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BOV Div. I: Pembroke humiliate Qormi in second half; Nilsson leads Qrendi to victory over Pieta

Saturday, 7 December 2019, 19:50 Last update: about 2 months ago

Pembroke A-Qormi        5-2 

Pembroke A: P.Schranz, N.Grech, A.Sultana (G.Azzopardi 60), N.Frendo,  A.Vujovic, M.Brincat (M.Zarb 66), T.Fenech, Joao Pedro, Y.Tonna, L.Mijic (D.Isakovic 82), J.P.Mifsud Triganza.

Qormi: J.Azzopardi, A.Abela, F.Gusman, C.Farrugia (G.Sammut 77), A.Cassar (N.Gauci 77), M.Borg, B.Grech (L.Farrugia 71), N.Ghio, F.Gnindokponou, T.Gusman, C.Matombo.


Referee: Alex Johnson

The crisis at Qormi continues with another loss, their fifth in the league already this season and the seventh consecutive match without a win. The team of Vince Carbonaro were the liveliest in the opening half, for a deserved 2-1 lead by the break, but were completely dominated on the resumption suffering four goals

Qormi took the lead on 16 minutes. A corner kick by Michael Borg was headed past Philip Schranz by Tensior Gusman, who was left unmarked in the box. Pembroke drew level on 39 minutes when Mifsud Triganza scored direct from a freekick.

On the stroke of half-time, Qormi regained the lead. It was an exact copy of their first goal, with Borg taking the corner kick and Tensior Gusman heading the ball unmarked passed a hapless Schranz.

 In the second half, Pembroke turned the match around and drew level seven minutes after the break. A perfect cross from the right by Yanis Tonna was connected by Luka Mijic, who beat Azzopardi with a well-placed header.

On 72 nminutes Pembroke were awarded a penalty when Mifsud Triganza was illegally stopped in the box. The same Mifsud Triganza made no mistake from 11 meters to give Pembroke a dramatic lead. Two minutes later, Pembroke scored a fourth goal, thanks to substitute Mattia Zarb who rounded off some good work on the right by Tonna with an easy tap in. Deep into added time, Pembroke were awarded a second penalty, converted by Joao Pedro, to give them an emphatic 5-2 win over strugglers Qormi.


Qrendi-Pieta H   3-1

Qrendi: Dunstan Zarb, S.Radovanovic, L.Martinelli, A.Agius, E.Vella, B.Muscat (A.Curmi 72), D.Azzopardi, C.Camilleri (D.Sammut 81), L.Schembri, A.Nilsson, Dhonatan da Hora (Jonatan Silva 78).

Pieta’ Hotspurs: M.Chetcuti, T.Bartolo, Q.Bregman, I.Jalo, D.Vukovic, N.Pace Cocks, C.Gauci (C.Bouvet 66), J.Ghio, N.Pisani (L.McKay 83), J.Scicluna (J.Delmar 79), Ze Lucas.

Referee: Darryl Agius

Alexandre Nilsson scored a brace and played a blinder to lead Qrendi to an important victory ove Pieta.

Pieta’ were the most dangerous team of the two and got rewarded in the 14th minute when Ze Lucas received a through-ball, shook off his marker and beat Dunstan Zarb with a low shot.

On 38 minutes, Qrendi drew level thanks to an unfortunate own goal. Leejoe Schembri was set through in the middle and in an attempt to clear the ball, Ishaya Jalo in avertedly kicked the ball passed Miguel Chetcuti.  Nicholas Pisani could have put his team 2-1 up on the stroke of half-time but incredibly hit wide from close range. 

Qrendi took the lead immediately in their first attack after the break. Dhonatan da Hora was sent through on the right, passing to Alexander Nilsson who somehow fumbled the ball over the goal line from close-in. After an hour play, captain Neil Pace Cocks could have equalised for Pieta’, but his shot from inside the box was well saved by Zarb, the Qrendi goalkeeper. On the other isde, Nillson, playing a blinder, kept the Pieta’ defenders busy and was very close to his second goal in the 81st minute when after another counter-attack, his powerful shot lacked direction

 In the 89th minute, Qrendi secured the three points with another Nilsson goal, beating Chetcuti with an angled shot inside the box.

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