The Malta Independent 17 October 2019, Thursday

BOV Div. I: Qormi and St.George’s share four goals in entertaining match

Chris Cassar Monday, 16 September 2019, 20:54 Last update: about 30 days ago

St. George's         2
Qormi                   2

St.Georges: J. Azzopardi, A. Hili, S. Perdomo, D. Caruana (J.P. Formosa 88'), C. Cassar, M. Uritani (T. Hiruma 71'), G. D'amato (L. Bonett 57'), L. Cutajar, J. Dalli, J. Grech, A. Marshall.

Qormi: J. Azzopardi, F. Gnindokponou, C. Matombo (R. Silva Santos 57'), M. Borg (S. Grech 84'), A. Abela, J. Lokando, F. Gusman, A. Cassar, N. Ghio, L. Farrugia (B. Grech 51'), I. Zammit

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Referee: Stefan Pace

Scorers: F. Gnindokponou 6' (Q), D. Caruana 37' (SG), A. Marshall 73' (SG), N. Ghio 74' (Q)

Qormi and St. George's shared four goals yesterday in an entertaining match that could have gone either way. However the result is a fair one, even though Qormi had the edge for most of the game, even though playing with ten men for the last half an hour of the match.

Qormi started on a top note with with Lokando missing a sitter in front of goal on five minutes. But sixty seconds later Qormi took the lead when Lokando passed towards Freud Gnindokponou who first timed beautifully home.

After this early fury from Qormi, the Saints settled down and the game was now more balanced, with Qormi still the more dangerous outfit. On 25 minutes Luke Farrugia miskicked the ball when he attempted a spectacular overhead kick.

On 35 minutes Qormi were rather unlucky when a Luke Farrugia header smashed against the upright. Two minutes later St. George's drew level when Jurgen Grech passed towards Dylan Caruana who although pressed managed to shield the ball and fire in the top corner of the net.

The Saints finished the first half more on the offensive and a Perdomo shot missed the crossbar by inches. On the resumption the same Perdomo had another good run but again his effort went slightly over the bar.

On the hour Qormi were down to ten when Iven Zammit received a second booking. With a man less Qormi almost took the lead on 66 minutes but Azzopardi made a great save to deny Gnindokponou.

On 73 minutes Adolphus Marshall's header put the Saints in front, but their joy was short-lived as sixty seconds later Nick Ghio fired home from close range following a melee in the St.Georges' defence.

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