Tarxien Rainbows registered a 4-0 win over Lija Athletic in the bottom of the table clash in the BOV Premier League at the Centenary Stadium on Friday. Tarxien therefore move fourth from bottom, one point ahead of St. Andrews and two ahead of Naxxar, leaving Lija at the bottom of the table on just five points as they suffered the eleventh consecutive defeat.
The Rainbows took the lead on the 17th minute when Andre Scicluna hit home from close range after goalkeeper Luke Bonnici managed to block an angled shot from the left.
Tarxien doubled the score on the 31st minute thanks to Samba Tounkara, who slotted the ball past Bonnici following a cross by Ricardinho from the right.
Five minutes from the end of the first half, Samba Tounkara made it 3-0 with a fine shot from the edge of the area which hit the foot of the post before ending at the back of the net, following an assist by Gabriel Aquilina.
Tarxien increased the lead on the 79th minute thanks to Gabriel Aquilina who took the rebound after a first-timer by Matthew Brincat was partially saved by Bonnici, beating the Lija goalkeeper with a shot from the edge of the area.
LIJA Luke Bonnici, Dylan Agius, Patrick Borg, Daniel Scerri, Nigel Spiteri (57’ Claudio Gerardo Celis), Aaron Sammut, Raphael Kooh Sohna, Ousmane Sidibe, Kei Hirose, Vilfor Hysa (54’ Leejoe Schembri), Ryan Sammut (75’ Antoine Borg).
Subs not used: Jonathan Martinelli, McAllister Clinch, Juan Remberto Saavedra.
Coach: Joseph Galea
TARXIEN Andrea Cassar (82’ Dean Sciberras), Stefan Radovanovic, Gabriel Aquilina, Andre Scicluna, Luke Grech, Samba Tounkara, Wellington (73’ Matthew Brincat), Antonio Mitrev, Eduard Calin, Ricardo Silva Faria, Sean Cipriott (61’ Boubacar Faye Traore).
Subs not used: Godwin Mckay, Matthew Spiteri, Andrew Agius, Matteo Desira Buttigieg.
Coach: Jose Borg
Referee: Jude Amin Utulu
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, William Debattista
Fourth Official: Philip Farrugia
Yellow Cards: P. Borg, D. Scerri
BOV Player of the Match: Samba Tounkara