Kevin Ante Rosero notched a late equaliser for Santa Lucia as they held Valletta in a 1-1 draw at the Hibernians Stadium on Sunday.
For Oliver Spiteri’s side, this was yet another positive result after back-to-back wins over Floriana and Tarxien Rainbows. On the other hand, Valletta drop another two points following a defeat to Gzira United and a draw with Hibernians.
After going close with a Santiago Malano effort hitting the crossbar on 31 minutes, the Citizens managed to take the lead four minutes from the end of the first half thanks to a header by Eslit Sala following a freekick by Miguel Angel Alba.
Santa Lucia equalised two minutes from time when off a Leandro Motta corner from the right, Kevin Correa hit the woodwork with a header and off the rebound, Kevin Ante Rosero placed the ball at the back of the net.
SANTA LUCIA Andreas Vella, Timothy Tabone Desira, Andre Fausto Prates Rodrigues, Kevin Correia, Alan da Silva Souza (Andreas Vella 89’), Kevin Ante Rosero, Victor Luiz Prestes Filho, Michael Camilleri (Leandro Wallace Motta dos Santos 63’), Jamie Zerafa, Rei Tachikawa, Kieran Xuereb (Romario Camilleri 86’).
Coach: Oliver Spiteri
VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Triston Caruana, Santiago Malano, Enmy Pena Beltre, Joseph Zerafa, Taisei Marukawa (Ryan Fenech 81’), Eslit Sala, 22-Nicholas Pulis (Taylon Correa Marcolino 35’), Rowen Muscat, Miguel Angel Alba (Shaun Dimech 67’), Mario Fontanella (Ryan Camilleri 81’).
Coach: Jesmond Zerafa
Referee: Darryl Agius
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, James Muscat
Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Yellow Cards: Pulis, Muscat (V); Zerafa (SL)
BOV Player of the Match: Eslit Sala