Mosta earned a point in a 1-1 draw with St. Andrews at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Saturday. A first positive result for the Blues after the appointment of Zsolt Hornyak took over as their new coach which puts then one point ahead of Pembroke Athleta.
For St. Andrews, this was a rather disappointing result after earning five points from the previous three matches.
Mosta had three changes from the team which lost to Birkirkara as Neil Frendo, Luca Martinelli and Jaroslav Repa replaced Zachary Brincat, Kyle Frendo and Kevaughn Atkinson. St. Andrews, on the other hand, welcomed back Daniel Brandle after a long-term injury. He was one of two changes along with Felix Udoh Okon as they replaced the suspended Enmy Manuel Pena Beltre and Ante Bakmaz.
The Saints had a perfect start taking the lead after just 26 seconds when Ziga Kastrevec concluded a solo effort with a shot which was blocked by the goalkeeper but off the rebound, the Slovenian striker headed the ball home.
Mosta were awarded a penalty on the 29th minute when Gabriel Bezak was brought down inside the area by Daniel Brandle. However Bezak’s effort from the penalty spot was partially saved by Galea and off the rebound, Lucky Oseghale placed the ball at the back of the net.
On the 62nd, Mosta went close with a Gabriel Bezak effort turned into a corner by Jake Galea aided by the upright. Michael Johnson hit the woodwork off a Joseph Farrugia corner three minutes from time.
ST. ANDREWS Jake Galea, Dale Camilleri, Bong Won Che, Daniel Brandle (46′ Jacob Walker), Karlo Kesinovic, Michael Johnson, Felix Udoh Okon, Ivan Edgardo Paz, Joseph Farrugia, Ziga Kastrevec (83′ Nenad Belacevic), Kyrian Nwoko (68′ Godwin Mckay).
Subs not used: Dean Sciberras, Jamie Magri Overend, Liam Grech, Ryan Darmanin.
Coach: Danilo Doncic
MOSTA Yenz Cini, Kurt Magro, Neil Frendo, Jaroslav Repa (90′ Jurgen Grech), Gabriel Bezak, Dany Djoufack, Chinatu Francis Onwudinjo, Lucky Victor Oseghale (75′ Zachary Brincat), Luca Martinelli (37′ Adrian Caruana), Kemmu Degran Jackson, Kemar David Reid.
Subs not used: Manuel Bartolo, Carl Abela, Kyle Gatt, Luke Galea.
Coach: Zsolt Hornyak
Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Sammy Attard
Fourth Official: Alan Mario Sant
Yellow Cards: Brandle, Onwudinjo, Frendo, Repa, Okon, Che, Djoufack, Cini
Scorers: 1′ Ziga Kastrevec, 30′ Lucky Victor Oseghale
BOV Player of the Match: Gabriel Bezak