The Malta Independent 19 January 2020, Sunday

BOV Premier League: Gudja continue with positive trend

Simon Farrugia Saturday, 7 December 2019, 19:45 Last update: about 2 months ago
Photo: James Galea
Photo: James Galea

Gudja Utd.              4
Senglea A.              1

Gudja Utd.: J. Debono. J. Bondin, Z. Cassar, A. Friggieri, G. Mensah, A. De Barros, M. Jimenez (J. Farrugia 80'), P.P. Sammut (J. Brincat 51'), H. Vella, J. Bolanos, A. Miranda


Senglea A.: M. Farrugia, S. Olberkis, D. Debono, M. Micallef (A. Spiteri 87'), G. Virano (J. Tanti 46'), T. Marukawa, J. W. Teixeira, M. Todorovic, C. Anderson do Nascimento, J. Micallef (L,. Grech 76'), M. Dias

Referee: Matthew Degabriele

Asst. Referee: Mitchell Scerri, Duncan Spencer

Fourth Official: Glen Tonna

Yellow Cards: Bodnin, Friggieri, Mensah, Sammut, Vella, Miranda, Debono, Todorovic, Dias

Red Card: Todorovic, Dias (Senglea A.)

Scorers: Virano 27', Miranda 45' pen., Mensah 72', Brincat 76, 91'

BOV Player of the Match: Gabriel Mensah (Gudja Utd.)  

TMI Top 3:  1.  G. Mensah            2.  J. Brincat            3.   A. Miranda

Gudja gained three important points when they came from a goal down to turn the score in their favour and win in style. It was a well deserved win for Gudja with Senglea finding difficult to cope especially when they were reduced to ten-man and subsequently nine.

After claiming seven points from the last three matches, Gudja United,   managed to make it to the Fourth Round of the FA Trophy eliminating Lija Athletic . On the other hand, were boosted by the win over Gzira in the FA Trophy, but had lost three out of the last four league matches.  Prior to this match only one point separated the two teams.

Elvis Sakyi and Sean Cipriott were ruled out through suspension for Senglea while Rundell Winchester served a one-match ban for their opponents Gudja.

The first minutes were rather dull with both teams failing to live up to expectations. In fact it was only on 24 minutes that the first goal mouth action come into fruition.  Marukawa made his way past the opposing rearguard but his shot was deflected into a corner. From the resultant kick Marukawa was brought down and from the free kick that ensued Gonzalo Virano found the net to put the Cottonera outfit in front.

Gudja's reaction was an immediate one and just past the half hour Jimenez saw his shot from the distance sailing just over the bar. Three minutes from the end of the first half Gudja were awarded a corner with Mirko Todorovic holding an opponent in the area. The referee awarded the maximum penalty and sent off the Senglea player. Allan Ricardo Miranda converted from the spot.

With extra personnel Gudja were now more in control of the proceedings but it was Senglea who went near just shy off the hour when a Jan Tanti shot hit the woodwork and ended wide. But Senglea were dealt another blow on 63 minutes when Marcelo Dias was sent off following a second bookable offence and thus reduced to nine man.

Gudja forged ahead in the 72nd minute when Gabriel Mensah's low drive beat goalkeeper Farrugia. And five minutes later Gudja scored their third goal when James Brincat headed past the opposing goalkeeper.

Gudja kept on piling the pressure and scored their fourth and final goal when Dejan Debono put the ball into his own net.

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