Gzira United scored twice in the second half as they registered their second win, defeating Birkirkara 2-0 at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday.
Much more was expected from the Stripes as they continue to chase their first win after earning a point from their first game against Floriana. On the other hand, the Maroons continued where they had left in the clash with Lija and with another fine performance, managed to earn another three important points.
Both sides had three changes from their first outing as Matthew Guillaumier, Carlos Alberto and debutante Ernest Webnje N’For replaced Jake Grech, Luke Montebello and Alex Nilsson for Birkirkara while Roderick Briffa, Amadou Samb and new signing Sem Ogolong Kamana replaced Andre White, Juan Corbalan and Zack Scerri.
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Gzira managed to break the deadlock on the 68th minute when Samba Tounkara, served by Karl Pulo, beat Philip Schranz with a diagonal shot from the left.
Ten minutes from time, Amadou Samb doubled the score with a close-range header following a cross from the right by Zack Scerri.
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GZIRA Anthony Curmi, Andrew Cohen (46′ Zack Scerri), Clifford Gatt Baldacchino, Moises Avila Perez, Karl Pulo, Samba Tounkara (77′ Nikolai Muscat), Roderick Briffa, Gary Muir, Sem Ogolong Kamana, Ndubuisi Emmanuel Okoye, Amadou Samb (88′ Samuel Timmy Ogundare).
Subs not used: Cliff Aquilina, Luca Brincat, Chris Sammut, Andre White.
Coach: Darren Abdilla
B’KARA Philip Schranz, Renato Camilo Bezerra, Lucas Maia Varone, Matthew Guillaumier (62′ Walter Anibal Acevedo), Ryan Camenzuli, Kurt Zammit, Martin Klein, Carlos Alberto da Silva Goncalves Junior (62′ Luke Montebello), Ernest Webnje N’For, Llywelyn Cremona (72′ Jake Grech), Bruno Fernandez de Brito.
Subs not used: Amara Sylla, Edward Herrera, Zack Cassar, Cain Attard.
Coach: Peter Pullicino
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Martin Borg, Dusan Petrovic
Fourth Official: Eman Grech
Yellow Cards: Zammit, Lucas Maia, Avila Perez, Scerri
BOV Player of the Match: Roderick Briffa