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Nadur Youngsters beat rivals Qala Saints to go five points clear

Marcelo Barbosa (right) breaks through against Qala Saints. Photo: Anthony Cassar

Nadur beat title rivals to moved five points clear at the top of the GFA Division One after overcoming rivals Qala Saints 2-0.

Qala were desperate for the three points to regain top spot in the standings but the Youngsters proved too strong on the day and handed the Saints their fourth defeat of the season.

Nadur dominated possession early on but it was Qala who threatened with quick counter-attacks.

However, it was the Youngsters who struck on the half-hour mark when Marcelo Barbosa blasted the ball home.

Qala tried to fight back but the Nadur defence looked very organised to keep them away from goal.

As the minutes passed, Qala stepped up the pressure and were thwarted by some fine saves from goalkeeper Steve Sultana.

In fact, the Gozitan goalkeeper distinguished himself to push away efforts from Igor Nedeljkovic and Nicholas Inguanez.

Nadur went on to seal the points in the third minute of stoppage time when Barbosa finished off a quick counter-attack.

Kerċem Ajax bagged their third successive positive result when they eased past Oratory Youths 4-0 to move away from the relegation zone.

The Ajax took the lead on 26 minutes with a first-time effort from Owen Peter Bugeja.

Kerċem went on to extend their lead early in the second when surging 3-0 ahead with goals from Kaio Lucas (51) and Pablo Vinicius (58).

Oratory Youths looked a demoralised lot and Kerċem added a fourth goal on 74 minutes when Hayden Muscat floored Bugeja inside the area and Pablo Vinicius turned home the rebound after his effort from the spot was kept out by goalkeeper Angelo Brignoli.

Division Two

Sannat Lions and Munxar Falcons secured wins to join Munxar Falcons at the top of the GFA Division Two standings.

The Lions secured a hard-earned 3-2 win over St Lawrence Spurs to leave the latter at the bottom of the standings still without a point after six matches.

St Lawrence should have taken the lead on nine minutes when they were awarded a penalty but Ayesller Carvalho’s effort was saved by goalkeeper Kyle Attard. 

That proved costly for the Spurs as Sannat surged into a two-goal lead following goals from Nicholas Grima (18) and Aaron Azzopardi (22). 

The Spurs reopened the issue with a penalty converted by Carvalho four minutes from the break.

However, Sannat restored their two-goal lead on 82 minutes Sannat with a goal scored by Boubacar Kanta. 

Jurgen Mario Portelli pulled a goal back for St Lawrence but Sannat managed to protect their lead until the end.

Victoria Hotspurs were back to winning ways when they crushed Żebbuġ Rovers 6-1.

The Hotspurs surged two goals ahead inside the first 20 minutes following two penalty conversions converted by Joseph George Vella (4) and Wellington (20).

A third penalty was awarded to Żebbuġ on the half hour mark but Joston Azzopardi’s shot came off the bar.

Wellington restored the Hotspurs’ lead on 32 minutes before Lorenzo Atzori made it 4-1 on 62 minutes.

Żebbuġ pulled a goal back on 64 minutes through Miguel Ampudia but the Hotspurs soon regained control and went on to seal their convincing win when Wellington added two late goals to complete a poker of goals.



GFA Division Two

Munxar vs Għarb Rangers      12.45

Żebbuġ vs St Lawrence           15.00

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