Mqabba join Senglea at the top
A polished Mqabba side easily disposed of newly promoted Gharghur to join Senglea at the top of the standings.
Mqabba were worthy winners in an entertaining match, in which they had the lion’s share of the exchanges and the most glaring scoring opportunities, with Gharghur goalkeeper Valletta effecting a string of outstanding saves.
Mqabba went all out on the offensive from the very first minute with Gharghur on the defensive. Mqabba had several attempts at goal mainly through Mello Da Silva and Chimezie.
On 22 minutes Mqabba forged ahead when from a Claudio Calleja corner, Paul Chimezie well positioned on the far post headed the ball home.
But Mqabba’s joy was shortlived as four minutes later Gharghur were back on level terms when Carlo Gie pounced on a loose ball just in front of goal and drilled the ball home.
On 34 minutes Mqabba were back in front when Paul Chimezie was tripped inside the penalty area by Azzopardi and from the penalty spot captain Claudio Calleja scored with a fierce central drive.
Mqabba insisted on the offensive on the resumption and were rather unlucky on 49 minutes when Michael Borg’s freekick slammed against the upright with Valletta completely beaten.
On 64 minutes Mello da Silva was completely unmarked in front goal but goalkeeper Valletta made a great save to keep his side in the match.
On the other end Gharghur almost obtained the equaliser when a Spiteri header was cleared off the goal line by Chimezie.
On 75 minutes Mqabba sealed the issue when Arilson Mello da Silva scored a beauty direct from a freekick.
Nine minutes from time Gharghur were reduced to ten men when Keith Fedele received a second booking.
Għargħur: Z. Valletta, K. Fedele, J. Azzopardi, K. Conti, I. Chircop, J. Sousa Martins Da Silva, J. Briffa, L. Vella (R. Brincat), C. Gie (M. Fagbeja), G. Saliba (M. Spiteri), E. De Lima Nicolau.
Mqabba: J. Debono, G. Gesualdi, A. Mello Da Silva (L. Konda), C. Calleja, K. Cutajar, L. Vella Critien (J.R. Vella), M. Borg, P. Chimezie, Q. Bregman, G. Adamovic, L. Micallef.
Referee: Alex Johnson