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Five-star performances for Swieqi United and Marsa
Jan 10, 2021
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(c) Marin Babanov
(c) Marin Babanov

  • (c) Marin Babanov
  • (c) Marin Babanov
  • (c) Marin Babanov

Fgura United 0 Marsa 3
Marsa returned to winning form, after dropping two points in the top-of-the-table clash against Pembroke two weeks ago, easily disposing of Fgura in a one-sided affair.

 

From the start it was evident that Fgura were in for a hard time against a better outfit that surged forward from the initial whistle. Fgura resisted for 16 minutes before suffering the first goal, a well-taken goal by Leighton Grech, one of his side’s best players.

 

After some near misses, the Red-Blues doubled thir lead just before the break when Patrick Maia headed home from close range. On the resumption Marsa eased their pressure but still held the upperhand as Fgura had little to offer. Late in the game Marsa sealed their victory with a third goal when substitute Paolo Henrique did the running on the left and crossed towards Grech who scored his second of the game from close range.


Qrendi 0 Swieqi United 5
Swieqi United obtained a nap hand victory over Qrendi who had to play for nearly an hour with a man less. To be fair, the team of coach Rodney Bugeja were already dominating the match before Luca Martinelli’s red card, with a commanding two-goal lead.

 

On nine minutes Swieqi took the lead with a Jeremy Micallef header. Two minutes later the Qrendi goalkeeper was hesitant in clearing the ball and when he eventually cleared the ball hit the onrushing Ibrahim Salis and finished at the back of the net.

 

On the half-hour Martinelli was sent off for elbowing an opponent and Swieqi United continued to dominate, putting the game to bed with three other late goals.

 

Frank Temile made it three hitting home the rebound when the Qrendi goalkeeper partially saved a Salis scorcher. In the dying minutes Micallef scored his second of the game and substitute Luke Zammit scored the best goal of the lot with a missile from the edge of the area.

 

Mqabba 1 San Ġwann 3
During Tuesday night’s matchday opener, San Ġwann kept their promotion chances alive by beating Mqabba handsomely with a 3-1 scoreline.

 

San Ġwann fully deserved this win as Mqabba had no reply to the fast attacks of the yellows. Young Andrea Zammit put San Ġwann ahead just after the half hour mark and the team of coach Jean-Paul Desira doubled the score four minutes before the break thanks to a goal by Uchenna Umeh.

 

San Ġwann sealed their victory in the 66th minute, when substitute Luca Mallia scored his side’s third. Mqabba reduced the gap on the 80 minute thanks to Gianfranco Micallef, which proved to be only a consolation goal. 

 

Vittoriosa Stars 1 Qormi 0

Vittoriosa returned to winning form, beating bottom of the table side Qormi thanks to a late penalty scored by Renan Sgaria Farias. For Qormi this was the fifth successive defeat and their hopes of survival are now nearing the impossible.

 

However, Qormi gave their all and a draw would have been a fairer result. On the other hand, Vittoriosa created better chances, and veteran Qormi goalkeeper Jonathan Vella made a string of very good saves especially in the second part of the second half.

 

The match was uneventful at times especially in the first half, with both sides pressing high and with no scoring opportunities. In the second half, Vittoriosa created more but Vella was outstanding.

 

Twelve minutes from time substitute Liam Gauci was pushed inside the box and from the resultant penalty Renan Bigode scored the winner. In the penalty incident Iven Zammit, who did commit the penalty, received a second booking for dissent, with Qormi playing the last remaining minutes with ten men.

 

St Andrews 1 Marsaxlokk 1

 

St Andrews had to settle for a draw on Wednesday evening, not particularly easing their relegation worries. The team led by coach Brian Said paraded lanky Icelandic centre-forward Gunnar Stefánsson, who had a quiet match.

 

Goalmouth action was few and far between in the first half. However, it was veteran Jean Pierre Mifsud-Triganza who put Marsaxlokk 1-0 up with an opportunistic goal on 34 minutes. St Andrews’ best chance in the first half arrived three minutes later when Sebastian Cassar Torregiani’s attempt from the edge of the box sailed inched over the crossbar.

 

On 42 minutes, Peter Xuereb could have added a second for Marsaxlokk but blasted the ball high from an ideal position. Close to the hour, Marsaxlokk goalkeeper Frederick Tabone fouled Alan Borg Olivier in the box and captain Joe Farrugia made no mistake from the penalty spot to equalise.

 

St Andrews were all out for a winner but Marsaxlokk’s rear-guard were never in danger and even had a few goalscoring opportunities in the end themselves. 


St George’s 0 Pietà Hotspurs 4

Pietà registered their second successive victory beating lowly St. George’s by four goals to nil. It was a deserved victory for Pietà against a side that faces a tall order to keep their Challenge League status as they are sturggling badly.

 

Ironically the Saints were the better team in the early stages as Pieta struggled to settle down. However, when Pietà took the lead halfway through the first half, the match turned into a completely different affair with Pieta dominating and scoring two further goals inside the first forty five minutes to practically seal their win.

 

Zean Leonardi opened the scoring with a precise grounder on 22 minutes and on 39 minutes, Colombian striker Diego Segura scored a great goal with a scorcher that gave Mario Bartolo no chance to save. Just before the break there was a swift counter attack for Pieta, with Liam Scicluna brilliantly put through and he made no mistake in front of Bartolo.

 

In the second half James Scicluna was unlucky when his shot was stopped by the base of the upright and on 89 minutes substitute Jamie Scerri scored the fourth and final goal, rounding off goalkeeper Bartolo before putting the ball at the back of an empty net.

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