Oratory register the double over Ghajnsielem

by | Jan 28, 2023 | 22/23, GFL 1st Div, Match Report, News

24 January 2023

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division I (MD 11) Kercem Arkafort Stadium

Ghajnsielem FC : 1

Oratory Youths FC : 2

42’ (0-1) Neil Said

77’ (1-1) Patrick Dos Santos Cruz

82’ (1-2) Haraan Hajazan Goncalves Barbosa


A. Parnis, K. Borg (P. Vella), A. Xuereb, D. Farrugia, J.P. Oliveira Santos, K. Farrugia, N.I. Belhadj, K. Grima, C. Camilleri (M.A. Scicluna), J.V. Candido, C.H. Da Silva Barbosa, P. Dos Santos Cruz.

Oratory Y:

A. Brignoli, J. Tabone, J. De Souza Ferreira, H.H. Goncalves Barbosa, O. Curmi, A. Azzopardi, N. Sutic, N. Said (I. Belhadj), Ju. Attard (K. Farrugia), H. Muscat, J Mijuskovic.

Oratory Youths obtained a 2-1 win over Ghajnsielem and with the points obtained, they moved away from the bottom two places on the table.  This was Oratory’s second win in the championship which was both obtained from their matches of the first two rounds against Ghajnsielem.  With this result, the Blacks remain out of the first four places on the table and may end up playing the second phase of the championship in the relegation pool despite their ambitions to be serious challengers for the title.

The match turned out to be a well-contested encounter as Ghajnsielem were aiming to take revenge for the defeat conceded in the match against Oratory of the first round while Oratory was determined to obtain a positive result in their attempt to move away from the red zone.  In the end Oratory’s win matured with a goal scored in each half.  The Youths went ahead with a goal-scored minute from the end of the first half and scored the decisive goal a few minutes after conceding Ghajnsielem’s temporary equaliser.  Overall, Oratory was rewarded for their resilience as they maintained composure throughout the ninety minutes. Ghajnsielem struggled to impose their play and became confused when they found themselves trailing their opponents.


Play during the first half took place mainly in the midfield as the two defensive departments prevailed over the respective strikers so serious actions at the two ends of the field were rare.  However, Oratory capitalised from a rebound near the end of the first half and took the break with a one-goal lead.

11’ Ghajnsielem created the first serious scoring opportunity but Patrick Dos Santos Cruz headed weakly from a good position following a cross by Naim Ibrahim Belhadj and goalie Angelo Brignoli saved without difficulty.

22’ The Youths replied with an effort directly from a free kick by Jovan Mijuskovic that was blocked by Ghajnsielem’s goalie Adrian Parnis.

28’ Oratory were again dangerous when Haraan Goncalves Barbosa entered Ghajnsielem’s territory with a personal action but his low shot ended wide.

33’ Ghjansielem’s Alberto Xuereb had a shot from an angled position that ended wide.

39’ The Blacks had their best opportunity to open the score but a first-timer by Patrick Dos Santos Cruz following a cross from the left flank by Chris Camilleri missed the target.

42’ (0-1) Oratory broke the deadlock when Ghajnsielem’s goalie Adrian Parnis partially saved a strike by Haraan Goncalves Barbosa and from the rebound, Neil Said placed in goal from close distance.

43’ Ghajnsielem had an immediate reply but a free kick by Joao Pedro Oliveira Santos from an angled position ended just wide.

HT (0-1)

Second Half

The Blacks came out determined to produce a reaction after the break and although they held territorial supremacy, they found it extremely difficult to create danger on Oratory’s goal.  The Youths were very well organised at their defence and went close to adding another goal on more than one occasion through counter breaks.

1’ Oratory threatened Ghajnsielem’s rear guard after just 20 seconds of play into the second period, but Nikola Sutic’s strike ended wide.

4’ Ghajnsielem could have capitalised better but a header from close distance by Daniel Farrugia following a prolonged action ended high.

9’ Oratory operated a counter break through Jovan Mijuskovic and Haraan Goncalves Barbosa but the shot by the latter ended wide.

20’ Ghajnsielem had a good shot from outside the area by Alberto Xuereb that was well saved by goalie Angelo Brignoli.

21’ Ghajnsielem’s keeper Adrian Parnis was again called to make an important save to block a low shot from outside the area by Nikola Sutic

32’ (1-1) Ghajnsielem clinched the equaliser through a header by Patrick Dos Santos Cruz following a corner kick by Joao Pedro Oliveira Santos.

37’ (1-2) Oratory regained the lead when Jovan Mijuskovic released Haraaran Hajazan Goncalves Barbosa at the edge of the area and the latter fired in goal with a low shot.

FT (GHJ 1 – OY 2)

Referee: Alex Johnson

Be the number 1 fan!

Support your team by attending matches in person. You can purchase tickets online from the GFA Website.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

BOV Gozo Football League First Division

Get the latest

Subscribe to Web Push Notifications to get the latest GFA news, results and updates!

Related posts

Stefan Cassar Player of the Month for April

Stefan Cassar Player of the Month for April

GFA BOV Player of the Month - April 2024 Stefan Cassar: Nadur Youngsters FC Nadur Youngsters midfielder Stefan Cassar has been selected as the BOV player of the month for April 2024. The presentation of the trophy of this honour was made by the Manager of the Bank of...

read more
Brian Alejandro Parada Player of the Month for March

Brian Alejandro Parada Player of the Month for March

GFA BOV Player of the Month - March 2024 Brian Alejandro Parada: Xewkija Tigers FC Xewkija Tigers' Argentinian forward Brian Alejandro Parada won the honour of BOV Gozo football player of the month for March. Parada received the BOV trophy player of the month during a...

read more
GFA AWARDS 2023/2024

GFA AWARDS 2023/2024

STEVE SULTANA WINS GFA PLAYER OF THE YEAR The Gozitan football community came together in a night of celebration and recognition as the Gozo Football Association (GFA) hosted its annual awards event at a prestigious venue in Gozo. The event, attended by esteemed...

read more

Written by GozoFA