Sirens leave it till late to register first win

Sirens left to late to beat Lija Athletic 2-0 at the Centenary Stadium on Sunday thanks to two goals in the dying minutes.

For Sirens, this was the first win after two defeats and two draws from the first four matches while Lija suffered the fifth defeat in seven matches.

Before the game, Sirens president Mark Borg Hedley presented a memento to Michael Mifsud after making his 143rd and final appearance for the national team and scoring his 42nd goal on Wednesday against Liechtenstein.

Sirens managed to break the deadlock six minutes from time when a Michael Mifsud effort was partially saved by Bonnici and of the rebound Wellington placed the ball at the back of the net.

Two minutes later, Sirens sealed the issue with a second goal thanks to Michael Mifsud who received an assist by Wellington and hit home from close range.

In added time, Michael Mifsud was sent off for Sirens after receiving a straight red card by referee Andrea Sciriha for using foul language.

LIJA Luke Bonnici, Carl Cassar (87’ Ryan Darmanin), Pedro Soares Gusso, Daniel Scerri (85’ Gianluca Zammit), Erjon Beu, Fernando Javier Brandan, Miguel Perez Jimenez, Juan Cruz Gill, Clayton Giordimaina, Gonzalo Nicolas Virano, Valdo Goncalves Alhinho.
Subs not used: Dylan Galea, Leon Muscat, McAllister Clinch, Ryan Dalli, Andre White.
Coach: Joseph Galea
Asst. Coach: Matthew Genuis

SIRENS David Cassar, Jonathan Pearson (56’ Adrian Borg), Wellington de Oliveira, Sergio Raphael dos Anjos, Maxuell Maia da Silva, Wilfried Domoraud, Ryan Scicluna (75’ Michael Mifsud), Terence Agius, Romeu Pericles Romao, Romario Lucas Menezes (46’ Ryan Grech), Thiago Espindola.
Subs not used: Miguel Montfort, Luke Grech, Jacob Walker.
Coach: Steve D’Amato
Asst. Coach: Ivan Casha

Referee: Andrea Sciriha
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Darko Stankovic
Fourth Official: Emanuel Grech
Yellow Cards: Scerri, Virano, Agius, Maxuell
BOV Player of the Match: Luke Bonnici