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Cohen’s last-gasp strike extends Gżira’s perfect start
Sep 17, 2017
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Photos: Domenic Aquilina/MFA
Photos: Domenic Aquilina/MFA

  • Photos: Domenic Aquilina/MFA
  • Photos: Domenic Aquilina/MFA

GŻIRA UNITED 3
HIBERNIANS    2

 

Gżira United made it four wins out of four games after edging out champions Hibernians 3-2 in a dramatic match at the National Stadium.
 


Andrew Cohen was Gżira’s hero as he scored a last-gasp winner with a perfectly-flighted shot to finally break Hibernians’ resistance after the Paolites had levelled at 2-2 despite having Rui Da Gracia Gomes and Marcelo Dias sent off.

 

With this win, Gżira consolidated top spot with a maximum 12 points.

 

The first meaningful episode came midway into the first half when Gracia Gomes was shown the red card after getting a second booking for a handling infringement inside the box.

 

Amadou Samb made no mistake from the spot to put the Maroons ahead but Martin Kreuzriegler’s close-range effort put Hibs back on level terms just before half-time.

 

Dias was also dismissed fort two yellow cards late on the Paolites but the latter gained a boost four minutes from the end when they awarded a penalty after Moises Avila Perez was adjudged to have tripped Dunstan Vella in the box.

 

Substitute Clayton Failla drilled his penalty shot past Anthony Curmi.

 

That looked that but Cohen had other ideas as he punished his former team with a curling drive which extended Gżira’s flawless start.

 

NAXXAR, LIJA IN 1-1 DRAW

 

NAXXAR LIONS 1
LIJA ATHLETIC  1

 

Lija Athletic earned their first point in the BOV Premier League after a 1-1 draw with Naxxar Lions in a clash between two newly-promoted sides.  

 

For Naxxar, this was the second consecutive draw.

 

Leejoe Schembri put Lija ahead after concluding a surging incursion with a fine shot in the 34th minute but Daniel Mateo Bustos’s stunning shot just past the hour saved a point for Naxxar.
 

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