After beating Gudja United in their first outing, Sirens registered another positive result as they earned a point in a 1-1 draw with Mosta at the Tony Bezzina Stadium on Friday.
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Mosta, who were eager to bounce back from the 0-3 defeat to Birkirkara last week, managed to take the lead but Sirens were quick to level matters and were unlucky not to notch the winner later in the game.
Kemmu Degran Jackson replaced Ismael Borg for Sirens while Mosta had three changes as Johann Bezzina, Luis Carlos Riascos and Israel Luiz Igbineweka replaced Christ Evo Ememe, Gianluca Sciberras and Rafael Morisco.
Following a goalless first half, Mosta took the lead on the hour when Johann Bezzina entered the area from the right and hit low but his attempt was deflected and Zachary Brincat took the rebound, hitting home from close range.
Five minutes later, Sirens equalised courtesy of Kemar Reid who received an assist on the left and advanced into the area, rounding a defender, hitting low past the Mosta goalkeeper.
On the 70th, Fernando Brandan was unlucky to hit the crossbar with an effort from outside the area as he caught goalkeeper Christoffer Mafoumbi out of place. Four minutes later, Reid had an angled shot from the left blocked by Mafoumbi aided by the upright.
On the 79th minute, Mafoumbi performed a great save on a Kemar Reid header following a cross by Jacob Walker while in added time, Christ Ememe tested Sean Mintoff with a header from inside the area for Mosta.
SIRENS Sean Mintoff, Rei Tachikawa, Alfred Effiong, Alfred Effiong, Adrian Borg, Jacob Walker, Fernando Brandan, Carlo Zammit Lonardelli (Bogdan Gavrila 79’), Kemmu Degran Jackson, Carlos Andres Castillo Riascos, Kemar David Reid.
Coach: Winston Muscat
MOSTA Christoffer Mafoumbi, Dejan Debono, Clayton Failla, Johnson Kalu Nsumoh (Zachary Brincat 37’), Johann Bezzina, Okosi Edhere, Tyrone Farrugia, Ivan Doric, Luis Carlos Riascos (Gianluca Sciberras 46’), Israel Luiz Igbineweka (Christ Evo Ememe 63’), Jonas Rodriguez Ekani.
Coach: Joseph Grech
Referee: Darryl Agius
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella, Mark Ciantar
Fourth Official: Emanuel Grech
Yellow Cards: K. Jackson, R. Tachikawa, F. Brandan (S); L. Riascos, O. Edhere, J. Bezzina, J. Ekani (M)
BOV Player of the Match: Rei Tachikawa (Sirens)