Sliema Wanderers secured a place in the fourth round of the FA Trophy as they came back from two goals down to beat Mosta 3-2 at the Victor Tedesco in one of three third round matches on Wednesday.
Martin Vlcek put Mosta ahead on the 19th minute and two minutes later, Chinatu Francis Onwudinjo doubled the score. Sliema reduced the gap thanks to a Denni Rocha dos Santos penalty seven minutes from the end of the first half and nine minutes in the second half, Mark Scerri levelled matters. Mosta then had Dexter Xuereb sent off on the 81st. The game seemed heading for extra-time but one minute in added time, Ryan Spiteri notched the winner for the Wanderers.
Sliema face Swieqi United or Qrendi in the next round.
SLIEMA Glenn Zammit, Roger de Souza Villas Boas (58′ Alex Muscat), John Mintoff, Peter Xuereb (73′ Wisdom Salomon), Mark Scerri, Matias Muchardi, Jean Paul Farrugia, Gary Muir, Stefano Bianciardi, Denni Rocha dos Santos, Ryan Spiteri.
MOSTA Manuel Bartolo, Kurt Magro, Tristan Grant, Dexter Xuereb, Chinatu Francis Onwudinjo (36′ Emerson Vella), Zachary Brincat, Adrian Caruana, Martin Vlcek, Njongo Priso, Chevaugn Mclaren (55′ Kyle Frendo), Kemmu Degran Jackson (76′ Lucky Victor Oseghale).
Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Martin Borg
Fourth Official: Philip Farrugia
First Division side Marsa defeated Gozitan side Xewkija Tigers 3-2 after extra-time at the Centenary Stadium.
A goal by Gennaro Hili just before half-time gave Xewkija Tigers the lead but eight minutes in the second half, Tomas Andrade Alvarez leveled matters. Marsa forged ahead on the 69th minute through Luis Andre de Melo Lima. However ten minutes later, Danijel Bogdanovic restored equilibrium.
Xewkija had Martin Hrubsa sent off but Marsa failed to take advantage and the game went into extra-time.
Eight minutes in the first half of extra-time, Luis Andre de Melo Lima put Marsa 3-2.
In the next round, Marsa will be facing Sirens or Pembroke Athleta.
MARSA Ryan Caruana, Luke Scorfna (60′ Lincoln Micallef), Yessous Camilleri, Benjamin Essel (31′ Ryan Mifsud), Gary Sultana, Tomas Andrade Alvarez, Joseph Farrugia, Chris Cutajar, Kento Sakurai, Steve Meilak (53′ Gilbert Martin), Luis Andrade de Melo Lima
XEWKIJA Steve Sultana, Danijel Salic, Cedric Sciberras (98′ Joseph Mario Vella), Manwel Xerri, Joseph Azzopardi, Joseph Cefai (35′ Peter Buttigieg), Martin Hrubsa, Rodney Buttigieg, Gennaro Hili, Danijel Bogdanovic, Thiago Melo dos Santos.
Referee: Darko Stankovic
Assistant Referees: Mitchell Scerri, Christopher Azzopardi
Lija Athletic defeated Pietà Hotspurs 2-0 at the Victor Tedesco Stadium in a clash between two First Division sides.Following a goalless first half, Jorge Garcia Vidal put Lija ahead on the 54th and Abubakar Bello Osagie doubled the score on the 71st.
In the next round, Lija will be facing Gharghur or Tarxien Rainbows.
PIETÀ Miguel Montfort, Karl Micallef, Travis Bartolo, Yordan Dimitrov, Clive Gauci, Gabriel Mensah (69′ Christian Stewart), Juan Manuel Ruiz Perez, Christian Grech, Ishaya Irimiya Yalo, Ayrton Mizzi (69′ Neil Pace Cocks), James Scicluna (83′ Jan Busuttil).
LIJA Tyrone Gauci, Carl Cassar, Predrag Babic, Patrick Borg, Abubakar Bello Osagie (86′ Gabriel Borg), Aiden Galea (69′ McAllister Clinch), Lee Joe Schembri, Jorge Garcia Vidal (83′ Aaron Sammut), Beppe Antignolo, Abdullahi Ige Adeshina, Antoine Borg.
Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: Duncan Sultana, Paul Apap