Hamrun Spartans and St. Andrews shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in a clash between two teams lying in the eighth place at the Hibernians Stadium on Friday.
This was only the second point for Hamrun in seven matches, who have now almost gone two months without a win. On the other hand, St. Andrews registered a fourth consecutive positive result.
Hamrun managed to take the lead on the 16th minute thanks to Karl Micallef who received the ball following an erratic pass by a defender and controlled before beating Jake Galea with a rising shot from the edge of the area.
St. Andrews levelled matters four minutes in the second half thanks to Enmy Pena Beltre who slammed the ball home after the ball hit the crossbar following a deflection off a freekick by Ivan Paz.
HAMRUN David Cassar, Jorge Mesqueu Neto, Manolito Micallef, Karl Micallef, Siraj Arab Eddin (74′ Saturday Nanapere), Luke Grech, Igor Misan, Leandro Motta dos Santos (73′ Jake Grech), Mathieu Manset (90+2′ Daniel Debono), Sergio Raphael dos Anjos, Luke Sciberras.
Subs not used: Lydon Moore, Trevor Cilia, Massimiliano Giusti, Jeremy Busuttil.
Coach: Jacques Scerri
ST. ANDREWS Jake Galea, Enmy Pena Beltre, Bong Won Che, Michael Johnson, Karlo Kesinovic, Nenad Belacevic, Joseph Farrugia (90′ Felix Okon Udoh), Ziga Kastrevec (81′ Dale Camilleri), Ivan Paz, Aiden Friggieri, Kyrian Nwoko (88′ Godwin Mckay).
Subs not used: Dean Sciberras, Jacob Walker, Jamie Magri Overend, Ryan Darmanin.
Coach: Danilo Doncic
Referee: Philip Farrugia
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Theodor Zammit
Fourth Official: Eman Grech
Yellow Cards: M. Johnson, S. Arab, Raphael, Manset
BOV Player of the Match: Aidan Friggieri
Meanwhile Gzira United defeated Mosta 4-1 at the National Stadium in a match which came to life during the second half.
This was the fourth win in five matches for Darren Abdilla’s side. A win which puts the Maroons on level points with Hamrun and St. Andrews, twelve points ahead of Mosta and fourteen ahead of Pembroke.
Following a goalless first half, Gzira managed to take the lead seen minutes in the second half thanks to Zachary Scerri with a shot from the edge of the area.
Gianmarco Conti doubled the score on the 75th minute when he managed to place the ball at the back of the net after goalkeeper Yenz Cini blocked his first attempt when served by Corbalan.
Four minutes from time, Carlos Reyna made it 3-0 when he concluded a good run on the right flank with a diagonal shot which beat the Mosta goalkeeper.
Tyrone Farrugia pulled one back in added time with a header from close range following a freekick from the left by Pedrinho.
However three minutes later, Carlos Reyna restored a three-goal lead when he converted a penalty.
MOSTA Yenz Cini, Adrian Caruana, Mario Toth, Tyrone Farrugia, Chinatu Francis Onwudinjo, Kurt Magro (85′ Keman Reid), David Fenech (75′ Kyle Frendo), Pedro Calcado, Zachary Brincat (58′ Lucky Victor Oseghale), Njongo Priso, Cesar Romero.
Subs not used: Andreas Vella, Neil Frendo, Dexter Xuereb, Emerson Vella, Kemar Reid.
Coach: Zsolt Hornyak
GZIRA Jurgen Borg, Jacob Borg, Antonio de Queiroz Machedo Neto, Souleymane Diamoutene, Karl Pulo, Juan Carlos Corbalan, Louis Rene Zome (81′ Carlos Reyna), Moises Avila Perez (89′ Abdullahi Ige Adeshina), Zachary Scerri, Andrew Cohen (86′ Andre White), Gianmarco Conti.
Subs not used: Anthony Curmi, Ian Azzopardi, Emerson Amaira, Jonathan Bondin.
Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assistant Referees: Paul Apap, Peter Abela
Additional Assistant Referees: Stefan Pace, Darryl Agius
Fourth Official: Martin Borg
Yellow Cards: Pedrinho, Magro, Cini, Zome, Jacob Borg, Scerri
BOV Player of the Match: Juan Carlos Corbalan