Malta Football Association
Pembroke, San Gwann, Swieqi and Fgura early pacesetters
Oct 30, 2020
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(c) Stephen Gatt
(c) Stephen Gatt

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

Yesterday at the Centenary Stadium, league leaders Pembroke and Fgura remained unbeaten but had to settle for a point in an entertaining match

Fgura United 1-1 Pembroke Athleta 
Pembroke were the better side in the first part of the game, taking the lead somewhat luckily on the half hour when goalkeeper Bartolo dropped the ball after bumping into a defender and Abdul Temitope Abdeen was on hand to slot home. 

At the start of the second half Fgura drew level with a wonder goal from Saturday Nanapere who scored with a scorcher from the edge of the area. 
Both sides had their chances of winning the game but in the end the draw was a just a reward for their efforts.

Pembroke Athleta 2-1 Swieqi United 
Last Sunday meanwhile, Pembroke Athleta won the derby against Swieqi United by the odd goal in three. 
Both sides confirmed their good start to the season producing an exciting affair with Pembroke having a slight edge over their rivals before ultimately attaining this important win.
Abdeen was on the mark again for Pembroke on 26 minutes, but eight minutes into the second half Swieqi were awarded a penalty and Salis Ibrahim made no mistake from the 12-yard spot. 
Towards the end Pembroke snatched the winner when Kyle Frendo headed in from close range following a corner from the left.
Qormi 1-1 San Ġwann
San Ġwann, second in the ranking, are enjoying a good start to the league as well, but had to settle for another draw against Qormi on Thursday night at the Centenary, after a goalless stalemate against Pieta’ Hotspurs earlier this week.
It was a balanced affair with neither side managing to prevail even though they fought all out for the whole 90 minutes. 
But some poor finishing and some good goalkeeping kept the score locked at 1-1 with both goals coming in the first period of the match. 
Side led by coach Jean-Paul Desira, despite missing some regulars, took an early lead on twelve minutes with a fierceful drive from Uchenna Umeh from the edge of the area.
Qormi’s reply on 27 minutes with a great header from Ousmane Sidibe with the ball ending up in the top corner of the net.
Mqabba 1-1 Qrendi 
On Wednesday, it was all square between Mqabba and Qrendi in difficult windy conditions. 
Hats off for a very good performance by both sides, producing an exhilarating encounter. 
Mqabba did the early running taking their opponents by surprise and forging ahead on 14 minutes with a Gianfranco Micallef drive. 
Qrendi took some time to settle down and fully recovered midway through the first half when Mqabba goalkeeper Grech made two outstanding saves to preserve the lead, but on 56 minutes Daniel Bueno’s header earned Qrendi a merited leveller in this highly contested derby.
St. Andrews 0-1 Pieta’ Hotspurs 
Pieta’ Hotspurs registered their first league win dispatching St. Andrews at their home ground, in a match nonetheless marred by three dismissals. 
First sending off on 55th minute, Pieta’ striker James Scicluna was shown a straight red but albeit their numerical disadvantage, Pieta’ still went ahead on 70 minutes, when a corner by Diego Segura was fisted into his own goal by St Andrews goalkeeper Duncan Formosa. 
In the last five minutes of the match, St Andrews players Bituemi Mavambu and substitute Nicholas Bradshaw also received their marching orders, and deep into added time a Segura thunderbolt hit the crossbar. 
Naxxar Lions 0-3 Żebbuġ Rangers 
The big movers of the past two match days were Żebbuġ Rangers, they started the week rock bottom after four straight defeats in their four opening games, however recorded two commendable back to back wins in only four days to push them towards a better league table position.
Two identical 3-0 wins, against Naxxar Lions, Clive Gauci broke the deadlock early, Luke Mijic scored twice late in the match, one from a penalty. 
Żebbuġ Rangers 3-0 St. Georges 
And this result followed another comprehensive win for Żebbuġ beating strugglers St George’s 3-0 on Monday with goals from Jonatan Silva, Clive Gauci, and another penalty by Luke Mijic.

Fgura United 2-2 Mqabba 
Last Saturday, Fgura and Mqabba shared four goals in a gripping contest, one of the best encounters so far this season. 
Both sides confirmed they have all the credentials to challenge for promotion. 
Credit goes to Fgura who played for two thirds of the game with a man less as Quintero received a second booking on 36 minutes. 
Fgura had a good start forging ahead through a Giovanni Galea penalty on four minutes. 
Mqabba surged forward after Quintero’s sending off and deservedly made it 1-1 after the interval through a Johan Castano header. 
Fgura however restored their lead on 71 minutes with a Shawn Borg header from a corner action, before a second leveller for Mqabba when substitute Ryan Cutajar fired home from just inside the box.
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