23 January 2020
GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division I – MD 9 Gozo Stadium
SK Victoria Wanderers : 2
Gharb Rangers FC : 0
64’ (1-0) Njongo Doding Priso
90’ (2-0) Njongo Doding Priso
SK Victoria W:
Ratto, A.G. Attard, J. Buhagiar (E. Zammit), E. Bugeja, I. Misan, N. Doding Priso, S. Harland (S. Dimech), O. Curmi (N. Vella), M. Bamba, D.U. Monday, A. Adesina.
Spiteri, A. Sultana, J.P. Grima, O.G.Fernandes, H.S. Shola (P. Djorovic), P. Vinicius Ferreira, J. Grima, S. Sillato, J. Xuereb, S. Muscat (P.P. Camilleri), C.A. Babilonia.
Referee: Mario Apap
SK Victoria Wanderers ended a long series of six consecutive defeats in the championship and earned three deserved points form their match against Gharb Rangers with two goals scored after the break. This match was a direct clash between two sides sharing the bottom of the table with just one win each from the first eight matches of the league. With this result SK Victoria Wanderers registered the double over Gharb and also took the sixth spot on the table on equal points with Xaghra United.
The match was well contested. Gharb saw more of the ball during the first half but the Wanderers became more effective in their offensive play after the break so that they ended up producing more scoring opportunities than their opponents. The protagonist for the Wanderers in this win was their striker Njongo Doding Priso who scored the two goals that decided the issue.
Gharb seemed more adventurous in their play for most of the first half but the Wanderers defended well and replied with sporadic actions with counter breaks.
3’ Victoria’s Joseph Buhagiar created the first scoring opportunity of the encounter through a shot from outside the area that was saved to a corner by Gharb’s keeper Daniel Spiteri.
4’ The Wanderers were again dangerous but a strike by Sam Harland from a good position ended away from Gharb’s goal.
7’ Gharb replied through a free kick ta Haruna Shola that was well saved by Victoria’s keeper Giacomo Ratto.
9’ In another good action by Gharb, Pablo Vinicius Ferreira entered Victoria’s area but was denied from concluding towards goal from close distance with a decisive intervention by central defender David Udo Monday who cleared the ball to a corner. From the same corner action a header by Gharb’s Camilo Andres Babilonia was saved with some difficulty to another corner by goalie Giacomo Ratto and from the resultant corner kick the ball arrived to Gharb’s Haruna Shola who saw his attempt form a good position that missed the target.
As time passed by the two defensive departments prevailed over the respective strikers so that the two goalkeepers were not called to make any difficult interventions.
28’ Gharb created another good scoring opportunities when Victoria’s defence cleared badly following a free kick and the ball arrived to Joel Xuereb who had his good shot neutralised with some difficulty by Victoria’s keeper.
31’ Gharb’s Joseph Grima passed through his direct opponent inside Victoria’s area but from his inviting pass Pablo Vinicius Ferreira lifted over the crossbar from a good position.
35’ The Wanderers kept some pressure on Gharb’s defence from a series of three corner actions. In the first corner action a header by Ajibade Adesina was deflected to another corner by Gharb’s defence and from the resultant corner action the Wanderers kept possession inside Gharb’s area but the final attempt by Igor Misan ended wide.
37’ The Wanderers missed another opportunity to open the score when Joseph Buhagiar released Sam Harland inside Gharb’s area but the latter hit badly from an unmarked postion and the goalkeeper saved without any difficulty.
43’ Gharb went again close to scoring through a header by Camilo Andres Babilonia following a cross by Pablo Vinicius Ferreira that ended high.
For the second period play took place in the midfield during the opening stages but as time passed by the Wanderers started to take more advantage of the space within Gharb’s defence and could have put their minds at rest from the three points at an early stage.
16’ Gharb’s Daniel Spiteri left his area in time to clear the ball from the danger area and to deny Sam Harland from concluding towards goal following a through pass by Doding Priso.
18’ The Wanderers were again dangerous when Sam Harland entered Gharb’s area with a personal action but his low shot form close distance was well blocked by goalie Daniel Spiteri.
19’ (1-0) The Wanderers opened the score when Sam Harland passed outside the area to Njongo Doding Priso who entered the area and concluded in goal as he came face to face with the goalkeeper.
Gharb’s immediate reaction was neutralised by Victoria’s defence.
27’ A free kick by Gharb’s Olimpio Gabriel Fernandes ended high.
29’ The Wanderers could have created more danger when substitute Emerson Zammit defended the ball on the edge of Gharb’s area but his low shot was weak and the goalkeeper saved without difficulty.
30’ In another occasion Victoria’s Doding Priso unmarked Emerson Zammit inside Gharb’s area but the goalkeeper managed to block the danger to a corner and kept his side in content ion.
36’ Gharb replied with a first timer by Joel Xuereb following a corner action that ended wide.
42’ Gharb had their best opportunity to level the score when Pablo Vinicius Ferreira passed inside Victoria’s area with a personal action but his attempt towards goal ws deflected by the defence to a corner.
45’ (2-0) Victoria Wanderers sealed the win when Njongo Doding Priso entered Gharb’s area following a personal action from the left flank and placed in goal with a low drive towards the far post.
45+4’ Gharb could have reduced the score but a free kick by Pablo Vinicius Ferreira from an angled position hit the post.
FT ( 2–0)