SK Victoria Wanderers retain division I status

SK Victoria Wanderers retain division I status

BOV Gozo Football League Play-off

Gozo Stadium – 5 May 2018

MATCH DETAILS

SK Victoria W : 2 (A.G. Attard 37’, N. Vella 45+2’)

Ratto, N.J. Guerrero, A.G. Attard (A. Touarha), M. Vasiljevic, C. Sciortino, I. Xuereb, N. Vella, R. Grech, D.U.Monday, A. Ige, A. Adesina (S. Harland).

Sannat L : 0

Attard, F. Xuereb, F. Camilleri, M. Portelli, M. Muscat, J. Buttigieg, E. Gauci (J.Bonnici), O. Farrugia, J. Zammit, A. Camilleri, F. Kosova

MATCH REPORT

SK Victoria Wanderers defended their division I status for another season with a 2-0 win over the runners up of the second division Sannat Lions in the play-off for a place in the top flight next season.  The match was characterized by a player sent off from each side, in separate actions, during eh opening stages of the first half and with two decisive goals that arrived during eh final stages of the first half.  The Wanderers as expected produced more dangerous play and could have added more goals during the second period but in more than one occasion the striker were erratic or found Sannat’s substitute goalkeeper at the right place to block the danger.

Sannat seemed more determined during the opening minutes of the encounter and produced the better scoring opportunities.  In the fourth minute of play a header by Franci Kosova following a cross by Oliver Farrugia ended high and one minute later a shot by Joseph Zammit ended away from Victoria’s goal.  The Wanderers replied on 10 minutes with a personal action by Ajibade Adesina who was floored outside the area by Sannat’s goalie Owen Attard. Sannat’s keeper was sent off for his action and from the resultant free kick Abdullahi Ige’s attempt ended high.  The Wanderers tried to take advantage of the extra player on the field of play but failed to create danger on Sannat’s goal. On 25 minutes the Wanderers were also reduced to ten players when Ian Xuereb was sent off by the referee for foul language. However, the Wanderers continued to enjoy more possession and on 25 minutes a direct corner kick by Anthony George Attard ended on the roof of Sannat’s goal.  Two minutes later a low shot by Victoria’s Ajibade Adesina who was released inside Sannat’s area by Nicholas Vella ended wide and on 28 minutes a strike by skipper Chris Sciortino following a short clearance by Sannat’s defense from a corner action, was well saved by Sannat’s substitute goalkeeper Leonard Camilleri. The Wanderers opened the score on 37 minutes when Abdullahi Ige won a ball from Sannat’s defense and from his low cross Anthony George Attard fired in goal with a low shot.  In the first minute of stoppage time before half time Victoria’s Jesus Guerrero had a header from a good position ended wide.  The Wanderers scored their second goal one minute later through a spectacular strike by Nicholas Vella from outside the area, after receiving from Abdullahi Ige, that surprised Sannat’s goalie.

Sannat’s reaction after the break was sterile and then Wanderers controlled their lead with authority and on more than one occasion they went close to add more goals.  On 49 minutes an attempt by Abdullahi Ige following a good action by Chris Sciortino ended high ad two minutes later the same Abdullahi Ige had a shot form a good position that was partially saved by goalie Leonard Camilleri and from the rebound Ajibade Adesina concluded in goal but the referee disallowed for an offside infringement.  Sannat’s keeper Leonard Camilleri was again well placed on 55 minutes to block a good effort by Abdullahi Ige following a personal action and same Victoria’s striker was unlucky two minutes later when his attempt from a good position was stopped by the post. Victoria’s Abdullahi Ige continued to be a continuous threat to Sannat’s defense and on 63 minutes the striker had a shot from a good position that ended high.  Victoria could have scored the third goal on 73 minutes but a close ranged shot by Ajibade Adesina was neutralized by Sannat’s keeper Leonard Camilleri. The same goalkeeper was again called to make a good save one minute later to block a shot by Milos Vasiljevic and on 80 minutes Sannat had their best opportunity to reduce the deficit but a header by Franci Kosova following a cross by Joseph Zammit ended wide. On 90 minutes the Wanderers lost another good scoring opportunity when Abdullahi Ige exchanged the ball inside Sannat’s area with Nicholas Vella but the former saw his attempt that ended just wide.

Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann

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

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