Vit­to­riosa step up pro­mo­tion chal­lenge

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Vit­to­riosa: Żeb­buġ: Ref­eree:

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Vit­to­riosa Stars stepped up their pro­mo­tion chal­lenge when they eas­ily dis­posed of rel­e­ga­tion trou­bled Zeb­bug thanks to three first half goals. For Vit­to­riosa this third vic­tory on the trot puts them tem­po­rar­ily in third place three points be­hind league lead­ers Naxxar.

Vit­to­riosa were the bet­ter team through­out the game with Leighton Grech play­ing a blinder and with new sign­ing Joseph Jojo Ogun­nupe im­me­di­ately mak­ing his pres­ence felt.

For Zeb­bug this was another blow un­der the belt fol­low­ing their de­feat against Marsa as they hover just above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Vit­to­riosa im­me­di­ately took con­trol of the game and forged ahead on ten min­utes when

Dun­can Pisani was floored in the box by Dayle Borg who was also shown the yel­low card and from the penalty spot Lieghton Grech made no mis­take to put his side 10 up.

On 20 min­utes from a Borg cross in the area, Kurt Zam­mit turned for Dario Tabone whose flick fin­ished just wide.

A minute later Joseph Jojo Ogun­nupe turned past a de­fender with his ef­fort be­ing cleared by the Żeb­buġ rear­guard, the ball came into the path of Dun­can Pisani who found Ogun­nupe again in the area, who with his half-vol­ley dou­bled the score.

Zeb­bug missed a sit­ter on 36 min­utes when Dario Tabone failed to hit the ball home from close range when he miss-hit a Ro­drigues Britto. Zeb­bug paid dearly for this as Vit­to­riosa made it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time when a Gian Luca Sul­tana cross from the right-flank with Ryan Previ flick­ing the ball home in front of the Żeb­buġ cus­to­dian.

The sec­ond half was less in­tense with Vit­to­riosa still in full com­mand adding a fourth on the hour when a Pisani through pass found Leighton Grech on the run who lobbed the ball over the head of goal­keeper Ju­lian Az­zopardi. On 82 min­utes, Redeemer At­tard, who had just came in a s a sub­sti­tute, pulled one back for Zeb­bug when he scored fol­low­ing a melee in front of goal.

J. Mer­ce­ica, A. Galea, D. Fava (C. Mal­lia), R. Previ, L. Grech, C. Spi­teri, J. Ogun­nupe, D. Pisani, A. Far­ru­gia, T. Abela Wil­son, G. Sul­tana (D. Sam­mut)

J. Az­zopardi, C. Gauci, D. Borg, A. Curmi, A. Mi­callef (R. At­tard), D. Tabone, S. Borg, I. Meli, K. Zam­mit, M. Borda, M. Ro­drigues Britto

Fiodor Zam­mit

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