Nadur earn a deserved win and remain sole leaders with a five-point lead

by | Feb 27, 2020 | 19/20, Match Report, News

19 February 2020
GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division I – MD 13 Gozo Stadium

Nadur Youngsters FC : 2
Kercem Ajax FC : 0

36’ (1-0) Emerson Marcelina
90+1’ (2-0) Marcelo Barbosa

Nadur Y:

S. Sultana, D. Farrugia, L. Tabone, C. Camilleri, B. Said, S. Cassar, J. Parnis, E. Serrano Valero, H. Santa Rosa Cruz, H.F. Pirez (M.J. Barbosa), E. Marcelina.

Kercem A:

V. Dizdarevic, D. Cassar, J. Sandobal Guarin (D. Krstic), G. Muscat, J. Buttigieg, A. Debrincat, E. Vella, A. Zammit, J.P. Mizzi (A. Azzopardi), B. Polo Longarela, M. Perisic.

Nadur Youngsters registered a 2-0 win over Kercem Ajax and with the points obtained they retained their comfortable lead at the top of the table. In this match Nadur held territorial supremacy but they found it more difficult than expected to convert their superiority in goals. Nadur struggled to open the score and continued to find it difficult to increase their lead so that they had to wait until stoppage time to seal the win with the second goal.

Timeline:
Nadur tried to take command of play from their first minutes in an attempt to score an early goal but Kercem were well organised at their defence and they managed to keep their area clear from danger from most of the time.
8’ Nadur created the first scoring opportunity of the encounter through a shot by Stefan Cassar following a short clearance by the defence but the ball ended away from goal.
12’ Kercem replied through a free kick by Jean Paul Mizzi that was well saved by Nadur’s keeper Steve Sultana.
14’ Kercem’s goalie Vladimir Dizdarevic made an important intervention to turn to a corner a low shot by Nadur’s Stefan Cassar.
19’ Kercem had an attempt form long distance by Milos Perisic that missed the target.
29’ Nadur protested for a penalty when Hugo Santa Rosa Cruz ended on the floor inside Kercem’s area in a corner action.
36’ (1-0) Nadur opened the score when Chris Camilleri delivered a cross that was not cleared by the defence and that ball arrived to an unmarked Emerson Marcelina who concluded easily in goal from close distance.
HT (1-0)

For the second period Nadur continued to find it very difficult to conclude their offensive play towards Kercem’s goal.
16’ Kercem had an opportunity from a free kick by Borja Polo Longarela but the ball ended away from Nadur’s goal.
26’ Nadur’s keeper was well placed and saved a free kick by Kercem’s Milos Perisic.
29’ Nadur’s best scoring opportunity during the second period arrived through a shot from an angled position by Chris Camilleri that was well saved by Kercem’s keeper Vladimir Dizdarevic.
41’ Nadur lost a good scoring opportunity when substitute Marcelo Barbosa had a lob towards goal that was cleared from the goalmouth by central defender Gabriel Muscat.
45+1’ (2-0) Nadur made sure of the win when Marcelo Barbosa took the ball from the goalkeeper who was outside the area and managed to defend the ball before the Brazilian striker netted with a low shot.
FT (NY 2 – KA 0)

Referee: Alex Johnson

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