Pieta back to winning ways
Zebbug R Pieta H 0 2
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