Hamrun Spartans returned to winning ways as two early goals handed them a 2-1 win over St. Andrews at the Centenary Stadium on Friday.
This was the second win in three games for the team led by Jacques Scerri while for the Saints, this was the second defeat in three matches.
St. Andrews who are yet to appoint formally a new coach had Kyle Butler and new signings Misael Miranda Gomes and Martin David making their debut. Alyson Micallef who joined Hamrun from Balzan on loan was included as a substitute.
The Spartans manager to take the lead after just seven minutes when off a Francisco Manoel Marino Clavero, Daniel Zerafa hit home past goalkeeper Calleja Cremona.
On the 16th minute, Hamrun doubled the score thanks to Guilherme Felipe de Castro who rose high to head home off a Thiago Espindola De Paula free kick.
St. Andrews pulled one back through Kemmu Degran Jackson whose shot from outside the area on the 62nd minute beat goalkeeper Jake Galea.
ST. ANDREWS Matthew Calleja Cremona, Enmy Manuel Pena Beltre, Adrian Borg, Liam Grech (87′ Jacob Walker), Matthew Gauci, Misael Miranda Gomez (81′ Marcus Grima), Joseph Farrugia, Martin Davis, Kyle Butler (60′ Tano Azian), Degran Jackson, Kevaun Atkinson.
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Mattia Veselji, Aidan Friggieri, Alex Satariano.
Assistant Coach: Fausto Craighero
HAMRUN Jake Galea, Karl Micallef, Daniel Zerafa, Dale Camilleri (74′ Terence Agius), Triston Caruana, Tiago Souza Da Silveira, Guilherme Felipe De Castro, Thiago Espindola De Paula, Arthur Faria Machado (16′ Julian Galea) (67′ Lydon Micallef), Valerio Gomes Dos Santos, Francisco Manoel Marino Clavero.
Subs not used: Steve Sultana, Philip Chircop, Luke Sciberras, Pedro Henrique Cortes Oliveira Goia.
Coach: Jacques Scerri
Referee: Tony Clarke (NIR)
Assistant Referees: Gavin Andrews, Kristian Hanna (NIR)
Fourth Official: Steven Gregg (NIR)
Yellow Cards: L. Grech, K. Butler, A. Borg (SA), T. Caruana, G. F. De Castro (H)
BOV Player of the Match: Guilherme Felipe De Castro (H)