SK Victoria Wanderers end 14 years in the top flight with a draw

by | May 3, 2022 | 21/22, GFL 1st Div, Match Report, News

1 May 2022

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division I (MD 21) Gozo Stadium

SK Victoria Wanderers : 0

Oratory Youths FC : 0

SK Victoria W:

M. Kukrika, A. Refalo, A. Agyeman, J.W. Meilak (K. Grima), O.J. Obaje, E. Zammit, O. Curmi (D. Kuru), N. Grech, F. Rozkieicz, G. Cardona, N. Vella.

Oratory Y:

A. Brignoli (G. Grech), J.V. Ferrari Silva, D. Atzori (M. Zammit), H.H. Goncalves Barbosa, D.G. Lago, P. Vinicius De Moraes Ferreira, D. Azzopardi (K. Hili), I. Belhadj (K. Farrugia), S. Azzopardi, K. Formosa, Ju. Attard.

The last match of the championship between SK Victoria Wanderers and Oratory Youths ended in a goalless draw.  This match did not have any interest in the final standings of the BOV Gozo Football league as Oratory were already sure of their sixth place and therefore of their Division I status for the next season, while SK Victoria Wanderers were already mathematically relegated to the second division by the win registered by Sannat Lions in their previous match of the afternoon.  The outcome of this match reflects the run of play as the two sides created very few scoring opportunities throughout the ninety minutes despite the fact that Oratory held more possession and expressed their play for most of the time away from their area. 

The Wanderers seemed demoralised from the initial stages and their main ambition seemed to leave the pitch at the end of this match undefeated.  Victoria’s relegation means that they ended fourteen consecutive seasons in the top flight and will return to the lower category from the next season.  Victoria struggled to get away from the relegation zone throughout the season and in the end, they were punished for their limitations in attack as they found it extremely difficult to score goals.   The Wanderers conceded goals in line with other teams who were at some point involved in the relegation issue but they only scored sixteen goals in the twenty-one matches of the championship so they compromised the possibility to move away from the bottom of the table.

Timeline

Oratory took command of the play and tried to put some pressure on Victoria’s defence from the early stages of the encounter.  However, the Wanderers defended with many players and made it difficult for their opponents to conclude so that the actions at goal were rare.

19’ Oratory created their first serious attempt toward the goal through a header by Joao Vitor Ferrari Silva following a corner kick by Karl Formosa that was well saved by Victoria’s goalie Mladen Kukrika.

28’ Victoria’s goalie was again called to make a good intervention to save a free-kick from a long distance by Pablo Vinicius Ferreira.

31’ 9protests for penalty) Oratory protested for a penalty when a shot by Goncalves Barbosa following a personal action was blocked by Victoria’s defence and from the clearance s shot from a long distance by Karl Formosa ended wide.

34’ The Wanderers had their first serious attempt towards Oratory’s goal through a shot from an angled position by Aud-Gustine James Obaje that ended wide.

HT (0-0)

Second Half

Oratory continued to enjoy more possession, while the Wanderers tried to operate mainly with counter breaks but the two defensive departments prevailed over the respective strikers for most of the second half.

4’ The Wanderers could have created more danger but a strike from a good position by Emerson Zammit got a deflection by the defence to a corner.

22’ Victoria once again missed an opportunity to create danger towards Oratory’s goal but a shot by Aud-Gustine James Obaje from a good position missed the target.

30’ Oratory went very close to opening the score but a strike from a good position by substitute Kenny Hili was blocked with difficulty by goalie Mladen Kukrika and from the rebound, the shot by Pablo Vinicius Ferreira was blocked to a corner by the defence.

32’ An attempt from outside the area by Oratory’s Pablo Vinicius Ferreira missed the target.

42’ Oratory’s substitute goalkeeper Giacomo Grech made a good save to block a shot by Gabriel Cardona.

FT (SKVW 0 – OY 0)

Referee: Fyodor Zammit

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