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Gudja still chasing first win in the Premier league


Sunday 06 October 2019

  Alexandre Santana

Gabriel Mensah Photo: Dominic Borg

BALZAN 1 - 0 GUDJA UNITED

Balzan started the match looking to bounce back from two defeats. Jacques Scerri’s men lost against Valletta and Gzira in their previous two encounters.

On the other hand, Gudja are still chasing their first win in the league. The newly promoted team drew their first four games and lost their previous match against Floriana.

The first half was quite balanced with neither team creating much opportunities on goal. In fact, the majority of possession was shared inside the centre of the pitch.

Gudja Created the first chance of the match after twelve minutes. Gabriel Mensah made space for himself inside the penalty area before firing an angled shot that sailed wide.

Balzan replied three minutes later. Ricardo Calixto Correa Duarte’s delivery went into the path of Ivan Bozovic whose effort was saved by Timothy Aquilina.

Aquilina had to on the alert once again seconds later. Correa Duarte drilled a powerful strike that forced an excellent save from Gudja’s goalkeeper.

This was the last chance created during the first half as the score remained goalless up until the half-time whistle.

Balzan showed more urgency in the early stages of the second half and threatened Gudja on the 57th minute. Ivan Bozovic sent a through ball forward towards Stefan Dimic whose close range shot was blocked by Aquilina.

Arthur Faria Machado managed to open the score for Balzan just two minutes later. Alfred Effiong delivered a low cross in the path of the Brazilian who placed the ball past Aquilina.

Balzan remained superior and went close again on the 66th minute. Correa Duarte hit a powerful shot from distance that was parried by Aquilina.

On the 79th minute, Steve Pisani of Balzan tried his luck from distance, but his effort ended up wide.

Gudja protested heavily for a penalty on the 86th minute when Juan Andres Bolanos was floored by Nenad Sljivic inside the penalty area. However, the referee waved play on in what can be considered as a debatable decision.

This episode didn’t influence Balzan’s players as they remained solid at the back to take home the three points.

BOV player of the match: Ricardo Correa (Balzan)


Match report: Malta Today

LINE-UP

  • Timmy Aquilina
  • Allan Miranda
  • Justin Grioli
  • Juan Bolanos
  • Jonathan Bondin
  • Hubert Vella
  • Anderson De Barros
  • Dylan Grima
    64'
  • Llwelyn Cremona
    72'
  • Gabriel Mensah
    83'
  • Winchester Rundell
  • Coach: Josef Mansueto
  Formation against Balzan

SUBSTITUTES

  • Jonathan Debono
  • Miguel Attard
  • Peter Paul Sammut
    83'
  • Zach Cassar
  • Jurgen Farrugia
  • Tariq Al Mahrooqi
    64'
  • Miguel P.Jimenez
    72'

REFEREES

  • Referee: Stefan Pace
  • Assistant: Mitchell Scerri
  • Assistant: Ivan Galea
  • Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann

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