Matchday 11: Valletta 4 Mosta 0
Valletta registered a most comfortable 4-0 win over Mosta to move second, on level points with Sirens, four behind leaders Floriana.
This was the third win in four matches for Darren Abdilla’s side and the third consecutive defeat for the team led by Mark Miller.
As expected, Valletta held the initiative right from the start and Mario Fontanella hit high after receiving a cross from the left, deflected by Tyrone Farrugia, on five minutes. Six minutes later, Henry Bonello performed a fine save into a corner on a Matias Muchardi freekick from the left.
Valletta took the lead on the 24th minute when Irakli Dzaria, served by Kyrian Nwoko from the left, slotted the ball past goalkeeper Andreas Vella.
Eleven minutes later, the Citizens doubled the score when off a cross by Kryian Nwoko from the left, Mario Fontanella’s diving header beat the Mosta custodian who could only deflect the ball slightly.
Valletta scored the third goal eight minutes in the second half when they were awarded a penalty after Matteo Piciollo was fouled inside the area and from the penalty spot, Mario Fontanella made no mistake.
Five minutes from time, substitute Kevin Tulimieri made it 4-0 with a fine header following a cross by another substitute, Nicholas Pulis, from the right.
In added time, Jean Barthelemy Diouf could have scored a consolation goal for Valletta but his direct freekick hit the upright.
VALLETTA: H. Bonello, E. Pena Beltre (D. Packer), M. Fontanella, S. Borg, R. Muscat, I. Dzaria (N. Puils), J. Borg, K. Nwoko, M. Piciollo, J. Caruana (K. Tulimieri), R. Caruana,
MOSTA: A. Vella, E. Murga (Z. Brincat), A. Garnet Roach (L. Portelli), W. Gomes, D. Bonnici (K. Gatt), N. Kotlov, D. Xuereb, J. Diouf, T. Farrugia, D. Brown, M. Muchardi.
Yellow Cards: R. Camilleri, N. Pulis (V), N. Kotlov (M)
Scorers: 24′ I. Dzaria, 35′ 53′ M. Fontanella, 85′ K. Tulimieri.
BOV player of the match: M. Fontanella (V)
Referee: A. M. Sant