Xewkija Tigers won the BOV GFA Cup 2018 after defeating Ghajnsielem 2-1 after extra-timein the final at the Gozo Stadium on Sunday.
The Tigers got off to a great start, scoring on the 4th minute thanks to Halleson Thiago Barbosa Honorato and controlling their opponents for the rest of the first half.
Their luck changed half way through the second half when Ghajnsielem were awarded a penalty which also resulted in a send-off for Xewkija’s Joseph Azzopardi, with Ghajnsielem scoring the equaliser thanks to Marco Antonio Morgon Filho and upping their game with their numeric superiority.
Parity was restored with a send-off for Ghajnsielem’s Joseph George Vella, but the teams could not break the deadlock and went into extra time.
Ghajnsielem had their dream of retaining the Cup shattered two minutes from the 120th when Halleson Thiago Barbosa Honorato tapped in a loose ball in the box to end the game.
Horace Laudi, Executive Gozo Region for Bank of Valletta and Dr Samuel Azzopardi, President of the Gozo Football Association presented the BOV GFA Cup to the winners.[gallery_bank type=”images” format=”masonry” title=”true” desc=”false” responsive=”true” display=”all” sort_by=”pic_name” animation_effect=”bounce” album_title=”true” album_id=”139″]