Santa Lucia scored two goals in a minute as they turned defeat into victory, beating champions Floriana 2-1 at the Centenary Stadium on Friday.
This was the first win for Oliver Spiteri’s side after a draw in their first outing and two back-to-back defeats. On the other hand, Floriana suffer their second defeat.
One minute from the end of the first half, Floriana managed to break the deadlock when Ryan Camenzuli served Flavio Silva Cheveresan on the right and the Brazilian’s well-placed shot beat goalkeeper Andreas Vella.
Nine minutes in the second half, Santa Lucia equalised thanks to a direct freekick by Kevin Ante Rosero which beat goalkeeper Justin Spiteri with the ball ending in the bottom left corner.
A minute later, Santa Lucia forged ahead when Alan da Silva Souza sent Rei Tachikawa through and the latter anticipated the Floriana goalkeeper with a low shot which hit the foot of the upright before ending at the back of the net.
SANTA LUCIA Andreas Vella, Timothy Tabone Desira (77′ Andreas Vella), Andre Fausto Prates Rodrigues Junior, Kevin Correia, Glacio Jose De Araujo Silva (32′ Michael Camilleri), Alan da Silva Souza (70′ Liam Mckay), Kevin Ante Rosero, Victor Luiz Prestes Filho, Jamie Zerafa, Rei Tachikawa, Kieran Xuereb.
Subs not used: Christopher Farrugia, Romario Camilleri, Jacques Vella Critien, Jeremy Delmar.
Coach: Oliver Spiteri
Asst. Coach: Brian Chetcuti
FLORIANA Justin Spiteri, Muhamadou Moustapha Beye, Enzo Ruiz, Diego Venancio, Brandon Paiber, Jurgen Pisani (82′ Daniel Agius), Alex Cini, Flavio Silva Cheveresan, Marcelo Dias (59′ Kristian Keqi), Ryan Camenzuli, Tiago Adan Fonseca.
Subs not used; Andrea Cassar, Kurt Theuma, Mattias Formosa, Kieron Azzopardi, Siraj Arab Eddin.
Coach: Enzo Potenza
Asst. Coach: Darren Vella
Referee: Andrea Sciriha
Assistant Referees: Darko Stankovic, Duncan Spencer
Fourth Official: Matthew De Gabriele
Yellow Cards: Xuereb, Alan, Paiber, Venancio, Beye
BOV Player of the Match: Rei Tachikawa