Tarxien Rainbows registered their first win as they came from behind to beat Balzan 2-1.
For Balzan, this was the third successive defeat, leaving them at the bottom of the table together with Rabat Ajax and Melita on one point.
The Rainbows lacked Luis Romulo de Castro but Danilo Meira Santos was back after missing the last game against Hamrun. Balzan, on the other hand, had Renato Conceicao back after serving a two-match ban while Christian Caruana was named in the starting line-up for the first time.
Balzan managed to take the lead on 13 minutes when Pedro dos Santos Calcado beat goalkeeper David Cassar with a direct freekick from the right.
Tarxien replied with an Evaldo header from the right off a Carlo Mamo freekick on the 18th minute but Matthew Camilleri performed a good save. Three minutes later, Evaldo headed the ball just over the bar off a freekick by Andrezinho. A Danilo Meira Santos effort was turned into a corner on 26 minutes.
Tarxien equalised on 37 minutes thanks to a direct freekick by Evaldo Silva dos Santos which gave goalkeeper Matthew Camilleri no chance.
Four minutes later, Evaldo tried his luck with another direct freekick but this time, the Balzan custodian turned the ball into a corner.
Following a freekick by Andrezinho, a Danilo effort was partially saved by Camilleri with Karl Pulo hitting high off the rebound on 59 minutes. Two minutes later, a freekick by Calcado from the left was tipped into a corner by David Cassar aided by the crossbar. From the resulting corner, the Tarxien goalkeeper managed to block a fine header by Christian Caruana. On the other side of the pitch, a Danilo effort was blocked by Camilleri on 69 minutes.
Renato Conceicao was unlucky to hit the woodwork on 82 minutes for Balzan with a shot from outside the area. On the 90th, David Fenech went for the Rainbows with a fine rising shot but Camilleri palmed out the ball.
But it was not over yet as on the 90th minute, Danilo received a through pass on the right, rounded the goalkeeper and served Daniel Mariano Bueno who hit home from close range.
Pedro dos Santos Calcado was voted BOV Player of the Match.
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TARXIEN David Cassar, Carlo Mamo, Evaldo Silva dos Santos, Justin Grioli, Roderick Bajada, Danilo Meira Santos, Andre Reinaldo de Souza Esposito, Karl Pulo (62’ Mark Tanti), Daniel Mariano Bueno, David Fenech, Orosco Anonam.
Subs not used: Nicky Vella, Steven Sadowski, Andrew Agius, Ryan Sammut, Clive Fenech, Steve Bonnici.
Coach: Clive Mizzi
Asst. Coach: Steven Vella
BALZAN Matthew Camilleri, Yessous Camilleri, Stefan Giglio, Renato Garcia Conceicao, Matthew Mendy, Jamie Pace, Christian Caruana (74’ Bjorn Bondin), Dylan Grima (78’ Aaron Agius), Elton Alexandre da Silva, Pedro Henrique dos Santos Calcado, Martin Deyanov (57’ Rennie Forace).
Subs not used: Fredrick Tabone, Clint Micallef, Malcolm Licari, Michael Borg.
Coach: Joseph Borg
Team Manager: Ivan Zammit
Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assistant Referees: Ingmar Spiteri, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Clayton Pisani
Yellow Cards: Giglio, Bueno, Pedrinho
Scorers: 13’ Pedro Calcado (B); 37’ Evaldo Silva dos Santos (T); 90+2’ Danilo Meira Santos (T)
Mosta registered their second successive win as they found no difficulty in beating Hamrun Spartans 4-1. The Blues join Qormi with two wins from four matches, six behind the three joint-leaders.
For the Spartans, this was the first defeat after three draws in the first three matches.
The Spartans lacked goalkeeper Andrea Cassar and Roderick Fenech while Alex Cini and Ryan Grech were missing for Mosta. Former Mosta defender Adrian Borg was making his debut for the Spartans.
Hardly thirty seconds had passed that Daniel Zerafa released Terence Vella on the right and the latter’s diagonal shot hit the foot of the post.
Mosta replied with a Daniel Bogdanovic freekick which was turned into a corner by Anthony Curmi on the 8th minute. From the resulting corner by Danail Mitev, Carlos Campagnoli headed home to put the Blues ahead.
The Blues doubled the score on 36 minutes thanks to a great freekick by Danail Mitev which gave goalkeeper Anthony Curmi no chance.
Six minutes later, Danail Mitev made it 3-0 for Mosta concluding a solo effort with a powerful shot from the left which beat Curmi.
Justin Haber anticipated Ryan Spiteri following a pass by Nikolay Bozhov on 54 minutes and three minutes later, neutralised a Massimo Grima direct freekick.
Five minutes later, Mosta scored the fourth goal thanks to Firas Aboulezz who beat Curmi following a Jonathan Bajada freekick from the right.
The Spartans pulled one back on 71 minutes thanks to Nikolay Bozhov, served by Terence Vella on the left, whose shot on the turn beat Justin Haber.
Anthony Curmi performed a good save on a close range effort by Obinna Obiefule on 74 minutes and a few seconds later, Bozhov tried his luck with a lob from midfield but the ball ended just over the bar.
Danail Mitev was voted BOV Player of the Match.
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MOSTA Justin Haber, Ferdinando Apap, Bryan Agius, Manolito Micallef, Luke Dimech, Danail Mitev, Carlos Campagnoli, Daniel Bogdanovic (38’ Jonathan Bajada), Obinna Obiefule, Ousseni Zongo (80’ Emanuel Okafor), Firas Aboulezz (84’ Adrian Farrugia).
Subs not used: Noel Attard, Steve Bezzina, Kurt Zammit, Steve Onyii Chiemeka.
Coach: Steve D’Amato
HAMRUN Anthony Curmi, Adrian Borg, David Camilleri, Massimo Grima, Terence Vella (78’ Luke Grech), Daniel Zerafa, Adrian Ivanov, Angel Yoshev (84’ Anton Vergilov), Lyubomir Vitanov, Richard Brightwell (46’ Ryan Spiteri), Nikolay Bozhov.
Subs not used: Jean Claude Debattista, Gianluca Debattista, Melvin Busuttil, Gabriel Formosa.
Coach: Stefan Sultana
Asst. Coach: Atanas Marinov
Referee: Andre Arciola
Assistant Referees: Sammy Attard, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri
Yellow Cards: Yoshev, Grima
Scorers: 9’ Carlos Campagnoli, 36’ Danail Mitev, 42’ Danail Mitev, 59’ Firas Aboulezz; 71’ Nikolay Bozhov (H)