Pietà vs Gzira abandoned two minutes from time due to hailstorm

The FA Trophy quarter-final between Pietà Hotspurs and Gzira United was abandoned two minutes from time due to a hailstorm which hit the Hibernians Stadium.

The other quarter-final between Mosta and Birkirkara was also postponed.

Pietà Hotspurs vs Gzira United was heading for extra-time as the score was 1-1.

Andrew Cohen put Gzira ahead on the 29th minute when he received a cross by Justin Mengolo from the left and slotted past goalkeeper Nicky Vella.

Five minutes in the second half, Pietà equalised when a Jan Busuttil free kick from the left was only blocked by Justin Haber, the ball was deflected by a defender to end at the back of the net for an own goal.

However with two minutes to go, referee Eman Grech interrupted the game due to a hailstorm and eventually abandoned the game as the pitch of the Hibernians Stadium turned white.

PIETÀ Nicky Vella, Paul Chimezie, Jan Busuttil, Nicholas Pisani (75′ James Scicluna), Gabriel Mensah, Juan Manuel Artiaga Roa (86′ Dylan Agius), Christian Grech, Stefan Radovanovic, Uchenna Umeh, Ishaya Irimiya Jalo, Antonio Orlando Macedo Neto.
Subs not used: Jacob Chircop St John, Kyle Mercieca, Samuel Okoh, Travis Bartolo, Neil Pace Cocks.
Coach: Ramon Zammit
Asst. Coach: Mark Vella

GŻIRA Justin Haber, Zachary Scerri, Rodolfo Soares, Andrew Cohen, Juan Carlos Corbalan, Clifford Gatt Baldacchino, Edison Bilbao Zarate, Gianmarco Conti, Sacha Borg, Justin Junior Mengolo (59′ Nikolai Muscat), Haruna Garba Zambuk.
Subs not used: Luke Grech, Moad Lamlum, Sofian Domoraud, Roderick Briffa, Jaron Schembri, Myles Beerman.
Coach: Jesmond Zerafa

Referee: Eman Grech
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Ishmael Barbara
Yellow Cards: Umeh, Jalo, Soares, Grech, Zarate


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