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San Ġwann, Swieqi and Pembroke enjoy positive start
Oct 23, 2020
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(c) Stephen Gatt
(c) Stephen Gatt

  • (c) Stephen Gatt
  • (c) Stephen Gatt

San Ġwann, Swieqi United and Pembroke Athleta enjoyed a very positive start to the BOV Challenge League 2020/2. After four league matches, the three neighbours are sharing top spot, having only dropped two points so far. 

 
SWIEQI DRAW WITH QORMI
 
Swieqi have obtained three wins in their three opening games, including a nine goal-thriller against Pietà Hotspurs (5-4) last Sunday. They dropped their first two points on Wednesday night against Qormi (2-2). 
 
The Oranges were made to work hard as they trailed 2-1 at half-time thanks to a brace by Qormi’s Brazilian striker Daniel Perassolli after Nigerian striker Tejumola Ayorinde had put Swieqi 1-0 after only two minutes. Close to the hour, Alan Schembri Wismayer netted Swieqi’s second goal to make sure his team is still unbeaten this season. 
 
Qormi’s Aidan Bonnici was sent off for two cautions with 15 minutes left on the clock.

PEMBROKE MARCH ON

 

After beating Qormi 3-1 last Saturday, Pembroke Athleta had the better of Mqabba 2-0 on Tuesday night at the Victor Tedesco Stadium. Mqabba offered stiff opposition but in the end Pembroke’s victory was a deserved one as Thane Micallef’s team played clever football and created more chances, certainly in the first half.

 

Abdul Temitope Abdeen scored twice for Pembroke, one in each half, after Mqabba goalkeeper Jonathan Grech saved an seventh-minute minute penalty by the same Abdeen. For Mqabba, Kurt Borg hit the post in the opening half and after the break, Karl Cutajar hit the crossbar. 

 

Pembroke substitute Lawrence Chiedozie should have added his team’s third goal after beating the offsite trap in the 77th minute but his attempt was too weak to trouble the Mqabba custodian.

 

SAN ĠWANN ON A ROLL

 

Promoted side San Ġwann are surprising everyone by adding another two wins on matchday 3 and 4. Last Wednesday, the young team beat Naxxar Lions 2-1 with two early goals by Attah Chibueze and one by Andrea Zammit, with Naxxar replying late in the match thanks to a goal by Brazilian debutant Erikys da Silva. 

 

Chibueze is one of the most in-form strikers in the BOV Challenge League as he also scored twice against St George’s in San Ġwann’s 3-0 win over the pioneers last Sunday, with Zammit adding another goal seven minutes from time with a brilliant free-kick. 

 

VITTORIOSA BOUNCE BACK

 

Vittoriosa Stars, who lost 2-0 to St Andrews last Sunday, are in fourth place, beating ŻebbuġRangers yesterday evening at the Centenary by the odd goal in three. It was an interesting match with Żebbuġ only coming to life in the last part of the match when they made a bold effort to save the match. Clive Mizzi’s team have now lost their four opening matches. 

 

Vittoriosa forged ahead with a Renan Bigode header from an Iro Curmi free-kick. On the hour Denilson Borg Castaldi resolved a melee in front of goal with a low drive from a corner action. Two goals down, Żebbuġ pushed forward, but their consolation goal came too late on the stroke of 90  minutes. It was a great goal with a Gesualdi strike from long distance finishing into the top corner.

 

ST ANDREWS ON TOP

 

On Wednesday evening, St Andrews came from behind to earn another three points after beating St George’s 3-1 at the Luxol Stadium. St George’s were up 1-0 at half-time thanks to a Jurgen Grech strike, but Brian Said’s team turned the match around in the second half. 

 

Alan Borg Olivier equalised on 50 minutes after a fine solo run and St Andrews completed their comeback when captain Joseph Farrugia made it 2-1 on the hour, adding a late goal by young substitute Malcolm Vidal, his first ever senior goal.

 

Qrendi, who did not play in midweek, beat Żebbuġ Rangers 2-0 last Sunday. The first half was entertaining with Qrendi opening the scoring thanks to some good work by Bueno who served Nilsson on the edge of the box, leaving Zebbug goalkeeper Matthew Grech helpless. 

 

On the stroke of half-time, Qrendi goalkeeper Dunstan Zarb did well to turn Jonatan Silva’s attempt away for a corner. Żebbuġ opened well after the break and Jonatan Silva came close to an equaliser in their very first attack. 

 

But just after the hour, Żebbuġ were reduced to 10 men when Shaun Bugeja fouled Nilsson and received his second yellow card. On 85 minutes it was game over as substitute Dasser Sammut added a second goal to secure the three points for Qrendi. 

 

Fgura United were not in action in the last two matchdays but are still unbeaten this season after winning their two opening fixtures. Żebbuġ Rangers, St George’s and Pietà Hotspurs are all still looking for their first point. 

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