Gudja United hold Hibernians in a 1-1 draw

Newly-promoted Gudja United held Hibernians in a 1-1 draw at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday.

Led by former Hibernians assistant coach Josef Mansueto, Gudja had Zachary Cassar, Aidan Friggieri, Hubert Vella, Justin Grioli, Rundell Winchester, Alexandre Santana, Gabriel Mensah, Anderson de Baros, Juan Bolanos and Allan Ricardo Miranda all making their debut apart from Dylan Grima who was included as a substitute.

Apart from Ferdinando Apap, Terrence Groothusen and Leonardo Nanni who already featured for the Paolites in the UEFA Europa League clashes with Shakhtyor Soligorsk, Hibs had Charles Astina and substitutes Myles Beerman and Gabriel Izquier making their first appearance.

Following a goalless first half, Rundell Winchester almost put Gudja ahead on the restart but was unlucky to hit the crossbar.

However six minutes in the second half, Gudja took the lead when off a cross by Alexandre Santana, Charles Atsina committed an own goal beating fellow goalkeeper Marko Jovicic.

Hibernians equalised two minutes thanks to a powerful shot from the edge of the area by Jake Grech.

GUDJA Jonathan Debono, Zachary Cassar (78′ Miguel Attard), Aidan Jake Friggieri (84′ Jonathan Bondin), Rundell Winchester, Carlos Alexandre Santana Barroso (67′ Dylan Grima), Gabriel Mensah, Anderson De Barros, Hubert Vella, Juan Andres Bolanos, Justin Grioli, Allan Ricardo Miranda.
Subs not used: Timothy Aquilina, Jurgen Farrugia, Anderson Meyar de Melo, Matthew Xerxen.
Coach: Josef Mansueto
Asst. Coach: Thane Micallef

HIBS Marko Jovicic, Timothy Tabone Desira, Ferdinando Apap, Joseph Mbong, Jake Grech, Terrence Groothusen (74′ Myles Beerman), Bjorn Kristensen (60′ Gabriel Izquier), Dunstan Vella, Charles Buaku Atsina (87′ Leandro Barbosa da Silveira), Andrei Agius, Leonardo Nanni.
Subs not used: Matthew Calleja Cremona, Matthew Ellul, Matthew Farrugia, Ayrton Attard.
Coach: Stefano Sanderra
Asst. Coach: Ryan Pulis

Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: Mitchell Scerri, Theodore Zammit
Fourth Official: Slobodan Petrovic
Yellow Cards: Agius, Kristensen, Apap, Izquier, Attard, Tabone Desira, Bondin
BOV Player of the Match: Jake Grech

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