Following a draw with Floriana in their last outing, leaders Gzira United returned to winning ways as they registered a fine 4-0 win over rivals Hamrun Spartans at the Centenary Stadium on Sunday to regain sole leadership in the BOV Premier League.
For the Spartans, who had former Italy defender Cristian Zaccardo making his debut, this was the third defeat in seven matches, leaving them on the 10-point mark in a mid-table position.
Amadou Samb managed to break the deadlock on the 65th minute, hitting home from close range off an Andrew Cohen freekick.
Five minutes later, Amadou Samb converted a penalty to double the score.
On the 78th minute, the Senegalese striker converted another penalty to make it 3-0. This was Samb’s eleventh goal this season.
However it was not over yet as three minutes in added time, Emmanuel Ndubuisi Okoye headed the ball home past Sultana for the Maroons’ fourth goal.
GZIRAAnthony Curmi, Gary Muir, Clifford Gatt Baldacchino, Sacha Borg, Zack Scerri, Roderick Briffa (81′ Nikolai Muscat), Andrew Cohen (88′ Samuel Timmy Ogundare), Juan Corbalan, Emmanuel Okoye, Amadou Samb (90′ Christian Sammut).
Subs not used: Justin Haber, Andre White, Karl Pulo, Sem Kamana Ogolong.
Coach: Darren Abdilla
HAMRUN Steve Sultana, Karl Micallef, Daniel Zerafa, Dale Camilleri (81′ Mauricio Jose Marinho), Triston Caruana, Terence Agius (46′ Tiago Indigo Souza de Silveira), Guilherme Felipe de Castro, Thiago Espindola de Paula, Cristian Zaccardo, Lydon Micallef, Siraj Arab (65′ Francisco Manoel Clavero).
Subs not used: Jake Galea, Philip Chircop, Luke Sciberras, Owen Agius.
Coach: Jacques Scerri
Referee: Glen Tonna
Assistant Referees: Mitchell Scerri, Ryan Aquilina
Fourth Official: Sandro Spiteri
Yellow Cards: Diamoutene, Scerri, Okoye, Tiago Souza, Chico, Sultana
BOV Player of the Match: Amadou Samb