Mosta scored twice in the final eight minutes as they came back from one goal down to beat Floriana 2-1 at the National Stadium to collect their first three points.
It was therefore a fine start for the team led by Ivan Zammit and a most disappointing result for Luis Oliveira’s side who enjoyed the lead for most of the game after taking an early lead.
Floriana had seven players making their debut, namely Jurgen Pisani, Italians Antonio Monticelli, Enrico Pepe and Mario Fontanella, Argentinians Mauricio Villa and Nicolas Chiesa and Nigerians Simeon Ezeadi. Mosta, on the other hand, had five new Nigerian players in their starting line-up – Hassan Y’au, Saviour Fidelis, Samuel Chukwide, Abdulmalik Mohammed and former Balzan midfielder Osa ‘Ice Cream’ Guobadia.
The Greens had a perfect start taking the lead on the 5th minute thanks to Steve Bonnici who headed the ball home off a Nicolas Chiesa corner.
However eight minutes from time, Mosta notched the equaliser thanks to substitute James Brincat whose fine rising shot from outside the area beat goalkeeper Matthew Calleja Cremona in the top left corner.
But the game was not over yet as five minutes later, goalkeeper Matthew Calleja Cremona rushed out of the area in an attempt to intercept the ball which however bounced over him leaving Saviour Fidelis all alone to tap the ball home inside the empty net.
FLORIANA Matthew Calleja Cremona, Antonio Monticelli, Enrico Pepe, Steve Pisani (89′ Clyde Borg), Mauricio Villa (60′ Juninho Cabral), Conor Borg (70′ Firas Aboulezz), Jurgen Pisani, Simeon Ezeadi, Steve Bonnici, Nicolas Chiesa, Mario Fontanella.
Subs not used: Tyrone Gauci, Luke Micallef, Neil Spiteri, Glen Tabone.
Coach: Luis Oliveira
MOSTA Omar Borg, Tyrone Farrugia, Manolito Micallef, Jonas Rodriguez Ekani, Osa Guobadia, Dyson Falzon (68′ James Brincat), Mark Brincat (68′ Fredrick Abel), Hassan Y’au (78′ Ryan Grech), Saviour Fidelis, Samuel Chukwide, Abdulmalik Mohammed.
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Kyle Frendo, Adrian Borg, Isaac Galea.
Coach: Anton Cremona
Referee: Sandro Spiteri
Assistant Referees: William Debattista, Thomas Debono
Fourth Official: Glenn Tonna
Yellow Cards: M. Brincat, S. Pisani, Fontanella, R. Grech
Scorers: 5′ Steve Bonnici, 82′ James Brincat, 87′ Saviour Fidelis
BOV Player of the Match: Nicolas Chiesa