With two goals in the final ten minutes, Valletta came from behind to beat Balzan 2-1 at the National Stadium. A win which puts Danilo Doncic’s side back on track following the shock draw with Senglea in the previous league outing.
Balzan took the lead on the 29th minute when following a free kick from the left, Ivan Bozovic headed the ball in the direction of Elkin Serrano Valero whose effort was deflected by a defender past goalkeeper Henry Bonello.
Valletta equalised ten minutes from time thanks to a lucky goal as a clearance by Balzan goalkeeper Steve Sultana was blocked by Mario Fontanella with the ball ending at the back of the net.
The Citizens notched the winner on the 86th minute when off a Miguel Angel Alba corner from the right, Jonathan Caruana slotted the ball past the Balzan custodian.
BALZAN Steve Sultana, Aleksandar Kosoric, Nenad Sljivic (89′ Lydon Micallef), Steve Pisani, Steve Bezzina, Paul Fenech, Alfred Effiong (66′ Andrija Majdevac), Uros Ljubomirac, Ivan Bozovic, Elkin Serrano Valero, Ricardo Calixto Correa Duarte.
Subs not used: Sean Mintoff, Justin Grioli, Dale Camilleri, Michael Johnson, Sean Cipriott.
Coach: Jacques Scerri
Asst. Coach: Velibor Kopunovic
VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Jonathan Caruana, Ryan Camilleri (32′ Steve Borg), Santiago Malano, Kyrian Nwoko, Enmy Pena Beltre (44′ Miguel Angel Alba), Joseph Zerafa, Raed Ibrahim Saleh, Rowen Muscat (89′ Nicholas Pulis), Bogdan Gavrila, Mario Fontanella.
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Antonio Monticelli, Jean Borg, Jeremy Micallef.
Coach: Danilo Doncic
Asst. Coach: Gilbert Agius
Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri, Theodore Zammit
Fourth Official: Mario Apap
Yellow Cards: Pena Beltre, Alba, S. Pisani
BOV Player of the Match: Ricardo Calixto Correa