1 March 2020
GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division I – Match Day 14 Gozo Stadium
16’ (1-0) Johan Alberto Castano
17’ (2-0) Marcelo Junior Barbosa
28’ (3-0) Chris Camilleri
36’ (4-0) Marcelo Junior Barbosa
43’ (5-0) Johan Alberto Castano
S. Sultana, G. Hili, D. Farrugia, I. Xuereb, P. Djordjevic, M.J. Barbosa (B. Said), C. Camilleri, S. Attard, J.A. Castano (E. Marcelina), S. Cassar (J. Parnis), E. Serrano Valero.
M. Grima, M. Tabone, J.M. Vella (J. Camilleri), J. De Lima, C. Antunes Pavlidis, R. Buttigieg, M. Hrubsa (J.C. Nogueira Junior), D. Mercieca, C.D. Frances, K. Mercieca, C. Hili (M. Camilleri).
Nadur Youngsters registered an impressive 5-0 win over Xewkija Tigers in the top-of-the-table clash which was also the last match of the second round of the championship. With this win, Nadur extended their lead over the same Xewkija to eight points and they are therefore hot favourites to be crowned champions of Gozitan football after an absence of six seasons. In this match, Xewkija needed a win to reduce their gap from Nadur to just two points before the beginning of the third and final round of the championship. However, Nadur dominated the first half and scored the five goals of the match. Xewkija became demoralised at an early stage of the encounter and continued to struggle even during the second period as Nadur were in control of the match.
In this match, Nadur capitalised with offensive actions on their left flank and practically scored four goals from identical situations. On the other hand, Xewkija failed to created danger to Nadur’s defence as the strikers were very often erratic in their finishing.
During the opening minutes he two sides had an opportunity to take the lead but as time passed by Nadur took control of play.
2’ Nadur had an attempt from a good position by Shaun Attard that was stopped by the post.
3’ Xewkija replied with a shot from close distance by Rodney Buttigieg, after receiving from Charles Hili, but the ball ended away from goal.
16’ (1-0) Nadur opened the score when Marcelo Barbosa passed with a personal action from the left flank and from his cross, Johan Alberto Castano turned the ball in the goal from a close distance despite the challenge of an opponent.
17’ (2-0) Nadur surprised their opponents when Shaun Attard released Marcelo Barbosa and the latter ended the area, turned around his direct opponent and placed in goal with a low shot.
21’ Xewkija’s Rodney Buttigieg was shown a yellow card for handling the ball to place it in goal from a corner action.
23’ Xewkija could have capitalised better and reduced the score when Claudio Antunes hit badly from the edge of the area but the ball arrived at an unmarked Jackson De Lima but the latter saw his attempt from an unmarked position that ended over the crossbar.
28’ (3-0) Nadur punished their opponents for the missed opportunity and added another goal through a fine strike from close distance by Chris Camilleri following a pass by Johan Alberto Castano.
30’ Xewkija protested when Claudio Antunes ended on the floor inside the area following a challenge with goalie Steve Sultana but the referee awarded a foul on the goalkeeper.
32’ In another offensive action by Xewkija a shot by Claudio Frances was weak and goalie Steve Sultana saved without difficulty.
33’ Nadur could have scored another goal when Chris Camilleri entered Xewkija’s territory with a personal action but his shot was well saved by goalie Mark Grima.
36’ (4-0) Nadur scored their fourth goal when Xewkija’s defenders failed to clear the ball from the left-hand side just outside their area so that Marcelo Barbosa took the ball, entered the area and placed in goal with a low shot.
42’ Xewkija had another good opportunity to reduce the deficit when they were awarded an indirect free kick inside Nadur’s area for a back pass to the goalkeeper but the defence managed to block the danger to a corner.
43’ (5-0) Nadur operated a counter break from their clearance of Xewkija’s corner action and Marcelo Barbosa passed to an unmarked Johan Alberto Castano who surprised Xewkija’s keeper with a curling shot from outside the area.
Xewkjija tried to produce a reaction after the break but Nadur were well deployed at their defence and managed to control their comfortable lead with authority.
4’ Xewkija had an attempt from a free-kick by Claudio Antunes but the ball ended high.
9’ Nadur’s goalie Steve Sultana saved with some difficulty to a corner a shot by substitute Jose Carlos Nogueira Junior.
24’ The same goalkeeper was again called to make a good intervention to turn to a corner another attempt from outside the area by Jose Carlos Nogueira Junior.
27’ Xewkija’s Claudio Frances had a shot directly from a free-kick that missed the target.
39’ Nadur could have added another goal but a low shot by substitute Jordi Parnis was stopped by the post with the goalkeeper beaten.
43’ Xewkija had a goal scored with a header by substitute Johnny Camilleri that was disallowed for an offside infringement.
FT (NY 5 – XT 0)
Referee: Matthew Degabriele