Birkirkara overcome 10-man Mosta


Birkirkara put their 2-1 upset to Sliema Wanderers behind them as they beat Mosta 2-0 to secure their fourth win in five games.

The Stripes deserved the points as they played the better football but Mosta tried hard to unsettle their opponents.

There was a time in the second half when Mosta threatened to drag themselves back on level terms but Adrian Caruana's dismissal, for two yellow cards, ended their hopes.

Birkirkara dictated matters in the first half but had to wait until 10 minutes from half-time to forge ahead.

They had gone close early on when Srdjan Dimitrov had a close-range effort cleared off the line.

Predrag Jovic went close with two powerful headers from Dimitrov's cross, both from a corner. His first attempt was kept out by Mosta goalkeeper Manuel Bartolo and his second hit the crossbar.

Bartolo was beaten on 35 minutes by Dimitrov's curling shot, from an angle.

Late in the first half, Rowen Muscat, making his first start for Birkirkara this season, fired wide from a favourable position after good work by Gareth Sciberras and Cain Attard.

Nine minutes into the second half, Bartolo sprinted off his line to block Muscat's run but the loose ball dropped to Djordjevic who drove wide Mosta increased their efforts to gain an equaliser. They went close on 64 minutes when Luca Martinelli's dipping cross from the left sailed towards the unguarded Gabriel Bezak who headed the ball towards Oseghale but the Nigerian incredibly sent his shot against the crossbar.

Oseghale had a chance to make amends when he found himself clear through after Mosta broke on the counter but fired wide.

Mosta's hopes of levelling matters suffered a blow on 66 minutes when Adrian Caruana was dismissed by referee Alan Mario Sant after getting a second booking for a foul on Temile.

The latter had a great chance to seal Birkirkara's win but lifted his shot over the bar after Mosta had failed to clear a cross from Ryan Scicluna.

But, minutes later, Temile found the target, this time with a well-placed header from Attard's perfect cross.

Sciberras, the Birkirkara midfielder, was selected as BOV player of the match.