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Pieta Hotspurs got their second win of the season as they beat Gudja United 3-1 at the Tony Bezzina Stadium.

Fans barely had time to settle into their seats as within seconds of the kickoff, Kian Leonardi was tripped inside the area by Karl Micallef with referee Andrea Sciriha pointing to the spot.

Armen Hovhannisyan sent goalkeeper Glen Zammit the other way as the Hotspurs opened proceedings.

Gudja were riled up after conceding so early and pressure shifted into the Hotspurs’ half. Eventually, Tatsuro Nagamatsu brought Gudja level on 14 minutes after meeting a low cross from inside the area amid confusion in the Pieta defence.

Gudja began to maintain their newly acquired control and they threatened again 21 minutes in but Vito Plut’s shot from range went wide off the mark.

Just as it looked like Pieta were about to succumb to the pressure, a moment of composure on 28 minutes saw Abraham Temitope push the ball forward and as the team moved forward, the Nigerian made himself available to fire home with Zammit unable to stop his effort.

On 35 minutes, Pieta could have made it three when Samuel Okoh journeyed into the Gudja half, led the ball to Kurt Briffa who skied his effort.

After the break, Gudja fired first when Nagamatsu hit a first-time volleyed effort but his attempt went well over.

They went close again on 51 minutes when a through ball on the right led the ball to Plut whose shot beat Reeves Cini but was blocked off the line by Okoh.

Similarly to the first half, Gudja were the more dominant side.

On 57 minutes, Shaisen Attard could have pulled his side level again with a shot from distance but the ball slammed the upright after beating Cini.

However, once again Pieta went further ahead with five minutes to go when substitute Takuma Yamaguchi sped past two Gudja defenders, laid the ball to Hovhannisyan who beat Zammit with a low effort.

Referee: Andrea Sciriha

Abraham Temitope (PTA)




# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Second Yellows Red Cards
1Glenn ZammitGoalkeeper00000
17Karl MicallefDefender001 (70')00
88Farid ZunigaDefender01000
7John Mintoff 22Defender00000
92Jean Claude Bugeja 21Defender00000
3Juan Andres BolanosDefender00000
21Joseph Attard 92Defender00000
22Hubert Vella 7Midfielder00000
13James ArthurMidfielder00000
39Samuel Gomes 99Midfielder00000
8Tatsuro NagamatsuMidfielder1 (15')0000
9Vito PlutForward00000
11Shaisen AttardForward00000
99Divaio Kolf 39Forward00000




Hibernians bounced back from their close defeat to Marsaxlokk last week as they cruised past Gudja United 4-1 at the Centenary Stadium on Sunday.

It was a dominant performance for Silvio Vella’s side and Jurgen Degabriele was the star of the show as he scored two spectacular goals on either side of the half which stunned Gudja.

After a balanced opening, Yunusa Muritala made Glen Zammit work on six minutes as the Gudja goalkeeper dived to parry away the close-range effort.

Six minutes later, Degabriele opened proceedings with a wonderful strike from a freekick on the left which rose above the crowded area and dipped over Zammit into the net.

Things got worse for Gudja on 21 minutes when Dunstan Vella pushed the ball into the area and was tripped by Neil Micallef. Referee Alex Johnson whistled for a penalty and sent off Micallef with a direct red card for a last-man challenge.

After two minutes of debate, Jake Grech stepped up to the spot and fired home to put Hibernians further head.

By this point, the tide was completely against Gudja as Andrea Agostinelli’s side struggled to find any kind of rhythm. They did manage a shot on the half-hour but James Arthur’s effort was too easy for Marko Jovicic.

Thaylor nearly made it three after 38 minutes after meeting a cross into the area but his volleyed shot bounced over the bar.

Gudja went close to finding a way back five minutes from the break when Hubert Vella headed towards goal from a freekick but his effort went just wide.

In added time, Gabriel Artiles hit a cross into the area which Vella tipped over with a header but Zammit was alert to push the ball into a corner. From the ensuing flag-kick, Gonzalo Llerena missed a golden opportunity with the last kick of the half when he skied a goalmouth shot.

After the break, Hibs continued to dominate possession but against the run of play, Gudja found a way back seven minutes in when Nicolas Navarrete fired in a cross and with the ball heading out, Thaylor could not move out of the way and instead bumped the ball into his own net.

63 minutes in, Degabriele showed another moment of class to put his side further ahead. Substitute Zachary Grech put in a cross into the area and provided the assist, after just three minutes on the pitch, for the Hibs forward to flick the ball in mid-air past Zammit.

Gudja replied seven minutes later with a long-distance effort from Tatsuro Nagamatsu which went wide. They tried again through Vito Plut on 74 minutes from a quick counter-attack but his shot was off.

At the death, Muritala made the most of a convincing display to take over possession from a misplaced pass and fired past Zammit to add another goal right before the final whistle.

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