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

Zebbug return to winning ways

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division II

Kercem Ajax Stadium – 14th April 2018


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.


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

Easy win for Sannat

Easy win for Sannat

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division II

Kercem Ajax Stadium – 7th April 2018


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).


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