The Malta Independent 21 March 2019, Thursday

BOV Premier League: Late goals help Qormi to keep hopes of avoiding relegation alive

Henry Brincat Saturday, 9 March 2019, 16:06 Last update: about 11 days ago
Photo: Trevor Sollars
Photo: Trevor Sollars

St Andrews            0
Qormi                    2

St Andrews: M. Calleja Cremona, K. Mcfarlane (J. Farrugia 66), R. Martin, K. Reid, K. Magro, A. Borg, J. Walker, M. Davis, D. Jackson (A. Friggieri 41), T. Blagrove, M. Woo Ling

Qormi: D. Cassar, Y. Yankam, M. Micallef, M. Reggis (M. Borg 76), F. Gnindokponou, A. Abela, W. De Oliveira (N. Ghio 84), J. Lokando, M. Bangoura (T. Gusman 53), L. Santana, R. Romeu

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Referee: M. Spiteri

Asst refs: J. Spiteri, P. Apap.

4th official: D. Portelli

Scorers: T. Gusman 80, F. Gnindokponou 90

Yellow cards: R. Martin 58, F. Gnindokponou 90

BOV Player of the Match: M. Davis

TMI Top 3: 1. J. Lokando, 2. M. Davis, 3. K. Reid

Late goals from Tensior Gusman and Freud Gnindokponou

gave Qormi three useful points helping them to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation alive.

The substitute struck at the right moment for Qormi who were then able to control the game and even score a second goal in a counterattack when all the Saints, including goalie Calleja Cremona, were in the Qormi area in search of an equaliser.

The win keeps them near the bottom of the standings, but they now have 13 points and with six matches yet to be played, everything can happen.

Qormi were coming from a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Gzira, while St Andrews had lost their last match against Birkirkara 2-0.

Both sides needed the points badly especially Qormi who were lagging eight points behind the Saints, though the latter wanted to move up the standings and as far away as possible from the 12th place.

Play was balanced in the first half with first Qormi and then St Andrews showing a certain amount of sporting aggressiveness without however, being effective.

The Saints, perhaps, created more half chances than the Yellow Blacks, but on the whole, no side was in command with neither goalkeeper being seriously tested.

In the second half, St Andrews started on attack and appeared to be in command, but Qormi were well organised at the back.

As time went by, Qormi became even more aggressive and started pressing in search of the goal they wanted to collect all the three points.

That goal came at the right moment - a few minutes from the end - as they then calmly defended their slender lead, before adding a second in added time (already mentioned above).

Qormi started the match on attack and in the 5th minute, St Andrews goalie Calleja Cremona did well to save a dangerous-looking freekick from Mateus Reggis.

At the other end, David Cassar was called to save a central Kemar Reid shot from the edge of the area. Four minutes later, Degran Jackson also had an attempt at goal, but his effort went wide.

Qormi had a good chance on 15 minutes when St Andrews defender Adrian Borg slipped and paved the way for Malela Bangoura to go forward unhindered, but the Qormi striker also slipped and lost control of the ball which was eventually cleared.

In the 25th minute, Qormi's Reggis had a shot deviated to corner by a Saints defender.

In the 41st minute, Kemar Reid had an angled shot turned to corner by Cassar.

St Andrews found the Qormi net early in the second half when Martin Davis beat Cassar, but he was rightly ruled offside.

On 63 minutes, a fine freekick by Woo Ling had Jacob Walker arriving a second too late to connect in front of goal.

Qormi took the lead on 80 minutes when Jordy Lokano received a cross from Gnindokponou and crossed into the small box where substitute Tensior Gusman headed into the empty net to the delight of the Qormi fans present.

The Saints almost scored an equaliser in added time when off a Farrugia freekick it was Travis Blagrove who saw his header being turned to corner by goalie Cassar.

Instead it was Qormi who added a second as from the corner, the ball was cleared upfield to the unmarked Gnindokponou and with the Saints players all in attack (including goalie Calleja Cremona), the Qormi man galloped forward to slot the ball into the empty net.

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