First half goals enough for Valletta

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Valletta scored three in the first half as they defeated Pietà Hotspurs 3-0 at the National Stadium on Saturday to move back on top the BOV Premier League table together with Hibernians.

Pietà Hotspurs, on the other hand, suffered a tenth consecutive defeat. They remain anchored at the bottom of the table with 10 points, three behind Qormi.

Valletta took the lead on 28 minutes when off a cross by Kaljevic from the right, Mario Fontanella headed home past Vella.

Eight minutes later, the Citizens doubled the score when off a Bogdan Gavrila free kick from the right, Santiago Malano rose high to head home.

On the 42nd minute, Valletta made it 3-0 when Bogdan Gavrila finished off in style following a long-distance through pass by Alba.

VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Jonathan Caruana, Ryan Camilleri, Santiago Malano (78′ Nicholas Pulis), Jean Borg, Raed Ibrahim Saleh, Rowen Muscat (46′ Antonio Monticelli), Miguel Angel Alba, Bogdan Gavrila (67′ Kyrian Nwoko), Bojan Kaljevic, Mario Fontanella.
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Shaun Dimech, Kenley Scerri, Jeremy Micallef.
Coach: Danilo Doncic
Asst. Coach: Gilbert Agius

PIETÀ Nicky Vella, Travis Bartolo (72′ Takaki Ose), Neil Pace Cocks, Dylan Agius, Paul Chimezie, Jan Busuttil (78′ James Scicluna), Harry Singh, Juan Manuel Artiaga, Stefan Radovanovic, Gegi Kekua, Ishaya Irimiya Jalo (68′ Kyle Mercieca).
Subs not used: Jacob Chircop St John, Takaki Ose, Samuel Okoh, Nicholas Pisani, Jake Ghio.
Coach: Ramon Zammit
Asst. Coach: Mark Vella

Referee: Ishmael Barbara
Assistant Referees: Mitchell Scerri, Darko Stankovic
Fourth Official: Alex Johnson
Yellow Cards: Singh
BOV Player of the Match: Mario Fontanella