The Malta Independent 22 August 2019, Thursday

BOV Div. I: Lija back on track; Pembroke win derby with early goals; Sirens leave it late

Chris Cassar Sunday, 10 February 2019, 19:55 Last update: about 7 months ago

Qrendi-Sirens         1-4

Qrendi: J. Farrugia, M. Farrugia, B. Bondin, M. Busuttil, C. Caruana, L. Brincat (J. Spiteri 61’), Z. Bowman (D. Zarb 87’), M. Barbara (K. Abela 74’), D. Martini, C. Quaranta, J. Silveira da Silva.


Sirens: M. Montfort, K. Farrugia, R. Mandic, D. Sant, R. Grech, L. Mijic (M. Bustos 57’), M. del Negro (R. Fenech 57’), M. Morgon Filho, C.Gauci (A. Curmi 79’), A Ige, G. Gesualdi.

Referee: Ishmael Barbara

Scorers: Ige Adeshina 10’ (S), Jonatan Silveira Da Silva 62’ (Q), Gaetano Gesualdi 83’ (S), Angel Manuel Bustos 89’ (S), Marco Antonio Morgon Filho 93’ (S)

Sirens scored three goals in the last eight minutes of the match to gain three furtehr points and consolidate their leadership. They are now clear favourites to gain promotion to the Premier after yesterday’s performance.

Sirens were dominant in the first half, taking the lead and missing several scoring chances, even from the penalty spot.

In the second half Qrendi made a good reaction and managed to obtain the equaliser two minutes past the hour. Qrendi even went close a surprise lead, as the game was now an open contest.

However nine minutes from time Qrendi were down to ten when their captain Bondin received a second booking, and Sirens took immediate advantage scoring three goals to put the issue beyond doubt.


Lija A-San Gwann             2-0

Lija A: L. Bonnici, C. Cassar, L. Muscat, D. Scerri, E. Beu, A. Azzopardi, A. Borg, A. Bello-Osagie, M. Clinch, C. Gauci, K. Kuroki.

San Gwann: M. Mestrovic, J. Grech, J. Bowman, R. Zammit, A. Cachia, A. Borg, C. Gauci, J. Tanti, S. Hili, N. Melo Ferreira, R. De Oliveira

Referee: Shaun Calleja

Scorers: Erjon Beu 62’, Abubaker Bello-Osagie 79’

Two second half goals gave Lija Athletic a deserved victory over relegation worried San Gwann. Lija were still smarting from their defeat against Sirens in their last outing and needed the points badly to get back on track and are now fifth a point behind Naxxar.

For San Gwann a setback in their quest to avoid the drop, as they are in 13th place, following Mqabba’s victory on Friday. San Gwann had a promising first half which was a balanced affair, with San Gwann however having the best scoring chances through Renan De Oliveira.

In the second half Lija were the better team, looking more determined especially in attack. They took the lead with a good Beu goal past the hour, and never looked back giving the killer touch with a Bello-Osagie goal eleven minutes from time.


Swieqi U-Pembroke A       0-2

Swieqi U: J.C. Debattista, L. Cassar, K. Muscat, K. Sultana (G. Bugeja, 73’), J. Scerri, I. Margarit (K. Ekezie 66’), M. Vella, V. Olowoyo, M. Farrugia, L. Scicluna, N. Schembri (L. Covic 51’).

Pembroke A: P. Schranz, K. Borg (J.P. Mifsud Triganza 84’), G. Muscat, G. Azzopardi (A. Mizzi 68’), Z. Grech, T. Fenech, M.A. Borg, J.P. Oliveira Santos, E. Vallecillo Casado (I. Misan 72’), Y. Tonna, G. Claudio da Silva.

Referee: Daniel Portelli

Scorers: Edoardo Vallecillo Casado 10’, Yanis Tonna 17’

Pembroke returned to winning ways defeating Swieqi with two early goals. With this victory over their neighbours Pembroke made it a double over Swieqi, heving won 1-0 in the first round.

It was a deserved victory for Pembroke who had been playing well lately, but failed to gain points.

Pembroke took the lead on ten minutes when Edoardo Vallecillo Casado fired home beating Debattista from an ideal position. Seven minutes later Pembroke scored a second goal when Yanis Tonna beat the offside trap  to beat Debattista with a precise shot.

On the resumption Pembroke continued to dictate matters and Swieqi, without Salis Ibrahim in attack never worried the Pembroke defence.

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