Monday 26th September 2016 – Balzan continued their positive start to the 2016/17 football season today when they eased past Gżira United 3-1 at the Tedesco Stadium.
Gżira started brightly and after two minutes Juan Corbalan forced Ivan Janjusevic into a fine one-handed save.
Balzan gradually came more into the picture and Gżira goalkeeper Jurgen Borg did well to block Abdel Karim Nafti’s drive.
Balzan took the lead on 33 minutes when Steve Bezzina picked Bojan Kaljevic inside the area. The Montenegrin headed the ball into the path of PAUL FENECH who beat Jurgen Borg from close in.
Balzan made it 2 – 0 on 41 minutes when in a quick raid Lydon Micallef squared the ball to BOJAN KALJEVIC who slid the ball past the Gżira goalkeeper.
Gzira almost conceded a third a minute into the second half when Steve Bezzina found Lydon Micallef inside the area but his effort was somehow kept out by Jurgen Borg.
Gżira pulled a goal back on 77 minutes when Moises Avila Perez found JOCEANO DA SILVA SANTOS inside the area and the Brazilian beat Ivan Janjusevic with a diving header.
But it was Balzan who had the final say when substitute MATTEO PICIOLLO sped clear and beat the onrushing Kyle Gerada to seal a 3-1 win.