GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division I
Gozo Stadium – 11 April 2019
SK Victoria W : 6 (P. Dordevic 18’, 22’, 51’, 62’pen; R. Grech 24’, A.J. Obaje 68’)
M.T. Towns, A.G. Attard, J. Buhagiar, A.J. Obaje (N. Camilleri), P. Dordevic, E. Zammit (N. Vella), M. Bamba, A. Touarha (O. Fenech), R. Grech, D.U. Monday, A. Adesina.
Ghajnsielem FC : 2 (N. Damba 4’, 49’)
Buttigieg, L. Silva Lopes, K. Mercieca, C. Hili, An. Xuereb (I.N. Belhadj), N. Damba, D. Mercieca, K. Grima (L. Xuereb), A. Oularbi, L.A. De Melo Lima, Al. Xuereb (N. Haber).
SK Victoria Wanderers registered a crucial 6-2 win over Ghajsnielem in the penultimate match of the championship and with the points obtained they completed a recovery which saw them moving away from the bottom of the table towards a safe place on the table with a game to spare. The main protagonist in Victoria’s win was undoubtedly Predrag Dordevic who scored three direct free kicks and a penalty kick so that Ghajnsielem only managed to remain in contention for a positive result during the opening quarter of the encounter. The Wanderers showed character as they recovered from a difficult start but gained confidence midway through the first half when they managed ti turn the score in the favour so that they continued to be in control of play for the rest of the match. The outcome of this match rewards the Wanderers for their efforts throughout the championship as they were deeply involved in the relegation zone from the first matches and resisted during difficult moments particularly during a patch when the red zone involved five of the teams of the top flight in Gozitan football.
Ghajnsielem, who did not have any pressure for this match took command of play and also opened the score in the fourth minute when Luis Andre De Melo Lima passed to Naby Damba just outside the area and the latter placed in goal with a low shot after turning around his direct opponent. The Blacks tried to maintain pressure on Victoria’s defence but they failed to convert their offensive play into scoring opportunities so that the Wanderers recovered and started to produce more danger through counter breaks. On 13 minutes a shot from outside the area by Predrag Dordevic hit the post and on 18 minutes the same Predrag Dordevic levelled the score directly from a free kick as the ball bounced in front of Ghajnsielem’s keeper and ended in goal. The Blacks replied one minute later through a strike by Naby Damba that was neutralised by goalie Matthew Towns and on 22 minutes the Wanderers took the lead from another direct free kick converted by Predrag Dordevic. Ghajnsielem were shocked and on 24 minutes the Wanderers added another goal as Audgustine James Obaje released Ryan Grech in a counter break and the latter fired in goal from the edge of the area. On 32 minutes Ghajnsielem’s defence failed to clear the ball from the area following a corner action and Audgustine James Obaje passed towards Victoria’s Moussa Bamba who concluded high from a good position. During the final moments of the first half Ghajnsielem regained territorial supremacy and could have reduced the score on 45 minutes but a header by Luis Andre De Melo Lima from a cross by Alberto Xuereb ended just over the crossbar.
Ghajnsielem came out for the second period with the intention to produce a reaction and on 49 minutes they reduced the score with a goal scored by Naby Damba following a personal action. One minute later Ghajnsielem’s Luis Andre De Melo Lima could have levelled the score but the striker hit badly form close distance and goalie Matthew Towns saved the danger. The Blacks were immediately punished as the Wanderers regained the two-goal lead on 51 minutes from another direct free kick taken by Predrag Dordevic that surprised Ghajnsielem’s keeper. On 59 minutes Ghajnsielem’s Alberto Xuereb had a shot following a clearance by the defence from a corner action that was well blocked by goalie Matthew Towns but one minute later Ghajnsielem were reduced to ten players when goalie Luke Buttigieg was sent off for a foul inside the area on Victoria’s Audgustine James Obaje. The referee also awarded the penalty to Victoria and Predrag Dordevic made it 5-2 with his shot form the spot kick. On 68 minutes the Wanderers also scored the sixth goal through Audgustine James Obaje who concluded behind substitute goalkeeper Lorjean Xuereb with a low shot after a personal action. Ghajnsielem could have scored a third goal on 84 minutes but a strike by Naby Damba was deflected to a corner.
Referee: Massimo Axisa