Hamrun Spartans and Gzira United shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw at the Hibernians Stadium on Saturday in a clash between two teams who were aiming to re-join Hibernians on top the BOV Premier League table.
The Spartans have now gone three matches without a win while for Gzira, this was the sixth consecutive positive result
The Maroons took the lead on the 10th minute when off an assist by Raphael Kooh Sohna, Ricardo Calixto Correa managed to beat Jonathan Debono with an angled shot from the right.
Hamrun equalised on the 34th minute when off a cross by Ailton Jorge dos Santos Soares from the left, Franklin Sasere flicked the ball past goalkeeper Anthony Curmi.
Gzira regained the lead a minute later thanks to Raphael Kooh Sohna who beat Debono from close range following a Hamed Kone freekick.
However five minutes from the end of the first half, Hamrun restored equilibrium thanks to Predrag Djordjevic whose rising shot gave the Gzira goalkeeper no chance following a cross by Ailton Soares.
HAMRUN Jonathan Debono, Matthew Guillaumier, Joseph Essien Mbong, Ailton Jorge dos Santos Soares (86′ Imanol Iriberri), Abdullahi Ige Adeshina, Elkin Serrano Valero, Juan Carlos Corbalan, Predrag Djordjevic, Karl Micallef, Marcelo Barbosa Junior (13′ Franklin Olanitori Sasere), Emerson Marcelina.
Coach: Mark Buttigieg
GZIRA Anthony Curmi, Gabriel Bohrer Mentz, Steve Borg, Nikolai Muscat, Camilo Escobar, Nevin Portelli (66′ Andrew Cohen), Hamed Kone, Ricardo Correa Duarte, Sacha Borg, Jefferson de Assis, Raphael Kooh Sohna.
Coach: Darren Abdilla
Referee: Matthew De Gabriele
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Duncan Spencer
Fourth Official: Andrea Sciriha
Yellow Cards: de Assis, Bohrer Mentz, Kooh Sohna (G); Marcelina, Djordjevic, Serrano (H)
BOV Player of the Match: Matthew Guillaumier