Xaghra United obtain a precious win

by | Mar 1, 2020 | 19/20, Match Report, News

28 February 2020
GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division I – MD 14 Gozo Stadium

Xaghra United FC: 2
SK Victoria Wanderers: 0

18’ (1-0) Luis Andre De Melo Lima
55’ (2-0) Joseph George Vella

Xaghra U:
L. Xuereb, N. Biculjevic, K. Hili, J.G. Vella (J. Bajada), J. Buttigieg, R.O. Dos Santos, S. Bonello, M. Mamo, S.F. Bajada (E. Xiberras), R. De Souza Ferreira (L.A. Gonzalo), L.A. De Melo Lima.

SK Victoria W:
G. Ratto, E. Bugeja (S. Dimech), I. Misan, N. Doding Priso, S. Harland, E. Zammit (G. Cardona), O. Curmi, M. Bamba, N. Vella, D.U. Monday, A. Adesina.

Xaghra United earned the full points at stake from their direct clash against relegation with SK Victoria Wanderers wit a 2-0 win. With this result Xaghra are now joining the same Wanderers on equal points at the second place form the bottom and consolidated their ambitions to move away from the relegation zone before the last matches of the championship. This was also Xaghra’s second win over Victoria in the championship as they also win the match between the two sides of the first round with the odd goal from three. Xaghra’s win matured with a goal scored in each half although they conceded play for most of the time to Victoria but at the end Xaghra capitalised from their best chances and ended up obtaining a deserved win. In this match the Wanderers once again lost an opportunity to defend a safe position on the table as they were very erratic in their finishing and compromised the result with fatal mistakes at their defence.

Timeline:
The Wanderes were more effective in attack during the first half but the Citizens failed to capitalise and Xaghra managed to control play. Xaghra however took the driving seat as they opened the score and expressed more authority for the rest of the encounter.
10’ Xaghra’s goalie Lorjean Xuereb saved well a low shot by Sam Harland who concluded after receiving from Njongo Doding Priso.
15’ Xaghra replied with a shot by Kenny Hili that was blocked by Victoria’s keeper Giacomo Ratto.
18’ (1-0) Xaghra opened the score when Rodrigo Ost Dos Santos delivered a cross from the left flank and Luis Andre De Melo Lima headed in goal from an ideal position.
24’ il-Wanderers could have levelled the score but a shot by Emerson Zammiit following a pass by Sam Harland ended high.
25’ Victoria protested for a penalty when Sam Harland ended on the floor inside the area following a challenge with his direct opponent.
32’ Victoria’s Njongo Doding Priso produced a personal action from the right flank but his low shot from an angled position was blocked to a corner by central defender Sam Frank Bajada.
37’ SK Victoria lost another good scoring opportunity when Sam Harland’s cross arrived to an unmarked Emerson Zammit but the latter had his header aimed towards goal that was saved with a difficult intervention by Xaghra’s keeper Lorjean Xuereb.
44’ Xaghra were again dangerous through a shot by Joseph George Vella following a personal action that was saved in two attempts by Victoria’s keeper Giacomo Ratto.
45’ The Wanderers had another good opportunity to level the score but a lobby Igor Misan, when Xaghra’s keeper was out of his position, ended wide.
HT (1-0)

The Wanderers kept insisting in an attempt to recover the score from the initial stages of the second half but they continued to show poor finishing and allowed their opponents to put their minds at rest from the full points by conceding the second goal at an early stage of the second half.
3’ SK Victoria Wanderers protested once again for a penalty when Njongo Doding Priso ended on the floor inside the area following a challenge with Xaghra’s keeper.
8’ The Wanderers went again close to score the equaliser but an attempt directly from a corner hit the crossbar.
10’ (2-0) Xaghra doubled the score when Nebojsa Buciljevic passed Victoria’s defence from the left flank and from his low cross Joseph George Vella surprised Victoria’s keeper with a first-timer.
17’ Victoria Wanderers could have capitalised better when Sam Harland passed through Xaghra’s defence with a personal action but his final shot was very weak and the goalkeeper took the ball without any difficulty.
18’ In another offensive action by the Wanderers Igor Misan failed to follow the ball following a pass inside the area by Sam Harland so that Xaghra’s keeper had the time to recover his position and take the ball to avoid further danger in front of his goalmouth.
27’ Victoria’s Igor Misan had an attempt from a free-kick that missed the target.
32’ Xaghra could have added another goal but an attempt by Raffael De Souza Ferreira was saved by Victoria’s keeper Giacomo Ratto.
33’ The same goalkeeper was again called in action to save a low shot by Luis Andre De Melo Lima.
36’ Xaghra extended their good patch of play and were again dangerous through an initiative by Nebojsa Buciljevic who entered the area but Victoria’s keeper avoided a certain goal when he took the ball and denied Xaghra’s player from concluding towards goal.
38’ The Wanderers replied through a shot by substitute Steve Dimech that was well saved by goalie Lorjean Xuereb.
42’ The Wanderers had their last opportunity to re-open the issue but a header by Oliver Curmi following a corner kick by substitute Gabriel Cardona, ended high.
45+3’ Xaghra had another opportunity to score a third goal but a shot from a good position by Luis Andre De Melo Lima ended wide.
FT (XU 2 – SKVW 0)

Referee: Mario Apap

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