Antonio Rozzi kept Qormi hoping as his late strike keep their hopes of salvation flickering...at least for another day, after defeating Birkirkara 1-0.
Barely three minutes of the game had elapsed when Qormi posed their first scoring threat to the Birkirkara side.
The Blacks protested for a penalty when Eduardo Ferreira fouled Antonio Rozzi in the area. However, referee Emanuel Grech deemed otherwise and awarded Qormi and indirect free-kick for dangerous play. The ensuing free-kick hit the wall.
Birkirkara’s response came when Johann Bezzina set off on a solo run but his shot ended over.
News had reached the Qormi clan that St Andrews had taken a 1-0 lead against Floriana, this score dragged them in Division One, so Mario Muscat’s troops took the initiative.
A quick Qormi counter-attack saw Wellington galloping unimpeded towards goal, before finding Kristijan Naumovski turning expertly to corner.
Needing a win to keep their fading salvation hopes alive after St Andrews’ win, Qormi were sighing with relief at the start of the second period when Bezzina’s free-kick finished just wide off David Cassar’s far post.
Shy the hour mark, Qormi went near through Jordy Lokando who forced Naumovski to save from close range.
With Qormi quick to get men forward whenever they broke on the counter, Birkirkara were not having it their own way. Wellington’s thunderbolt, from a wide position was just wide.
On the other side, Bezzina hit a veritable scorcher to stretch David Cassar to the limit. But it was Qormi who stepped up their game and the expertise of Rozzi prevailed when the Italian forward rushed towards goal to beat Naumovski with a low drive.
Birkirkara’s reaction was feeble and Clayton Failla’s freekick was pushed away by Cassar as the Stripes’ last chance went begging.
Qormi's Wellington was named BOV Player of the Match.
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