9 February 2020
GFA Gozo Football League Division I – MD 11 Gozo Stadium
Victoria Hotspurs FC: 2
Nadur Youngsters FC : 0
13’ (1-0) Elton Alexandre Da Silva
52’ (2-0) Elton Aleksandre da Silva
A. Parnis, K. Borg, S. Nayar (E.P. Lattes), E.M. Sidqy, L. Grima, C. Mercieca (A. Mizzi), J. Pace (D. Bellotti), J. Bajada, H. Da Souza Maciel, E.A. Da Silva, C. Abela.
S. Sultana, G, Hili, D. Farrugia, L. Tabone, I. Xuereb, P. Djordjevic, M.J. Barbosa, Sh. Attard (C. Camilleri), J.A. Castano, S. Cassar, E. Serrano Valero (H. Santa Rosa Cruz).
In the main match of Match-Day 11, reigning champions Victoria Hotspurs defeated current leaders Nadur Youngsters so that they recovered from a difficult phase where they dropped points that pushed them away from the possibility to be among the challengers for the title. In this match, Nadur saw more of the ball for long stretches, but the Youngsters failed to convert their play into scoring opportunities so that the Hotspurs managed to keep control of play, they also capitalised from their scoring opportunities and left the field of play with the full points at stake. With this result, Nadur dropped their first points in the championship after ten consecutive wins from the first ten matches in the championship and re-opened the opportunity to their closest rivals to remain in contention for the title.
Nadur took territorial supremacy from the early stages but Victoria’s defence was well deployed and managed to keep the danger away from their area.
4’ Nadur created their first potential scoring opportunity through an attempt by Shaun Attard following a cross by Marcelo Barbosa that was blocked by Victoria’s defender Lawrence Grima.
12’ In another occasion by Nadur a clearance form Victoria’s defender Johnathan Bajada arrived to Predrag Djordjevic who saw his first-timer ending away from goal.
13’ (1-0) Victoria Hotspurs opened the score when Christian Mercieca released Eton Da Silva who entered Nadur’s area and netted with a low drive.
20’ the Hotspurs protested with the referee as they were alleging retaliation by Nadur’s keeper on Elton Da Silva but the goalkeeper was sanctioned with a yellow card.
23’ Nadur had a header by Predrag Djordjevic from a free-kick by Marcelo Barbosa that ended high.
26’ Victoria Hotspurs operated a counter break where Henrique Maciel passed to Elton Da Silva inside Nadur’s area but the defence managed to recover and denied the opportunity to the striker to conclude towards goal.
28’ The Hotspurs lost an opportunity to double the score when Elton Da Silva released Christian Mercieca who had his low shot aimed to the far post that ended inches wide.
35’ Nadur protested for a penalty when Shaun Attard ended on the floor inside Victoria’s area following a challenge by Victoria’s defender Carlo Abela.
40’ Victoria Hotspurs were again dangerous through a free kick by Elton Da Silva that was stopped by the crossbar.
45’ Nadur had another opportunity to level the score but a free kick by Marcelo Barbosa ended high.
Nadur tried to maintain their momentum after the break but they continued to find it extremely difficult to create serious danger towards Victoria’s goal.
7’ (2-0) Victoria Hotspurs doubled the score from a counter-attack by Henrique Maciel who released Elton Da Silva and the latter entered the area from the left flank and had his shot from an angled position that got a deflection by Nadur’s defender Elkin Serrano Valero and the ball ended out of the reach of the goalkeeper into an open goal.
14’ The Hotspurs had another opportunity through a free kick by Elton Da Silva that ended wide.
24’ Nadur produced their best scoring opportunity of the encounter when Marcelo Barbosa received the ball from a free-kick but his strike was saved with some difficulty to a corner by Victoria’s keeper Adrian Parnis.
32’ Nadur could have created more danger but substitute Chris Camilleri hit badly from a good position following a cross by Gennaro Hili so that the goalkeeper recovered in time and saved the danger in two attempts.
37’ Nadur tried to increase their efforts and substitute Hugo Santa Rosa Cruz had a shot from a good position that ended high.
45+2’ Nadur’s Johan Alberto Castano’s header from a cross by Marcelo Barbosa was weak and the goalkeeper neutralised the danger.
45+3’ Nadur failed to capitalise from a good scoring opportunity when Victoria’s defender Lawrence Grima hit badly in an attempt to clear the ball from outside the area but both Johan Alberto Castano and Chris Camilleri did not manage to win the possession and the defence recovered in time and managed to clear the ball from the danger area.
Referee: Aleksandar Jovanovic