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Pieta Hotspurs hit three past Gudja United to clinch second win

Kian Leonardi takes on Gudja's James Arthur. Photo: Dominic Borg


Hovhannisyan 1 pen., 85

Temitope 28

GUDJA UNITED         1

Nagamatsu 14


R. Cini-6.5, S. Okoh-7, C. Bangura-5.5, O. Temitope-7, D. Zerafa-6, J. Ghio-6.5, A. Hovhannisyan-6.5 (90 G. Xuereb), K. Leonardi-6.5 (66 T. Yamaguchi), K. Briffa-6, K. Catania-6 (62 I. Farrugia), Z. Leonardi-6.


G. Zammit-5, J. Bolanos-6, T. Nagamatsu-6.5, V. Plut-6.5, S. Attard-6, J. Arthur-5.5, K. Micallef-6, J. Attard-6 (55 J. Bugeja), H. Vella (46 J. Mintoff-5.5), S. Da Mata-6 (86 D. Kolf), F, Zuniga-6.

Referee Andrea Sciriha.

Yellow cards Temitope, Micallef.

BOV Player of the match Abraham Temitope (Pieta Hotspurs).

Pieta Hotspurs got their second win of the season as they beat Gudja United 3-1 at the Tony Bezzina Stadium.

Fans barely had time to settle into their seats as within seconds of the kick off, Kian Leonardi was tripped inside the area by Karl Micallef with referee Andrea Sciriha pointing to the spot.

Armen Hovhannisyan sent goalkeeper Glen Zammit the other way as the Hotspurs opened proceedings.

Gudja were riled up after conceding so early and pressure shifted into the Hotspurs’ half. Eventually, Tatsuro Nagamatsu brought Gudja level on 14 minutes after meeting a low cross from inside the area amid confusion in the Pieta defence.

Gudja began to maintain their newly acquired control and they threatened again 21 minutes in but Vito Plut’s shot from range went wide off the mark.

Just as it looked like Pieta were about to succumb to the pressure, a moment of composure on 28 minutes saw Abraham Temitope push the ball forward and as the team moved forward, the Nigerian made himself available to fire home with Zammit unable to stop his effort.

On 35 minutes, Pieta could have made it three when Samuel Okoh journeyed into the Gudja half, led the ball to Kurt Briffa who skied his effort.

After the break, Gudja fired first when Nagamatsu hit a first-time volleyed effort but his attempt went well over.

They went close again on 51 minutes when a through ball on the right led the ball to Plut whose shot beat Reeves Cini but was blocked off the line by Okoh.

Similarly to the first half, Gudja were the more dominant side.

On 57 minutes, Jean Bugeja – brought on two minutes earlier – could have pulled his side level again with a shot from distance but the ball slammed the upright after beating Cini.

However, once again Pieta went further ahead with five minutes to go when substitute Takuma Yamaguchi sped past two Gudja defenders, laid the ball to Hovhannisyan who beat Zammit with a low effort.

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