Hamrun Spartans registered a third consecutive win as they defeated Senglea Athletic 3-1 at the National Stadium on Saturday. A third consecutive win which enables them to join Floriana at the top of the BOV Premier League table on the 11-point mark.
For Senglea, this was the second consecutive defeat after a draw and two wins in their first three matches.
Hamrun took the lead on the 10th minute when Marco Criaco served Valdo Alhino Goncalves whose fine long-distance effort gave goalkeeper Anthony Curmi no chance.
Senglea were awarded a penalty on the 15th minute after Wilfried Zamble was adjudged to have been fouled by Manuel Bartolo inside the area and from the penalty spot, Leighton Grech made no mistake.
Just before the end of the first half, a fine effort by Clayton Failla was turned into a corner by Curmi.
On the 76th minute, Marcelo Dias floored Wilfried Domoraud inside the area. Referee Ishmael Barbara ordered a penalty and Marco Criaco Made no mistake from the penalty spot.
Hamrun sealed the issue with a third goal ten minutes from time. Wilfried Domoraud received a throw in from the left and rounded a defender before testing goalkeeper Anthony Curmi; Domoraud took the rebound and served the unmarked Soufiane Lagzir who placed the ball at the back of the net.
SENGLEA Anthony Curmi, Sigitas Olberkis, Elvis Sakyi, Leighton Grech (60′ Sean Cipriott), Manolito Micallef, David Xuereb (74′ Jan Tanti), Taisei Marukawa, Jose Wilkson Teixeira, Marcelo Dias, Wilfried Zamble, Mirko Todorovic (86′ Andrei Spiteri).
Subs not used: Daniel Farrugia, Dejan Debono, Karl Pulo, Justin Micallef.
Coach: Steven Vella
Goalkeepers Coach: Mario Muscat
HAMRUN Manuel Bartolo, Triston Caruana, Wilfried Domoraud (89′ Ryan Darmanin), Clayton Failla, Nicola Leone, Soufiane Lagzir (83′ Karl Luke Schembri), Marco Criaco, Orestis Nikiolopoulos, Valdo Alhinho Goncalves (79′ Bradley Schembri), Mattia Cinquini.
Subs not used: Jean Claude Debattista, Christopher Galea, Darren Borg, Miguel Tabone.
Coach: Manuele Blasi
Asst. Coach: Fabrizio Antonini
Referee: Ishmael Barbara
Assistant Referees: Duncan Spencer, James Muscat
Fourth Official: Slobodan Petrovic
Yellow Cards: Xuereb, Micallef, Cipriott, Dias, Sakyi, Schembri
BOV Player of the Match: Nicola Leone