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48 maltatoday, SUNDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2016 Sport SPORTTODAY FOOTBALL Mosta ......................... 2 Gzira United ................ 1 WARREN ZAMMIT MOSTA brought newly-promoted Gżira United's unbeaten run to an end by picking up their first points of the season. Gżira created the first opportu- nity after five minutes when from Gianmarco Conti's cross, Robert De Pinho De Souza headed wide. Four minutes later, Mosta man- aged to go ahead. Njongo Priso went inside the penalty area from the right flank and fired a low shot that ended up behind Jurgen Borg to make it 1-0. On the 25th minute, Borg had to be on the alert to deny Mosta. Martin Vlcek sent Gabriel Bezak through, but the young goalkeeper blocked his effort. Gżira responded on the 36th minute when Conti attempted an acrobatic effort from the edge of the penalty area that went wide of the post. Five minutes before the break, Conti threatened the Mosta de- fence once again. The Italian at- tempted a shot from inside the penalty area. However, Emmanuel Bartolo managed to neutralise his effort. One minute into the second half, Conti forced a great save from Em- manuel Bartolo. The twenty four year old found space and fired a shot from outside the penalty area that was tipped over by the Mosta goalkeeper. Mosta responded four minutes later through Bezak. The Slova- kian won the ball on the right side of the penalty area and fired a shot that went centimetres wide. The Maroons pushed forward in their attempts to score an equal- iser and managed to do so on the 66th minute. From a corner, Clif- ford Gatt Baldacchino slotted the ball past Bartolo. Endmond Lufi's side regained the lead a minute later when Lucky Victor Oseghale sent a stunning shot that gave Borg no chance. Oseghale attempted another shot on the 73rd minute that end- ed up wide. Ten minutes from time, Gżira's efforts to pull level took a setback when Joceano Da Silva Santos was sent off after being shown his sec- ond yellow card. A heated argument at the end of the match forced two other sending offs. Robert De Pinho De Souza of Gżira was sent off for a violent conduct, while Mosta's Njongo Priso was shown his sec- ond yellow card. Gżira starting line-up: Jurgen Borg, Clifford Gatt Baldacchino, Gianmarco Conti, Rafael Pompeo Ledesma, Juan Carlas Corbolan, Jonathan Bondin, Moses Avila Perez, Jacob Borg, Ellinton An- tonio Costa Morais, Antonio De Queiroz Machedo Neto, Robert De Pinho De Souza. Mosta starting line-up: Em- manuel Bartolo, Gabriel Bezak, Emerson Vella, Dany Djoufack, Francis Chinato Onwudinjo, Kyle Frendo, Dexter Xuereb, Mar- tin Vlcek, Njongo Priso Doding, Adrian Caruana, Lucky Victor Oseghale. Referee: Philip Farrugia Assistant referees: Edward Spi- teri, Christopher Azzopardi Fourth Official: Etienne Man- gion BOV player of the match: Martin Vlcek (Mosta) Mosta record first win against Gzira PHOTOGRAPHY BY DOMINIC BORG Jacob Borg of Gzira being challenged for the ball while going down the left flank. Dexter Xuereb of Mosta and Gzira's Gianmarco Conti challenging each other for the ball. Photography: Christine Borg

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