Sliema Wanderers registered a third successive win as they defeated Hamrun Spartans 3-0 at the Hibernians Stadium on Saturday. A win which puts them temporarily in fourth place, one place ahead of the Spartans.
For Sliema, Roger de Souza Vilas Boas and Denni Rocha dos Santos replaced Gabriel Aquilina and the suspended Marko Potezica. On the other hand, David Cassar, Christian Maldini and Luis Vergara Rodriguez replaced Matthew Farrugia, Luke Sciberras and the suspended Sergio Raphael for Hamrun.
The Wanderers took the lead on the 31st when Christian Maldini brought down Christian Muchardi inside the area and Alex Muscat from the penalty spot with a low powerful shot gave no chance for Farrugia to save.
Ten minutes in the second half, Jean Paul Farrugia received a through pass and rounded Maldini before beating the Hamrun goalkeeper with a diagonal shot.
Nine minutes from time, the Wanderers made it 3-0 when off a Denni freekick, Gabriel Aquilina’s effort was deflected by Christian Maldini for an own goal.
SLIEMA Glen Zammit, Alex Muscat, Gary Muir, Roger de Souza Vilas Boas, Peter Xuereb, Michel Salomon Wisdom (72’ Gabriel Aquilina), Mathias Muchardi, John Mintoff (75’ Giuseppe Muscat), Mark Scerri (82’ Ryan Spiteri), Jean Paul Farrugia, Denni Rocha dos Santos
Subs not used: Giuseppe Sarao, Michele Sansone, Milos Galin, Kurt Shaw.
HAMRUN David Cassar (24’ Matthew Farrugia), Philip Chircop, Christian Maldini, Haruna Zambuk Garba, Luis Miguel Vergara Rodriguez, Saturday Nanapere, Massimiliano Giusti (66’ Rodney Refalo), Leandro Wallace Motta dos Santos (73’ Darren Falzon), Jake Grech, Jorge Mesqueu Neto, Luke Grech.
Subs not used: Daniel Debono, Trevor Cilia, Jeremy Busuttil, Mark Anthony Borg.
Coach: Steve D’Amato
Referee: Clayton Pisani
Assistant referees: Mitchell Scerri, Chris Azzopardi
Fourth Official: Mario Apap
Yellow cards: Xuereb, Jorginho Mintoff, Vergara
Scorers: 31’ Alex Muscat pen, 55’ Jean Paul Farrugia, 81’ own goal Christian Maldini
BOV Player of the Match: Mathias Mucchardi
Renato Vella reporting from the Hibernians Stadium
Tarxien Rainbows and Mosta shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the Victor Tedesco Stadium.
Mosta coach Ivan Zammit made six changes to the team which lost to Hamrun as Yenz Cini, Tristan Grant, Adrian Caruana, Gabriel Bezak, Dany Djoufack and Kyle Frendo made way for Manuel Bartolo, Emerson Vella, Ricardo Martin, Kevaun Atkinson, Kemmu Jackson and Dexter Xuereb.
Tarxien held the initiative but against the run of play, Mosta took the lead on the half-hour when Kevin Reid sent Njongo Priso through and the latter advanced into the area before concluding with a shot which hit the upright before ending at the back of the net.
The Rainbows levelled matters on the 58th when off a through pass by Emerson Marcelina, substitute Alex Nilsson chested the ball down and lobbed over goalkeeper Manuel Bartolo.
TARXIEN Philip Schranz, Ebiabowei Baker, Triston Caruana, Daniel Ponce de Leon Garcia, Emerson Marcelina, Sergio Fernandez Prendes, Daniel Zerafa, Alex da Paixao Alves (65′ Dylan Micallef), Kurt Zammit, Sacha Borg, Claudio Daniel Frances (46′ Alex Nilsson).
Subs not used: Andrea Cassar, Matthew Brincat, Luke Zahra, Julian Galea, Christian Galdes.
Coach: Jacques Scerri
MOSTA Manuel Bartolo, Emerson Vella, Luca Martinelli, Ricardo Martin (72′ Kyle Frendo), Kevaun Atkinson, Kemmu Degran Jackson, Kurt Magro, Martin Vlcek (76′ Zachary Brincat), Dexter Xuereb, Kemar David Reid, Njongo Priso Doding (64′ Edin Murga).
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Luke Galea, Calvin Camilleri, Neil Frendo.
Coach: Ivan Zammit
Referee: Matthew De Gabriele
Assistant Referees: Duncan Sultana, Jurgen Spiteri
Fourth Official: Alan Mario Sant
Yellow Cards: Atkinson, Martin, Ponce de Leon
Scorers: 30′ Njongo Priso, 58′ Alex Nilsson
BOV Player of the Match: Kemar Reid