Mosta once again staged a brilliant come-back as they came back from two goals down to beat Balzan 4-2 and maintain the challenge for fourth place.
Balzan were clearly a better side during the first half, taking a well-deserved lead. They also managed to double the score but never knew what lied is tore for them as the Blues scored four to take the three points home. For Balzan, this was the sixth consecutive defeat.
Mosta coach Enrico Piccioni could not count on Tyrone Farrugia, Ryan Grech and Gianmarco Piccioni while Dylan Grima and Kurt Magro were missing for Balzan.
Balzan had an edge over their opponents during the first half with goalkeeper Omar Borg tipping into a corner a fine attempt by Justin Grioli on the 37th minute.
Three minutes later, they managed to take the lead when off a cross by Justin Grioli, Ryan Darmanin slightly deflected the ball past Omar Borg.
Six minutes in the second half, Ryan Darmanin doubled the score with a diagonal shot from the right which beat the Mosta goalkeeper.
Mosta reduced the gap on 67 minutes when off a cross by James Brincat, Diego Pereira addressed the ball into the direction of Bojan Kaljevic who hit home from close range.
Five minutes later, Diego Pereira was unlucky to hit the upright with a shot fom close range following a cross from the left. However from another cross from the left, Manolito Micallef’s effort hit the crossbar and off the rebound, Pereira placed the ball at the back of the net.
The Blues completed the comeback on the 78th minute as they forged ahead thanks to a great rising shot from the right by Cristian Martins Fernandes which gave Bartolo no chance.
Two minutes in added time, Mosta sealed the issue with a fourth goal thanks to Manolito Micallef’s powerful drive from outside the area which beat the Balzan custodian.
BALZAN Manuel Bartolo, Justin Grioli, Steve Bezzina, Andrew Scicluna, Lucas Ramon dos Santos, Fabio Vignaroli, Ryan Darmanin, Edison Bilbao Zarate, Pedro dos Santos Calcado, Lydon Micallef (85′ Mark Spiteri), Jose Luis Armario Negrin (69′ Luke Sciberras).
Subs not used: Michael Falzon, Jacob Cipriott, Firas Aboulezz, Shaun Bugeja, Charlie Fuller.
Coach: Jesmond Zerafa
MOSTA Omar Borg, Mark Brincat, Ishmael Grech, Kurt Zammit (55′ James Brincat), Manolito Micallef, Bojan Kaljevic, Jonas Rodriguez Ekani, Ian Zammit, Antonio Carrozza, Cristian Martins Fernandes (88′ Kyle Frendo), Ricardo Silva Faria (46′ Diego Pereira)
Subs not used: Emmanuel Borg, Steve Schembri, Isaac Chircop, Giancarlo Sammut.
Coach: Enrico Piccioni
Referee: Tim Marshall (NIR)
Assistant Referees: Jonathan Thompson, Gavin Hagherty (NIR)
Fourth Official: Keith Kennedy (NIR)
Yellow Cards: Calcado, Kaljevic
BOV Player of the Match: Ryan Darmanin
In a match from the Relegation Pool, Tarxien Rainbows moved an important step towards securing their Premier League status as they beat Qormi 4-0 to register a fourth consecutive win.
This was the first win for Tarxien over Qormi this season after losing heavily the two previous league encounters and being eliminated from the U*BET FA Trophy on penalties.
Manuel Caruana was missing for Tarxien while Jonathan Bondin was absent for Qormi.
Carlo Mamo put the Rainbows ahead on 19 minutes thanks to a direct freekick.
Lucas Goncalves da Silva doubled the score on 63 minutes, hitting he from close range off an inviting cross by Demba Toure.
Daniel Mariano Bueno made it 3-0 on the 78th with a powerful shot from inside the area.
In added time, Tarxien sealed the issue with a fourth goal courtesy of an own goal by Roderick Sammut who deflected the ball past Farrugia following a Demba Toure effort.
TARXIEN Nicky Vella, Carlo Mamo, Luca Martinelli (68′ Miguel Ciantar), Lucas Goncalves da Silva (89′ Karl Pulo), Demba Toure, Ryan Sammut, Carlos Menendez Hevia, Daniel Mariano Bueno, Josef Mifsud, Steve Bonnici, Jorge Santos Silva.
Subs not used: Anthony Curmi, Steve Sadowski, Andrew Agius, William Barbosa, Luke Zahra.
Coach: Clive Mizzi
QORMI Matthew Farrugia, Roderick Sammut, Emerson Vella, Giorgio Gianola, Duncan Pisani, Raffaele Simone Quintieri (66′ Triston Caruana), Roderick Bajada, Joao Gabriel da Silva, Leighton Grech (85′ Dylan Pirotta), Alfred Effiong, Jorge Pereira da Silva.
Subs not used: Steve Sultana, Paolo Dandolo, Owen Bugeja, Stefano Zampa, Leonardo Gabrieli.
Coach: Karel Zeman
Referee: Adrian Azzopardi
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Albert Borg Cardona
Fourth Official: Glenn Tonna
Yellow Cards: Gianola, Mifsud, Effiong, Martinelli, Mamo, Jorginho
BOV Player of the Match: Demba Toure