Hamrun Spartans maintained their positive record as they registered a narrow win over ten-man St. Andrews at the National Stadium on Sunday.
For St. Andrews, this was the second consecutive defeat but considering that they played for all of the second half in ten men.
Spartans coach Giovanni Tedesco named an unchanged squad following the goalless draw with Gzira in their previous outing. On the other hand, St. Andrews had four changes as Ricardo Martin, Kemar Reid, Adrian Borg and Kurt Magro replaced Miguel D’Alessandro, Jason Vandelannoite, Matthew Woo Ling and Kemmu Degran Jackson from the team which lost heavily to Tarxien.
The Saints were reduced to ten men six minutes from the end of the first half when they had Amoy Brown sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a rough tackle on Tulimieri.
Hamrun scored the all-important goal seven minutes from time when Sebastian Nayar’s freekick from the left was blocked by Matthew Calleja Cremona but off the rebound, Massimo Ganci placed the ball at the back of the net.
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HAMRUN Manuel Bartolo, Antonio Monticelli, Enrico Pepe, Triston Caruana, Sebastian Nayar, Massimo Ganci, Matthew Gauci, Njongo Priso (90′ Bradley Schembri), Karl Micallef, Caetano Calil, Kevin Tulimieri (68′ Ryan Darmanin).
Subs not used: Sean Cini, Russell Vella, Cain Cutajar, Darren Borg, Jeremy Busuttil.
Coach: Giovanni Tedesco
ST. ANDREWS Matthew Calleja Cremona, Alex Satariano, Ricardo Martin (62′ Luke Sciberras), Travis Blagrove, Kevaughn Atkinson, Kemar Reid, Joseph Farrugia, Adrian Borg, Amoy Brown, Martin Davis (46′ Kevyn Mcfarlane), Kurt Magro.
Subs not used: Duncan Formosa, Aidan Friggieri, Karl Pulo, Dejan Debono, Miguel D’Alessandro.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
Asst. Coach: Alejandro Pantoja
Referee: Etienne Mangion
Assistant Referees: Chris Francalanza, Mitchell Scerri
Fourth Official: Alex Johnson
Yellow Cards: R. Martin, K. Micallef, A. Brown, K. Reid, A. Borg, M. Ganci, K. Magro, J. Farrugia
BOV Player of the Match: Massimo Ganci