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LEADERS HAMRUN BEAT 10-MEN GUDJA

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Ħamrun Spartans preserved their two-point lead at the top of the standings when they overcame the challenge of Gudja United.

The Spartans fully deserved their victory as they dominated their opponents for long stretches and once Jorge Ailton Soares, aka Dodo, put them ahead there was no way for Gudja who had Thomas Veronese dismissed midway through the second half.

Late goals from Dodo and substitute Seydou Doumbia sealed the points as the Reds preserved their leadership in the standings.

Ħamrun Spartans bossed proceedings right from the outset.

On 13 minutes, Gudja goalkeeper Glenn Zammit was almost punished for poor positioning but he recovered in time to push away Matthew Guillaumier’s inswinger.

The Reds came even closer six minutes later when Emerson Marcelina’s shot was controlled by Franklin Sasere who saw his shot pushed away by Zammit. Elkin Serrano Valero was first to react but his effort was cleared off the line by Neil Micallef.

Despite their superior possession, the Spartans were struggling to create any chances.

In fact they had to wait till 31 minutes to come close when Serrano Valero’s header was tipped over the bar by Zammit.

Joseph Mbong should have put Ħamrun ahead five minutes from the break when Guillaumier found the Reds winger who dived full stretch but headed just wide from close in.

Gudja’s first chance came on 44 minutes but Elton fired wide afterbeing set up by Justin Grioli.

But it was the Spartans who struck on the stroke of half-time when Corbalan dashed inside the area and pulled the ball back towards Dodo who rifled his shot into the top corner.

The match remained one-way traffic with Ħamrun denied a second goal by a fantastic one-hand save from Zammit on Predrag Djordjevic’s inswinger.

Gudja’s task became tougher on 68 minutes when referee Malcolm Spiteri showed a straight red card on Tommy Veronese for a high challenge on Djordjevic.

Ħamrun Spartans sealed the points 13 minutes from time when Mbong found Dodo at the far post and the Cape Verde forward stabbed home.

Doumbia was brought on for the final 20 minutes of the match and the former Roma striker managed to open his account when did well to turn past two Gudja players to slot the ball past Zammit.

Gudja pulled a goal back a minute from time when Mensah sped into the area and beat Bartolo with an angled shot.


Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Christopher Francalanza
Fourth Official: Etienne Mangion

JORGE AILTON SOARES (H)

BOV PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Source: sportsdesk.com.mt

Gudja

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Second Yellows Red Cards
1Glenn ZammitGoalkeeper00000
7Aidan FriggieriMidfielder00000
13Tommy VeroneseDefender00001 (68')
16Filip PankaticanMidfielder00000
17Imanol Gonzalez BenacDefender00000
19Neil MicallefDefender00000
20Elton Silva 18Forward00000
22Hubert Vella 11Midfielder00000
25Juan Andres Bolanos 10Defender00000
27Justin Grioli 8Defender001 (19')00
81Patrick MotaMidfielder00000
8Terence Vella 27Forward00000
10Llwelyn Cremona 25Midfielder00000
11Gabriel Mensah 22Forward1 (90')0000
18James Brincat 20Midfielder00000

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