Maroons beat St. Andrews by odd goal in five

Gzira United ended their commitments with a 3-2 win over St. Andrews at the Hibernians Stadium on Thursday to join the Saints in seventh place on the 37-point mark.

This win crowned a positive season for the Maroons who managed to secure their Premier League status after being promoted at the end of last season. The Saints also reached their main objective of retaining their top division status.

Gzira managed to take the lead on the 16th minute when off a cross by Moises Avila Perez, Andrew Cohen slammed the ball home past goalkeeper Duncan Formosa.

St. Andrews were however creating the better chances and Aidan Friggieri was unlucky to hit the upright with a shot from the left on the 23rd minute.

However the Saints levelled matters one minute from the end of the first half when off an assist by Aidan Friggieri, Ziga Kastrevec beat Curmi with a diagonal shot from the right.

The Maroons regained the lead on the 68th minute thanks to Ige Abdullahi Adeshina who headed the ball home off a cross by Karl Pulo from the left.

Six minutes later, St. Andrews restored equilibrium when off a cross by substitute Daniel Brandle from the right, another substitute, Jacob Walker, controlled the ball before hitting past Curmi from close range.

However substitute Emerson Amaira notched the winner for the Maroons on the 84th minute when he headed the ball home from close range following an Andrew Cohen freekick from the right.

Two minutes in added time, Gianmarco Conti almost made it 4-2 with a lob from a distance but the ball hit the crossbar with goalkeeper Formosa beaten.

ST. ANDREWS Duncan Formosa, Michael Formosa, Karlo Kesinovic, Bong Won Che (90′ Alex Satariano), Enmy Manuel Pena Beltre (36′ Jacob Walker), Dale Camilleri, Felix Okon Udoh, Ziga Kastrevec, Ivan Edgardo Paz, Aidan Friggieri (58′ Daniel Brandle), Kyrian Nwoko.
Subs not used: Sebastian Spiteri, Liam Grech, Ryan Darmanin, Joseph Farrugia.
Coach: Danilo Doncic

GZIRA Anthony Curmi, Jacob Borg, Souleymane Diamoutene, Andre White, Karl Pulo, Ige Abdullahi Adeshina (87′ Clifford Gatt Baldacchino), Carlos Alejandro Reyna (78′ Emerson Amaira), Moises Avila Perez, Zachary Scerri, Andrew Cohen (90′ Jonathan Bondin), Gianmarco Conti.
Subs not used: Jurgen Borg, Juan Carlos Corbalan, Antonio de Queiroz Machedo Neto.
Coach: Darren Abdilla

Referee: Mario Apap
Assistant Referees: Duncan Sultana, Sammy Attard
Fourth Official: Glen Tonna
Yellow Cards: Adeshina, Johnson, Avila Perez
BOV Player of the Match: Ivan Paz
Attendance: 108