GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division
Matchday 4 Gozo Stadium – 13 October 2019
Kercem Ajax FC : 0
Xewkija Tigers FC : 3
45+4’ (0-1) penalty Jose Carlos Nogueira Junior
61’ (0-2) Jose Carlos Nogueira Junior
68’ (red card) Andrea Debrincat (KA)
79’ (0-3) Claudio Antunes
86’ (penalty missed – crossbar) Ali Oularbi (KA)
Dizdarevic, A. Azzopardi (O. Spiteri), S.A. Martinez Villa, G. Muscat, J. Buttigieg (A. Zammit), A. Debrincat, T. Vella, A. Oularbi, N. Mercieca, J.P. Mizzi (E. Vella), B. Polo Longarela.
Grima, M. Tabone, J.M. Vella, J. De Lima, R. Buttigieg, J.C. Nogueira Junior (C. Antunes), M. Hrubsa, M. Camilleri (J. Cefai), C.D. Frances, M. Xerri, J. Camilleri (C. Hili).
Referee: Etienne Mangion
Xewkija Tigers extended their good start in the 2019/2020 season with a 3-0 win over Kercem Ajax. With the points obtained from this match Xewkija became sole leaders on the table with a one-point lead over Nadur Youngsters and Ghajnsielem, and three points more than Victoria Hotspurs, although Nadur and Victoria have a game in hand. In this match against Kercem the Tigers dictated matters for long stretches and at the end they deserved the convincing win. Xewkija however found it very difficult to convert their play into goals during most of the first half but they managed to take the lead just before the break so that they made sure of the win with two more goals scored during the second period. Kercem tried to protect their area in an attempt to surprise their more quoted opponents with counter breaks but they never managed to recover from the goal conceded on the stroke of half time. In the second period Kercem also ended with a player less and they also lost an opportunity to score a consolation goal as they failed to convert a penalty near the end of the encounter.
Xewkija seemed determined to take control of the play from the early stages of the encounter and took command of the midfield but Kercem’s defence was well deployed and managed to keep the danger away from their area for most of the time.
5’ Kercem’s keeper Vladimir Dizdarevic was well placed and managed to neutralise a cross-shot by Joseph Mario Vella.
16’ The same goalkeeper was again called to make a good intervention to clear a cross by Jose Carlos Nogueira Junior and from the following action, Xewkija’s Manwel Xerri took the ball but was stopped from concluding towards goal with a decisive intervention by Borja Polo Longarela.
24’ Xewkija’s Jose Carlos Nogueira Junior took the ball inside Kercem’s area from a cross by Manwel Xerri but the striker saw his effort ending away from goal.
29’ a good shot by Joseph Mario Vella following a corner action ended just wide.
42’ Xewkija could have concluded better bit a first-timer by Claudio Frances following a low cross by Jose Carlos ended wide.
45+3’ (penalty) The referee awarded a penalty to Xewkija as Kercem’s defender Sergio Martinez Villa handled the ball in an attempt to clear the danger from the area.
45+4’ (0-1) Jose Carlos Nogueira Junior converted from the spot to put Xewkija in the lead.
Xewkija tried to keep control of play after the break.
48’ Kercem almost surprised their opponents when Thomas Vella received a ball inside Xewkija’s area but his shoit from close distance was well blocked by goalie Mark Grima.
54’ Xewkija’s Jackson De Lima missed a good scoring opportunity when his first timer following a low cross by Claudio Frances ended away from Kercem’s goal.
61’ (0-2) Xewkija added the second goal when a shot from an angled position by Michael Camilleri was stopped by the post and from the rebound Brazilian striker Jose Carlos Nogueira Junior netted with a tap-in.
63’ Kercem’s goalie left his position in time to block a good effort by Jose Carlos Nogueira who was alone inside Kercem’s area.
68’ (red card) Kercem were reduced to ten players when striker Andrea Debrincat was shown a second yellow card for simulation.
72’ Kercem’s Borja Polo Longarela had an attempt that was easily neutralised by Xewkija’s keeper Mark Grima.
77’ Xewkija protested for a penalty when Claudio Frances ended on the floor inside Kercem’s area in an attempt to pass by central defender Sergio Martinez Villa.
77’ Xewkija had a goal by substitute Claudio Antunes, who concluded in goal by taking the rebound from the goalkeeper following a shot by Claudio Frances, which was disallowed for an offside position.
79’ (0-3) Xewkija practically made sure of the three points as Claudio Antunes arrived before Kercem’s keeper at the edge of the area following a cross by Claudio Frances and headed inside an open goal.
83’ a shot on the run by Xewkija’s Rodney Buttigieg hit the crossbar.
84’ Xewkija almost added another goal but a header by Claudio Antunes ended high.
85’ (penalty) Kercem awarded a penalty for a foul by Manwel Tabone on Borja Polo Longarela.
86’ (penalty missed – crossbar) The shot by Kercem’s Ali Oularbi from the spot-kick was topped by the crossbar.
90+2’ Kercem’s substitute Anthony Zammit had a low shot towards the far post that ended wide.