Europa move top of Premier Division by beating St Joseph’s

Two goals in seven minutes sent Europa top of the Premier Division as they defeated St Joseph’s 2-0 to keep their 100 per cent record going.

The first half started with both teams battling for possession but neither able to take any control on the game. First chance of the game went Europa’s way as Joselinho’s header was saved by Jordan Perez. Shortly after Saints midfielder Emerson Roque saw his long range shot go just wide.

The best chance of the half fell to St Joseph’s, a cross was whipped in and found Thyago Catharino, the winger’s shot went inches past the post. As the game grew on Europa started to dominate but were unable to find a way past Jordan Perez.

The second half started with Europa on the attack, Saints keeper Jordan Perez was called into action early on as he kept out a Pedro Carrion header. Perez was finally beaten four minutes later, Europa winger Javi Martinez whipped in a cross, Carrion out-jumped Esteban Montes and guided his header past the keeper to give Europa a 1-0 lead.

Seven minutes later Europa made it 2-0, Antonio Trujillo latched onto a through ball, the striker drifted past Jorge Corpas and slotted his shot past Jordan Perez. Ten minutes later St Joseph’s thought they had pulled one back when Borja Torres smashed his effort past Javi Munoz but the goal was disallowed for offside.

With less than ten minutes remaining Europa continued to dominate the game and nearly made it 3-0 but Jordan Perez made a terrific save to keep out Pedro Carrion’s shot. Perez was called into action minutes later as he made a low save to keep out Manuel Picon’s header. The game restarted and referee Glen Gilbert blew for full-time, Europa walked away with the three points.

This win sees Europa move top of the league while St Joseph’s remain third.

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