Mosta registered a second consecutive win in the BOV Premier League as they defeated Tarxien Rainbows 3-1 at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Sunday.
For the Rainbows, this was the second defeat in three matches. However much more was expected from Tarxien following a most comfortable win over St. Andrews in their previous outing.
Tarxien coach Jose Borg made four changes as Luke Grech, Andre Scicluna, Andrew Agius and Alex Nilsson replaced Daniel Zerafa, Stefan Radovanovic, Matthew Brincat and Gabriel Aquilina in the starting line-up.
Mosta, on the other hand, had James Brincat, Steve Bonnici and new signing Juri Cisotti replacing Kyle Frendo, Zachary Brincat and Francesco Mazzavillani from the team which defeated Senglea in their last game.
Mosta took the lead on the 18th minute thanks to Misael Miranda Gomez who advanced into the area before hitting hard past Andrea Cassar.
Tyrone Farrugia doubled the score for Mosta one minute from the end of the first half following a James Brincat corner.
However Michele Paolucci was quick to reduce the gap for Tarxien just before half-time with a fine shot which beat Mosta goalie Andreas Vella.
However seven minutes in the second half, Mosta extended the lead thanks to James Brincat who beat Andrea Cassar when served by Miranda Gomez.
MOSTA Andreas Vella, Alessio De Cerchio, Kei Hirose (90+3′ Kurt Zammit), Renan Abner de Oliveira, James Brincat (55′ Dexter Xuereb), Massimo Sammartino, Misael Miranda Gomez (90′ Jurgen Grech), Tyrone Farrugia, Steve Bonnici, Juri Cisotti, Romeu Pericles Romao.
Subs not used: Craig Abdilla, Matthias Formosa, Jordan Vella, Luca Gatt.
Coach: Enrico Piccioni
Asst. Coach: Jason Camenzuli
TARXIEN Andrea Cassar, Jens Wemmer, Radu Rogac, Michele Paolucci, Daren Falzon (56′ Jacson de Paixao Neponuceno)(76′ Matthew Spiteri), Andrew Agius, Luke Grech, Andre Scicluna, Anderson de Barros (65′ Matthew Brincat), Ricardo Silva Faria, Alex Nilsson.
Subs not used: Maverick Buhagiar, Owen Francalanza, Dario Arran Zampa, Miguel Ciantar.
Coach: Jose Borg
Asst. Coach: Saviour Debono Grech
Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: William Debattista, Theodore Zammit
Fourth Official: Philip Farrugia
Yellow Cards: Falzon, Bonnici, Oliveira, Jacson, Brincat, Radu
BOV Player of the Match: Kei Hirose