Pi­eta back to win­ning ways

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Zeb­bug R: Pi­eta: Ref­eree:

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Pi­eta Hot­spurs re­turned to win­ning ways af­ter two con­sec­u­tive de­feats when they had the bet­ter of bot­tom of the ta­ble side Zeb­bug Rangers with a goal in each half.

Pi­eta de­served their vic­tory in a keenly con­tested match with Zeb­bug only throw­ing in the towel af­ter suf­fer­ing a sec­ond goal on the hour. The re­sult leaves Zeb­bug Rangers in des­per­ate po­si­tion at the bot­tom of the ta­ble, and they must im­prove con­sid­er­ably es­pe­cially in at­tack if they want to avoid fur­ther trou­ble.

Zeb­bug had a promis­ing start go­ing close af­ter only two min­utes through Chris­tian Carl Pace who was de­nied by Mont­fort. Min­utes later Zeb­bug went close again with a Shaun Borg header just miss­ing the tar­get.

On eight min­utes Chris­tian Grech shot over the bar and ten min­utes later Pi­eta forged ahead when Clive Gauci passed to­wards the un­marked James Sci­cluna who drilled the ball home. Min­utes later Pi­eta should have dou­bled the score but Men­sah failed to con­nect in front of goal. Just be­fore the break Zeb­bug went close fol­low­ing a per­sonal move by Tre­bo­vac.

On the re­sump­tion Zeb­bug went in search of the equaliser but Pi­eta sealed the is­sue on the hour when de­fender Juan Manuel Ruiz Perez headed home a James Sci­cluna free­kick. Pi­eta were now in the driv­ing seat and Men­sah was de­nied by a bril­liant Az­zopardi save on 75 min­utes.

Min­utes later Az­zopardi again came to Zeb­bug’s res­cue on an­other Men­sah at­tempt. Six min­utes from time Az­zopardi again saved, this time off a Gauci ef­fort. Deep in stop­page time Tre­bo­vac cre­ated havoc in the Pi­eta de­fence but could only shoot straight in Mont­fort’s wait­ing hands.

J. Az­zopardi, O. Rababah, T. Tre­bo­vac, C. C. Pace (J. P. For­mosa), A. Agius, K. Zam­mit, S. Borg (A. Curmi), D. Borg, A. Mi­callef (M. Camil­leri), I. Meli, R. Mandic

M. Mont­fort, K.Mi­callef, C. De­gabriele, N. Pace Cocks, D. Agius (C. Ste­wart), C. Gauci (A. Mizzi), G. Men­sah (Y. Dim­itrov), J. M. Ruiz Perez, C. Grech, I. Jalo, J. Sci­cluna

(Gi­bral­tar) Yarosleff Borg

Ratko Mandic of Zeb­bug (right) reaches ahead of Gabriel Men­sah of Pi­eta’ (left). Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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