GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division I
Gozo Stadium – 29 September 2019
Gharb Rangers FC: 1
SK Victoria Wanderers: 2
15’ (0-1) Igor Misan
38’ (1-1) penalty Pablo Vinicius Ferreira
71’ (1-2) Igor Misan
Spiteri, A. Sultana, J.P. Grima (P.P. Camilleri), M. Gauci, G. Fernandes Olimpio, P. Vinicius Ferreira, A. Komljenovic, J. Grima, J Xuereb (A, Micallef), S. Muscat, C.A. Babilonia.
SK Victoria W:
M.T. Towns, A.G. Attard, I. Misan, N. Doding Priso, S. Dimech (J. Buhagiar), S. Harland, O. Curmi, M. Bamba, A. Touarha, D.U. Monday (N. Vella), N. Camilleri.
SK Victoria Wanderers scored a goal in each half in their match against Gharb Rangers and obtained a 2-1 win so that they also managed to obtain the first points in the championship. In this match the two sides were aiming for a positive result as they both conceded defeats in their opening match of the championship. The match turned out into a well contested issue where the final score was uncertain for most of the time. The Wanderers took an early lead but the Rangers produced a good reaction and levelled the score before half time. Victoria capitalised better from their scoring opportunities and scored the goal that decided the issue midway through the second half so that during the last part of the encounter they controlled Gharb’s reaction. Victoria’s hero was undoubtedly Igor Misan who scored the two goals for the Citizens. With this result SK Victoria Wanderers took the lead over at least three other teams who might be in the tussle to avoid the lower positions on the table throughout the season.
For most of the first period play was rather balanced with actions at the two ends of the field.
7’ Gharb could have scored an early goal but a strike by Gabriel Fernandes Olimpio ended wide.
10’ The Wanderers replied through a close ranged attempt by Sam Harland, after receiving from Igor Misan, which was neutralised by Gharb’s keeper Igor Misan.
11’ Victoria’s Aaron Touarha should have concluded better an inviting cross by Doding Priso but the former saw his attempt ended wide.
15’ (0-1) Doding Priso passed the ball outside the area to Igor Misan who controlled without any pressure from an opponent and fired the ball out of the reach of Gharb’s keeper into the net.
26’ Gharb replied through a low shot by Aleksandar Komiljenovic that ended just wide.
27’ Gharb’s goalie Daniel Spiteri left his position in time to block an attempt form an angled position by Doding Priso.
28’ A good shot by Gharb’s Joseph Grima was saved without difficulty by Victoria’s keeper Matthew Towns.
33’ The Wanderers once again operated a good move but the header by Sam Harland from a good position following a cross by Anthony George Attard ended away from Gharb’s goal.
36’ Gharb were awarded a penalty as Pablo Vinicius Ferreira ended on the floor inside Victoria’s area following a challenge with central defender Mousa Bamba.
38’ (1-1) Gharb scored the equaliser from the penalty kick taken by Pablo Vinicius Ferreira.
45+2’ The Wanderers went close to regain the lead but a shot form the left hand side by Aaron Touarha ended wide.
Play continued to be quite balanced during the early stages of the second period but the two defensive departments were well deployed and actions at goal became rare.
52’ The Wanderers had a goal scored by Doding Priso, who was released by Sam Harland, which was disallowed for an offside infringement.
66’ Gharb’s Joseph Grima had a good shot following a clearance by Victoria’s defence that ended high.
70’ Gharb had their best scoring opportunity of the second period when Aleksandar Komljenovic headed inside Victoria’s area following a corner kick by Pablo Vinicius Ferreira, but Joseph Grima arrived late and failed to connect so that the ball ended wide.
71’ (1-2) Gharb were punished for the missed opportunity as the Wanderers took the lead for the second time in the match when a short clearance by the defence arrived outside the area to an unmarked Igor Misan who surprised the keeper with a fine strike.
75’ SK Victoria Wanderers protested for a penalty when Doding Priso ended on the floor inside Gharb’s area as he was challenged by his direct opponent.
79’ Gharb went close to level the score but a free kick by Gabriel Fernandes Olimpio was well saved to a corner by Victoria’s keeper Matthew Towns.
86’ a shot from long distance by Gharb’s Samwel Muscat missed the target.
89’ SK Victoria Wanderers could have sealed the win with another goal as Doding Priso entered Gharb’s area with a perianal action but his close ranged shot was saved in two attempts by goalie Daniel Spiteri.
90’ Gharb could have clinched a dramatic equaliser when Victoria’s defence cleared badly a free kick by Pablo Vinicius Ferreira and the ball arrived to an unmarked Manuel Gauci who saw his close ranged attempt blocked by keeper Matthew Towns.
Referee: Hristos Palikarov