Pedro dos Santos Calcado notched a hat-trick as Mosta came from behind to beat Pembroke Athleta 4-2 at the National Stadium on Friday to condemn them to playing in Division 1 next season. The Blues, on the other hand, secure the play-off spot and will be facing First Division side Qormi on Friday.
Pembroke took the lead nine minutes from the end of the first half when they were awarded a penalty after Kurt Magro brought Raphael Kooh Sohna down inside the area and from the penalty spot, Stevan Racic converted.
Six minutes in the second half, Mosta levelled matters thanks to Njongo Priso whose powerful shot beat goalkeeper Mattehw Calleja Cremona when served on the left by Kurt Magro.
The Blues forged ahead on the 63rd minute thanks to Pedro dos Santos Calcado whose low shot from the left beat the Pembroke goalkeeper following a cross by Kurt Magro and a header by Hengbart was blocked by Calleja Cremona.
Five minutes later, Pedrinho added another with another low shot from just inside the area when served by Mifsud Triganza.
Tonci Radovinkovic was unlucky to hit the crossbar for Pembroke on the 73rd minute with a shot from inside the area.
However on the 75th minute, Mosta were awarded a penalty after Calleja Cremona was adjudged to have floored Kurt Magro inside the area and from the penalty spot, Pedrinho converted.
In added time, Pembroke reduced the gap thanks to Raphael Kooh Sohna who headed the ball home from close range following a corner from the left.
PEMBROKE Matthew Calleja Cremoma, Daren Falzon, Adrian Borg, Stevan Racic, Raphael Kooh Sohna, Zoran Levnaic (40′ Sunday Eboh), Daniane Jawad (67′ Ugochukwo Akuta), Emmanuel Naatey, Tonci Radovnikovic, Tyron Fenech, Neil Grech.
Subs not used: Craig Abdilla, Zachary Grech, Matthew Buhagiar, Kurt Farrugia, Matthew Pulis.
Coach: Artim Shakiri
MOSTA Yenz Cini, Kyle Frendo (69′ Dexter Xuereb), Tyrone Farrugia, Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza, Jonas Ekani Rodrigues, Mario Toth, Cedric Hengbart, Njongo Priso Doding, David Fenech (82′ Chinatu Francis Onwudinjo), Kurt Magro (78′ Emerson Vella), Pedro dos Santos Calcado.
Subs not used: Andreas Vella, Zachary Brincat, Neil Frendo, Matthew Attard.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Peter Abela
Additional Assistant Referees: Mario Apap, Sandro Spiteri
Fourth Official: Thomas Debono
Yellow Cards: Hengbart
BOV Player of the Match: Pedro dos Santos Calcado
Meanwhile at the Hibernians Stadium, Sliema Wanderers defeated Balzan 2-1.
Denni Rocha dos Santos put the Wanderers ahead on the 19th minute when served by Jean Paul Farrugia and rounding a defender.
On the 34th minute, Sliema doubled the score thanks to Gabriel Aquilina following a cross from the left by Ricardo Correa. Alfred Effiong pulled one back for Balzan on the 73rd minute.
Alex Muscat was unlucky not to increase the lead ten minutes in the second half but his attempt hit the crossbar.
Balzan pulled one back on the 73rd minute thanks to Alfred Effiong who placed the ball at the back of the net after a header by substitute Bojan Kaljevic was blocked by Sarao.
BALZAN Christian Cassar, Ryan Fenech, Samir Arab Lydon Micallef (46′ Matteo Piciollo), Sean Cipriott, Clive Brincat, Milos Lepovic (64′ Paul Fenech), Alfred Effiong, Paul Lapira (46′ Bojan Kaljevic), Alan da Silva Souza, Elkin Serrano Valero.
Subs not used: Justin Micallef, Jamie Zerafa, Abdelkarim Nafti, Gary Camilleri.
Coach: Oliver Spiteri
SLIEMA Giuseppe Sarao, Alex Muscat, Jean Paul Farrugia, Denni Rocha dos Santos (59′ Ryan Spiteri), Peter Xuereb, Matias Muchardi (46′ Michele Sansone), Stefano Bianciardi, Ricardo Correa Duarte, Marko Potezica, Gabriel Aquilina, Frank Temile (78′ John Mintoff).
Subs not used: Miguel Bonnici, Luca Martinelli, Jonathan Pearson, Luca Brincat.
Coach: John Buttigieg
Referee: Eman Grech
Assistant Referees: Duncan Sultana, Ryan Aquilina
Fourth Official: Alex Johnson
Yellow Cards: Lepovic, Serrano, Arab, Cipriott
BOV Player of the Match: Ricardo Correa