BOV Premier League | Mosta 2 – Senglea Athletic 1

Senglea’s poor form continued as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Mosta.

Augusto Caseres (Senglea) and Tyron Farrugia (Mosta) challenging each other for the ball. Photo: Christine Borg
Augusto Caseres (Senglea) and Tyron Farrugia (Mosta) challenging each other for the ball. Photo: Christine Borg

The first opportunity of the match was created by Senglea after five minutes. Gonzalo Vicolas Virano fired a shot from outside the penalty area that went over.

Senglea kept on insisting and were denied by the post on the 9th minute. Terence Vella delivered a low cross in the direction of Augusto Rene Caseres whose effort hit the upright.

Mosta replied on the 20th minute. Kurt Magro sent a shot from distance that failed to hit the target.

Four minutes later, Mosta broke the deadlock. Thomas Veronese’s cross was met by Zack Brincat and the latter slotted the ball inside the net.

Senglea tried to hit back and threatened Mosta on the 29th minute. Ryan Dalli hit a shot that was neutralised by Andreas Vella.

Vella was on the alert once more on the 41st minute. Following a cross from the left side, Jonathan Bondin saw his close range header being saved by the Mosta goalkeeper.

Senglea equalised on the brink of half time. Virano hit a powerful drive from distance that took a deflection off a defender and ended up past Vella.

The newly promoted side started the second half on a high after equalising late inside the first half, and they went close to score again on the 53rd minute. Vella distributed a cross towards the unmarked Ryan Dalli whose shot hit the side netting.

Six minutes later, Senglea lost another golden opportunity. Caseres managed to find Vella inside the penalty area and Senglea’s captain fired high from an ideal position.

Senglea kept on insisting in attack and had another chance on the 65th minute. Dalli went on the left flank and hit a strong shot that went centimetres off target.

Mosta replied on the 69th minute. Thomas Veronese fired a shot from the left that was blocked by Vella. Rebound fell for Kyle Frendo and the substitute player saw his shot going over.

On the 76th minute, Leonardo Henrique Ferreira of Mosta went inside the penalty area and hit a low shot that took a deflection before going wide. From the resulting corner, Frendo headed wide.

Johann Scicluna’s side regained the lead on the 87th minute. From a free-kick, Veronese sent a cross in the direction of Davide Mansi whose powerful header gave Giulio Centrangolo no chance.

Senglea tried to react, but Mosta remained defensively organised to take home the three points.

Mosta starting line-up: Andreas Vella, Leonardo Henrique Ferreira (Neil Frendo – 90), Zack Brincat (David Fenech- 90), Thomas Veronese, Kurt Magro, Davide Mansi, Tyrone Farrugia, Daniele Biondo (Kyle Frendo – 57), David Zarate Bilbao Edison, Ivan Maric, Ekani Jonas Rodriguez

Senglea Athletic starting line-up: Giulio Cetrangolo, Jonathan Bondin, Julian Leyton, Antonio Terracciano, Sergio Uyi, Matias Garzia, Hubert Vella (Mattia Del Negro – 53), Gonzalo Nicolas Virano, Ryan Dalli (Peter Sammut – 69), Augustu Rene Caseres, Terence Vella

Referee: Fyodor Zammit

Assistant Referees: William Debattista, Peter Abela

Fourth Official: Sandro Spiteri

Yellow Cards: Hubert Vella (Senglea), Tyrone Farrugia (Mosta), David Zarate Bilbao Edison (Mosta), Daniele Biondo (Mosta), Kurt Magro (Mosta), Antonio Terraciano (Senglea)

BOV Player of the Match: Gonzalo Nicolas Virano (Senglea)