Newly-promoted Sirens registered their first ever win in the BOV Premier League as they managed to beat Mosta 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller at the Centenary Stadium on Friday.
For Mosta, this was the first defeat following a fine win over Tarxien in their first outing. After conceding an early goal, they managed to equalise but Sirens went 4-1 ahead and a good comeback by Mosta was not enough to rescue a point.
Sirens coach Steve D’Amato named an unchanged line-up following the draw with Senglea while Mosta had one change as Sergio Leonardo Villareal was preferred to Nikita Kotlov.
Ige Abdullahi Adeshina put the St. Paul’s Bay side ahead on the 7th minute, heading the ball home off a cross by Flavio Carioca.
However Mosta equalised on the 16th when following an assist by Matias Muchardi, Momodou Salieu Jallow placed the ball at the back of the net in style.
Sirens regained the lead on the 28th thanks to Emmanuel Okoye who placed the ball at the back of the net following a short clearance following a cross from the right by Romeu Romao.
Thirteen minutes in the second half, Flavio Cheveresan made it 3-1, heading the ball home off a cross by Okoye from the left.
Wellington de Oliveira added another on the 68th minute when he concluded a good run on the left by hitting low past the Mosta goalkeeper.
Weverton was unlucky to hit the upright for Mosta but Matias Muchardi reduced the gap on the 81st minute with a fine cross shot from the left which gave David Cassar no chance.
Two minutes later, Weverton Gomes scored Mosta’s third, hitting home from close range.
MOSTA Andreas Vella, Jonas Rodriguez Ekani (74′ Gabriel Aquilina), Edin Murga, Weverton Gomes, Dexter Xuereb, Rafael Morisco, Kyle Gatt (72′ Duane Bonnici), Momodou Salieu Jallow, Tyrone Farrugia, Sergio Leonardo Villareal (67′ Zachary Brincat), Matias Muchardi.
Subs not used: Andre Spiteri, Matthew Attard, Liam Portelli, Christian Grech.
Coach: Mark Miller
Asst. Coach: Joseph Grech
SIRENS David Cassar, Ryan Grech (20′ Luke Sciberras), Wellington de Oliveira (74′ Russell Fenech), Sergio Raphael dos Anjos, Emmanuel Okoye, Siraj Arab Eddin (56′ Romario Lucas Menezes de Araujo), Angel Manuel Bustos, Adrian Borg, Abdullahi Ige Adeshina, Flavio Cheveresan, Romeu Pericles Romao.
Subs not used: Stefan Cutajar, Jacques Muscat, Isaac Schembri, Daniel Sant, Russell Fenech.
Coach: Stephen D’Amato
Asst. Coach: Eamon Bugeja
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Thomas Debono, Luke Portelli
Fourth Official: Alan Mario Sant
Yellow Cards: Raphael, Borg, Xuereb, Murga, Bustos, Okoye
BOV Player of the Match: Flavio Cheveresan