Floriana stay on top the BOV Premier League table as Tiago Adan Fonseca scored twice in a 2-0 win for the Greens over Gudja United at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday.
For Floriana, this was the third win in five matches as they maintain an unbeaten run, moving on the 11-point mark. For Gudja, on the other hand, this was the first defeat after four draws in the first four matches.
The Greens were reduced to ten men on 22 minutes after Augusto Rene Caseres was sent off by referee Trustin Farrugia Cann for serious foul play on the goalkeeper.
Diego Venancio was unlucky to hit the upright with a long distance free kick from the right on the 32nd.
However they were not to be denied on the 41st minute when Tiago Adan Fonseca received a through pass on the left and the Brazilian calmly slotted the ball past Aquilina after entering the penalty area.
One minute in the second half, Floriana doubled the score thanks to another goal by Tiago Adan Fonseca whose powerful drive gave Timothy Aquilina no chance.
A Gabriel Mensah effort was turned into a corner ten minutes in the second half. Rundell Winchester went close with a shot from inside the area when served by Justin Grioli from the right which scraped past the post on the 80th. Off a corner by Justin Grioli, Gabriel Mensah headed wide one minute from time.
GUDJA Timothy Aquilina (46’ Jonathan Debono), Jonathan Bondin, Zachary Cassar (62’ Peter Paul Sammut) Dylan Grima (46’ Tariq Al Mahrooqi), Rundell Winchester, Alexandre Santana, Gabriel Mensah, Anderson de Barros, Hubert Vella, Juan Andres Bolano, Justin Grioli.
Subs not used: Jurgen Farrugia, Miguel Attard, Anderson Meyar de Melo, Llywelyn Cremona.
Coach: Josef Mansueto
Asst. Coach: Thane Micallef
FLORIANA Ini Etim Akpan, Enzo Ruiz, Diego Venancio, Kristian Keqi, Ulises Arias (80’ Terence Vella), Brandon Paiber (67’ Clyde Borg), Jurgen Pisani, Augusto Rene Caseres, Alex Cini, Ryan Camenzuli, Tiago Adan Fonseca (73’ Edward Herrera).
Subs not used: Justin Spiteri, Moustapha Beye, Bradley Sciberras, Jan Busuttil
Coach: Vincenzo Potenza
Asst. Coach: Darren Anton Vella
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri, Darko Stankovic
Fourth Official: Daniel Portelli
Yellow Cards: Camenzuli, Santana, H. Vella, Winchester, De Barros, C. Borg
Red Cards: 22′ Augusto Rene Caseres
BOV Player of the Match: Tiago Adan Fonseca