BOV Premier League | Valletta 1 – Gzira United 1

Hibernians are the sole leaders of the BOV Premier League as Valletta were held in a 1-1 draw by Gzira United.

Photo: Dominic Borg
Photo: Dominic Borg

Valletta made an excellent start to the match as they forged ahead after just 3 minutes. Joseph Zerafa’s cross was handled inside the penalty area by Roderick Briffa and the referee pointed towards the spot. Steve Borg took charge of the spot kick and converted.

Gzira were also awarded a penalty on the 52nd minute. Jonathan Caruana was judged to have fouled Haruna Garba inside the penalty area and the referee signalled for another penalty. However, Andrew Cohen saw his shot from the eleven metres mark being saved by Henry Bonello.

The Maroons managed to equalise four minutes later. Justin Mengolo was played through by Edison Bilbao Zarate and the Cameroonian forward went round Henry Bonello before placing the ball inside the net.

Valletta starting line-up: Henry Bonello, Jonathan Caruana, Steve Borg, Ryan Camilleri, Santiago Malano, Kyrian Nwoko, Enmy Pena Beltre, Joseph Zerafa, Raed Ibrahim Saleh, Rowen Muscat, Mario Fontanella

Gzira United starting line-up: Justin Haber, Rodolfo Soares, Andrew Cohen, Juan Carlos Corbalan, Edison Bilbao Zarate, Roderick Briffa, Gianmarco Conti, Sacha Borg, Justin Mengolo, Fernando Barbosa, Haruna Garba Zambuk

Referee: Fyodor Zammit
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella, Duncan Sultana
Fourth Official: Mario Apap

BOV Player of the Match: Justin Mengolo (Gzira)

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