Day 24 Valletta 4 St Andrews 0
Valletta moved back on top the BOV Premier League table as they scored four goals in the second half to beat St. Andrews at the National Stadium on Sunday. The Citizens move two points ahead of Hibernians, who, however, have a game in hand.
Led by Gilbert Agius as their new coach following the resignation of Danilo Doncic earlier this week, Valletta failed to impress during the first half but a goal early in the second half paved the way for a comfortable win.
For St. Andrews, this was the seventh consecutive defeat. They remain third from bottom on 18 points, four behind Senglea Athletic, who have a game in hand.
Valletta managed to break the deadlock one minute in the second half when Mario Fontanella slightly deflected a long-distance shot by Steve Borg, past goalkeeper Calleja Cremona.
The Citizens doubled the score on the 68th minute thanks to Kyrian Nwoko who headed the ball home following a cross from the right by Pena Beltre.
Bogdan Gavrila made it 3-0 on the 78th minute with a shot from the right which hit the upright and bounced onto the goalkeeper and into the net.
Nine minutes from time, St. Andrews were reduced to ten men after Ricardo Martin received a second yellow card by referee Glenn Tonna.
Valletta took full advantage and added another thanks to Santiago Malano on the 83rd who slotted the ball home from close range despite Adrian Borg’s attempt to clear off the goal line following a cross from the right by Gavrila and a header by Fontanella.
Source – maltafootball.com
VALLETTA – H. Bonello, J. Caruana, S. Malano, M. Fontanella, K. Nwoko (N. Pulis), E. Pena Beltre, J. Zerafa (J. Borg), S. Borg, R. Camilleri (B. Gavrila), R. Muscat, M. Alba.
ST. ANDREWS. – M. Calleja Cremona, A. Satariano, K. Mcfarlane (K. Reid), R. Martin, A. J. Grech (A. Magri Overend), J. Farrugia, K. Magro, A. Borg, J. Walker (L. Sciberras), M. Davis, D. Debono.
Yellow Cards: S. Borg, M. Alba, B. Gavrila, N. Pulis (V), R. Martin, A. Borg (S)
Red Card: R. Martin (S)
Scorers: 46′ M. Fontanella, 68′ K. Nwoko, 77′ B. Gavrila, 82′ o.g. M. Calleja Cremona
BOV Player of the Match: E. Pena Beltre (V)
Referee: G. Tonna