Stars keep on shin­ing

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Vit­to­riosa went on top of the stand­ings with Mqabba and Sen­glea af­ter beat­ing Pi­eta by the odd goal in five in a spec­tac­u­lar match. Pi­eta had the edge in the first half but Vit­to­riosa were un­doubt­edly the bet­ter team in the sec­ond part.

The first half was a de­light to watch with both sides play­ing some very good at­tack­ing foot­ball even though goal mouth ac­tions were scarce. Pi­eta were surely the bet­ter team in the first four­ty­five min­utes and their slen­der lead by the half way mark was a de­served one.

Men­sah was ir­re­sistible at times with his runs with Neil Pace Cocks play­ing a dili­gent match in mid­field. The Stars fresh from their derby win against Sen­glea had their good mo­ments too, but Dhrami was sub­dued by Pi­eta’s well or­gan­ised rear­guard.

The only goal of the first half came on 19 min­utes when Chris­tian Grech scored di­rect from a free­kick beat­ing Ma­gri with a pre­cise grounder. Vit­to­riosa’s chances came through Liam Gauci who cre­ated havoc in the Pi­eta de­fence only to be stopped by young goal­keeper Chir­cop, with the same cus­to­dian block­ing a denger­ous Mr­vic header just be­fore the break.

Sixty sec­onds into the sec­ond half Vit­to­riosa drew level when An­dre Far­ru­gia scored fol­low­ing a cor­ner ac­tion. Six min­utes later Vit­to­riosa were in front when Leighton Grech passed to­wards sub­sti­tute Fabjo Dhrami who fin­ished in style with a grounder.

The Stars’ joy was short­lived as Pi­eta were back on level terms on 55 min­utes when Men­sah passed to­wards Neil Pace Cocks who beat Ma­gri on the far post.

On 69 min­utes Vit­to­riosa were un­lucky when Fabjo Dhrami’s header was stopped by the cross­bar. Two min­utes later the Stars were once again un­lucky when Dun­can Pisani’s header was cleared off the goal line by Grech.

Six min­utes from time Vit­to­riosa were back in front when Leighton Grech’s cross was met by Fabjo Dhrami who drilled home from close range.

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