St. Andrews retain Premier League status, Tarxien Rainbows take play-off spot, Naxxar Lions relegated

St. Andrews retained their Premier League status after earning the point they needed in a goalless draw with Tarxien Rainbows at the National Stadium. A result which leaves the Rainbows third from bottom, meaning that they will be facing Zejtun Corinthians in the Play-Off.

The Rainbows went close to taking the lead on the 21st minute when Eduard Calin hit the crossbar with a freekick from the right and on the 35th minute, Sean Cipriott’s cross shot from the left fell on the crossbar before being cleared into safety.

TARXIEN Andrea Cassar, Stefan Radovanovic, Ebiabowei Baker, Gabriel Aquilina, Luke Grech (86′ Godwin Mckay), Andre Scicluna, Samba Tounkara, Boubacar Traore, Eduard Calin (72′ Wellington de Oliveira Vieira), Ricardo Silva Faria, Sean Cipriott (55’ Andrew Agius).

ST. ANDREWS Matthew Calleja Cremona, Adrian Borg, Misael Miranda Gomez, Martin Davis (77′ Marcus Grima), Jason Vandelannoite, Ricardo Adrian Martin, Matthew Gauci, Kevaughn Atkinson (74′ Jacob Walker), Joseph Farrugia (84′ Aiden Friggieri), Kemmu Degran Jackson, Travis Blagrove.

Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann
BOV Player of the Match: Kemmu Degran Jackson
Attendance: 357

At the Centenary Stadium, Naxxar Lions scored three in the first half to beat Senglea Athletic 3-0 but victory was not enough to avoid the second place from bottom and therefore relegation to Division 1.

Naxxar took the lead on the 7th minute thanks to Yuri de Jesus Messias who received a through pass by Daniel Mateo Bustos and after having a first attempt blocked by Jurgen Borg, he placed the ball at the back of the net with a fine acrobatic shot.

Five minutes later, the Lions doubled the score thanks to a Yuri de Jesus Messias freekick which beat the Senglea goalkeeper.

Naxxar increased the lead on the 33rd minute as Manolito Micallef headed the ball home off a Bustos corner.

NAXXAR Christoph Nicht, Mailson Souza Duarte Junior, Rafael Henrique Santos Caetano, Ryan Grech (71′ Ryan Gilmour Cassar), Manolito Micallef, Jurgen Debono, Duane Bonnici (89′ Joel Ellul), Djilali Belhadj, Matheus Verissimo Casarotto, Daniel Mateo Bustos, Yuri de Jesus Messias.

SENGLEA Jurgen Borg (84′ Matthew Farrugia), Jonathan Bondin, Steve Bonnici, Sergio Uyi, Gonzalo Julian Leyton, Hubert Vella, Ivan Edgardo Paz, Gregori de Sousa Braga, Augusto Rene Caseres, Peter Paul Sammut (70′ Josuel Spiteri), Gonzalo Nicolas Virano (46′ Braian Volpini).

Referee: Krehsnik Cjapi (ALB)
Assistant Referees: Melis Dervishi, Deyis Komreshi (ALB)
Fourth Official: Orlando Kuka (ALB)
BOV Player of the Match: Yuri de Jesus Messias
Attendance: 307

At the Hibernians Stadium, a goal just before half-time gave ten-man Mosta a narrow win over Sliema Wanderers which enabled them to join Senglea Athletic in ninth place on the 26-point mark.

Mosta forged ahead just before half-time when off a cross by Thomas Veronese, Giordano Trovade slotted the ball past goalkeeper Glenn Zammit.

On the 65th minute, Mosta were reduced to ten men after Zachary Brincat picked a second yellow card.

SLIEMA Glenn Zammit, Luke Borg (76′ Jonathan Pearson), Nicolae Milinceanu, Ryan Spiteri (63′ Omar Elouni), Kurt Shaw, Kilian Amehi, Mark Scerri, Goran Adamovic, John Mintoff, Stefano Bianciardi, Frenci Qeros.

MOSTA Andreas Vella, Giordano Trovade (82′ Jan Tanti), Massimo Sammartino, Thomas Veronese, Ivan Maric, David Ifeanyi Nworah (92′ Jurgen Grech), Tyrone Farrugia, Kyle Frendo, Dexter Xuereb, Zachary Brincat, Moussa Soare (70′ Neil Frendo).

Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Dusan Petrovic
Fourth Official: Alan Mario Sant
BOV Player of the Match: Frenci Qeros