Saturday 19th November 2016 : Balzan considered as firm favourites to win the three points, had to fight hard as Mosta offered solid resistance.

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Balzan had to do without the services of suspended Lydon Micallef, Alfred Effiong and Christian Cassar. Missing also were Elkin Serrano and Paul Fenech and Justin Grioli, still recovering from injuries.

In the initial stages of the match Mosta took the initiative when Chevaughn McClaren took the first shot at goal which finished just wide.

In the 18th minute, Balzan went close when Anderson de Barros tried his luck wirth a powerful shot from outside the area that ended scaping the foot of the post.

On the other side six minutes later a free kick by Kevaun Atkinson finished slightly wide off the post.

On the half hour, a good run by Alan Da Silva Sousa finished with his attempt off target.

This was the prelude Balzan’s opener on the 32nd minute. In midfield, Abdelkarim Nafti started a swift counterattack, opening the Mosta defence by passing the ball to Matteo Picciollo who in turn squared the ball to Alan Da Silva Sousa, with the latter setting BOJAN KALJEVIC whose low shot finished at the back of the net past goalkeeper Bartolo.

Six minutes later, Bartolo made a spectacular save denying a firm attempt, from the edge of the penalty area, by Alan Da Silva Souza.

Three minutes from half time, Emmanuel Bartolo denied again Alan Da Silva Souza, as his shot destined to finish home was parried with difficulty to a corner.

On the 61st minute, Balzan substituted Anderson De Barros with Ryan Fenech making his debut after a long-waiting comeback, after recovering from a long injury.

A minute later Mosta almost equalized. From a short corner, taken by Njongo Priso Doding, Tristan Grant rose above all heading the ball just over the crossbar.

In the 72nd minute, Balzan had a good chance to double the score when Matteo Piciollo dribbled inside the area but his low shot finished just wide.

In the remaining minutes Balzan, despite their territorial supremacy, failed to create any good chances to increase the score but however they took home the three desired points.

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