GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division I – Gozo Stadium – Matchday 4
20 October 2019
Xaghra United FC: 5
Gharb Rangers FC : 0
6’ (1-0) Kennedy Martins Ribeiro
44’ (2-0) Raffael De Souza Ferreira
75’ (3-0) Luis Andre De Melo Lima
77’ (4-0) Luis Andre De Melo Lima
80’ (5-0) Joshua Buttigieg
Xuereb, K. Martins Ribeiro, S. Galea, K. Hili, J.G. Vella, R. Ost Dos Santos, L.A. Gonzalo (R. De Souza Ferreira), M. Mamo, S.F. Bajada (S. Bonello), G. Farrugia (J. Buttigieg), L.A. De Melo Lima.
Spiteri, A. Sultana, J.P. Grima, O.G. Fernandes, J. Portelli, H.S. Shola (A. Komljenovic), P. Vinicius Ferreira, P.P. Camilleri (J. Xuereb), S. Sillato, S. Muscat, C.A. Babilonia.
Referee: Daniel Casha
Xaghra United inflicted a heavy defeat to Gharb Rangers and managed to register their first points in the championship. Before this match the two sides were still without a points as they both conceded three consecutive defeats in their respective three matches in the championship. Thus, both Xaghra and Gharb were aiming to make up for the disappointing start in the championship by obtaining a positive result from this encounter. The match for most of the first half turned out into a well contested encounter as Xaghra scored an early goal but Gharb managed to stage a good reaction in the second part of the first half. However, Gharb failed to capitalise from their chances to level the score and ended up conceding a second goal near the end of the first half so that for the rest of the match Xaghra controlled play with authority. Gharb were demoralised and were also punished by three more goals scored by Xaghra during the second period. For this match Xaghra had Victor Caruana as a coach for the first time as the administration of the newly promoted team changed the technical leadership subsequent to the third defeat conceded in the championship. With this result, Gharb remain at the bottom of the table and without a point from four matches.
Xaghra seemed more aggressive during the opening stages and took a deserved lead, but as time passed by Gharb recovered and produced some good scoring opportunities where they could have ended the first half with a positive result.
3’ Xaghra produced the first serious scoring opportunity of the encounter but a close-range attempt by Luis Andre De Melo Lima was blocked by the defence and form the rebound a shot by Lago Ander Gonzalo was well-blocked by goalie Daniel Spiteri.
6’ (1-0) Xaghra opened the score through a fine header towards the corner by central defender Kennedy Martins Ribeiro from a corner kick by Joseph George Vella.
11’Gharb replied through a shot from long distance by Olimpio Gabriel Fernandes that was neutralised by goalie Lorjean Xuereb.
23’ Xaghra could have added another goal when Luis Andre De Melo Lima entered Gharb’s area from the right flank but form his low inviting cross Lago Ander Gonzalo failed to connect.
31’ Gharb lost a golden scoring opportunity when Xaghra’s defence seemed surprised following a low cross from the right flank but Pablo Vinicius Ferreira failed to convert towards goal from a close distance so that the ball arrived to an unmarked Olimpio Gabriel Fernandes who incredibly lifted over the crossbar with an open goal at his mercy.
34’ Gharb kept insisting and were again dangerous when Xaghra’s defence tried to clear the ball to a thrown in to allow assistance to a player who was on the floor but Gahrb’s Olimpio Gabriel Fernandes took the ball and from his pass a shot by Pablo Vinicius Ferrier was partially saved by goalie Lorjean Xuereb and the following action was stopped for an offside infringement.
40’ Xaghra’s defence was well deployed and managed to deflect to a corner a good attempt by Gharb’s Josef Portelli.
42’ Gharb’s Pablo Vinicius Ferreira had an attempt form a good position that was blocked to a corner by Xaghra’s central defender Sam Frank Bajada.
44’ (2-0) Xaghra doubled the score against the run of play through a low shot from outside the area by Raffael De Souza Ferreira, who entered the field of play a few minutes earlier, which ended out of the reach of Gharb’s keeper.
For the second period, Xaghra were in the driving seat as they were full of confidence while Gharb struggled to produce a reaction and semed demoralised during the last part of the encounter.
60’ Xaghra could have created more danger when Luis Andre De Melo Lima passed to Raffael De Souza Ferreira 61llowing a counter break but the latter saw his curling shot ending away from Gharb’s goal.
61’ Xaghra were also unlucky as an attempt by Rodrigo Ost Dos Santos was stopped by the crossbar and from the rebound substitute, Joshua Buttigieg concluded over the crossbar.
65’ Xaghra went again close to scoring through a low drive by Luis Andre De Melo Lima that was stopped by the base of the post.
74’ Gharb best scoring opportunity of the second period arrived through a shot by Pablo Vinicius Ferreira that was neutralised by Xaghra’s keeper Lorjean Xuereb
75’ (3-0) Xaghra scored their third goal when Joseph George Vella entered Gharb’s area from the left hand side and from his pass Luis Andre De Melo Lima turned around his direct opponent and netted from an ideal position.
77’ (4-0) Luis Andre De Melo Lima added another goal for Xaghra when he entered Gharb’s area with a personal action, turned around the goalkeeper and placed easily into an open goal.
80’ (5-0) Xaghra’s Raffael De Souza Ferriera produced a good move from the right flank and from his cross Joshua Buttigieg arrived on the ball within the small area before the goalkeeper and headed in goal from close distance.
82’ Xaghra’s Luis Andre De Melo Lima could have registered a personal hat trick but his good attempt following a prolonged action within Gharb’s area was turned to a corner by goalie Daniel Spiteri
90’ Gharb’s last opportunity to score a consolation goal arrived through a free kick by Pablo Vinicius Ferreira that ended wide.