Balzan, Senglea share spoils in a tale of two penalties

Balzan and Senglea Athletic shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the National Stadium on Sunday.

Senglea therefore earned a first point after suffering six consecutive defeats. Balzan, on the other hand, continue to disappoint as they have now gone five matches without a win.

Following a goalless first half, Balzan were awarded a penalty on the 73rd minute after Stefan Dimic was brought down inside the area by Andre Scicluna and from the penalty spot, Eric Lemond McWoods made no mistake to put Mark Miller’s side ahead.

On the 85th minute, Senglea were also awarded a penalty after Samir Arab handled the ball inside the area. Goalkeeper Vukasin Vranes blocked Dibola Diwoto Junior’s effort and saved the latter’s shot off the rebound. However the referee ordered a re-take and this time, Dibola Diwoto Junior made no mistake to level matters.

BALZAN: Vukasin Vranes, Augustine Loof, Samir Arab, Paul Fenech, Eric Lemond McWoods, Steve Pisani, Steve Bezzina (Alfred Effiong 68’), Michael Johnson (Sean Cipriott 27’), Uros Ljubomirac, Stefan Dimic, Moussa Kamara.
Coach: Mark Miller

SENGLEA: Matthew Farrugia, Zachary Cassar, Alan Abela, Kevaughn Atkinson (Ricardo Martin 58’), Igor Misan, Jan Tanti (Nikola Terzin 93’), Andre Scicluna, Junior Dibola Diwoto, Dejan Kukic, David Xuereb, Wilkerson Gomes.
Coach: Clive Mizzi

Referee: Andrea Sciriha
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Duncan Spencer
Fourth Official: Matthew De Gabriele
Yellow Cards: Kamara, McWoods, Atkinson, Ljubomirac, Arab, Vranes
BOV Player of the Match:  Stefan Dimic