Led for the first time by coach Danilo Doncic, who replaced Jose Borg earlier this month, St. Andrews registered a fine 4-1 win over neighbours Pembroke Athleta at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Sunday.
The Saints had only once change from the team which lost to Balzan as Ivan Edgardo Paz replaced the injured Daniel Brandle. Pembroke, on the other hand, had three changes as Adrian Borg, Oleg Maksymov and the injured Luke Montebello made way for Clifford Gauci, Mateus Regis da Silva Mateus and Jhonatan Bernardo Mariano.
St. Andrews took the lead on the 18th minute when they were awarded a penalty after a defender handled the ball inside the area and from the penalty spot, Joseph Farrugia beat Calleja Cremona.
Pembroke took only two minutes to level matters when off an assist by Paltemio Barbetti, the ball reached Jhonathan Bernardo Mariano who lobbed the ball over goalkeeper Jake Galea.
St. Andrews, however, regained the lead on the half-hour when they were awarded another penalty and once again, Joseph Farrugia made no mistake from the penalty spot.
In added time, Pembroke were reduced to ten men by referee Neil Robinson who showed Asani Djeljilj a second yellow card for dissent.
Five minutes into the second half, St. Andrews increased the lead through Ziga Kastrevec who headed the ball home off a Joseph Farrugia freekick.
In stoppage time, St. Andrews added another thanks to substitute Jacob Walker when served by Enmy Manuel Pena Beltre.
ST. ANDREWS Jake Galea, Enmy Manuel Pena Beltre, Dale Camilleri, Won Bong Che, Ziga Kastrevec (82′ Jacob Walker), Ivan Edgardo Paz (69′ Godwin Mckay), Joseph Farrugia, Felix Udoh Okon, Kyrian Nwoko (88′ Ryan Darmanin), Michael Johnson, Karlo Kesinovic.
Subs not used: Matthew Towns, Dean Sciberras, Liam Grech, Ryan Sammut.
Coach: Danilo Doncic
PEMBROKE Matthew Calleja Cremona, Asani Djeljilj, Zoran Levnaic, Brandon Muscat, Manolito Micallef, Paltemio Barbetti (64′ Borce Manevski), Siraj Arab (88′ Nevin Portelli), Clifford Gauci (82′ David Fenech), Filippo Andrea Scozzese, Mateus Regis da Silva, Jhonatan Bernardo Mariano.
Subs not used: Mario Muscat, Roderick Caruana, Kurt Farrugia, Neil Micallef.
Coach: Winston Muscat
Referee: Neil Robinson (NIR)
Assistant Referees: Keith Gillespie, Joseph Wilson (NIR)
Fourth Official: Keith Kennedy (NIR)
Yellow Cards: Levnaic, Djeljilj, Muscat, Paz, Barbetti, Johnson, Micallef, Fenech
Scorers: 18′ Joseph Farrugia pen, 19′ Jhonathan Bernardo Mariano, 30′ Joseph Farrugia pen, 50′ Ziga Kastrevec, 90′ Jacob Walker
BOV Player of the Match: Joseph Farrugia