Naxxar Lions registered their second win in the BOV Premier League as they came from behind to beat bottom-placed St. Andrews 2-1 at the Victor Tedesco Stadium. A win which enables Naxxar to leapfrog Qormi and move third from bottom.
For St. Andrews, this was the tenth defeat in as many matches, remaining anchored at the bottom of the table.
St. Andrews had two changes from the team which lost narrowly to Tarxien as new signing Eloy Edu Nkene and Matteo Desira Buttigieg were named in the starting line-up with Chris De Nguidjol and Liam Grech starting on the bench. On the other hand, Sidoine Oussou replaced David Fenech for Naxxar.
St. Andrews had a perfect start taking the lead on the 2nd minute when off a cross by Matthew Guillaumier, Matteo Desira Buttigieg rounded a defender inside the area before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Julian Azzopardi.
Naxxar levelled matters on the 20th thanks to Jurgen Debono whose freekick from the right surprised goalkeeper Kris Calleja.
Eleven minutes in the second half, the Lions notched the winner when off a corner from the right by Jurgen Debono, Blazo Rajovic headed home past goalkeeper Kris Calleja.
ST. ANDREWS Kris Calleja, Clyde Cumbo, Jordan Williams, Mariglen Sehitaj, Michael Johnson, Eloy Edu Nkene, Joseph Farrugia (65′ Jacob Walker), Dale Camilleri (81′ Chris De Nguidjol), Matthew Guillaumier, Matteo Desira Buttigieg, Kyrian Nwoko.
Subs not used: Dorian Bugeja, Nick Ghio, Liam Grech, Michael Grima, Ryan Sammut.
Coach: Wayne Attard
NAXXAR Julian Azzopardi, Blazo Rajovic, Andrew Scicluna, Moise Zady Gnenegbe (46′ David Fenech), Sidoine Oussou (61′ Duane Bonnici), Daren Falzon (82′ Mattia Del Negro), Jurgen Debono, Ishmael Grech, Angus Buhagiar, Emiliano Lattes, Armando Vieira dos Santos.
Subs not used: Luke Pecorella, Arya Koorosh Haghigi, Mark Fenech, Ryan Mercieca.
Coach: Clive Mizzi
Referee: Marco Borg
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Thomas Debono
Additional Assistant Referees: Sandro Spiteri, Etienne Mangion
Fourth Official: Roberto Vella
Yellow Cards: Gnenegbe, Mandinho, Bonnici
Scorers: 2′ Matteo Desira Buttigieg, 20′ Jurgen Debono, 56′ Blazo Rajovic
BOV Player of the Match: Jurgen Debono