Gozitan side SK Victoria Wanderers secured a historic place in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy after eliminating Premier League side St. Andrews in one of six matches from the fourth round which were played on Wednesday. Apart from St. Andrews, champions Valletta were also eliminated from the competition.
The eight quarter-finalists are therefore Balzan, Floriana, Hamrun Spartans, Pembroke Athleta, Tarxien Rainbows and holders Sliema Wanderers, First Division side Senglea Athletic and Gozitans SK Victoria Wanderers.
BOV Premier League leaders Balzan defeated Valletta 1-0 at the National Stadium thanks to a dramatic stoppage-time goal.
Balzan had Bruno Giglio de Oliveira sent off for kicking an opponent on the 26th minute and fourteen minutes fro time, it was the turn of Rowen Muscat to be sent off for Valletta after receiving a second yellow card. With the game seemingly heading for extra-time, substitute Alfred Effiong had other thoughts as one minute in added time, he notched the winner for Balzan.
BALZAN Ivan Janjusevic, Samir Arab, Bojan Kaljevic, Elkin Serrano Valero, Anderson Francisco de Barros, Alan da Silva Souza, Dylan Grima, Lydon Micallef (29′ Clive Brincat), Paul Fenech, Matteo Piciollo (86′ Alfred Effiong), Bruno Giglio de Oliveira.
VALLETTA Dziugas Bartkus, Steve Borg, Ryan Camilleri, Juan Cruz Gill, Jean Borg, Tomas Radzinevicius (73′ Luke Montebello), Claudio Pani, Leandro Aguirre, Rowen Muscat, Valdo Goncalves Alhinho (61′ Llywelyn Cremona), Romeu Pericles Romao.
Referee: Mario Apap
At the Gozo Stadium, a goal by Predrag Djordjevic gave SK Victoria Wanderers a shock 1-0 win over St. Andrews.
The Wanderers had eliminated Sta. Venera Lightnings, Melita and Mgarr United in the previous rounds. On the other hand, St. Andrews had registered a shock 3-0 win over Birkirkara in the third round.
At the National Stadium, Floriana defeated Gozitan champions Ghajnsielem 4-1.
Ryan Camenzuli put the Greens ahead on the 4th minute. Steve Pisani doubled the score on the 36th and Mario Fontanella converted a penalty on the 63rd. Demba Toure pulled one back for the Blacks thanks to a penalty but Nicolas Chiesa made it 4-1 eight minutes from time.
FLORIANA Matthew Grech, Andre Scicluna, Antonio Monticelli, Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz, Steve Pisani, Clyde Borg (61′ Nicolas Chiesa), Alex Cini, Ignacio Varela (49′ Maurizio Vella), Mario Fontanella, Ryan Camenzuli (84′ Mattia Zarb).
GHAJNSIELEM Luke Buttigieg, Ferdinando Apap, Damon Hili (86′ Antonio Xuereb), Jhon Jairo Sadoral Guarin, Kenneth Mercieca, Stefan Cassar, Emiliano Lattes, Edison Bilbao Zarate, Chris Camilleri (90′ Alberto Xuereb), Demba Toure (80′ Kenny Hili), Johnny Camilleri.
Referee: Stefan Pace
At the Victor Tedesco Stadium, Sliema Wanderers eliminated Second Division side Qrendi with a comfortable 5-0 score. Denni put the Wanderers ahead on the 33rd minute and Jean Paul Farrugia doubled the score one minute from half-time. Ryan Spiteri scored a third goal eight minutes in the second half with a brace by substitute Peter Xuereb on the 68th and 88th increasing the tally for John Buttigieg’s side.
SLIEMA Giuseppe Sarao, Beppe Muscat, Jean Paul Farrugia (71′ Luca Brincat), Alex Muscat, Mark Scerri (57′ Peter Xuereb), Gabriel Aquilina, Marko Potezica, Frank Temile, Denni Rocha dos Santos (57′ Kurt Shaw), John Mintoff, Ryan Spiteri.
QRENDI Clive Caruana, Dylan Zarb, Tonio D’Amato (73′ Andre Formosa), Josuel Spiteri, Ranier Buhagiar (86′ Robert Darmanin), Dhontan Santos da Hora, Giovanni Galea, Kristian Galea, Imola Bashiru, Marouane El Hilali (75′ Clayton Caruana), Jean Galea.
Referee: Glen Tonna
Pembroke Athleta came from behind to beat Marsa 2-1 at the Centenary Stadium.
Luis Andre de Melo Lima converted a penalty for Marsa two minutes from the end of the first half. However Stevan Racic equalised on the 59th and the same Serbian striker put Pembroke ahead on the 74th minute.
Marsa could have equalised on the 90th when they were awarded another penalty. However Luis de Melo Lima’s effort from the penalty spot was neutralised by Pembroke’s Argyrs Roppas.
MARSA Ryan Caruana, Luke Scorfna, Ryan Mifsud (76′ Elland Vella), Melvin Busuttil, Agatino Sicali, Benjamin Essie, Tomas Andrade Alvarez (86′ Mark Gauci), Lucky Omeruo, Kento Sakurai, Christopher Cutajar (53′ Steve Meilaq) Luis Andre de Melo Lima.
PEMBROKE Argyrs Roppas, Daren Falzon, Arber Dhrami, Sunday Eboh, Miguel Attard, Adrian Borg, Panagiotis Giannopoulos, Iraklis Roppas, Stevan Racic, Andrea Scozzese, Daniane Jawad.
Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
Saturday Nanapere scored the all-important goal on the 79th minute for Hamrun Spartans as they defeated Mqabba 1-0 at the Victor Tedesco Stadium.
HAMRUN David Cassar, Leandro Wallace Motta dos Santos (61′ Jake Grech), Karl Micallef, Luke Sciberras, Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza, Massimiliano Giusti (88′ Brandon Paiber), Philip Chircop (64′ Luke Grech), Manolito Micallef, Saturday Nanapere, Jorge Mesqueu Neto, Sergio Raphael dos Anjos.
MQABBA Jonathan Debono, Mauro Bonnici (82′ Michael Borg), Arilson Mello da Silva, Karl Cutajar (82′ David Azzopardi), Luke Vella Critien (82′ Quincy Bregman), Lyden Micallef, Luca Casha, Jaisen Jaren Clifford, Brandon Muscat, Gaetano Gesualdi, Goran Adamovic.
Referee: Clayton Pisani