The Malta Independent 16 June 2019, Sunday

BOV Div. I: St Lucia demolish Marsa, Gudja move to third place, Stoppage time winner for Lions

Chris Cassar Saturday, 12 January 2019, 20:36 Last update: about 6 months ago

Naxxar L-Swieqi U  1-0

Naxxar L: O. Borg, P. Changoon, R. Mercieca, M. Fenech, J. Debono, A. Azzopardi, R. Cassar, J. Ellul, S. Nanapere, B. Essel, S. Meilak.

Swieqi U: J.C. Debattista, J. Cassar, M. Attard, K. Muscat, K. Sultana (G. Bugeja), M. Vella, G. Calabretta, S. Bugeja, S. Ibrahim (I. Margarit 89'), M. Farrugia, L. Scicluna (J. Scerri 72').

Referee: Stefan Pace


Scorer: Jurgen Debono 92'

Swieqi's positive run of five games came to a halt yesterday as Naxxar struck gold deep in stoppage time to obtain their second consecutive victory.

Jurgen Debono's goal on 92 minutes gave Naxxar a flattering victory in an otherwise drab affair. The game never came to life with Naxxar having the edge in the first half, and with Swieqi showing the better ideas on the resumption

Nanapere went close with a freekick after five minutes, and in the second half the Naxxar custodian made a stunning save off a Calabretta freekick. On 92 minutes Nanapere made way on the left flank and passed towards Jurgen Debono who slotted home with a low drive from an acute angle.


San Gwann-Gudja U                   0-1

San Gwann: M. Mestrovic, J. Azzopardi, R. Zammit, A. Cachia (N. Abouhaisa 71'), A. Borg, G. Zammit (A. Abela 83'), C. Gauci, K. Gatt, S. Hili (J. Tanti 62'), N. Melo Ferreira, G. Henshaw.

Gudja U: J. Debono, J. Bondin, M. Attard, J. Lima Siqueira, A. Mizzi, S. Diacono (M. Bonnici 92'), J. Farrugia, L. Cremona (L. Micallef 85'), E. Vella, D. Santos Da Hora (A. Marshall 81'), R. Kooh Sohna

Referee: Daniel Portelli

Scorer: Jonathan Debono 21'

Gudja United moved to third place in the standings with a solitary goal victory over lowly San Gwann. San Gwann coming from three consecutive victories gave a good fight and almost snatched a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time, evn though they were reduced to ten men.

Ryan Zammit was sent off on 72 minutes when he stopped Santos da Hora who was heading for goal. Gudja scored the all important winner on 21 minutes when from a Jackson Lima freekick, Jonathan Bondin connected well to fire home with the ball finishing in the top corner of the net.

Gudja had the best chances in front of goal but Mestrovic is proving to be an asset. In stoppage time San gwann pushed everything forward and Raphael Kooh Sohna headed towards his own goal in an attempt to clear, but Jonathan Debono made an outstanding save to preserve victory.


Santa lucia v Marsa        7-1

Santa Lucia: R. Caruana, M. Caruana, N. Spiteri, J. Usaga Mendoza, J. Suda, K. Ante Rosero, B. Paiber (P. Lapira 54'), P. Teixeira Maia, L. Galea, K. Camilleri (J. Magri Overend 54'), N. Borg.

Marsa: K. Brincat, S. Vella, L. Friggieri (J. Theuma 63'), S. Camilleri, D. Agius, A. Streti Ali, J. Lovegrove, S. Darmanin, R. Mifsud (Y. Camilleri 53'), S. Zampa (M. Marra 58'), R. Gafa.

Referee: Ezekiel Barbara

After four consecutive draws that put them off the top of the standings, Santa Lucia returned to winning ways in impressive manner, demolishing a sorry Marsa side 7-1.

The score speaks for itself. Santa Lucia completely outclassed their opponents and the score could have been even bigger too.

For the bottom of the table side the situation is more than worried as their fate is almost sealed for Division Two football next season.After hitting the crossbar through Paiber after three minutes, Santa Lucia had to wait till the 26 th  minute to break the deadlock with a Paiber header.

This opened the floodgates on the Marsa fort as Ante Rosero doubled six minutes later, with Jurgen Suda a great goal three minutes later and Nick Borg scoring a fourth just before the break.In the second half Suda notched his hat trick, Nick Borg obtained his second one, and Ali Sreti scored Marsa's consolation goal from the penalty spot. 

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