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Balzan clinch vital win

Balzan crushed Mosta at the Centenary stadium on Friday. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

BALZAN            4

Andrejic 40, 53

Duric 45, 69 pen.

MOSTA             1

Ememe 23

Balzan: V. Vranes-6.5, A. Loof-6, S. Arab-6, M. Duric-8, P. Fenech-6.5 (90 A. Bradshaw), M. Johnson-6.5, U. Ljubomirac-6, S. Dimic-6, Weverton-6 (80 M. Grima), A. Andrejic-7 (70 A. Effiong), S. Cipriott-6 (80 G. Camilleri).

Mosta: C. Mafoumbi-6, C. Ememe-6, J. Bezzina-5 (80 O. Sammut), D. Bonnici-4, T. Farrugia-5, M. Muchardi-5 (74 G. Sciberras), R. Morisco-6, Z. Brincat-6, B. Kaljevic-6, K. Tulimieri-5 (46 M. Mifsud), J. Ekani-5 (80 M Attard).

Referee: Emanuel Grech.

Yellow cards Arab, Cipriott, Andrejic, Fenech, Bonnici, Muchardi, Sciberras.

BOV Player of the match Milan Duric (Balzan).

Balzan gave their hopes of avoiding relegation a major boost when they came from behind to see off Mosta at the Centenary Stadium.

It looked as though Mark Miller’s boys were set for a frustrating evening when they fell behind to Christ Ememe strike.

But that setback only spurred Balzan into action as inspired by their Serbian attacking duo of Milan Duric and Aleksa Andrejic, scorers of a brace each, they turned the match on its head to clinch a vital win.

In fact, Balzan have now moved to 12th place on the 19-point mark, level with Floriana.

Balzan had started brightly and could have taken the lead after nine minutes. Augustine Loof nodded the ball into the path of Weverton who was denied by the onrushing Christoffer Mafoumbi.

But geradually, Mosta came more into the picture and they managed to take the lead on 23 minutes.

Zachary Brincat picked Ememe who sprinted inside the area and beat Vranes with a low shot.

Three minutes later, the Nigerian almost struck again but this time he fired over.

Balzan threatened on 28 minutes when Samir Arab found Aleksa Andrejic who however stabbed the ball wide.

Ten minutes from the break, Tulimieri sent a dangerous cross that finished into the path of Johann Bezzina who hit just wide.

But Balzan managed to draw level five minutes from five time when Duric picked Andrejic who beat Mafoumbi at the near post.

The Reds completed the turnaround in stoppage time when Andrejic picked Duric who sent a low cross that was not cleared by Duane Bonnici and in came Duric who fired home.

After the break, Mosta roped in Michael Mifsud for Kevin Tulimieri.

However, it was Balzan who kept the upperhand and they all but wrapped up the points on 54 minutes when the excellent Duric found Andrejic in space and the Serbian blasted the ball into the far corner.

Mosta’s response looked short of ideas and it was Balzan who put seal to their win on 69 minutes.

Stefan Dimic was adjudged to have been upended by Tyrone Farrugia inside the area and from the resultant penalty Duric fired home.

Kaljevic could have pulled a goal back on 76 minutes but his downward header was palmed away by Vranes.

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