GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division I
MD 6 Gozo Stadium – 11 December 2019
Xaghra United FC : 0
Victoria Hotspurs FC : 3
23’ (0-1) Henrique De Souza Maciel
63’ (0-2) Andrew Mizzi
90+2’ (0-3) Emiliano Lattes
Xuereb, K. Martins Ribeiro, L. Sultana (S. Bonello), S. Galea, J.G. Vella, J. Buttigieg, R.O. Dos Santos, M. Mamo (E. Xiberras), S.F. Bajada, L.A. De Melo Lima, A.O. Macedo Neto (R. De Souza Ferreira).
Parnis, L. Grima, E.M. Sidqy, C. Mercieca, J. Pace, A. Mizzi, J. Bajada (C. Abela), S.Bajada, H. De Souza Maciel (D. Bellotti), E.P. Lattes, S. Biancardi.
In the last match from Match-Day six of the BOV Gozo Football League of the first division, reigning champions Victoria Hotspurs registered a deserved 3-0 win over Xaghra United and with the points obtained their retained their chances to move closer to the two teams in the first two places on the table. The Hotspurs confirmed the improvement expressed in their previous matches despite the fact that they cannot field their best formation at this stage of the championship due to suspensions and injuries. In this match against Xaghra the Hotspurs held command of play for long stretches and paved the way to the win with a goal scored in each half so that they sealed the issue with a third goal scored during stoppage time. On the other hand Xaghra struggled to be serious challengers to their more quoted opponents and were punished mainly due to their lack of experience as they committed mistakes at their defence and failed to capitalise from some good scoring opportunities that arrived at crucial stages of the encounter.
Victoria Hotspurs came out very aggressive from the first minutes of the encounter.
5’ A shot by Victoria’s Christian Mercieca after receiving from Hernrique Maciel hit the crossbar. The Hotspurs regain possession from the rebound but a shot by El Mehdi Sidqy from the edge of the area was saved by goalie Lorjean Xuereb/
18’ Xaghra replied with a good move by Rodrigo Ost Dos Santos who released Joseph Vella inside Victoria’s area but goalie Adrian Parnis left his position in time and blocked the danger.
23’ (0-1) The Hotspurs opened the score when Emiliano Lattes released Henrique Maciel who entered Xaghra’s territory despite the change from a defender and the striker fired in goal with a low shot.
31’ Xaghra created a good scoring opportunity when Luis Andre De Melo Lima entered Victoria’s area but his attempt when the goalkeeper was out of his position ended wide.
35’ Xaghra’s goalie Lorjean Xuereb was swell placed to save a low shot by Christian Mercieca following an action that started with a corner kick by Shaun Bajada.
38’ Xaghra once again created danger within Victoria’s area as Marco Antonio Macedo Neto headed inside the area a free kick by Joseph George Vella but Victoria’s Andrew Mizzi recovered in time and cleared the ball from the goalmouth to a corner.
45+1’ Victoria’s Emiliano Lattes had an attempt from outside the area that missed the target.
The Hotspurs continued to dictate matter after the break.
5’ Victoria’s substitute Dylan Bellotti had an attempt that got a deflection from the defence to a corner.
14’ The Hotspurs had another shot from outside the area that was partially saved by goalie Lorjean Xuereb and the defence recovered and cleared the danger form the area.
16’ Xaghra lost a good opportunity to level the score when Joseph George Vella delivered a cross following a short corner but a header from a good position by Kennedy Martins Ribeiro ended wide.
18’ (0-2) Xaghra were punished for the missed scoring opportunity as the Hotspurs doubled the score when Christian Mercieca passed to Andrew Mizzi inside Xaghra’s area and the latter placed in goal with a low drive.
25’ In another good action by the Hotspurs a shot from close distance by Dylan Bellotti ended wide.
27’ Xaghra went again close to scoring when Joseph George Vella released Luis Andre De Melo Lima but the latter had his strike that was partially saved by Victoria’s keeper Adrian Parnis and defender Shaun Bajada cleared the ball to a corner before Xaghra’s Joseph George Vella could hit towards goal.
28’ Xaghra’s keeper Lorjean Xuereb was again called to make a good save to block a low shot by Victoria’s Andrew Mizzi.
36’ A free kick by Victoria’s Emiliano Lattes ended away from Xaghra’s goal.
42’ The Hotspurs were again dangerous when Emiliano Lattes released Andrew Mizzi who came face to face with Xaghra’s keeper who saved with difficulty to deny the Citizens from adding another goal.
45+1’ Victoria’s Christian Mercieca passed to Dylan Bellotti at the edge of Xaghra’s area but the latter’s curling shot ended high.
45+2’ (0-3) The Hotspurs sealed the win by scoring the third goal when Andrew passed to Emiliano Lattes who concluded easily in goal from an unmarked position.
Referee: Mario Apap