St. Andrews register a fine win over neighbours Pembroke Athleta

Danilo Doncic made a perfect start to his new managerial job as St. Andrews registered a fine 4-1 win over Pembroke Athleta.

Joseph Farrugia of St. Andrews challenging for the ball. Photo: Christine Borg
Joseph Farrugia of St. Andrews challenging for the ball. Photo: Christine Borg

St. Andrews went ahead on the 18th minute after a Pembroke defender was judged by Neil Robinson to have handled the ball inside the penalty area. From the resulting penalty, Joseph Farrugia made no mistake and finished past Matthew Calleja Cremona.

Pembroke hit back and managed to score an equaliser two minutes later. Paltemio Barbetti managed to find Jhonathan Bernardo Mariano who placed his finish inside the net.

Doncic’s side were awarded another penalty on the half hour mark. From the eleven metres, Joseph Farrugia made no mistake to score his second goal from the spot kick.

Things went from bad to worse for Pembroke after Asani Djeljilj was sent off in the additional time prior to half time after receiving his second yellow card.

St. Andrews scored their third goal on the 50th minute.  From a freekick, Joseph Farrugia delivered a cross inside the penalty area that was met by Ziga Kastrevec who sent a header past Calleja Cremona.

In the additional time given by the referee, St. Andrews made the score 4-1 when Jacob Walker saw his effort ending up inside the net after receiving the ball from Enmy Manuel Pena Beltre.

St. Andrews starting line-up: Jake Galea, Enmy Manuel Pena Beltre, Dale Camilleri, Won Bong Che, Ziga Kastrevec, Ivan Edgardo Paz, Joseph Farrugia, Felix Udoh Okon, Kyrian Nwoko, Michael Johnson, Karlo Kesinovic.

Pembroke starting line-up: Matthew Calleja Cremona, Asani Djeljilj, Zoran Levnaic, Brandon Muscat, Manolito Micallef, Paltemio Barbetti, Siraj Arab, Clifford Gauci, Filippo Andrea Scozzese, Mateus Regis da Silva, Jhonatan Bernardo Mariano.

Referee: Neil Robinson (NIR)
Assistant Referees: Keith Gillespie, Joseph Wilson (NIR)
Fourth Official: Keith Kennedy (NIR)
BOV Player of the Match: Joseph Farrugia (St. Andrews)