Leaders Gzira United kept marching on in the BOV Premier League as they defeated St. Andrews 3-2 at the National Stadium on Sunday.
The Saints took the lead on the 14th minute when off an assist by Kemmu Degran Jackson, Aiden Friggieri beat goalkeeper Anthony Curmi.
However on the 32nd minute, Gzira levelled matters when Matthew Tabone lost the ball to Amado Samb who advanced upfield and anticipated the goalkeeper by serving Samba Tounkara who deposited the ball inside the empty net.
Six minutes in the second half, the Maroons forged ahead thanks to Samba Tounkara whose rising shot beat Calleja Cremona following an assist by Andrew Cohen from the left.
Five minutes later, Gzira added another when Matthew Gauci brought Amadou Samb down inside the area and the Senegalese striker made no mistake from the penalty spot.
St. Andrews reduced the gap on the 72nd minute when they were awarded a penalty after Sem Kamana floored Kevaughn Atkinson inside the area and Joseph Farrugia converted from the penalty spot.[gallery_bank type=”images” format=”masonry” title=”true” desc=”false” responsive=”true” display=”all” sort_by=”pic_id” animation_effect=”bounce” album_title=”true” album_id=”73″]
ST ANDREWS Matthew Calleja Cremona, Enmy Manuel Pena Beltre, Adrian Borg (78’ Liam Grech), Matthew Gauci, Ricardo Martin, Joseph Farrugia, Kemmu Degran Jackson (68’ Jacob Walker), Martin Davis, Kyle Butler (64’ Misael Miranda Gomez), Aidan Jake Friggieri, Kevaughn Atkinson.
Subs not used: Duncan Formosa, Dejan Debono, Marcus Grima, Miguel D’Alessandro.
Coach: Marko Glumac
GZIRA Anthony Curmi, Gary Muir, Clifford Gatt Baldacchino, Souleymane Diamoutene (46’ Sem Kamana), Moises Avila Perez, Karl Pulo, Roderick Briffa, Andrew Cohen (88’ Nikolai Muscat), Samba Tounkara, Ndubisi Emmanuel Okoye (68’ Zack Scerri), Amadou Samb.
Subs not used: Justin Haber, Luca Brincat, Andre White, Sacha Borg.
Coach: Darren Abdilla
Referee: Mario Apap
Assistant Referees: Chris Francalanza, Roberto Vella
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri
Yellow Cards: Samb, Gauci, Martin, Kemana, Pena Beltre
BOV Player of the Match: Samba Tounkara