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YURI MESSIAS SCORES HAT TRICK IN GUDJA’S WIN OVER BALZAN

 

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Yuri Messias produced a stunning performance to propel Gudja United to a convincing victory over Balzan at the Centenary Stadium on Friday.

The Brazilian forward was the star of the show for the southerners as he netted an extraordinary hat-trick that took the fight off a Balzan side who looked helpless to contain the nippy forward.

Gudja were off to a flier and inside the second minute, they were already a goal ahead.

Yuri Messias took possession some 25 metres out and unleashed a powerful drive that flew past a helpless Balzan goalkeeper Vukasin Vranes.

Balzan hit back strongly and managed to draw level on seven minutes.

Paul Fenech seized possession in midfield and quickly diverted the ball into the path of Uros Ljubomirac. The Serbian winger quickly unleashed a powerful low drive that had the better of goalkeeper Glenn Zammit.

From then on the match remained evenly balanced with neither side managing to hold the edge.

In fact, Gudja needed a second moment of magic from Messias to seize the initiative.

The former Valletta forward again took possession some 20 metres out and hit another rasping drive that gave no chance to Balzan goalkeeper Vranes.

After the break, Gudja kept the initiative and managed to add a third on 56 minutes when Gabriel Mensah stormed inside the area and chipped the ball towards Messias who blasted the ball home with a scissors kick.

Balzan managed to score a consolation goal in stoppage time when substitute Alfred Effiong beat Zammit with a low drive.


Referee: Daniel Portelli
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, Thomas Debono
Fourth Official: Darryl Agius

 

YURI DE JESUS MESSIAS

BOV PLAYER OF THE MATCH

 

Match report: sportsdesk.com.mt



Gudja

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Second Yellows Red Cards
1Glenn ZammitGoalkeeper00000
3Jurgen Farrugia 7Defender00000
5Yuri Messias 23Forward3 (2', 43', 57')0000
7Aidan Friggieri 3Midfielder00000
8Terence Vella 11Forward00000
10Llywelyn CremonaMidfielder00000
11Gabriel Mensah 8Forward02000
17Imanol Gonzalez BenacDefender00000
19Neil Micallef 24Defender00000
23Augusto Caseres 5Forward00000
24Goran Adamovic 19Defender00000
25Juan Andres BolanosDefender001 (33')00
27Justin GrioliDefender011 (18')00
28Dale CamilleriMidfielder00000
81Patrick MotaMidfielder00000

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