Newly-promoted Qormi started the new season on a high as a goal by captain Alessio Cassar handed them a narrow win over Senglea Athletic.
Qormi had six new players in squad – namely Manolito Micallef, Gaetano Gesualdi, Davide Mansi and foreigners Seo-In Kim, Alexsandro and Kassiano Soares. Senglea, on the other hand, were a completely different team from last season under a new coach – Bruno Russo.
The First Division champions scored the all-important goal six minutes in the second half when off a cross from the left by Yannick Yankam, Alessio Cassar hit home from close range.
QORMI Jamie Azzopardi, Davide Mansi, Yannik Yankam, Seo-In Kim, Manolito Micallef, Alan Abela, Gaetano Gesualdi, Alessio Cassar, Alexsandro Ferreira dos Santos (64′ Tensior Gusman), Kassiano Soares Menonca, Iven Zammit.
Subs not used: Dorian Bugeja, Immy Micallef, Nathan Gauci, Michael Camilleri, Michael Borg, Luke Busuttil.
Coach: Brian Spiteri
Asst. Coach: Matthew Psaila
SENGLEA Philip Schranz, Matthew Bartolo, Dylan Micallef, Brandon Muscat, Ferdinando Salvati, Leighton Grech, Kieran Xuereb, Noureddine Lahrach, Rayson Vella (58′ Carsten Dimech), Karl Cutajar, Andre White.
Subs not used: Matthew Farrugia, Kevin Galea, Brandon Mangion, Curt Zammit, Emerson Farrugia.
Coach: Bruno Russo
Asst. Coach: Darren Anton Vella
Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Jurgen Spiteri
Fyodor Zammit, Alex Johnson
Fourth Official: Duncan Sultana
Yellow Cards: B. Muscat, D. Mansi, F. Salvati, L. Grech, T. Gusman, N. Lahrach
BOV Player of the Match: Seo-In Kim