Malta Football Association
Three-goal Samb keeps Gżira United flying high
Oct 16, 2017
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BOV Premier League
Photos: Domenic Aquilina/MFA
Photos: Domenic Aquilina/MFA

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

GŻIRA UNITED           4


Gżira United consolidated top spot after trouncing Ħamrun Spartans 4-0 at the Centenary Stadium on Sunday.

Senegalese striker Amadou Samb stole the show after scoring a hat-trick for the Maroons, with two of his goals coming from penalties.


There was little of note in the first half as most of the action took place in midfield but Gżira broke the deadlock on 65 minutes.


Andrew Cohen’s low free-kick from outside the box sailed past Ħamrun’s defensive wall and into the path of Samb who slotted home after his run into the box had gone unnoticed by the Spartans defenders.


Five minutes later, Samb was fouled inside the box and converted the ensuing penalty to make it 2-0.


Barely eight minutes later, Spartans goalkeeper Steve Sultana barged into the advancing Samb to concede another penalty. The Gżira United striker made no mistake from the spot to complete his hat-trick.


Gżira scored a fourth in stoppage time thanks to Okoye who was on the right spot to head home.


With this win, Gżira restored their three-point lead over Valletta at the top.


BIRKIRKARA                0


Sliema Wanderers secured three important points after beating struggling Birkirkara 3-0 in Sunday’s second match.


The Blues, who moved up to sixth place on 11 points, took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Mattias Muchardi got on the end of Edmond Agius’s free-kick to tap the ball home.

Sliema all but sealed the points 12 minutes into the second half when Jefferson produced a surging run before crossing to Qeros who in turn served Gabriel Aquilina. The latter’s angled effort had the better of Philip Schranz, the Birkirkara goalkeeper.


With 11 minutes remaining, Schranz brought Jefferson down in the box and the Brazilian didn’t miss from the 11-metre spot to hand Sliema a 3-0 win while consigning Birkirkara to their second consecutive defeat.

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