Birkirkara defeat Zebbug with ease

Birkirkara easily collected all three points when they defeated newly-promoted Zebbug Rangers 4-0.

Birkirkara made sure they were in command right from the start as they scored the first goal just after one minute of play. Off a pass by Paul Fenech, Leighton Grech easily beat goalkeeper Fabricio Rapchan dos Santos Morales with his shot.

Birkirkara went close to scoring in the 11th minute, but Rafael Ledesma’s effort hit the woodwork.

Birkirkara doubled their lead with just two minutes remaining in the first half. Off a cross by Zach Muscat, Ellinton Costa Morais made no mistake with his fine header to make the score 2-0.

On the 60th minute, Zebbug came close to reducing the gap when off a freekick, Mauricio Britto’s effort gave a scare to goalkeeper Justin Haber.

Birkirkara made it 3-0 in the 65th minute. Off a pass by Leighton Grech to Eliandro dos Santos Gonzago,  the latter then dribbled past the goalkeeper before scoring.

The match was made sure they took all three point home on the 76th minute when they were awarded a penalty. Eliandro was brought down by Yessous Camilleri inside the area and the referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot. Rafael Ledsema converted from the penalty spot the make the final score 4-0.

BIRKIRKARA:  Justin Haber, Matheus Bissi Da Silva, Ellinton Antonio Costa Morais (70′ Edward Herrera), Nikola Vukanac, Rafael Pompeo Rodrigues Ledesma, Eliandro dos Santos Gonzaga, Paul Fenech, Zach Muscat, Ryan Scicluna, Leighton Grech, Ryan Camenzuli.

Subs: Justin Tonna, Alejandro Mendoza Corujo, Antoine Borg, Andrea Curmi, Kurt Zammit, Russel Gatt De Raffaele.

Coach: Paul Zammit

ZEBBUG RANGERS: Fabricio Rapchan dos Santos Morales, Jacob Borg, Javier Serrano Diaz, Matthew Gauci, Yessous Camilleri, Clifford Gauci, Matthew Bartolo (67′ Miguel Ciantar), Carlo Monti, Thomas Paris (61′ Lee James Agius), Mauricio Osmar Rodrigues Britto (67′ Craig Beattie), Matias Muchardi,

Subs: Jeffrey Farrugia, Melvin Farrugia, Lee Galea, Jean Claude Camilleri.

Coach: Jesmond Zammit

Referee: Marco Borg

Ass referees: Duncan Sultana, Sammy Attard

Fourth Official: Mario Apap

Yellow Cards: Javi Dias, J. Borg, R. Scicluna

Scorers: 1′ Leighton Grech, 43′ Ellinton Costa Morais, 65′ Eliandro dos Santos Gonzaga, 76′ Rafael Ledesma pen

BOV Player of the Match: Leighton Grech

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