Qormi scored twice in the final ten minutes to defeat St. Andrews 2-0 at the Hibernians Stadium on Saturday. Mario Muscat’s side therefore abandons the bottom spot to close in on Senglea Athletic, St. Andrews and Tarxien. The Saints now lie five points ahead of Qormi.
This was the third win in five matches for Qormi while for St. Andrews, this was the fourth defeat in five matches.
The game seemed heading for a draw but Qormi had other thoughts and took the lead on the 80th thanks to substitute Tensior Gusman who headed the ball home following a cross by Jordi Lokando.
Six minutes in added time, with the Saints all out, including the goalkeeper, in search of the equaliser, Qormi doubled the score thanks to Freud Gnindokponou who concluded a great run in a swift counter-attack by placing the goal inside the empty net.
ST. ANDREWS Matthew Calleja Cremona, Kevyn Mcfarlane (66′ Joseph Farrugia), Ricardo Martin, Kemar Reid, Kurt Magro, Adrian Borg, Jacob Walker, Martin Davis, Kemmu Degran Jackson (41′ Aidan Jake Friggieri), Travis Blagrove, Matthew Woo Ling.
Subs not used: Sebastian Spiteri, Adam Magri Overend, Jordan Kelly, Dejan Debono, Luke Sciberras.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
QORMI David Cassar, Yannick Yankam, Manolito Micallef, Mateus Regis da Silva (76′ Michael Borg), Freud Gnindokponou, Alan Abela, Wellington de Oliveira (84′ Nick Ghio), Jordy Lokando, Mohamed Bangoura (53′ Tensior Gusman), Lucas Santana, Romeu Pericles Romao.
Subs not used: Miguel Falzon, Isaac Mizzi, Luke Busuttil, Iven Zammit.
Coach: Matthew Psaila
Goalkeepers’ Coach: Mario Muscat
Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Daniel Portelli
Yellow Cards: Magro, Martin, Lokando, Gnindokponou
BOV Player of the Match: Martin Davies