A penalty by Weverton Gomes handed Balzan a narrow win over Tarxien Rainbows at the National Stadium on Sunday.
Tarxien had new signing goalkeeper Daniel Marcio Fernandes in excellent form, denying Balzan on various occasions.
Apart from Fernandes, the Rainbows had Anderson do Nascimento Carneiro, Vito Plut, Vanger Conceicao da Silva, Eduardo Rosado Souza, Karl Pulo and substitute Kyle Gatt all making their first appearance along with coach Winston Muscat. Balzan, also led by a new coach – Mark Miller, had Eric Lemond McWoods, Suleiman Jalu, Markos Moustakis, Weverton Gomes and Moussa Kamara making their debut.
Balzan scored the all-important goal on the 68th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Anderson do Nascimento Carneiro brought Steven Pisani down inside the area and from the penalty spot, Weverton Gomes Souza made no mistake.
TARXIEN Daniel Marcio Fernandes, Anderson do Nascimento Carneiro (79’ Keith Attard), Brandon Muscat, Darren Falzon, Matthew Spiteri (75’ Ricardo Pires), Vito Plut, Vanger Conceicao da Silva, Eduardo Rosado Souza, Karl Pulo, Matthew Tabone, Miguel Ciantar (64’ Kyle Gatt).
Subs not used: Jurgen Borg, Cedric Zahra, Daniel Zerafa, Dale Tabone.
Coach: Winston Muscat
BALZAN Sean Mintoff, Augustine Loof, Samir Arab (89’ Steve Bezzina), Paul Fenech, Eric Lemond McWoods, Steven Pisani, Uros Ljubomirac, Suleiman Jalu (76’ Marcus Grima), Markos Ermis Moustakis, Weverton Gomes Souza (89’ Alfred Effiong), Moussa Kamara (74’ Michael Johnson).
Subs not used: Andy Catania Gilson, Neil Frendo, Gary Camilleri.
Coach: Mark Miller
Referee: Slobodan Petrovic
Assistant Referees: Chris Francalanza, Mark Ciantar
Fourth Official: Philip Farrugia
Yellow Cards: do Nascimento, Pulo, Moustakis, Gatt, Mintoff
BOV Player of the Match: Daniel Fernandes