Balzan disappointed once again as a brace by Kevaughn Atkinson gave St. Andrews a 2-0 win over Marko Micovic’s side at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Saturday
St. Andrews therefore bounce back from the surprise defeat to Senglea and now join Tarxien Rainbows and Hamrun Spartans on the 12-point mark. Balzan, on the other hand, suffer a second consecutive defeat and the third one in four matches.
Following the defeat to Gzira, Balzan had three changes with Harry Ascroft, Michael Johnson and Andrija Majdevac replacing Dale Camilleri, Ivan Bozovic and the suspended Nenad Sljivic. St. Andrews, on the other hand, had Alex Satariano and Aidan Friggieri replacing Karl Pulo and Jacob Walker in the starting line-up following the shock defeat to Senglea.
St. Andrews took the lead on the 16th minute when a defender handled the ball inside the area and Kevaughn Atkinson converted from the penalty spot.
One minute from the end of the first half, the Saints doubled the score when following a good run by Martin Davis, his cross was not held by Steve Sultana and Kevaughn Atkinson placed the ball at the back of the net.
BALZAN Steve Sultana, Justin Grioli (72’ Lydon Micallef), Alex da Paixao Alves (88′ Siraj Arab Eddin), Harry Ascroft, Michael Johnson, Alfred Effiong, Uros Ljubomirac, Elkin Serrano Valero, Ricardo Calixto Correa Duarte (57’ Dale Camilleri), Andrija Majdevac, Milos Lepovic.
Subs not used: Sean Mintoff, Neil Frendo, Gary Camilleri, Sean Cipriott.
Coach: Marko Micovic
Asst. Coach: Velibor Kopunovic
ST. ANDREWS Matthew Calleja Cremona, Alex Satariano, Kevyn Mcfarlane, Ricardo Martin, Travis Blagrove, Aidan Friggieri (76’ Kurt Magro), Kevaughn Atkinson (90’ Jacob Walker), Joseph Farrugia (83’ Karl Pulo), Adrian Borg, Amoy Brown, Martin Davis.
Subs not used: Sebastian Spiteri, Adam Magri Overend, Matthew Woo Ling, Dejan Debono.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
Referee: Emanuel Grech
Assistant Referees: Paul Apap, Mitchell Scerri
Fourth Official: Fyodor Zammit
Yellow Cards: Brown, Borg, Mcfarlane, Ljubomirac, Satariano, Walker
BOV Player of the Match: Martin Davis