Sliema Wanderers kept the pace with leaders Hamrun Spartans as they defeated Senglea Athletic 2-0 at the National Stadium on Sunday despite playing for over seventy minutes in ten men.
For the Wanderers, this was the third win in four matches which keeps them two points behind the Spartans. Senglea, on the other hand, suffered the third defeat in four matches.
Sylvano Comvalius was sent off for Sliema on the 17th minute following a rough tackle on Dejan Kukic.
However, they still managed to take the lead on the 25th minute when Gilmar da Silva Ribeiro converted a penalty after he was brought down inside the area by Kukic.
Nine minutes in the second half, Sliema doubled the score when Gilmar sent substitute Jean Paul Farrugia through and the latter beat Matthew Farrugia with a powerful shot from the right.
Two minutes in added time, Dibola Diwoto Junior was sent off for Senglea following a clash with John Mintoff.
SENGLEA Matthew Farrugia, Zachary Cassar, Alan Abela, Firas Aboulezz (46′ Igor Misan), Kevaughn Atkinson (61′ Daneel Abela), Luis Riascos Torres, Andre Scicluna (12′ Lee Galea), Chris Matombo (61′ Jan Tanti), Dibola Diwoto Junior, Dejan Kukic, Wilkerson Gomes Batata .
Subs not used: Dorian Bugeja, Joseph Attard, Luca Brincat.
Coach: Ryan Newell
Asst. Coach: Noel Azzopardi
SLIEMA Jake Galea, Gilmar da Silva Ribeiro (77′ Mark Scerri), Juri Cisotti, Danny Holla (85′ Edmond Agius), Ruslan Kisil (26′ Jean Paul Farrugia), Gabriel Aquilina (85′ John Mintoff), Oscar Linton, Arthur Cunha da Rocha, Myles Beerman, Dejan Vukovic, Sylvano Comvalius.
Subs not used: Jack Kind, Jean Borg.
Coach: Andrea Pisanu
Asst. Coach: Noel Turner
Referee: Daniel Portelli
Assistant Referees: Thomas Debono, James Muscat
Fourth Official: Darryl Agius
Yellow Cards: Riascos, Atkinson, Vukovic, Cunha
Red Cards: 17′ Sylvano Comvalius, 90+2′ Dibola Diwoto Junior
BOV Player of the Match: Gilmar da Silva Ribeiro