Lija bounce back in sec­ond half

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Lija bounced back in the sec­ond half to beat Vit­to­riosa and join the Cot­ton­era side in the top places of the stand­ings.

It was an ex­cit­ing mat­ach with Vit­to­riosa lead­ing by the break, with Lija com­ing back strongly in the sec­ond part for a de­served vic­tory, as they also hit the wood­work three times dur­ing the 90 min­utes.

Er­jon Beu missed a sit­ter for Lija on seven min­utes and ten min­utes later Vit­to­riosa took the lead when cen­tral de­fender Pe­tar Mr­vic headed pow­er­fully home an An­dre Far­ru­gia cor­ner.

On 28 min­utes Vit­to­riosa should have dou­bled the score when Liam Gauci shot straight at Bon­nici’s hands fol­low­ing some good work from Fabjo Dhrami. Min­utes later Gauci again tested Bon­nici who saved in style.

On 36 min­utes Lija’s Gar­cia Vi­dal shot wide when well placed and three min­utes later Lija were rather un­lucky when Ige Adeshina’s low drive hit the base of the up­right.

In the dy­ing stages of the first half Vit­to­riosa’s Pisani’s ef­fort slightly missed the up­right and on the other end Er­jon Beu was un­lucky when his lob was stopped by the cross­bar and from the re­bound Gar­cia Vi­dal’s drive was blocked by Ma­gri.

On the hour Lija were back on level terms when Er­jon Beu scored a gem of a goal from the edge of the area giv­ing Ma­gri no chance to save.

Lija kept pil­ing up the pres­sure as Vit­to­riosa were now at sixes and sev­ens. On 70 min­utes goal­keeper Ma­gri saved his side from an­other shot by Beu who was well served by Ige Adeshina.

But 60 sec­onds later Lija scored what proved to be the win­ner when Paolo Dan­dolo headed home a McAl­lis­ter Clinch inch­per­fect cross.

Lija should have added a third in the dy­ing sec­onds of the game but Bello Osagie’s strike slammed against the cross­bar.

Vit­to­riosa: K. Ma­gri, D. Pisani (J. Galea), C. Spiteri, F. Dhrami, R. Previ, P. Mr­vic, G. Sul­tana (E. Paso), A. Galea, A. Far­ru­gia, D. Fava, L. Gauci (C. Mal­lia)

Lija: L. Bon­nici, C. Cas­sar (B. Jac­carini) , P. Babic, L. Mus­cat, D. Scerri, E. Beu, J. Gar­cia Vi­dal (A. Bello Osagie), A. Galea, Mc. Clinch, P. Dan­dolo (L.J. Schem­bri), A. Ige

Ref­eree: Glenn Tonna

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