Senglea Athletic registered their first win in the BOV Premier League as they defeated Lija Athletic 3-2 in a clash between two newly-promoted sides at the National Stadium on Sunday.
Nicola Palmieri put Senglea ahead on the 9th minute and a minute later, Augusto Rene Caseres doubled the score. Abubakar Bello Osagie pulled one back on the 21st minute but Augusto Rene Caseres made it 3-1 on the 69th minute. Erjon Beu converted a penalty on the 77th minute to narrow the score for Lija.
LIJA Luke Bonnici, Carl Cassar, Leon Muscat, Daniel Scerri, Erjon Beu, Leejoe Schembri (65′ Marcelo de Souza Dias), Antoine Borg, Abubakar Bello-Osagie, Adrian Caruana (70′ McAllister Clinch), Ousmane Sidibe, Djamel Leeflang (84′ Aiden Galea).
Subs not used: Jonathan Martinelli, Predrag Babic, Aaron Sammut, Patrick Borg.
Coach: Joseph Galea
SENGLEA Timothy Aquilina, Jonathan Bondin, Steve Bonnici, Antonio Terracciano, Matias Garcia, Hubert Vella, Nicolas Virano Gonzalo (59′ Terence Vella), Nicola Pamieri, Ivan Paz, Augusto Rene Caseres (83′ Peter Paul Sammut), Ian Azzopardi.
Subs not used; Matthew Farrugia, Jurgen Farrugia, Randall Vella, Miguel Escobar, Mattia Del Negro.
Coach: Steve D’Amato
Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Thomas Debono
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri
Yellow Cards: Vella, Caseres, Bello-Osagie, Leeflang, Palmieri
In another match, Valletta disappointed as they were held in a goalless draw by Naxxar Lions.
The Citizens therefore dropped their first points following two far from impressive wins over Mosta and Senglea while Naxxar collected their first point after losing their first two games.
New Naxxar Lions coach Stuart Watkiss handed Austrian goalkeeper Christoph Nicht, Senegalese defender Ndoye Elhadji Oussenyou, English midfielder Scott Fenwick and Argentine striker Daniel Mateo Bustos their debut while MAtteo Piciollo was making his first appearance for the Citizens.
NAXXAR Christoph Nicht, Scott James Fenwick, Ryan Grech, Manolito Micallef, Duane Bonnici, Ryan GIlmour Cassar, Go Nagaoka (67′ Daren Falzon), Daniel Mateo Bustos (84′ Jurgen Debono), Angus Buhagiar, Mark Fenech, Ndoye Elhadji Oussenynou.
Subs not used: Omar Borg, Tristan Nappa Licari, Marco Botta, Joel Ellul, Gianluca Grima.
Coach: Stuart Watkiss
VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Ryan Camilleri, Juan Cruz Gill, Santiago Malano, Michael Mifsud (62′ Jean Borg), Matteo Piciollo, Uchenna Calistus Umeh, Joseph Zerafa, Raed Ibrahim Saleh, Claudio Pani, Nikola Asceric (68′ Kyrian Nwoko).
Subs not used: Nicky Vella, Russell Fenech, Shaun Dimech, Nicholas Pulis, Paul Chircop.
Coach: Zoran Popovic
Referee: Emanuel Grech
Assistant Referees: Duncan Sultana, Luke Portelli
Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Yellow Cards: Zerafa, Fenwick, Buhagiar, Oussenyou, Saleh