A goal two minutes in stoppage time enabled Tarxien Rainbows to earn a point in a 1-1 draw with Gzira United at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday.
The Maroons were clearly a better side throughout the ninety minutes but apart from hitting the crossbar through Jackson Usuga Mendoza on the 23rd minute, a series of fine saves by Tarxien goalkeeper Daniel Marcio Fernandes kept them at bay until the 70th minute when they finally managed to take the lead.
Substitute Clyde Borg delivered a cross and Martin Davis beat the Tarxien goalkeeper with a diagonal shot from the right.
Gzira seemed heading towards victory but two minutes in added time, the Rainbows equalised courtesy of Vito Plut who received the ball from a header from the edge of the area and anticipated Haber with a lob.
GZIRA Justin Haber, Gabriel Bohrer Mentz, Steve Borg, Nikolai Muscat, Andrew Cohen (62′ Clyde Borg), Camilo Escobar, Martin Davis, Jackson Mendoza, Ricardo Correa Duarte (70’ Nevin Portelli), Jefferson de Assis (90’ Sacha Borg), Abdeen Temitope Abdul.
Subs not used: Anthony Curmi, Omar Elouni, Dexter Xuereb, Alexander Scicluna.
Coach: Darren Abdilla
TARXIEN Daniel Fernandes, Anderson do Nascimento Carneiro, Brandon Muscat, Darren Falzon (62′ Daniel Zerafa), Matthew Spiteri, Vito Plut, Vagner Conceicao da Silva, Eduardo Rosado Souza, Karl Pulo (78’Keith Attard), Kyle Gatt, Matthew Tabone.
Subs not used: Jurgen Borg, Cedric Zahra, Jurgen Mallia, Miguel Ciantar, Dale Tabone.
Coach: Winston Muscat
Referee: Darryl Agius
Assistant Referees: Thomas Debono, James Muscat
Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Yellow Cards: M. Tabone, A. Cohen, M. Davis
BOV Player of the Match: Daniel Fernandes