Gzira United maintained their unbeaten record in the BOV Premier League as they defeated Senglea Athletic 1-0 at the Centenary Stadium to move temporarily six points clear.
This was the sixth win in as many matches for the Maroons and the sixth defeat in seven matches for Senglea.
Both had two changes from their last outings as Thomas Veronese and Amadou Samb replaced Zach Scerri and Sacha Borg for Gzira while Kieran Xuereb and Braian Volpini were preferred to Leighton Grech and Karl Cutajar for Senglea.
Gzira had captain Andrew Cohen sent off after just four minutes after hitting Federico Salvati after being provoked by the Senglea captain.
However six minutes in the second half, the Maroons scored the all-important goal thanks to Amadou Samb who concluded a solo effort by pulling from the right to a more central position before beating Farrugia with a rising shot.
SENGLEA Matthew Farrugia, Brandon Muscat, Federico Salvati, Braian Volpini (64’ Karl Cutajar), Kieran Xuereb (22’ Leighton Grech), Imanol Gonzalez, Zachary Cassar (73’ Dylan Micallef), Fabrizio Bramati, Matias Garcia, Augusto Rene Caseres, Romani Tcanturia.
Subs not used: Philip Schranz, Matthew Bartolo, Rayson Vella, Andre White.
Coach: Vincenzo Potenza
Asst. Coach: Darren Anton Vella
GZIRA Justin Haber, Rodolfo Soares, Andrew Cohen, Juan Corbalan, Edison Bilbao Zarate, Roderick Briffa, Jorge Pereira da Silva (72’ Nikolai Muscat), Fernando Barbosa Pereira, Thomas Veronese, Amadou Samb (90’ Clifford Gatt Baldacchino), Haruna Garba (46’ Zachary Scerri).
Subs not used: Anthony Curmi, Christian Sammut, Luca Brincat, Sacha Borg.
Coach: Darren Abdilla
Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: William Debattista, Dusan Petrovic
Fourth Official: Daniel Portelli
Yellow Cards: Gonzalez, Salvati, Volpini, Garcia, Briffa, Barbosa, Scerri
Red Cards: 4′ Cohen
BOV Player of the Match: Amadou Samb