A goal by Enmy Pena Beltre handed Valletta their eighth win in nine matches as they defeated St. Andrews 1-0 at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday. The Citizens therefore stay two points behind leaders Gzira United.
Valletta coach Danilo Doncic named Jean Borg, Bogdan Gavrila and Kyrian Nwoko in the starting line-up as Joseph Zerafa was suspended, Raid Ibrahim Saleh was among the subsitutes and Bojan Kaljevic was not fully fit.
The Saints, on the other hand, had four changes from their last outing as Kevyn Mcfarlane, Kevaughn Atkinson, Dejan Debono and Matthew Woo Ling replaced Joseph Farrugia, Amoy Brown, Aidan Friggieri and Kurt Magro.
Enmy Pena Beltre scored the all-important goal on the 75th minute with a fine shot when served by Raed Ibrahim Saleh.
Photo: Copyright © Andrew Grima
VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Steve Borg, Ryan Camilleri, Santiago Malano (73′ Raed Ibrahim Saleh), Kyrian Nwoko, Jean Borg, Enmy Pena Beltre, Rowen Muscat, Miguel Angel Alba, Bogdan Gavrila (54′ Matteo Piciollo), Mario Fontanella (87′ Nicholas Pulis).
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Jonathan Caruana, Russell Fenech, Matteo Piciollo, Shaun Dimech.
Coach: Danilo Doncic
ST. ANDREWS Matthew Calleja Cremona, Alex Satariano, Kevyn Mcfarlane (80′ Kurt Magro), Ricardo Martin (83′ Joseph Farrugia), Travis Blagrove, Kevaughn Atkinson, Kemar Reid, Adrian Borg, Martin Davis, Dejan Debono, Matthew Woo Ling (76′ Marcus Grima).
Subs not used: Sebastian Spiteri, Aidan Friggieri, Karl Pulo, Jacob Walker.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
Referee: Mario Apap
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri, Chris Francalanza
Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Yellow Cards: Borg, Reid, Magro
BOV Player of the Match: Enmy Pena Beltre