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Gudja United moved up to second above Birkirkara in the Premier League after Vito Plut and Andre Prates came back to haunt their former club Santa Lucia.

Andrea Agostinelli’s clan went into the game fresh from their best start of the season ever, with three victories and a draw.

And it showed as they hit the ground running. But despite Santa Lucia coach Pablo Cortes Sanches setting his stall out by trying to get as many men behind the ball as possible, there was a sense of the inevitable when Gudja made the early breakthrough.

On 28 minutes, Nicolas Navarrete caused havoc as he surged forward on the left before Samuel da Mata Gomes saw his header blocked by the Santa Lucia goalkeeper Dylan Ciappara.

However, moments later, the goalkeeper could not hold onto Andre Prates’s long-range shot at goal and Vito Plut was on hand to hit the rebound.

The Slovenian striker showed tremendous reactions and agility, to deftly nod the rebound past the helpless goalkeeper from close range.

Just before half-time, Santa Lucia nearly undid their good work to equalise on stroke of half-time as a defensive mix-up allowed Navarrete a shot at goal which Michael Johnson hoofed off the line.

Andrea Agostinelli’s side showed their ruthless streak after 55 minutes when André Prates claimed his first goal for Gudja against his former side when the Brazilian linked up to a Juan Bolanes’ flick-on to poke the ball past Ciappara.

Gudja continued to prise open the Santa Lucia defence with Naverrete playing Johann Bezzina but Ciappara made a good save.

Naverrete was again involved as Plut completed Santa Lucia’s misery, latching onto the Italian midfielder’s pass and despatching a sweet strike into the corner.

And Ciappara needed to be at his best to block substitute Matias Muchardi’s late effort as Gudja eased to victory.

Santa Lucia finished with 10 men after Miguel Alba was sent off after picking up a second card for a late sliding tackle on Neil Tabone. But there was just enough time for Francisco Rodrigues Farias to fire home a consolation goal for Santa Lucia after the Brazilian’s brilliance zipped open the defence as he deposited the ball into the net.

Referee: Malcolm Spiteri





# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Second Yellows Red Cards
1Glenn ZammitGoalkeeper00000
4Karl Micallef 88Defender00000
5Andre Prates RodriguesDefender1 (56')0000
9Vito Plut Forward2 (30', 66')0000
13James ArthurMidfielder00000
14Neil MicallefDefender00000
19Johann Bezzina 30Midfielder00000
22Hubert Vella 39Midfielder00000
23Neil TaboneDefender00000
30Matias Muchardi 19Midfielder00000
39Samuel Gomes 22Midfielder00000
77Nicolas NavarreteMidfielder01000
88Farid Zuniga 4Defender00000
3Juan Andres BolanosDefender01000




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