Senglea earned three very precious points as they stunned Balzan by the odd goal in three in a come from behind win.
For this game, Balzan missed the suspended midfielders Nenad Sljivic and Steve Pisani. On the other hand, Senglea had Matias Nicolas Garcia suspended but they had Taisei Marukawa, Arian Mrsulja and Christian Sammut making their debut.
Uros Ljubomirac had given Balzan a first-minute lead, but goals from Arian Mrsulja and Augusto Caseres in the second half saw the Senglea through.
After Balzan took an early first-minute lead, which proved to be the quickest goal of the season so far, the first half was more or less balanced.
Balzan had a perfect start taking the lead after only 28 seconds. Carlos de Fiori Mendes (Kadu) dribbled past several players as he made his way into the area before squaring for Andrija Majdevac. The latter’s effort was deflected by a sliding challenge of Matthew Farrugia but UROS LJUBOMIRAC took the rebound and finished the ball at the back of the net.
Conceding a goal in the first minute would have conditioned the performance of any team but the Senglea side battled superbly to stay in touch and had a hatful of chances of their own in the first half.
In the 6th minute, Leighton Grech’s low shot was blocked by a Balzan defender.
In the 13th minute, Senglea goalkeeper Matthew Farrugia saved a shot from Kadu.
Three minutes later, Senglea went close to an equalizer when Taisei Marukawa made the dribbled past Aleksandar Kosoric and advanced to the edge of the area, only to see his fine inswinger easily saved by Steven Sultana.
In the 28th minute, Andrija Majdevac tested the goalkeeper, but his effort was neutralized by Farrugia.
A minute later, an effort by Kadu was saved with goalkeeper Farrugia’s feet.
Balzan kept their one-goal lead till the end of the first half.
Soon after the start of the second half, Romolo Silva Santos put Leighton Grech through, but his low shot was easy prey for Steven Sultana.
Senglea insisted and from a Christian Sammut cross, from an ideal position, Alexis Braian Volpini should have done better than hitting over the bar.
Soon after, in another Senglea attack, Augusto Caseres was deemed, by the Balzan defenders, to have touched the ball with his hand inside the Balzan box. Despite this goalkeeper, Steven Sultana saved the ball on the goal line.
In the 61st minute, Senglea leveled matters. From a free-kick taken by Diego Venancio, goalkeeper Steven Sultana punched the ball badly onto a teammate and from the rebound, ARIAN MRSULJA hit home from close range.
In the 67th minute, Senglea took the lead; Silva Santos set Taisei Marukawa who roared on the left flank before delivering a vicious cross in the middle. Ricardo Correa’s goal-line clearance only served to send the ball into the path of AUGUSTO CASERAS who hammered home the ball.
In the 70th minute, following a cross by Ricardo Correa, Andrija Majdevac missed a good opportunity to equalize for Balzan, hitting well over the bar.
A minute later a poor shot taken by Paul Fenech ended well wide of the post.
Senglea almost added a third in the 79th minute, when a cross by Leighton Grech was deviated towards the goal by Ricardo Correa Steven Sultana dived to save and avoid an own goal.
In the 85th minute, goalkeeper Steven Sultana kicked out a shot by substitute Karl Cutajar.