Coach: Noel Coleiro
FLORIANA Tyrone Gauci, Andre Scicluna, Douglas Felipe Moreira Cobo, Emerson Marcelina (59’ Brooke Farrugia), Steve Pisani, Vito Plut, Matteo Piciollo, Conor Borg (51’ Clyde Borg), Emanuel Briffa (71’ Isaac Galea), Gary Muir, Steve Bonnici.
Subs not used: Andrew Zammit, Rodrigo Felix Aguiar, Giovanni Galea, Sasha Borg.
Coach: Giovanni Tedesco
Referee: Chris Lautier
Assistant Referees: William Debattista, Chris Francalanza
Fourth Official: Fyodor Zammit
Yellow cards: Anonam, Gabriel, T. Agius, C. Borg, T. Gauci
Scorers: 89’ Jurgen Pisani pen, 90’ Steve Pisani
BOV Player of the Match: Matteo Piciollo
Renato Vella reporting from the Hibernians Stadium