Hibernians rescued a point in a 1-1 draw with Hamrun Spartans thanks to a goal in stoppage time at the National Stadium on Friday. A draw which ensures they stay on top of the BOV Premier League table although they could end up sharing the top spot with Valletta if the Citizens beat Pietà Hotspurs on Saturday.
Although disappointed to concede the equaliser in added time, for Hamrun, this result was still a morale-boosting result as they were coming from back-to-back defeats. This draw, in fact, revives their chances of securing a spot in Europe this summer.
The Spartans took the lead on the 35th minute thanks to Kevin Tulimieri who slotted the ball past Jovicic following a Triston Caruana freekick.
However three minutes in added time, Hibernians notched the equaliser when off an assist by Tiago Adan Fonseca from the left, Jake Grech placed the ball at the back of the net from close range.
HAMRUN Manuel Bartolo, Enrico Pepe, Triston Caruana, Carlos Henneberg (69’ Ryan Darmanin), Wilfried Domoraud, Andre Scicluna (60’ Matthew Robert Gauci), Marco Criaco, Karl Micallef, Orestis Nikolopoulos, Caetano Calil, Kevin Tulimieri.
Subs not used: Sean Cini, Christopher Galea, Conor Borg, Karl Luke Schembri, Cain Cutajar.
Coach: Stefan Sultana
HIBS Marko Jovicic, Dunstan Vella, Nemanja Radojevic, Marcio Barbosa da Silveira (88’ Connor Zammit), Josaeph Mbong, Jake Grech, Marcelo Dias (63’ Marco Sahanek), Bjorn Kristensen, Taylon Nicolas Correa Marcolino, Andrei Agius, Tiago Adan Fonseca.
Subs not used: Rudy Briffa, Timothy Tabone Desira, Daneel Abela, Andrei Spiteri, David Xuereb.
Coach: Stefano Sanderra
Asst. Coach: Ryan Pulis
Referee: Emanuel Grech
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Roberto Vella
Fourth Official: Ishmael Barbara
Yellow Cards: Micallef, Radojevic
BOV Player of the Match: Kevin Tulimieri