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

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