The Malta Independent 17 November 2019, Sunday

BOV Premier League: Too easy for Balzan against lacklustre Mosta

Simon Farrugia Friday, 8 November 2019, 20:31 Last update: about 8 days ago
Photo: Domenic Aquilina
Photo: Domenic Aquilina

Balzan            5
Mosta             0

Balzan: K. Naumovski, A. Loof, A. Kosoric, S. Pisani, S. Bezzina, M. Johnson, P. Fenech (M. Grima 83'), U. Ljubomirac, S. Dimic (R.Scicluna 76') , R. Correa Duarte, A. Majdevac


Mosta: A. Vella, A. Roach, W. Gomes, D. Xuereb, M. Jallow (D. Bonnici 77'), J. Diouf, T. Farrugia, D. Brown, L. Villareal, M. Muchardi (K. Gatt 89'), C. Grech (Z. Grech 45')

Referee: Slobodan Petrovic

Asst refs: Thomas Debono, Paul Apap

4th official: Mario Apap

Yellow Cards: Correa, Vella, Diouf  

Scorers: Ljubomirac 3', Loof  25', Majdevac 41', 79' pen., Correa 85'

BOV Player of the Match: Andrija Majdevac (Balzan)

TMI Top 3: 1.  A. Majdevac         2.     R. Correa               3.    U.Ljubomirac

Balzan gained their fourth win when they easily disposed of Mosta.  Balzan made certain of the three points with a good performance in the first forty five minutes taking a three goal lead.

This was a welcome win for Balzan who had only gained one point from their previous two matches whereas Mosta have now succumbed to two consecutive defeats after having won three matches on the trot.

These three points have put Balzan in a more healthier position after a rather bumpy period. For Mosta things are now turning a bit sour following that fine run. One player that they missed a lot was undoubtedly Nikita Kotlov.

Balzan had a dream start as inside the third minute they had already found the net. Uros Ljubomirac found Stefan Dimic on the left flank with the Serbian making his way past his direct defender and supplying a low cross which the Mosta rearguard failed to clear. The ball came once again in Ljubomirac's path who slotted the ball home.

Mosta tried to react to this early setback and in the 14th minute Weverton went near but his low drive scraped the upright. Eight minutes later Balzan went near to increasing their lead when Andrija Majdevac passed back from just inside the area towards Ricardo Correa but the Argentine blasted the ball over the bar.

But they eventually doubled their lead in the 24th minute when Mosta goalkeeper Andreas Vella brought down Majdevac in the area with the referee pointing to the penalty spot. Majdevac had his shot come off the bar with Augustine Loof being first on the rebound to head into an empty net.

Balzan were now in total control of the match and four minutes from the end of the first half Ricardo Correa perfectly picked up Andrija Majdevac whose low drive found the corner of the net.

In first half stoppage Mosta went near when a Muchardi free kick was tipped over with some difficulty by goalkeeper Naumovski.

The first minutes of the second half proved to be pathetic and it was only in the 64th minute that Mosta threatened when a cross by Dexter Xuereb from the right side found an unmarked Zachary Brincat only for his header to be completely miscued.

And on 73 minutes a Dexter Xuereb long range effort just missed the target. But it was Balzan who scored their fourth goal eleven minutes from the end. Tyrone Farrugia was adjudged to have brought down Uros Ljubomirac in the area and from the penalty that ensued Andrija Majdevac this time made no mistake.

And the goals kept flowing when in the 85th minute Scicluna passed towards Ricardo Correa who slotted the ball into the net. A dominant Balzan earning an easy win against a Mosta side who failed miserably on the night.

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