GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division I

Gozo Stadium – 27 September 2019

Ghajnsielem FC : 2

Kercem Ajax FC : 1

4’ (1-0) Igor Nedeljkovic

83’ (2-0) Kurt Grima

90+6’ (2-1) Andrea Debrincat


Ghajnsielem FC:

Vella, J. Tabone, Al. Xuereb, D. Hili (I. Belhadj), An. Xuereb, N. Stojanovic, J. Arboleda Valencia, M. Bezzina, S.E. Martinez Turizo (P. Nunez Del Castillo), I. N Belhadj (K. Grima), I. Nedeljkovic.

Kercem A:

Dizdarevic, D. Cassar, A. Azzopardi, S.A. Martinez Villa, G. Muscat (E. Vella), J. Buttigieg (N. Mercieca), A. Debrincat, T. Vella, J.P. Mizzi, B. Polo Longarela, M. Perisic (A. Oularbi).

Referee: Joseph Scerri


Ghajnsielem confirmed their good moment of form at the beginning of the new football season and obtained their second win from two matches of the championship by defeating Kercem Ajax with the odd goal from three.  In this match, Ghajnsielem made some changes in the starting line-up from their previous match, mainly by replacing player-coach Daniel Bogdanovic by Sebastien Eduardo Martinez Turizo. The Blacks scored an early goal but they failed to capitalise from their lead and suffered Kercem’s reaction for the following eighty minutes.  Kercem, however, did not manage to level the score and during the final stages of the encounter they also ended up conceding more space at their defensive department. Ghajnsielem practically made sure of the win with a second goal that arrived seven minutes from the end of regular time and during the remaining minutes they could have easily added more goals.  Kercem’s efforts were only rewarded with a goal that arrived seconds from the final whistle when there was no time left to save the result. With this result, the Blacks are on maximum points from two matches, while Kercem remain without a point.


The two sides took the field determined to impose pressure on the respective opponent but the Blacks surprised the Ajax at an early stage and took the driving seat for the rest of the encounter.

4’ (1-0) a free kick from the right hand side by Sebastien Eduardo Martinez Turizo arrived to Igor Nedeljkovic headed towards goal and the bal;l ended in the net despite the attempt of Kercem’s keeper to neutralise the danger.

Kercem tried to produce an immediate reaction.

14’ a header by Kercem’s Thomas Vella following a cross from the right flank was easily saved by goalie Franklin Vella.

17’ an overhead kick by Kercem’s Borja Polo Longarela following a clearance by Ghajnsielem;’s defence ended wide.

32’ Kercem had another attempt through a strike from long distance by Jean Paul Mizzi that ended away from Ghajnsielem’s goal.

33’ Ghajnsielem replied with a shot from outside the area by Sebastien Eduardo Martinez Turizo that was well blocked by Kercem’s keeper Vladimir Dizdarevic

35’ Kercem’s Thomas Vella arrived at the right time to meet a cross by Borja Polo Longarela but his header ended wide.

38’ Kercem went again close to scoring when Andrea Debrincat controlled a good ball inside Ghajnsielem’s area but his final shot missed the target.

41’ Ghajnsielem’s keeper Franklin Vella was well placed to neutralised a fine header by Borja Polo Longarela following a cross form the l;eft flank by Josiah Buttigieg.

42’ Ghajnsielem could have created serious danger to Kercem’s rear guard when a corner kick by Alberto Xuereb arrived to an unmarked Jhon Arboleda Valencia who had his shot that ended wide.

43’ Ghajnsielem’s central defender Nemanja Stojanovic saved the result for his side when he managed to block a shot from inside the area by Andrea Debrincat when the goalkeeper was not in a position to produce an intervention.

HT (1-0)


Kercem maintained their momentum form the initial stages iof the second period.

47’ A free kick by Kercem’s Jean Paul Mizzi was well saved by goalie Franklin Vella.

59’ Kercem should have capitalised better when Ghajnsielem’s goalie Franklin Vella failed to hold the ball following a cross from the left flank by Milos Perisic but from the resultant melee in front of Ghajnsileem’s goalmouth, Andrea Debrincat’s attempt ended wide.

60 A good shot by Kercem’s Borja Polo Longarela following a corner action ended high.

61’ Ghajnsielem produced a counter break but Jhon Arboleda Valencia’s shot missed the target.

74’ Kercem were unlucky as a spectacular strike from long distance by Kercem’s central defender Sergio Martinez Villa, when the goalkeeper was out of his position, shock the post and the ball was cleared form the area by the defence.

83’ (2-0) Ghajnsielem practically pout their minds at rest form the three points as they doubled their lead.  Jhon Arboleda Valencia entered Kercem’s area from the left flank after receiving from Igor Nedeljkovic and from his cross substitute Kurt Grima defended the ball despite a challenge of an opponent and netted with a low shot.

88’ Kercem could have re-opened the issue but a header by Andrea Debrincat following a cross from the left flank Andre Azzopardi was saved by goalie Franklin Vella.

90’ Ghajnsielem should have sealed the win with another goal but a low shot by Igor Nedeljkovic following a personal action was saved with some difficulty by Kercem’s goalie Vladimir Dizdarevic.

90+1’ Ghajnsielem’s substitute Ismael Belhadj had a shot from outside the area that ended away from goal.

90+3’ Kercem’s keeper Vladimir Dizdarevic denied Ghajnsielem from scoring another goal with another difficult save as he managed to block a close ranged shot by Jhon Arboleda Valencia who was released by Michael Bezzina.

90+6’ (2-1) Kercem reduced the deficit when Ghajnsielem’;s defence failed to clear the ball from the goalmouth following a free kick by Andre Azzopardi, and Andrea Debrincat addressed towards goal with the ball finishing in the net despite the various attempts by Ghajnsielem’s defence to clear the danger from the goal line.

FT (2-1)