FA Trophy: Mqabba beat San Gwann after extra-time

Mqabba secured a place in the Round of 32 of the FA Trophy after defeating San Gwann 5-3 after extra-time in a match from the Preliminary Round at the Centenary Stadium on Wednesday.

Following a goalless first half during which Mqabba had a player sent off, San Gwann took a two-goal lead early in the second half thanks to Nezar Abouhaisa on the 47th and Adam Falzon on the 52nd. Johan Castano reduced the gap on the 80th and Gabriel Mannino equalised two minutes later. Clifford Gauci converted a penalty to make it 3-2 for San Gwann on the 85th but Johan Castano levelled matters thanks to a penalty four minutes in added time to force extra-time.

Ten minutes in the first half of extra-time, Ryan Spiteri put Mqabba ahead of the first time and two minutes from the en,d Johan Castano sealed the issue with another goal.

Mqabba is the second team to qualify for the Round of 32 after Pembroke Athleta. The remaining teams will emerge from the other Preliminary Round matches which will be played between Thursday and December 27.

Qormi, Sannat Lions, Xagħra United and Swieqi United received a bye into the next round where they join Premier League clubs. The Round of 32 will be played between the 2nd and the 4th and between the 9th and 11th February.