Qormi beat Marsa in dra­matic come­back

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Qormi staged a dra­matic come­back in stop­page to beat Marsa 3-2 in a rel­e­ga­tion clash bew­teen two teams still in search of their first points.

Marsa were the bet­ter team in the first half and built a two-goal cush­ion, and looked set for vic­tory as they were still 2-1 in front in the 90 th minute.

But Qormi had other ideas as they scored two goals in stop­page time to leave Marsa poit­less at the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

The in­clu­sion of Noah Ojuola in the early stages of the sec­ond half was in­stru­men­tal in Qormi’s re­cov­ery.

Marsa were the bet­ter team in the first half and af­ter only ten min­utes they went close with a Chris Cu­ta­jar ef­fort that was well saved by Balzan.

On 27 min­utes Marsa took a de­served lead when Luis An­dre De Melo beat Balzan with a pre­cise grounder. Qormi failed to re­act and Marsa added an­other one four min­utes later when Os­mane Sidibe lost pos­ses­sion of the ball and Chris Cu­ta­jar drilled the ball home.

On the hour Qormi were back in busi­ness when the same Ojuola scored from close range fol­low­ing a Michael Camil­leri cross.

Qormi con­tin­ued to at­tack, but Marsa had some good scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with their fast breaks. The Red­blues looked set for their first vic­tory as they held on to their slen­der lead till the 90th minute.

In the first minute of stop­page time Qormi drew level when Ojuola passed to the un­marked Ten­sior Guz­man who slot­ted home from close range. Sixty sec­onds later Qormi ob­tained a dra­matic win­ner when Carmelo Far­ru­gia scored a beauty with a shot on the turn from the edge of the area.

R. Caru­ana, L. Scorfna, R. Mif­sud, Y. Camil­leri, A. Si­cali (L. Mi­callef), C. Cu­ta­jar (S. Meilak), J. Far­ru­gia, B. Essiel, L. Omerou, L. An­dre de Melo, G. Martin (S. Mi­callef).

D. Balzan, C. Far­ru­gia, Y. Yankam (B. Grech), O. Sidibe, D. Vukovic, M. Camil­leri (S. Zam­mit), A. Abela, L. Chiedozie (N. Ojuola), T. Guz­man, D. Medil, A. Cassar. Mqabba Sen­glea A Lija A Sirens Vit­to­riosa S Fgura U Gharghur Pi­eta H Naxxar L Melita Rabat A Qormi Zeb­bug R Marsa Trustin Far­ru­gia Cann

Standings

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 3 2 4 5 12 9 9 7 4 7 6 2 4 5 4 3 2 0 10 5 7 4 7 6 7 4 7 5 7 10 7 5 6 3 6 7 5 7 4 10 3 5 2 8 0

Hu­bert Vella of Sen­glea Ath­letic (right) in con­trol against Duncan Pisani of Vit­to­riosa Stars (left)

Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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