Hamrun Spartans returned to winning ways as a brace by Alex Nilsson handed them a 2-0 win over Mosta at the National Stadium on Sunday.
A win which puts the Spartans in a more comfortable mid-table position after losing the previous three matches. For Mosta, this defeat leaves them eight points clear of the danger zone.
Lydon Micallef was unlucky to hit the foot of the upright with a fine diagonal shot from the left on the 35th minute. Mosta, on the other hand, had three consecutive shots by Giordano Trovade, Leozinho and Massimo Sammartino which were blocked by Sultana.
However on the 65th minute, the Spartans managed to break the deadlock thanks to Alex Nilsson who concluded a good run, when served by Arthur Faria Machado, by slotting the ball past Andreas Vella.
Five minutes from time, Alex Nilsson doubled the score for Hamrun when he entered the penalty area before hitting past the Mosta custodian.
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MOSTA Andreas Vella, Ismael Karba Bangoura (60′ Leonardo Henrique Ferreira), Massimo Sammartino, Thomas Veronese, Kurt Magro, Davide Mansi, Tyrone Farrugia, Moussa Soare, Dexter Xuereb (82′ Nicholas Farrugia), Zachary Brincat, Giordano Trovade (70′ Jan Tanti).
Subs not used: Dylan Ciappara, Jurgen Grech, Liam Portelli, Calvin Camilleri.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
HAMRUN Steve Sultana, Marco Criaco, Thiago Espindola de Paula, Cristian Zaccardo, Guilherme Felipe de Castro, Karl Micallef, Arthur Faria Machado (90+3′ Daniel Debono), Triston Caruana, Lydon Micallef (77′ Luca Celotto), Dale Camilleri, Alex Nilsson.
Subs not used: Jake Galea, Jeremy Busuttil, , Darren Borg, Bradley Schembri, Russell Vella.
Assistant Coach: Ryan Pulis
Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Darryl Agius
Yellow Cards: Magro, K. Micallef
BOV Player of the Match: Lydon Micallef