Xewkija win BOV GFA Cup for the 11th time

Xewkija win BOV GFA Cup for the 11th time

BOV GFA Cup Final

Gozo Stadium – 6 May 2018

MATCH DETAILS

Ghajnsielem FC : 1 (M.A. Morgon Filho 64’pen)

M.M. Vella,  An. Xuereb, D. Mercieca, L.A. De Melo Lima, C. Dingli (K. Grima), A. Oularbi, M.A. Morgon Filho, J.G. Vella, D. Hili, Al. Xuereb, J.J. Sandobal Guarin.

Xewkija T : 2 ( H.T. Barbosa Honorato 4’, 119’)

Grima, M. Xerri, M. Hrubsa, J. Azzopardi, G. Hili, S. Bajada, J.M. Vella, M. Stojanovic, D. Bogdanovic (T. Vella, J. Cefai), R. Buttigieg (M. Gauci), H.T. Barbosa Honorato.

After extra time

MATCH REPORT

Xewkija Tigers made up for their disappointing performances in the second part of the BOV Gozo Football league championship and ended the 2017/2018 season on a positive note by winning the BOV GFA Cup, which is the second most important honour in Gozitan football.  Xewkija won the honour for the eleventh time in the club history with a 2-1 victory over Ghajnsielem in the final of the forty fifth edition of the competition. The two teams seemed determined to obtain a win in this final as Ghajnsielem were seeking to retain the honour won the previous season, while Xewkija were aiming to win the second honour this season as they already lifted the Super Cup in the first match of the 2017/2018 football season in Gozo.  Xewkija were the better side during eh first half but only managed to open a one-goal lead so that the Blacks produced a good reaction after the break and leveled the score so that the match had to go into extra time. Xewkija clinched the victory with a goal that arrived one minute from the end of the extra time during a phase where they managed to impose their superiority over their opponents.

Xewkija had an excellent start in this final and opened the score in the fourth minute of play through a close ranged header by Halleson Thiago Barbosa Honorato following a cross by Milos Stojanovic.  Two minutes later Xewkija could have doubled the score but a header by Milos Stojanovic from an ideal position following a cross by Daniel Bogdanovic ended wide.  Ghajnsielem continued to suffer Xewkija’s offensive play and on 7 minutes Daniel Bogdanovic won a ball from Ghajnsielem’s defense but his shot towards the far post ended just wide.  The same Bogdanovic had another attempt on 14 minutes directly from a free kick that was neutralized by Ghajnsielem’s keeper Matthew Vella. One minute later Ghajnsielem replied through a strike by Alberto Xuereb that missed the target and as time passed by play became more balanced with few actions at the two ends of the field.  The best scoring opportunity before the end of the first half arrived on 32 minutes but Xewkija’s Shaun Bajada’s shot was saved by Ghajnsielem’s keeper.

After the break Ghajnsielem seemed in a better shape and determined to recover the deficit.  On 48 minutes an effort by Marco Antonio Morgon Filho ended high and Xewkija replied four minutes later with a shot by Daniel Bogdnaovic that ended just over the crossbar.  On 56 minutes Ghajnsielem’s substitute Kurt Grima had a shot on the run that ended away from Xewkija’s goal and on 62 minutes Ghajsnielem were again dangerous but a shot by Luis Andre De Melo Lima following a good move by Ali Oularbi was blocked to a corner.  On 64 minutes Ghajnsielem were awarded a penalty for a foul by Joseph Azzopardi on Luis Andre De Melo Lima. Xewkija’s Azzopardi was also sent off for his infringement and Marco Antonio Morgon Filho leveled the score with his shot from the spot kick.  The match continued to be quite interesting as the two sides tried to take command of play.  On 71 mknutesXedwkija created a good action but substitute Thomas Vella had a shot from a good position that missed the target.  Ghajnsielem’s best opportunity to take the lead arrived on 85 minutes when Xewkija’s defense failed to clear the ball from the goal mouth following a free kick from long distance and from the resultant melee a back-heel by Luis Andre De Melo Lima hit the crossbar and the ball was eventually cleared. Play was stopped for some minutes the net of Xewkija’s goal was pulled from its ties and needed to be repaired.  In the sixth minute of stoppage time Ghajnsielem had another opportunity to win the match during regular time but a shot by Luis Andre De Melo Lima ended wide so that the final was extended to extra time.

In the fifth minute of play of the first period of extra time Ghajnsielem were also reduced to ten players when Joseph George Vella was sent off for a second bookable offence and in the following action Xewkija’s Rodney Buttigieg had a good effort that was blocked to a corner by Ghajnsielem’s defense.  Xewkija increased their pressure as time passed by and on 99 minutes Ghajnsielem’s keeper Matthew Vella left his position in time to take the ball from Halleson Thiago Barbosa Honortato who was in an ideal position to conclude towards goal. On 107 minutes Xewkija were again dangerous but a header by Rodney Buttigieg following a cross by Shaun Bajada was cleared off the line with difficulty.  Ghajnsielem continued to find it difficult to neutralise Xewkija’s play during the final minutes of the match and on 116 minutes Xewkija went very close to scoring but a low shot by Joseph Mario Vella following a short clearance by Ghajnsielem’s rearguard ended just wide. Less than a minute later Ghajnsielem’s defenders cleared the ball with some difficulty following consecutive attempts form close distance by Rodney Buttigieg and Milos Stojanovic and when it seemed that the final was going to be decided in a penalty shoot-out, Xewkija scored the decisive goal on 119 minutes when Halleson Thiago Barbosa Honorato received the ball at the edge of the area, released himself of a direct opponents and from his low shot the ball ended in goal despite the attempt of the goalkeeper to neutralize the danger.

After the end of the match the Regional Manager of the Bank of Valletta in Gozo Mr Horace Laudi in the presence of the President of the Gozo Football Association and other GFA officials presented mementos to the match officials, medals to all players and the BOV GFA Trophy to Xewkija among the celebrations of the numerous Xewkija’s supporters.

Referee: Mario Apap

Xewkija turn a defeat into a win and reach final

Xewkija turn a defeat into a win and reach final

BOV GFA Cup s/final

Gozo Stadium – 2 May 2018

MATCH DETAILS

Nadur Y : 1 (S. Miloskovic 47’)

Muscat, C. Abela, D. Farrugia, D. Krstic, S. Miloskovic, J. Buttigieg, B. Said, S. Cassar, Sa. Attard, R. Da Silva, N. Stojanovic.

Xewkija T : 2 (R. Buttigieg 68’, H.T. Barbosa Honorato 72’)

Grima, J. Azzopardi, D. Bogdanovic, M. Hrubsa, G. Hili, S. Bajada, J.M. Vella, M. Stojanovic, J. Cefai (M. Xerri), R. Buttigieg, H.T. Barbosa Honorato.

MATCH REPORTS

Xewkija Tigers obtained a close win over Nadur Youngsters in the second semi final of the BOV GFA Cup and therefore earned the possibility to end up a disappointing season by winning the second most prestigious honor in Gozitan football for the eleventh time in their club history.  Nadur, who ended runners up in the Gozitan championship this season, were also aiming for the possibility to win an important trophy after a number of years and they were therefore serious contenders for the qualification at stake in this encounter. As expected, the match between Xewkija and Nadur evolved into a typical cup tie where the victory could have gone either way.  Nadur seemed more offensive for most of the time and enjoyed a one-goal lead that arrived in the opening stages of the second period. However, the Youngsters failed to capitalise form their best scoring opportunities so that they suffered Xewkija’s reaction, which arrived midway through the second period, and ended up conceding two goals in the space of four minutes that decided the issue.

For this match Nadur had Shaun Attard missing due to a suspension while Xewkija were once again without the service of striker Claudio Antunes due to an injury.  Play was quite balanced during eh first half as the two defensive departments were often in control of the respective strikers. Nadur created a good scoring opportunity on 6 minutes when Stanimir Miloskovic entered the area with a personal action but his shot aimed towards the far post was partially saved by Xewkija’s goalie Mark Grima and the defense continued to clear the danger.  Xewkija replied with a direct free kick by Daniel Bogdanovic that ended just wide and on 26 minutes Nadur’s Brandon Said had an attempt from a good position that ended away from goal among protests by Nadur’s players who were claiming that the ball got a deflection by the defense. Nadur threatened Xewkija’s rearguard on 36 minutes but a strike from outside the area by Stefan Cassar ended high.  During the final stages of the first half Nadur continued to produce more danger and on 39 minutes a curling shot by Stanimir Miloskovic following a personal effort ended inches away from goal.

Nadur had an excellent start to the second period as they opened the score on 47 minute when Stanimir Miloskovic took the ball following some misunderstanding between central defenders Daniel Bogdanovic and Martin Hrubsa.  Xewkija had an immediate reaction and on 50 minutes Rodney Buttigieg took the ball following some hesitation by Nadur’s defense to clear the ball but the close ranged shot was stopped by the post and the defense cleared the danger from the goalmouth with difficulty. On 54 minutes Nadur could have doubled the score but two consecutive attempts by Brandon Said and Stanimir Miloskovic, following a low cross by Darko Krstic were blocked by the defense with the goalkeeper beaten.  Xewkija leveled the score on 68 minutes through a header by Rodney Buttigieg following a cross by Gennaro Hili.  Xewkija kept insisting and on 71 minutes an excellent strike from outside the area by Daniel Bogdanovic ended just over Nadur’s goal.  Xewkija tuned the result in their favour one minute later through a fine header by Halleson Thiago Barbosa Honorato following a cross by Shaun Bajada from the left flank.  Nadur had an immediate reaction and on 77 minutes a header by Ronaldo Da Silva following a free kick from long distance by Nemanja Stojanovic ended just wide.  One minute later Nadur protested for a penalty when a close ranged header by Brandon Said was blocked by the defense but the referee ordered a corner kick. On 86 minutes Xewkija went very close to add another goal but a free kick by Daniel Bogdanovic ended just over the crossbar.  On 89 minutes Nadur operated a dangerous action inside Xewkija’s area through Stanimir Miloskovic who had his first attempt blocked by the defense and from the rebound the same player had his low shot that was saved by goalie Mark Grima so that the score remained unchanged until the final whistle.

Referee:  Glen Tonna

Holders Ghajnsielem come from behind to clinch a place in the Cup final

Holders Ghajnsielem come from behind to clinch a place in the Cup final

BOV GFA Cup s/final

Gozo Stadium – 1 May 2018

MATCH DETAILS

Ghajnsielem FC : 5 (J.G. Vella 24’, L.A. De Melo Lima 47’, 48’, 86’, 95’)

Cassar, An. Xuereb (D. Atzori), D. Mercieca, L.A. De Melo Lima, C, Dingli, A, Oularbi (N. Belhadj), K. Grima, J.G. Vella, D. Hili, Al. Xuereb (I. Behadj), J.J. Sndobal Guarin.

Oratory Y : 4 (S. Mbacke 2’, J. Buttigieg 10’, R. Ebube Okpokwu 14’; B.G. Mfulwane 79’)

Mercieca, J. Buttigieg, S. Mbacke, J. Attard, S. Azzopardi (C. Mercieca), A. Bezzina, L. Mba Mutasi, M. Buttigieg, R. Ebube Okpokwu, G. Attard (A. Zammit), B.G. Mfulwane.

MATCH REPORT

In the first semi final of the BOV GFA Cup holders Ghajnsielem and Oratory Youths produced an entertaining match that turned out into a nine-goal thriller that was only decided in extra time.  The two sides had the motivation to obtain qualification to the second most important honour in Gozitan football as the Blacks were aiming to defend the trophy won by defeating the same Oratory in the final at the end of the last season, and also to extend their positive run in the last part of the championship where they came out of the relegation zone at a crucial moment and ended up in the fourth place on the final standings.  On the other hand the Youths were seeking to make for the disappointment that they were relegated to the lower category with a defeat conceded the previous weekend in their last match of the championship. The Youths seemed heading towards qualification as they scored three early goals and regained the lead with a fourth goal that arrived minutes after Ghajnsielem’s equalizer. However, the Blacks saved the result before the end of regular time and dictated matter during extra time so that they won the right to play in the final.  This will be Ghajnsielem’s third final this season as they already contested the Super Cup at the beginning of the season and the Knock Out competition, but they are still chasing the first honour as they concede defeats in the previous two at the expense of Xewkija Tigers and Victoria Hotspurs respectively.

Oratory opened the score in the third minute of play through a header by Secke Mbacke following a corner kick by Johann Attard and on 10 minutes the Youths doubled the score with a strike by Joshua Buttigieg after receiving from Botshelo Gibson Mfulwane.  Ghajnsielem seemed shocked and on 14 minutes Oratory scored their third goal with a low shot by Raph Ebube Okpokwu who entered the area with a personal action.  Ghajnsielem recovered from the difficult start and on 22 minutes Oratory’s Aleandro Bezzina cleared the ball from the goalmouth following a melee from a corner kick by Alberto Xuereb.  The Blacks scored their first goal on 24 minutes through a close ranged shot by Joseph George Vella following a low cross by Kurt Grima.  On 34 minutes Ghajnsielem’s Luis Andre De Melo Lima entered Oratory’s area with a personal action on the right flank but his attempt was well blocked to a corner by goalie Courtney Mercieca.  The same goalkeeper was well placed on 44 minutes to save with difficulty a half volley by Joseph George Vella. One minute later the same Ghajnsielem striker could have reduced the score but his shot from close distance was stopped by the post and form the rebound Luis Andre De Melo Lima hot badly and goalie Courtney Mercieca saved the danger.

Ghajnsielem leveled the sore with two quick goals scored during the opening minutes of the second period.  On 47 minutes a shot by Joseph George Vella was blocked by the defense and the same Vella took the ball from the rebound, passed to Luis Andre De Melo Lima who fired in goal from close distance.  One minute later Ghajnsielem’s Luis Andre De Melo Lima took the ball from Oratory’s defense and the Brazilian striker lobbed easily onto an open goal.  The match became much more interesting as the two sides were aiming to take the lead. On 72 minutes Ghajnsielem had a good scoring opportunity but a shot by Damon Hili ended high.  Oratory regained the lead on 79 minutes when Ghajnsielem’s rearguard failed to clear a corner kick by Johann Attard and Botshelo Gibson Mfulwane netted from close distance.  Two minutes later the Youths were again dangerous but a cross shot by Johann Attard ended on he roof of the net.  On 82 minutes a shot by Ralph Ebube Okpokwu following a corner action ended away from Ghajnsielem’s goal and in another action by Oratory on 84 minutes Ghajnsielem replied with a corner kick by Joseph George Vella but Alberto Xuereb had his shot that ended just over the crossbar.  Ghajnsielem leveled the score on 86 minutes when Joseph George Vella had a low pass from the left flank that arrived to Luis Andre De Melo Lima who guided the ball in goal.  During the remaining minutes of regular time the two sides tried not to compromise their possibility for qualification and therefore the score remained unchanged and the match had to go into extra time.

Ghajnsielem scored the goal that actually decided the semi final in the fifth minute of play of the first period of extra time when Ali Oularbi entered Oratory’s area with a personal action and form his inviting low pass Luis Andre De Melo Lima pushed the ball in goal, and scored his fourth personal goalie the match.  On 103 minutes Ghajnsielem could have added another goal whe they were awarded a penalty for a foul by Oratory’s goalie Courtney Mercieca on Luis Andre De Melo Lima, but the same Brazilian striker had his shot from the spot kick that ended high.  Oratory kept insisting in an attempt o level the score and on 114 a good shot by Johann Attard was deflected to a corner by Oratory’s defense. One minute later Ghajnsielem’s substitute Daniel Atzori had a shot from a good position that ended on the side of the net and Oratory’s last opportunity to level the score arrived on 118 minutes but an effort by substitute Charles Mercieca ended wide.

Referee: Fyodor Zammit

Victoria Hotspurs turn a defeat into a win to lift the KO cup

Victoria Hotspurs turn a defeat into a win to lift the KO cup

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division I

Gozo Stadium – 18 April 2018

MATCH DETAILS

Ghajnsielem FC : 1 (M.A. Morgon Filho 29’)

Grech, An. Xuereb (K. Grima), D. Mercieca, L.A. De Melo Lima, K. Mercieca, Al. Xuereb, A. Oularbi, J.G. Vella, D. Hili, M.A. Morgon Filho, J.J. Sandobal Guarin.

Victoria H : 3 (C. Camilleri 66’, C. Mercieca 76’, E. Da Silva 87’)

Parnis, J. Pace, J. Bajada, K. Farrugia, D. Sowatey, F. Apap, C. Mercieca, E. Lattes, C. Camilleri, E. Da Silva, G. D.L. Galder.

MATCH REPORT

Victoria Hotspurs, who were already mathematically champions of the BOV Gozo Football League Division I confirmed their excellent moment of form during the second half of the football season by winning the GFA KO completion for the first division.  The Hotspurs lifted the trophy for the first time in their club history with a victory over Ghajnsielem. The Blacks were contesting the second final of the season as they were finalists in the Super Cup in the match that opened the 2017/2018 football season in Gozo, a final which they lost at the expense of Xewkija Tigers.  The two sides had good reasons to aim for the honour as the Hotspurs needed to add another trophy to compliment a very successful run during this season while the blacks were aiming to make up for some disappointment in the championship by winning an important honour. As a result the match turned out into an interesting match where Ghajnsielem ended the first half with a one-goal lead but the Hotspurs turned the result in their favour with two goals that arrived midway through the second period.  The match lived up to the expectations as the outcome remained uncertain until the final stages. Ghajnsielem had a good reaction during the last part of the encounter in an attempt to force extra time but the Hotspurs scored a third goal minutes from the end of the match which led to protests by Ghajnsielem’s players who also had a player sent off.

The two sides came out determined to take command of ply and both sides produced some very good scoring opportunities. In the fourth minute of play Victoria’s Elton Da Silva entered the area with a personal action but had his shot partially saved by goalie Joseph Grech.  Jonathan Bajada took the ball from the rebound but his shot ended away from Ghajnsielem’s goal. Two minutes later Ghajnsielem were awarded a penalty for a foul by Daniel Sowatey on Luis Andre De Melo Lima but Ghajnsielem’s Joseph George Vella had his shot from the spot kick that was partially saved by goalie Adrian Parnis.  Ali Oularbi headed in goal from the rebound but the goal was disallowed as Oularbi was inside the area before the penalty kick. The Hotspurs tried to produce a reaction after the scare and in the following minutes they produced some pressure on Ghajnsielem’s rear guard. On 10 minutes a shot by Elton Da Silva was saved to a corner by goalie Joseph Grech and five minutes later another attempt by Victoria’s Da Silva was blocked by Ghajnsielem’s keeper.  From the same action Ghajnsielem’s Ali Oularbi tried to pass back to the goalkeeper but the ball arrived to an unmarked Elton Da Silva who had his shot form an ideal position that ended high. On 24 minutes Ghajnsielem’s keeper Joseph Grech was called to make a good intervention to turn to a corner a shot from an angled position by Jason Pace and three minutes later an attempt by Emiliano Lattes ended wide. Ghajnsielem opened the score on 29 minutes through an excellent curling shot from an angled position by Marco Antonio Morgon Filho that ended out of the reach of Victoria’s keeper.  The Hotspurs tried to regain territorial supremacy and on 34 minutes they went close to scoring but a first timer by Chris Camilleri following a cross by Elton Da Silva ended wide.  On 45 minutes the Hotspurs went again close to level the score but a shot by Christian Mercieca following a short clearance by the defence was deflected to a corner with the goalkeeper beaten.

The Hotspurs maintained their momentum after the break and on 52 minutes they operated a prolonged action inside Ghajnsielem’s area but the final shot by Emiliano Lattes was blocked by the defence.  Five minutes later Victoria’s Ferdinando Apap concluded just wide form close distance following an inviting cross by Chris Camilleri and on 58 minutes Ghajnsielem replied through a shot from long distance by Alberto Xuereb that ended wide.  One minute later a first timer by Victoria’s Elton Da Silva who received from Dwomoh Lombas Galder missed the target and on 63 minutes an effort by Christian Mercieca following a good move by Elton Da Silva ended away from Ghajnsielem’s goal.  Two minutes later Ghajnsielem’s goalie Joseph Grech was called to make a good intervention to save a shot by Chris Camilleri following a low cross by Dwomoh Lombas Galder but on 66 minutes the Hotspurs scored the equaliser when Elton Da Silva entered the area with a personal action from the right flank and from his low cross Chris Camilleri fired in goal despite the challenge from his direct opponent.  The Hotspurs turned the result in their favour on 76 minutes when Elton Da Silva released Christian Mercieca inside Ghajnsielem’s territory and the young striker lobbed over the goalkeeper who left his position in an attempt to block the danger. Ghajnsielem replied three minutes later through a personal action by Luis Andre De Melo Lima who entered the area but his shot ended on the side of the net.  The Blacks had their best opportunity to level the score on 86 minutes but Alberto Xuereb’s shot-cross passed in front of Victoria’s goal without finding any striker ready for the tap-in. In the following action the Hotspurs sealed the victory with the third goal when Elton Da Silva entered the area with a personal action but his low drive hit the post.  The ball arrived to Victoria’s Christian Mercieca who passed to Elton Da Silva, who was in an offside position, and the Brazilian striker concluded in goal from close distance.  The goal led to strong protests by Ghajnsielem’s players for the offside position of Victoria’s scorer but the match officials kept by their decision and before the restart Ghajnsielem’s skipper Kenneth Mercieca was sent off for pushing the referee.  During the remaining minutes of the match the Hotspurs controlled their lead as Ghajnsielem lost any hopes of recovering the score.

After the match the President of the Gozo Football Association Dr Samuel Azzopardi and other top GFA officials presented the medals and trophy of the Knock Out competition for the first Division to Victoria Hotspurs among the celebrations of the players, officials and supporters.

Referee: Sandro Spiteri

Munxar Falcons Division II champions

Munxar Falcons Division II champions

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division II

Gozo Stadium – 28th April 2018

MATCH DETAILS

Munxar F : 3 (M.M. Uzor 9’, 19’ J. Parnis 12’)

Xuereb, B. Meilak, K. Borg, C. Gafa, R. Meilak, C. Bugeja, S. Muscat, O. Curmi (M. Azzoaprdi), M.M. Uzor, P. Said (M. Debrincat), J. Parnis (J. Grima).

Sannat L : 2 (M.S. Telessi 49’, 70’pen)

Attard, F. Xuereb, F. Camilleri, S. Sultana, M. Portelli (J. Zammit), M. Muscat, A. Camilleri, J. Agius, O. Farrugia, D. Borg (J. Buttigieg), M. Senussi Telessi.

MATCH REPORT

The last match of the BOV Gozo Football League division II campaign for the 2017/2018 season, played at the Gozo Stadium, ended with a deserved 3-2 win for Munxar Falcons over their rivals, and contenders for the main honour, Sannat Lions.  With this result Munxar became champions of the category and won promotion to the top flight next season. This last match turned out into a decisive encounter to establish the champions of the category and the promotion issue. Munxar needed at least a point form this match while Sannat could have earned the title and promotion with a win over the same Munxar.  Munxar put their minds at rest from achieving their objective by opening a comfortable three-goal lead during the first quarter of the playing time. Munxar therefore administered play for the rest of the encounter so that they not only earned the point they needed to become champions but also registered another win over their rivals. The Falcons also remained unbeaten from all matches played against Sannat and also ended the campaign with a tally of 50 points.  Thus, the title won by Munxar at the end of the championship was well deserved as they were in the top positions throughout the campaign, managed to recover immediately after difficulty moments and above all they were always in a better form than Sannat in all direct clashes. Munxar ended a very successful season by winning the double, as they were already winners of the Knock Out competition for the category with a victory in a penalty shootout against the same Sannat.

Sannat tried to be offensive in their play during the opening minutes and in the third minute of play they were dangerous through a shot by Fabian Xuereb that was neutralised by goalie Lorjean Xuereb.  Munxar opened the score in their first serious action within Sannat’s area that arrived on 9 minutes through Michael Mattias Uzor who controlled the ball inside the small area following a cross from the right flank by Ryan Meilak, turned around his direct opponent and placed easily in goal from close distance.  Sannat were shocked and three minutes later Munxar doubled the score with a low drive by Jordi Parnis following a personal action from the left flank.  On 15 minutes Sannat replied with a strike by Mohammed Senussi Telessi that was saved to a corner by goalie Lorjean Xuereb and from the same corner kick by Matthew Portelli, Mark Muscat headed inside the area abut Antoine Camilleri effort was saved to another corner by Munxar’s keeper.  Munxar punished Sannat for the missed chance with the third goal that arrived on 19 minutes when a shot by Paul Said was partially saved by goalie Owen Attard and from the rebound Michael Mattias Uzor concluded easily in goal.  Sannat tried to produce a reaction during the final stages of the first half and on 34 minutes they were dangerous through a shot cross by Frankie Camilleri that was well saved by goalie Lorjean Xuereb.  Two minutes later an attempt by Oliver Farrugia ended just high and on 41 minutes a free kick by Mohammed Senussi Telessi just missed the target. Munxar replied one minute later through a personal action by Jordi Parnis but the striker saw his shot from an angled position that ended on the side of the net.  Sannat went again close to scoring on 44 minutes but Munxar’s keeper Lorjean Xuereb made a very difficult intervention to turn to a corner an effort by Antoine Camilleri and form the same corner action Sannat’s strikers failed to conclude in goal from the melee in front of Munxar’s goalmouth.

Sannat reduced the score with a goal that arrived in the fourth minute of play of the second period when Antoine Camilleri released Mohammed Senussi Telessi inside Munxar’s area and the latter concluded in goal with a low shot.  Sannat kept insisting but Munxar were well deployed and managed to control Sannat’s play.  Sannat however managed to re-open their chances with a second goal that arrived on 70 minutes from a penalty, awarded for a foul by Brian Meilak on substitute Joseph Zammit and Mohammed Senussi Telessi converted from the spot kick.  Three minutes later Sannat had a good opportunity to level the score but a shot by Joseph Zammit was saved to a corner by goalie Lorjean Xuereb.  Sannat suffered a setback in their attempt to recover the deficit on 80 minutes when they ended with ten players on the field as Nicholas Micallef was sent off for a second bookable offence following a foul on substitute Joseph Grima.  Four minutes later Munxar also ended with ten players when skipper Keith Borg was sent for a second caution following a foul on Antoine Camilleri. From the resultant free-kick Sannat’s Josiah Buttigieg had his attempt that was cleared with difficulty to a corner but the score remained unchanged until the final whistle of the referee.

At the end of the match Munxar’s players and their numerous supporters started the celebrations for the success achieved and the festive atmosphere continued when the players and club officials were presented with medals and the trophy of champions by Mr Horace Laudi, the Regional Manager for Bank of Valletta in Gozo, the President of the GFA Dr Samuel Azzopardi and other GFA officials.

Referee: Alan Mario Sant

St Lawrence, Zebbug ends season on a positive note

St Lawrence, Zebbug ends season on a positive note

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division II

Gozo Stadium – 25th April 2018

MATCH DETAILS

St Lawrence S : 3 (F. Cini 35’, 54’; C. Borg 40’)

.L. Buttigieg, K. Hili, J. Theuma, R. Duric, C. Azzopardi, J. Grima, D. Micallef, C. Farrugia, C. Tabone (L. Pisani), C. Mifsud, L. Attard.

Zebbug R : 3 (R. Duric 3’, 11’; K. Hili 77’)

Saliba, G. Portelli, F. Cini, C. Borg, P. Camilleri, B. Perello Palou, C. Vella, A. Buttigieg, C. Farrugia, L. Farrugia (O. Mercieca), M. Formosa (J. Muscat).

MATCH REPORT

St Lawrence Spurs and Zebbug Rovers shared the spoils in a draw of six goals in the last match of the campaign for the two sides so that they managed to end the season with a positive result.  The two sides had their final placing on the table determined in the previous matches as St Lawrence ended the campaign at the third spot on the table while Zebbug finished at the fourth place.  Both St Lawrence and Zebbug expected to be more competitive this season but failed to remain among the challengers for promotion and therefore both sides were aiming to end the campaign with a win.  The final score was ultimately a just result as both teams tried hard to obtain the win.

 

St Lawrence had a better start and opened the sore in the third minute of play through a shot from an angled position by Radovan Duric.  Zebbug continued to suffer St Lawrence’s play during the opening stages of the encounter and on 11 minutes the Spurs doubled the score through a header by Radovan Duric following a corner kick by Kenny Hili.  Zebbug managed to recover from the difficult start and on 23 minutes a shot from outside the area by Francesco Cini ended just over the crossbar.  On 34 minutes St Lawrence’s goalie Luke Buttigieg was well placed to block a shot from an angled position by Bartomeo Perello Palou. One minute later Zebbug re-opened the issue when a shot from an angled position by Chris Borg was partially saved by goalie Luke Buttigieg and from the rebound the ball arrived to Francesco Cini who had his shot that got a deflection form the defence and the ball ended in goal.  On 37 minutes Zebbug went again close to scoring when Chris Borg entered St Lawrence’s territory but his lob over the goalkeeper ended high.  Zebbug however scored the equaliser on 40 minutes with a lob by Chris Borg over St Lawrence’s keeper who was out of his position.

 

The match during the second period became more interesting with regard to the final outcome as the two sides tried to take the lead.  On 47 minutes Zebbug were dangerous through a shot by Lucas Farrugia that was deflected to a corner by the defence. Zebbug took the lead on 54 minutes through a strike by Francesco Cini that surprised St Lawrence’s goalie.  One minute alter Zebbug could have added another goal but an attempt by Lucas Farrugia was saved in two attempts by goalie Luke Buttigieg.  St Lawrence’s goalie Luke Buttigieg once again kept his side in contention with two consecutive saves following two shots by Chris Borg on 71 minutes who took the ball from a short clearance by the defence.  St Lawrence replied on 74 minutes with a cross shot by Kenny Hili that was stopped by the crossbar. The Spurs levelled the score on 77 minutes when Radovan Duric unmarked Kenny Hili inside Zebbug’s area and the latter placed easily into an open goal.  During the final minutes the two sides had a scoring opportunity to regain the lead.  On 87 minutes a shot y Zebbug’s George Portelli ended high and two minutes later St Lawrence’s Carlton Mifsud had his shot well saved by Zebbug’s keeper Baskal Saliba so that the score remained unchanged.

 

Referee: Eucharist Portelli

Xaghra end season with a fine win

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division Il

Gozo Stadium – 21st April 2018

Xaghra U : 5 (M. Janus 28’, 40’, 90+1’; A. Xiberras 90’, S. Galea 90+2’)

J.P. Cassar, M. Tabone, J.P. Mizzi (A. Zammit), J. Grech, N. Mercieca, A. Aska, M. Perisic, D.F. Chavez, E. Vella, A. Mizzi, O. Spiteri.

Qala S : 1 (M. Niakate 1’)

Spiteri, A. Sultana, J. Portelli, P. Dorovic, , M. Zerafa (L. Meilak), M. Bezzina (J. Farrugia), A. Shkjau, M. Barbosa, J. Camenzuli, C. Attard, J.P. Grima.


Xaghra United ended their commitments in the second division league with a handsome win over bottom-placed Qala saints.  In this last match of the campaign for the two sides the final score did not have any impact on the final standings as Xaghra were already sure of the placing at the second place from the bottom, while Qala were mathematically sure of ending at the last place on the table.  The match turned out into a well contested match where both sides were relieved from any pressure. However, Xaghra dominated the final stages of the encounter so that they ended up obtaining a win by a large margin.

 

Qala had an excellent start and opened the score after just ten seconds when Modibo Niakate received the ball inside Xaghra’s area in an unmarked position and netted with a low drive with the ball hitting the base of the post before ending in goal.  Xaghra replied two minutes later through a shot by Milorad Janjus that ended high but as time passed by play took place in the midfield as Qala managed to control play and to keep their area clear from danger.  Xaghra however managed to level the score on 28 minutes through Milorad Janus who entered Qala’s territory with a personal action and placed into an open goal after turning around Qala’s keeper who left his position in an attempt to block the danger.  Four minutes later Qala’s keeper Omar Xuereb made a difficult save to turn to a corner another attempt by Milorad Janjus and on 34 minutes the same goalkeeper was well placed to neutralise a shot from an angled position by Joseph Mercieca.  Xaghra turned the result in their favour on 40 minutes through a fine strike from outside the area by Milorad Janjus following a personal action.

 

Qala tried to produce a reaction from the early stages of the second half but they found it difficult to convert their efforts into scoring opportunities.  Xaghra gained more confidence as time passed by and as a result the outcome of the match remained uncertain for most of the second half of the match. On 63 minutes Qala’s Bernard Sammut had a shot from outside the area that ended high and one minute later Xaghra replied through a free kick by Gabriel Farrugia that was well saved by goalie Omar Xuereb.  On 67 minutes Qala’s keeper was called to make an effective intervention to clear the ball from the edge of the area before Adrian Xiberras could conclude in goal following a personal action and the same Xiberras was unlucky one minute later when his good shot was stopped by the crossbar. Xaghra continued to produce more dangerous play and on 76 minutes Savio Galea had a header following a corner by Joseph Mercieca that ended just over Qala’s goal.  On 80 minutes Qala had an opportunity to level the score when they were awarded a penalty for handling by Peter Joe Mifsud but Joseph Attard’s shot from the spot-kick was saved by Xaghra’s goalie Frankie Azzopardi. On 90 minutes Xaghra increased their lead through a low shot by Adrian Xiberras following a personal action form the right flank and in the first minute of stoppage time Milorad Janjus scored the fourth goal for his side with a shot from outside the area that surprised Qala’s keeper.  Xaghra sealed the victory with the fifth goal that arrived in the second minute of stoppage time through Savio Galea who guided the ball in the net from close distance following a corner kick by Joseph Mercieca.

 

Referee: Vasil Vasiliev

Munxar obtian win with second half goals

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division Il

Gozo Stadium – 21st April 2018

MATCH DETAILS

St Lawrence S : 1 (K. Hili 39’)

Lu. Buttigieg, S. Mizzi (L. Pisani), K. Hili, D. Di Maio (C. Mifsud), J. Theuma, C. Azzopardi, J. Grima, D. Micallef, C. Farrugia, C. Tabone, L. Attard.

Munxar F : 3 (C. Bugeja 9’, M.M. Uzor 79’, J. Parnis 87’)

Xuereb, K. Borg, C. Gafa (B. Meilak), P. Parnis (R. Meilak), C. Bugeja, S. Muscat, M. Debrincat, M. Azzopardi (P. Rapa), M. M. Uzur, J. Parnis, J. Grima.

MATCH REPORT

Munxar Falcons earned the three points they needed from their penultimate match of the campaign against St Lawrence Spurs so that they regained sole leadership and they need just one point form the last match of the league against contenders for the main honour and for promotion Sannat Lions.  With this result Sannat will need the victory from their match against Munxar and therefore the last match of the campaign will be a typical cup tie to determine the champions of the category and the promotion. The match between Munxar and St Lawrence turned out into an interesting encounter where Munxar only managed to clinch the full points at stake with two goals that arrived in the last part of the encounter.

 

Munxar came out more aggressive and in the seventh minute of play they went close to scoring when Jordi Parnis released Micahel Mattias Uzor but the latter had his shot form an angled position that ended just wide.  Two minutes later Munxar opened the score through an excellent strike by Christian Bugeja, following a short clearance by the defence, which surprised goalie Luke Buttigieg.  Munxar tried to maintain pressure on St Lawrence’s rear guard and on 10 minutes goalie Luke Buttigieg made a good intervention to block an effort by Michael Mattias Uzor.  The Spurs replied on 29 minutes through a shot form long distance by Shaun Mizzi that ended inches wide and five minutes later Denis di Maio had an attempt from outside the area that ended just over Munxar’s crossbar.  St Lawrence levelled the score on 39 minutes when Denis Di Maio released Kenny Hili who placed in goal with a low drive as the goalkeeper left his position in an attempt to block the danger.  Munxar tried to regain the lead with an immediate reaction but one minute later a shot from an angled position by Michael Mattias Uzor, when the goalkeeper was out of his position, ended wide.

 

St Lawrence could have turned the result in their favour on 47 minutes when Charlon Tabone released Denis Di Maio inside Munxar’s area but goalie Lorjean Xuereb had excellent timing and blocked the danger.  Three minutes later the same Di Maio concluded badly when he was alone in the area. Munxar replied on 65 minutes when Jordi Parnis concluded towards foal after avoiding the goalkeeper but defender Daniel Micallef recovered his position and cleared the ball from the goalmouth. Five minutes later a header by Munxar’s Joseph Grima following a corner kick by Jordi Parnis ended high.  Munxar kept insisting and on 72 minutes the same goalkeeper saved with difficulty a direct free kick by Jordi Parnis. St Lawrence’s keeper continued to be the protagonist for his side and on 79 minutes he kept his side in contention for a positive result when he blocked in time an effort by Joseph Grima who was alone in the area. Munxar however took their second lead when a cross by substitute Ryan Meilak was followed by Michael Mattias Uzor who headed in a goal from close distance.  St Lawrence were demoralised and Munxar took full advantage to administer their lead and also sealed the victory with a third goal that arrived on 87 minutes through a low drive from an angled position by Jordi Parnis after receiving from Michael Mattias Uzor.

Referee: Massimo Axisa

Zebbug return to winning ways

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division II

Kercem Ajax Stadium – 14th April 2018

MATCH DETAILS

Qala S : 1 (M. Mumford 24’)

Xuereb, F. Mumford, M. Cefai,J. Buttigieg, S. Sillato, J. Attard, M. Pace, M. Niakate, M. Mumford, B. Sammut (M. Buttigieg), J. Mifsud.

Zebbug R : 2 (M. Mumford 3’o.g., C. Borg 41’)

P. Saliba, G. Portelli, F. Cini, C. Borg,C. Vella, A. Buttigieg, M. Ciangura, B. Parello Palou, P. Camilleri, C. Farrugia (O. Calleja), L. Farrugia.

MATCH REPORT

Zebbug Rovers recovered from a long series of disappointing results and obtained three points from their match against bottom-placed Qala Saints.  Zebbug’s goal matured with the odd goal from three where the three goals were converted during the first half. With this result Qala Saints practically lost every opportunity to end the season away from the bottom place of the category.

Zebbug’s win was deserved as they held more initiative while Qala seemed weak in attack and they rarely arrived in a position to obtain a positive result from this encounter.

 

Zebbug opened the score in the third minute of play through an own goal committed by Qala’s Michael Mumford headed badly following a corner kick by Bartomeu Perello Palou and the ball ended behind his goalkeeper.  Zebbug kept insisting during the opening minutes and on 5 minutes a shot from outside the area by Francesco Cini ended just wide.  Qala tried to regain some confidence and as time passed by they created a reaction to their difficult start. Qala levelled the score 24 minutes when Michael Mumford made up for his mistake during the opening stages of the match by concluding a personal action with a fine shot that ended out of the reach of Zebbug’s keeper.  Two minutes later Qala’s Modibo Niakate had a shot after receiving from Michael Mumford that was deflected by the defence to a corner and on 39 minutes Zebbug replied with a free kick by Bartomeu Perello Palou that was saved with difficulty to a corner by goalie Omar Xuereb.  One minute later the same goalkeeper made another difficult intervention to block a shot by Francesco Cini and on 41 Zebbug regained the lead when Patrick Camilleri crossed inside the area following a corner kick by Christian Vella and the ball arrived to an unmarked Chris Borg who placed the ball easily in goal from close distance.  Qala went very close to level the score one minute later but a free kick form long distance by Malcolm Cefai was saved to a corner by goalie Baskal Saliba.

 

For the second period Zebbug continued to produce a dangerous play and on 49 minutes Qala‘s keeper Omar Xuereb partially saved an effort by Chris Borg and defender Gabriel Sillato cleared the ball off the fatal line.  The same goalkeeper made another important intervention one minute later following an attempt by Christian Vella and on 62 minute Qala could have levelled the score but a shot cross by Modibo Niakate passed in front of Zebbug’s goal without finding any striker for the tap-in.  On 67 minutes Zebbug were again dangerous through a shot by Chris Borg that was neutralised by goalie Omar Xuereb and 72 minutes Zebbug’s Marco Ciangura had an attempt directly from a free kick but the ball ended high. Zebbug had a goal scored by Chris Borg on 77 for an offside infringement and one minute alter Qala’s keeper saved with difficulty a direct free kick by Bartomeu Perello Palou.  Zebbug went close to make sure of the victory with the third goal on 82 minutes but a shot by Bartomeu Perello Palou was partially saved by goalie Omar Xuereb and substitute Martin Buttigieg cleared the ball from the goalmouth to avoid a certain goal. Zebbug were almost punished for the missed chances as Qala went close to level the score in the third minute of stoppage time but a direct free kick by Michael Mumford ended just over the crossbar.

 

Referee: Luke Xuereb

Sannat ease past Xaghra and retain hopes for promotion

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division II

Kercem Ajax Stadium – 14th April 2018

MATCH DETAILS

Xaghra U : 1 (A. Xiberras 67’)

Azzopardi, J. Xiberras, M. Janius, D. Bajada, S. Sultana (J. Bajada), F. Cauchi (O. Pogukay), E. Xiberras, G. Farrugia,S. Galea,S. Bonello, A. Xiberras.

Sannat L : 5 (O. Farrugia 10’, 79’; A. Camilleri 18’, 37’ 90’pen)

Attard, F. Xuereb, F. Camilleri, S. Sultana, M. Portelli (N. Micallef), M. Muscat, A. Camilleri, J. Agius,O. Farrugia (J. Buttigieg),D. Borg, F. Kosova (J. Zammit).

MATCH REPORT

Sannat Lions maintained their strong challenge for promotion with a convincing 5-1 win over Xaghra United.  With the points obtained Sannat moved over Munxar Falcons at the top of the table, the latter however have a game in hand.  The match was conditioned by strong wind but despite the difficult conditions Sannat dominated over their opponents where their strikers Antoine Camilleri and Oliver Farrugia distinguished themselves by scoring the five goals of their side between them.

 

Sannat had the wind blowing in their favour during the first period and the conditions therefore made it easier for them to put pressure on Xaghra’s rear guard.  Sannat opened the score on 10 minutes through a header by Oliver Farrugia following a free kick by Matthew Portelli.  On 16 minutes Sannat went again close to scoring but a good shot by Franci Kosova was partially saved by goalie Frankie Azzopardi.  Sannat however doubled the score two minutes later with a goal scored by Antoine Camilleri who passed through three direct opponents before depositing the ball in goal.  Sannat continued to dominate the match and increased their lead on 37 minutes when Oliver Farrugia passed to Antoine Camilleri, the latter entered the area and placed the ball behind goalie Frankie Azzopardi.  The same goalkeeper denied Sannat from adding another goal on 42 minutes when he turned to a corner a good shot by Franci Kosova.

 

After the break Xaghra failed to produce a reaction and in the first minute of play of the second period, Sannat were dangerous through a shot by Franci Kosova that ended just wide.  Xaghra replied on 62 minutes with a shot from long distance by Gabriele Farrugia that was saved with difficulty to a corner by goalie Owen Attard. From the resultant corner kick by the same Farrugia, the ball hit the crossbar and the defence cleared the danger.  Xaghra scored their consolation goal on 67 minutes with a strike by Adrian Xiberras who concluded in goal after receiving from Milorad Janjius.  Sannat re-established the three goal lead on 79 minutes when Oliver Farrugia placed in goal with a low shot after receiving from Franci Kosova.  Xaghra replied minutes later with a shot form long distance by Gabriele Farrugia that ended just wide.  On 90 minutes Sannat were awarded a penalty for a foul by Gabriele Farrugia on Joseph Zammit and Antoine Camilleri sealed the victory by scoring the fifth goal with his shot from the spot kick.

 

Referee: Marko Jakovljevic  

 

Munxar register another large win

Munxar register another large win

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division II

Kercem Ajax Stadium – 7th April 2018

MATCH DETAILS

Munxar F : 6 (M. Azzopardi 15’, O. Curmi 32’, S. Muscat 34’, J. Grima 45+1’, M.M. Uzor 73’, J. Parnis 84’)

Xuereb (L. Gatt), C. Gafa, M. Debrincat, C. Bugeja, P. Parnis, M. Azzopardi, S. Muscat, O. Curmi (P. Rapa), M. M. Uzur (N. Attard), J. Parnis, J. Grima.

Zebbug R : 1 (C. Borg 35’)

Saliba, G. Portelli, M. Formosa, F. Cini, C. Borg, O. Calleja, C. Vella (J. Muscat), A. Buttigieg, M. Ciangura, C. Farrugia (J. Azzopardi), L. Farrugia (O. Mercieca).

MATCH REPORT

Munxar Falcons obtained three easy points from a large win over Zebbug Rovers so that they retained their one-point lead over their contenders for promotion Sannat Lions.  Munxar paved the way to the victory with four goals scored during the first period and sealed the result with two other goals scored during the final stages of the encounter.  With this result Zebbug compromised their possibility to challenge for the third spot on the table in the final stages of the campaign.

 

 Zebbug created the first scoring opportunity of the encounter in the fifth minute of play through a free kick by Francesco Cini that was saved with difficulty by goalie Lorjean Xuereb.  Zebbug practically compromised their possibility to be stronger challengers to the leaders of the category on 15 minutes when they were reduced to ten players as Matthion Formosa was sent off for stopping Michael Matthias Uzor from entering the area.  From the resultant free kick taken by Oliver Curmi, Zebbug’s goalie Baskal Saliba partially saved on the fatal line and form the rebound Mario Azzopardi arrived in time to place the ball into an open goal.  On 22 minutes Munxar went close to scoring but a shot by Samuel Muscat from the edge of the area hit the crossbar.  In another good action by Junxar few minute later an effort by Jordi Parnis ended just wide. Munxar however scored their second goal on 32 minutes when Paul Parnis prolonged inside the area a corner kick by Jordi Parnis and Oliver Curmi arrived in time to push the ball in goal from close distance.  Two minutes later Munxar scored the third goal that arrived through a first timer by Samuel Muscat following a corner kick by Joseph Grima.  On 35 minutes Zebbug reduced the deficit with a lob from outside the area by Chris Borg that surprised the goalkeeper.  However, Munxar continued to create danger during the final stages of the first half and in the first minute of stoppage time before the break the Falcons scored their fourth goal through a fine shot from outside the area by Joseph Grima that surprised the goalkeeper.

 

After the resumption Munxar retained command of play but reduced their pressure on Zebbug’s defensive department.  Munxar could have scored another goal on 65 minutes but a strike by Christian Bugeja hit the crossbar. Munxar however scored their fifth goal on 68 minutes when Zebbug’s goalie tried to block the danger following an initiative by Jordi Parnis but Michael Mattias Uzor toom the ball and placed easily in goal.  On 84 minutes Munxar added another goal, scored by Jordi Parnis following a cross by Christian Bugeja.  Four minutes later Munxar’s keeper Liam Gatt made three consecutive intervention to block two consecutive shots by Chris Borg and an attempt by Owen Mercieca and denied Zebbug from scoring their second goal.

 

Referee: Ryan Caruana

St Lawrence extend positive run

St Lawrence extend positive run

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division II

Kercem Ajax Stadium – 7th April 2018

MATCH DETAILS

St Lawrence S : 2 (K. Hili 14’, J. Theuma 17’)

Lu. Buttigieg, S. Mizzi, K. Hili, J. Theuma, D. Radovan, C. Azzopardi, D. Micallef, C. Farrugia (C. Cauchi), L. Pisani (J. Grima), C. Tabone (C. Mifsud), L. Attard.

Xaghra U : 0

Azzopardi, D. Bajada, S. Sultana, S. Galea, J. Xiberras, S. Bonello (P. J. Mifsud), G. Farrugia, J. Bajada (O. Pogukay), A. Xiberras, M. Janius, M. Galea (J. Xerri)

MATCH REPORT

St Lawrence Spurs scored two goals during the first half and earned the full points at stake from their match against Xaghra United.  With the points obtained the Spurs consolidated their third spot on the table. The Spurs deserved the win as they produced the better play during the first period and managed to resist to Xaghra’s reaction after the break who could have reopened the issue on more than one occasion.

The first scoring opportunity of the match was created by Xaghra in the second minute of play through a low shot by Milorad Janjus that ended just wide.  The Spurs replied on 14 minutes and opened the score when a cross by Luke Attard arrived to Kenny Hili who concluded in goal with a first timer.  St Lawrence doubled the score three minutes later when Radovan Duric produced a good move inside Xaghra’s area and his pass arrived to an unmarked Jason Theuma who guided the ball into an open goal from close distance.  On 29 minutes the Spurs could have scored another goal but a low shot by Radovan Duric was saved to a corner by goalie Frankie Azzopardi.  From the resultant corner action, taken by the same Duric, Shaun Mizzi was unlucky when his attempt was stopped by the post. Xaghra replied on 32 minutes with a fine shot by Luke Attard that was saved to a corner by goalie Luke Buttigieg and the same goalkeeper was at the right place on 36 mints to save with difficulty a shot from an angled position by Milorad Janjus.  The Spurs however regained command of play during the final stages of the first half. On 41 minutes Xaghra’s keeper Frankie Azzopardi left his position in time to clear the ball before Charlon Tabone could hit the ball towards an open goal and the same goalkeeper was again called to make a difficult save to neutralise a good shot by Radovan Duric.

For the second period the Spurs tried to maintain their pressure on Xaghra’s defence and on 49 minutes an attempt by Charlon Tabone was well saved by goalie Frankie Azzopardi.  Two minutes later the same keeper denied the Spurs form adding another goal with two consecutive saves following shots by Jason Theuma and Charlon Tabone. From the resultant melee St Lawrence’s Shaun Mizzi saw his attempt ending wide.  On 57 minutes Xaghra replied with a direct free kick by Gabriel Farrugia that was stopped by the crossbar and in the final minutes Xaghra’s keeper was called to make difficult interventions in at least two separate occasions. On 79 minutes goalie Frankie Azzoaprdi save a direct free kick by Radovian Duric and four minutes later the same keeper took the ball from the feet of substitute Carlton Mifsud who entered Xaghra’s territory with a solo action. 

 

Referee: Joe Agius

Easy win for Sannat

Easy win for Sannat

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division II

Kercem Ajax Stadium – 7th April 2018

MATCH DETAILS

Sannat L : 3 (D. Borg 14’, O. Farrugia 31’, J. Zammit 42’)

Camilleri, J. Buttigieg, F. Camilleri, S. Sultana, D. Borg (E. Gauci), J. Agius, N. Micallef (S. Curmi), M. Muscat, J. Zammit, O. Farrugia, M. Senussi Telessi (I. Mampalao).

Qala S : 0

Xuereb, G. Sillato, J. Buttigieg, M. Cefai, S. Sillato, J. Mifsud, D. Njoku (B. Sammut), M. Pace, M. Niakate, A.Xerri, I. Ahmed (S. Spiteri).

MATCH REPORT

Sannat Lions as expected registered their fourth win over Qala Saints in the campaign and with the points obtained they remain close to the current leaders Munxar Falcons.  Sannat’s win arrived with the least possible efforts as they scored the three goals during the first half and controlled play with authority after the break.

 

Sannat took command of play from the early stages of the encounter and opened the score on 14 minutes through a strike form outside the area by Daniel Borg where the ball got a deflection by the defence and ended in goal.  Qala continued to suffer Sannat’s play and on 20 minutes a shot form long distance by Josiah Buttigieg ended high.  Three minutes later Qala’s keeper Omar Xuereb left his position in time to clear the ball before Oliver Farrugia could conclude towards goal and the same goalkeeper was well placed on 24 minutes to block a shot from close distance by Mohammed Senussi Telessi.  Sannat doubled the score on 31 minutes when Nicholas Micallef passed to Oliver Farrugia who entered Qala’s territory, avoided the attempt of goalie Omar Xuereb to block the danger outside the area and concluded easily into an open goal.  On 39 minutes the same Oliver Farrugia was unlucky when he had a header from a corner kick by Nicholas Micallef that hit the crossbar. On 42 minutes Sannat Lions scored their third goal with a header by Joseph Zammit following a cross from the left flank by Oliver Farrugia.

 

Sannat continued to dictate matter after the break but reduced their pressure on Qala’s defence.  They could have added another goal on 61 minutes but a shot from outside the area by substitute Eric Gauci ended wide.  Qala could have scored a consolation goal on 79 minutes through a shot from outside the area by Malcolm Cefai that was well saved by goalie Leonard Camilleri.  Sannat went again close to scoring on other occasions before the end of the encounter. On 81 minutes a shot by substitute Isaac Mampalao following a personal action ended ide and minutes later two minutes later Qala’s keeper Omar Xuereb blocked the ball before Eric Gauci could conclude from close distance.  Sannat’s last scoring opportunity arrived on 83 minutes through a shot by Oliver Farrugia that ended wide.

Referee: Joseph Azzopardi