Qormi end disappointing run

Pietà H. vs Qormi 02/02/2019. Photos: Copyright © www.stephengatt.com

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Qormi brought a disappointing run of twelve consecutive defeats to an end as they defeated Pietà Hotspurs 2-0 in a clash between the two bottom teams in the BOV Premier League table at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday.

Thanks to this win, Qormi move to just three points behind the Hotspurs although they still lie at the bottom of the table. For , this was the sixth successive league defeat.

Qormi technical director Mario Muscat made six changes from the team which lost to Balzan as he named new signings David Cassar, Romeu Romao, Jordy Lokando and Mohamed Bangoura in the starting line-up along with Alan Abela and Kassiano Soares, replacing Jamie Azzopardi, Mateus Regis da Silva, Wellington Petinha, Lucas Santana, Alessio Cassar and Tensior Gusman.

The Hotspurs, on the other hand, had two changes from their last outing as Stefan Radovanovic and Ishaya Irimiya Jalo were preferred to Jan Busuttil and Juan Manuel Artiaga Roa.

Qormi took the lead on the 62nd minute when off a cross by Freud Gnindokponou, Mohamed Bangoura slotted the ball past goalkeeper Nicky Vella.

Substitute Iven Zammit sealed the issue with a second goal one minute from time thanks to a powerful drive which beat the Pietà custodian.

PIETÀ Nicky Vella, Christian Degabriele (81′ Nicholas Pisani), Neil Pace Cocks (57′ Gegi Kekua), Dylan Agius, Paul Chimezie (75′ James Scicluna), Gabriel Mensah, Christian Grech, Stefan Radovanovic, Uchenna Calistus Umeh, Ishaya Irimiya Jalo, Antonio Orlando de Macedo Neto.
Subs not used: Jacob Chircop St John, Travis Bartolo, Jan Busuttil, Jake Ghio.
Coach: Ramon Zammit
Asst. Coach: Mark Vella

QORMI David Cassar, Romeu Pericles Romao, Davide Mansi, Yannick Yankam, Antonio Rozzi (90′ Alessio Cassar), Manolito Micallef, Freud Gnindokponou (78′ Iven Zammit), Alan Abela, Jordy Lokando, Mohamed Bangoura, Kassiano Soares Mendonca (59′ Tensior Gusman).
Subs not used: Jamie Azzopardi, Michael Borg, Nick Ghio, Luke Busuttil.
Coach: Matthew Psaila
Goalkeepers’ Coach: Mario Muscat

Referee: Glen Tonna
Assistant Referees: William Debattista, Darko Stankovic
Fourth Official: Philip Farrugia
Yellow Cards: Pace Cocks, Mansi, Bangoura, Gnindokponou, Agius, Gusman, Jalo
BOV Player of the Match: Yannick Yankam