Hotspurs move away from the relegation zone with a close win

by | Jan 26, 2022 | 21/22, GFL 1st Div, Match Report, News

22 January 2022
GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division I (MD 10) Gozo Stadium

Victoria Hotspurs FC : 1
SK Victoria Wanderers : 0

52’ (1-0) penalty Robinson Blandon Rendon
68’ (red card) Robinson Blandon Rendon (VH)

Victoria H:
D. Spiteri, E. Serrano Valero, C. Vella, A. Debrincat (A. Xiberras), H. De Souza Maciel, J.
Pace, A. Azzopardi, O.G. Fernandes, J. Tabone, E. Xiberras (D. Hili), R. Blandon Rendon.

SK Victoria W:
M. Kukrika, A. Agyeman, A.J. Obaje, N. Camilleri, E. Zammit (K. Grima), S. Harland, N.
Grech, A. Touarha (O. Fenech), F. Rozkiewicz, D.U. Monday, N. Vella.

Victoria Hotspurs registered their third win in the championship from a 1-0 win over SK
Victoria Wanderers. The Hotspurs also registered the double in the derby against the
Wanderers and with the points obtained they reached a mid-table position and moved away
from the risk of the relegation zone. With this result the Wanderers remain at the bottom of
the table and lost an opportunity to re-open their chances to move to saver places on the
table.

The Hotspurs saw more of the ball during the first part of the first half but suffered the
reaction of their opponents in the second part of the first half so that play became more
balanced. The Hotspurs clinched the win form a penalty converted during the opening
stages of the second period and managed to control the reaction by the Wanderers despite
playing the last half hour with a player less on the field.

Photos: Paul Scicluna

Timeline

The Hotspurs came out very aggressive and took command of play from the early stages
so that the Wanderers were forced to protect their area with many players. The Wanderers
recovered during the second part of the first half and started to share more play so that the
match became more interesting.
6’ Victoria keeper Mladen Kukrika was called to make a good save to block a low shot by
Enrique De Souza Maciel following a personal action.
12’ The Hotspurs had an attempt form outside the area through Etienne Xiberras that
missed the target.
16’ In another good action by the Hotspurs Robinson Blandon Rendon delivered a cross
inside the area but the shot by Olimpio Gabriel Fernandes ended just wide.
19’ The Wanderers replied with a break by Aud-Gustine James Obaje who entered the area
but has his shot that was partially saved by goalie Daniel Spiteri and the same striker
concluded wide from the rebound.
20’ The Hotspurs were again dangerous through a header by Elkin Serrano Valero from a
corner kick by Henrique De Souza Maciel that was neutralised by goalie Mladen Kukrika
25’ (protests for penalty) The Wanderers protested for a penalty on two occasions in the
same action alleging a foul on Aaron Touarha and handling following a shot by Emerson
Zammit but the referee did not notice any infringement.
25’ In the following action the Hotspurs had another strike from outside the area through
Olimpio Gabriel Fernandes that was neutralised by goalie Mladen Kukrika.
31’ The Wanderers threatened their opponents when Aud-Gustine James Obaje passed
through the defence with a personal action but his low shot aimed to the far post ended
wide.
39’ (crossbar, protests for penalty) The Hotspurs almost opened the score when a shot
from long distance by Andrea Debrincat surprised the goalkeeper, the ball however hit the
crossbar and from the rebound the goalkeeper made up for the mistake and managed to
block the attempt by Henrique De Souza Maciel among protests for a penalty and from the
same action the defence managed to block the danger to a corner among other protests
alleging handling by the defence.
45’ The Wanderers had an attempt directly from a long ranged free kick by Fabricio
Rozkiewicz that ended over the crossbar.
HT (0-0)
Second Half
After the resumption the Hotspurs regained supremacy and managed to take the lead so
that they took the driving seat for the rest of the encounter.

4’ (protests for penalty) The Hotspurs once again protested for a penalty following a tackle
on Andre Azzopardi.
7’ (1-0) penalty The Hotspurs were awarded a penalty for a foul by Aaron Touarha on
Olimpio Gabriel Fernandes and Robinson Blandon Rendon converted from the spot kick to
put his side in the lead.
The Wanderers failed to produce a reaction while the Hotspurs grew in confidence and
controlled their lead with authority.
15’ The Hotspurs were denied from scoring a second goal with the best save of the
afternoon by goalie Mladen Kukrika who turned to a corner a good shot by Olimpio Gabriel
Fernandes following a personal action.
20’ The same goalkeeper was called to make another difficult intervention to block to a
corner a shot from long distance by Jason Pace.
23’ (red card) The Hotspurs were reduced to ten players when Robinson Blandon Rendon
was shown a straight red card for spitting towards an opponent.
The Wanderers tried to take advantage of the extra player but despite their efforts, the
Hotspurs defended well and made it difficult for their opponents to create danger.
39’ The Wanderers had an attempt form an angled position by substitute Kersten Grima that
was saved to a corner by goalie Daniel Spiteri.
43’ The same goalkeeper was almost surprised following a cross shot by substitute Owen
Fenech but the former saved the danger to a corner.

FT (VH 1 – SKVW 0)
Referee: Alex Johnson

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