Mosta secured the fourth place as they defeated Balzan 3-1 at the Hibernians Stadium to stay one point ahead of Sliema Wanderers and maintain hopes of booking a place in the UEFA Europa League this summer as long as Birkirkara claim the BOV Premier League title and Valletta win the U*BET FA Trophy.
The Blues showed their true intentions right from the start. They had the lion’s share of ball possession, creating the better chances throughout the ninety minutes.
The Blues could not count on the services of the suspended Jonas Rodriguez Ekani while Fabio Vignaroli and Pedro dos Santos Calcado were missing for Balzan also through suspension
Mosta took the lead on the 29th when from the centre of the pitch, Gianmarco Piccioni’s through pass was well-controlled by Manolito Micallef who gallopped upfront, slotting the ball past the on-rushing Balzan goalkeeper to the joy of the Mosta supporters.
The second half was more of the same with Mosta on the driving seat and Balzan relying on swift counter attacks that rarely threatened Omar Borg’s goalposts.
On the hour, substitute Kurt Zammit doubled the score with a low powerful shot from outside the penalty box which beats Manuel Bartolo.
Mosta made it 3-0 on 83 minutes when off a Manolito Micallef through pass, Bojan Kaljevic made no mistakes from inside the area, beating the Balzan custodian with a rising shot.
Three minutes from time, Kurt Magro pulled one back for Balzan, beating Omar Borg with a low shot from close range.
MOSTA Omar Borg, Alex Cini, Tyrone Farrugia, Mark Brincat, Ishmael Grech, Ryan Grech, Manolito Micallef, Antonio Carrozza (52’ Kurt Zammit), Ian Zammit (70’ James Brincat), Bojan Kaljevic (84’ Kyle Frendo), Gian Marco Piccioni.
Subs not used: Kurt Rizzo, Ricardo Silva Faria, Armando dos Santos, Diego Pereira.
Coach: Enrico Piccioni
BALZAN Emmanuel Bartolo, Justin Grioli, Steve Bezzina, Andrew Scicluna, Lucas Ramon dos Santos, Kurt Magro, Edison David Bilbao Zarate, Gianfanco Micallef, Lydon Micallef, Mark Spiteri, Firas Aboulezz (72’ Sean Cipriott).
Subs not used: Jacob Cipriott, Jacob Micallef, Dillon Darmanin, Luke Pace, Shaun Bugeja.
Coach: Jesmond Zerafa
Referee: Philip Farrugia
Assistant Referees: Ingmar Spiteri, Luke Portelli
Fourth Official: Mario Apap
Yellow Cards: F. Aboulezz, R. Grech, M. Spiteri
Scorers: 29’ Manolito Micallef, 60’ Kurt Zammit, 83’ Bojan Kaljevic, 87’ Kurt Magro
BOV Player of the Match: Manolito Micallef
Attendance at the Hibernians Stadium: 346
At the National Stadium, Sliema Wanderers came back from one goal down to beat Hibernians 3-1 in a match which came to life in the second half.
This win was not enough for the Blues to secure the fourth place, therefore finishing fifth.
Hibernians managed to take the lead through Jurgen Degabriele fourteen minutes in the second half.
However their joy was short-lived as the Wanderers were awarded a penalty which was converted by Paltemio Barbetti. Two minutes later, Stanley Ohawuchi put Sliema ahead and six minutes from time, Ohawuchi was on target once again for the Wanderers to make it 3-1.
SLIEMA Glenn Zammit, Alex Muscat, Jacob Borg, Kane Farrugia, John Mintoff (71′ Gabriel Aquilina), Mark Scerri (46′ Axl Xuereb), Staley Ohawuchi (88′ Carl Cassar), Clifford Gatt Baldacchino, Trevor Cilia, Paltemio Barbetti, Beppe Muscat.
Subs not used: Henry Bonello, Ivan Woods, Alex Podda, Stefano Bianciardi.
Coach: Alfonso Greco
HIBS Jurgen Borg, Brandon Muscat, Zoran Levnajic, Jonathan Pearson, Matthew Bartolo, Jurgen Degabriele (70′ Johann Bezzina), Jackson di Lima Siqueira (90+1′ Zachary Scerri), Bjorn Kristensen (87′ Dunstan Vella), Clayton Failla, Andrew Cohen, Jean Paul Farrugia.
Subs not used: Daniel Balzan, Aaron Hili, Neil Falzon, Kurt Cutajar.
Coach: Branko Nisevic
Referee: Fyodor Zammit
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, David Castillo
Fourth Official: Glenn Tonna
Yellow Cards: Ohawuchi, Barbetti, Cassar, Aquilina, Cohen
Scorers: 59′ Jurgen Degabriele, 64′ Paltemio Barbetti pen, 66′ Stanley Ohawuchi, 85′ Stanley Ohawuchi
Attendance at the National Stadium: 170