Sliema Wanderers, winners of the FA Trophy for a record twenty-one times, were eliminated from the third round after losing 0-2 to Santa Lucia. Hibernians defeated Zejtun Corinthians, Sirens beat Kercem Ajax while Victoria Hotspurs eliminated Zebbug Rangers.
At the Centenary Stadium. Santa Lucia scored twice in the second half to beat Sliema Wanderers 2-0 in a clash between two Premier League sides.
Kevin Ante Rosero put Santa Lucia ahead ten minutes in the second half.
The Wanderers were reduced to ten men after having Kurt Shaw sent off two minutes from time.
Five minutes in added time, Jackson David Usuga Mendoza sealed the issue with a second goal for Santa Lucia.
In the fourth round, Santa Lucia face holders Balzan.
SLIEMA Entonjo Elezaj, Kurt Shaw, John Mintoff (58’ Edmond Agius), Mark Scerri, Robert Johan Carvajal Diaz, Claudio Zappa, Juri Cisotti, Juan Cruz Gill (84’ Jose Cleangelo Pereira Dias), Peter Xuereb (67’ Alex Satariano), Goran Adamovic, Jean Paul Farrugia.
SANTA LUCIA Ryan Caruana, Gabriel Bohrer Mentz Adam Magri Overend (62’ Omar Elouni), David Luiz Usuga Mendoza, Diego Luis Mosquera Segura, Kevin Ante Rosero (90+2’ Neil Spiteri), Farid Zuniga, Jamie Zerafa (90’ Jamie Magri Overend), Camilo Escobar, Lee Galea, Rei Tachikawa.
Referee: Philip Farrugia
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri, Thomas Debono
Fourth Official: Daniel Portelli
At the National Stadium, Hibernians defeated First Division side Zejtun Corinthians 3-0.
Andrei Agius put Hibs ahead on the 54th minute and Terrence Groothusen doubled the score two minutes later. Grootshusen made it 3-0 on the 64th minute.
Hibernians take on Pembroke Athleta in the fourth round.
ZEJTUN Christian Cassar, Josmar Galea, kane Paul Farrugia, Jeremy Busuttil, lesley Cassar Jackson, Dylan Agius, Joseph Jojo Ogunnupe, Jurgen Suda (68’ Ryan Spiteri), Robeiro do Nascimento Santos, Daniel Sowatey, Rafael de Fex Mariaga (72’ Adrian Carabott).
HIBS Matthew Calleja Cremona, Timothy Tabone Desira (26’ Leonardo Nanni) , Ferdinando Apap, Jens Wemmer, Marcio Leandro Barbosa da Silveira, Joseph Mbong, Terrence Groothusen (68’ Jurgen Degabriele), Dunstan Vella, Gabriel Izquier, Andrei Agius, Imanol Iriberri (68’ Myles Beerman).
Referee: Ishmael Barbara
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, Duncan Spencer
Fourth Official: Slobodan Petrovic
At the Victor Tedesco Stadium, Gozitan champions Victoria Hotspurs registered a 5-3 win over First Division side Zebbug Rangers.
Elton Alexandre da Silva converted a penalty on the 6th minute to put the Hotspurs ahead but Samuel Buhagiar equalised on the 14th. Henrique Maciel restored the lead on the 26th and Elton da Silva made it 3-1 five minute from the end of the first half. Saturday Nanapere reduced the gap ten minutes in the second half and ten minutes later, the Hotspurs ended in ten men after having Jason Pace sent off. However the Hotspurs still managed to extend the lead with a fourth goal thanks to Elton da Silva five minutes from time although Muda Fagbeja narrowed the gap for Zebbug on the 90th. However the game was not over yet as Emiliano Lattes made it 5-3 in added time.
In the next round, Victoria Hotspurs take on Gudja United.
ZEBBUG Matthew Grech, Dion Fava, Randall Vella, Ryan Zammit (46’ Shawn Darmanin)(79’ Wayne Borg), Samuel Buhagiar, Saturday Nanapere, Muda Fagbeja, Clive Brincat (88’ Owen Busuttil), Noah Olawole Ojuola, Joseph Farrugia, Gaetano Joseph Gesualdi.
VICTORIA H. Adrian Parnis, El Mehdi Sidqy, Christian Mercieca (88’ Dylan Bellotti), Jason Pace, Andrew Mizzi (61’ Lawrence Grima), Jonathan Bajada, Shaun Bajada, Henrique de Souza Maciel, Elton Alexandre da Silva, Emiliano Lattes, Stefano Bianciardi.
Referee: Ezekiel Barbara
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Vasil Vasilev
Sirens defeated Kercem Ajax 4-1 at the Kercem Ajax Stadium.
Angel Manuel Bustos gave Sirens a two-goal lead with a goal eight minutes from the end of the first half and another eight minutes in the second half, Abdullahi Ige Adeshina made it 3-0 on the 71st with Romario Lucas Menezes adding another five minutes later. Darko Krstic pulled one back for Kercem ten minutes from time.
Sirens meet Valletta in the next round.
KERCEM Vladimir Dizdarevic, Sergio Martinez Villa, Gabriel Muscat, Josiah Buttigieg (76’ Daniel Cassar), Andrea Debrincat, Thomas Vella (54’ Thomas Vella), Ali Oularbi, Nathaniel Mercieca, Jean Paul Mizzi (83’ Anthony Zammit), Borja Polo Longarela, Milos Perisic.
SIRENS Miguel Montfort, Ryan Grech, Wellington De Oliveira, Sergio Raphael dos Anjos, Emmanuel Okoye, Manuel Angel Bustos, Adrian Borg, Abdullahi Ige Adeshina, Romeu Pericles Romao, Romario Lucas Memezes, Thiago Espindola de Paula.
Referee: Darryl Agius
Assistant Referees: Chris Francalanza, James Muscat
Fourth Official: Andrea Sciriha