Malta Football Association
Senglea Athletic go top in BOV Division One
Mar 13, 2017
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BOV Challenge League

Senglea Athletic moved top of the BOV Division One League after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Pietà Hotspurs on a weekend that produced a spate of surprising results.

Nigerian forward James Audgustine Obaje and Terence Vella, from a penalty, were the scorers for Senglea on Sunday while Christian Grech pulled one back for the Hotspurs just before half-time.


Naxxar Lions, the erstwhile Division One pace-setters, suffered a shock 4-2 loss against bottom side Għargħur who turned defeat into victory despite finishing the game with 10 men.


Yuri De Jesus Messias put the Lions ahead after converting a 15th-minute penalty but Għargħur made a terrific reaction, scoring four times thanks to Fagbeja Muda and Luke Busuttil who struck a brace each.


Adamec Lubos narrowed the deficit for Naxxar Lions who failed to take advantage of Isaac Chircop’s red card 17 minutes from the end.


Naxxar are now sharing second spot with Lija Athletic on 39 points, two behind Senglea with five games remaining.


Lija Athletic enjoyed a good weekend after beating Sirens 2-1 to boost their promotion hopes.


All the goals came in the last 10 minutes with Erjon Beu and Leon Muscat giving Lija a 2-0 lead while Daniel Sant scored Sirens’ consolation in stoppage time.


Mqabba registered an important victory against fellow promotion hopefuls Vittoriosa Stars who suffered their second consecutive defeat.


Clive Mizzi’s side not only claimed the three points but also avenged their 3-0 defeat in the corresponding first-round fixture to climb to third in the table, level with Qormi on 38 points.


Paul Chimezie netted Mqabba’s winner 18 minutes from time.


Qormi missed the chance to join Senglea at the top after losing their derby clash with Żebbuġ Rangers.


Tomislav Trebovac’s 58th-minute goal settled the match in favour of the Rangers and condemned Qormi to their first defeat in 14 games.


Darko Medic was sent off for Qormi midway into the second half.


The situation at the lower end of the BOV Division One table is also very tight.


Marsa, who were coming from a 4-1 victory over Vittoriosa, were held to a 1-1 draw by Fgura.


Former Malta international Cleaven Frendo put Fgura ahead after just two minutes but Luis Andre De Melo equalised for Marsa on the half-hour mark.


Fgura are sharing bottom place with Għargħur on 15 points while Marsa have 24.


Rabat Ajax collected three important points after a narrow 2-1 win over Melita.


Alan Borg Olivier broke the stalemate for Melita after 33 minutes but Chris Vella levelled for Rabat from the penalty spot.


Ryan Micallef scored Rabat’s winner 11 minutes from the end as the Magpies extended their gap on bottom duo Fgura and Għargħur to six points.


Melita are level with Marsa and Żebbuġ Rangers on 24 points 

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