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Spartans hit four past Sirens, Naxxar bag first win

Hamrun Spartans cruised past Sirens on Sunday. Photo: Domenic Borg

Sliema fall to Marsaxlokk

SIRENS              0


Djuranovic 4, 59

Montebello 18

Corbalan 87

SIRENS An. Cassar, T. Bettim (77 D. Agius), N. Pulis (85 C. Dalli) , S. Borg, K. Donsu, P.B. Owusu, D. Opoku, H.M. Akadom, C. Agyemang (77 A. Cini), F. Boateng (64 J.P. Hinestroza), K. Jackson (85 J. Borg).


H. Bonello, R. Camenzuli, O. Bjelicic, S. Borg (N. Krstic), E. Marcelina, R. Prsa (78 Eder), J. Mbong (68 J. Mbong), Elionay, U. Djuranovic (68 Y. Nenov), L. Montebello (68 Jonny), S. Paintsil.

Yellow cards Camenzuli, Bettim, Bjelicic, Montebello, Agyemang.

Red card: Opoku (S) 47.

BOV Player of the match U. Djuranovic (Ħamrun Spartans).

Champions Ħamrun Spartans made it four wins in a row when they cruised past Sirens 4-0 at the Tony Bezzina Stadium.

It was a dominant performance from the Reds who have now rejoined Floriana at the top of the standings with maximum points after four matches.

The Spartans took the ground running and took just four minutes to take the lead through Montenegrin striker Uros Djuranovic.

Sirens look rattled and they soon found themselves two goals down when Luke Montebello maintained his scoring form when he doubled his team’s lead after latching to Emerson Marcelina’s pass to fire home.

The St Paul’s Bay side were unlucky on 33 minutes when Degram Jackson saw his shot coming off the upright.

But Sirens’ hopes were ended two minutes into the second half when Daniel Opoku was shown a straight red card for a rash challenge on Seth Paintsil.

The Spartans added a third goal on 59 minutes when Montebello fed Djuranovic who hit a firm drive past Cassar.

Ħamrun sealed their win three minutes from time when substitute Juan Corbalan hit a long-range shot that flew into the net.

Takuma Yamaguchi of Naxxar Lions pushes through against Sta Lucia. Photo: Domenic Aquilina

NAXXAR LIONS              4

Pablo 41, 49

Farias 51

J. Moura 86

STA LUCIA       0


M. Debono, N. Micallef, J. Moura, R. Cassar, W. Marcilio (90 J.J. Bonanno), N. Pace Cocks (87 M. Fenech), Elizeu (90 R. Mercieca), Maicon, T. Yamaguchi, Pablo, E. Farias (73 D. Falzon).


F. Celio da Paz, J. Pisani, C. Gabriel, Patrick, M. Ellul, G. Virano (46 A. Bradshaw), S. Xerri, T. Nagamatsu (76 J. Valletta), S. Pisani (46 L. Sena), A. Piazza (84 A. Piazza), W. Pereira (46 D. Xuereb).

Referee Matthew Degabriele.

Yellow cards Sena, S. Pisani, Wagner, J. Pisani, Cassar, Sena Silva.

BOV Player of the match: Pablo (Naxxar Lions).

Naxxar Lions secured their first win in the BOV Premier League when they brushed aside Santa Lucia 4-0.

The Lions were quick out of the blocks and on 14 minutes Pablo Augusto saw his shot blocked by goalkeeper Francisco Celio.

The Naxxar forward was not to be denied on 41 minutes when in a quick break, Pablo beat Celio with a fine drive.

The Lions made it 2-0 on 49 minutes and it was against Pablo who rattled the ball into the net.

Naxxar all but killed off the match to minutes later when Pablo turned provider when he teed up Edson Farias who fired home.

The Lions sealed the points three minutes from time when Joa Vitor headed home from a Daren Falzon’s cross.

Marsaxlokk’s Yuri Messias fires at goal against Sliema Wanderers. Photo: Domenic Borg


Walker 83
R. Al Tumi, J. Borg, J. Minala (11 M. Beerman), V. Plut, G. Alcino, D. Damsen (73 M. Awad), N. Frendo, B. Henrique (85 L. Micallef), G. Acheampong, S. Gomes (85 E. Agius), K. Abubakar (73 J. Engerer).
M. Drobnjak, Weder, N. Muscat (90 J. Ghio), Y. Messias (86 Y. Ramon), J. Walker, G. Camilleri, A. Vaikainah (81 J. Junior), L. Aguirre, D. Dall’Oca, S. Akinbule, A. Obonogwu.

Referee: Glen Tonna

Yellow cards: Messias, Alcino, Frendo, Obonogwu, Henrique, Akinbule, Acheampong.

Red cards: A. Obonogwu (M) 66; N. Frendo (S) 76.

Sliema Wanderers fell to a close 1-0 defeat to Marsaxlokk who continued their positive start in this year’s campaign with yet another win to put them in third place on 10 points.

It had to be a Jacob Walker goal seven minutes from time for Marsaxlokk to record their third victory in four games and this proved to be the climax of the sides’ performance after both sides ended up a man down when Anthony Obonogwu got his second yellow car just past the hour mark for Marsaxlokk. Ten minutes later, Neil Frendo was sent off for Sliema.


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