Sliema Wanderers bounced back from the 0-2 defeat to Gzira United as they defeated St. Andrews 2-0 at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Saturday.
This was the third win in four matches for the Wanderers while for St. Andrews, this was the third consecutive defeat.
The Saints lacked the suspended Amoy Brown while Joseph Farrugia started the game on the bench. They were replaced by Kevyn Mcfarlane and Matthew Woo Ling.
Sliema coach John Buttigieg could not count on the suspended Ryan Fenech, John Mintoff and Edmond Agius started on the bench. Claudio Pani was making his debut for the Wanderers after joining the club from Valletta this summer. Peter Xuereb, Michele Sansone and Jean Paul Farrugia were all named in the starting line-up.
The Saints went close to taking the lead on the 34th minute thanks to a Matthew Woo Ling free kick who just missed the target and two minutes later, Martin Davis hit upright with an angled shot from the left.
However three minutes in added time, the Wanderers managed to break the deadlock thanks to a fine curling shot by Jean Paul Farrugia from outside the area which gave goalkeeper Matthew Calleja Cremona no chance.
Three minutes in the second half, Sliema doubled the score thanks to a powerful rising shot by Jefferson de Assis which ended in the top right corner.
ST. ANDREWS Matthew Calleja Cremona, Alexander Satariano, Kevyn Mcfarlane (53′ Joseph Farrugia), Ricardo Martin (84′ Aidan Jake Friggieri), Travis Blagrove, Kevaughn Atkinson, Kemar Reid, Kurt Magro, Adrian Borg, Martin Davis, Matthew Woo Ling (69′ Luke Sciberras).
Subs not used: Duncan Formosa, Miguel D’Alessandro, Karl Pulo, Dejan Debono.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
SLIEMA Jake Galea, Mattias Muchardi, Jefferson de Assis, Nii Nortey Ashong, Frank Temile (74′ Ayrton Azzopardi)(90′ Stefan Cassar), Michele Sansone, Peter Xuereb, Claudio Pani, Goran Adamovic, Jean Paul Farrugia (82′ Kurt Shaw), Stefano Bianciardi.
Subs not used: Timothy Aquilina, Jonathan Pearson, John Mintoff, Edmond Agius.
Coach: John Buttigieg
Asst. Coach: Ivan Woods
Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, William Debattista
Fourth Official: Glen Tonna
Yellow Cards: Adamovic, Atkinson, Calleja Cremona, Jefferson, Temile
BOV Player of the Match: Jefferson de Assis