The Malta Independent 8 August 2020, Saturday

BOV Div. I: Tensior Gusman hat-trick for Qormi against nine-man Mqabba; Zejtun new league leaders

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Qormi-Mqabba       3-0

Qormi: J. Azzopardi, C. Farrugia (L. Farrugia 63'), F. Gnindokponou, C. Matombo (B. Grech 75'), R. Silva Santos, M. Borg (I. Mizzi 78'), A. Abela, F. Gusman, A. Cassar, N. Ghio, T. Gusman.

Mqabba: F. Tabone, D. Micallef, I. Margarit (P. Chimezie 26'), A. Ferreira, K. Magro, J. Micallef, Y. Omuro (A. Makela 68'), N. Micallef (L. Farrugia 80'), M. Caruana, K. Camilleri, F. Zammit.


Referee: Andrea Sciriha

Qormi returned to winning ways after a series of negative results, easily disposing of lowly Mqabba, who played a great part of the second part with noine men.

Qormi had a very good start taking the lead on 14 minutes when Tensior Gusman fired home after his first shot was partially saved by Tabone. On 33 minutes Mqabba were down to ten when Kevin Camilleri was sent off for dissent, and two minutes from the break Santos Silva hit the crossbar.

Four minutes into the second half Kurt Magro received a second booking and Mqabba had to continue with nine players. On 52 minutes Mqabba had a lucky escape when a Michael Borg effort was cleared off the goal line.

But on 65 minutes Qormi doubled the score when Tensuor Gusman scored from close range and nine minutes later Gusman made sure of his hat trick hitting home a Nick Ghio cross.


Zebbug R-Vittoriosa S   1-1

Zebbug R: M. Grech, D. Fava, R. Vella, R. Zammit, S. Nanapere, M. Fagbeja, C. Brincat, W. Borg, N. Ojoula, J. Farrugia (S. Buhagiar 46'), G. Gesualdi

Vittoriosa S: L. Martin Moyano, C. Spiteri, J. Briffa, I. Curmi (M. Lamlun 85'), G. Sultana, A. Galea, O. Sidibe (D. Tabone 75'), K. Abela, K. Vella, D. Guerrera Alvado, L. Casha

Referee: Mario Apap

Zebbug and Vittoriosa settled for a draw with two second half goals scored in the space of two minutes.

Zebbug had a good chance when from a corner, Wayne Borg headed well wide from a few paces. On 22 minutes, Zebbug were terribly unlucky not to take the lead when a superb free kick by Dion Fava from 30 metres ended with the ball crashing against the post and cleared by the Birgu defence. The match continued in a boorish fashion and until the end of the first half, there was precious little to write about.

Another chance for Vittoriosa came on the hour mark with a shot by Oscar Guerrero that ended up just wide of Matthew Grech's post. However this was the prelude to Zebbug's goal which came two minutes later when substitute Samuel Buhagiar managed to latch on to a fine cross and blast into the net from close range.

But Zebbug were not to remain in front for long as after two minutes, Vittoriosa equalized. It was a corner from the right by Casha which found Keith Velal who stabbed home from two paces. Zebbug came close to retaining the lead on 73 minutes when a corner ended up being cleared off the line by the Vittoriosa defence.


Pieta H-Zejtun C            0-1

Pieta' H:  J. Chircop St John, N. Pace Cocks, J. Ghio, D. Vukovic, C. Gauci (C. Bouvet 61'), N. Pisani (J. Bone 86'), J.L. Caetano, S. Mizzi, Q. Bregman, J. Irimiya, J. Scicluna

Zejtun C: C. Cassar, K. Farrugia, J. Busuttil, L. Cassar, A. Carabott (G. Azzopardi 57'), D. Agius, J.J. Ogonuppe, J. Suda, R. Santos Do Nascimento (D. Sowatey 62'), M. Pereira, N. Tabone

Referee: Daniel Portelli

Zejtun beat Pieta with an Ogonuppe goal in the first half to move to the top of the standings.

Pieta' started the livelier and on 7 minutes, James Scicluna had a fine shot that went just over the bar. On 26 minutes, Pieta' looked to have taken the lead when Nicholas Pisani slipped the ball into the net from a James Scicluna pass but the goal was disallowed for offside.

After a period of rather drab play, it was Zejtun who took the lead on 32 minutes when Joseph JoJo Ogonuppe managed to stab the ball past Chircop St John from close range.

Pieta' began the second half strongly and Zejtun were soon in a pickle when Neil Tabone received his second yellow card on 51 minutes. After a flurry of substitutions, Pieta' also ended up with ten men when James Scicluna received his second yellow card on 66 minutes.

After that, Zejtun controlled the match quite easily and had a few chances of their own with Pieta' never looking like scoring.

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