19 March 2023
GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division I: P/O (MD 18) Gozo Stadium
Sannat Lions FC : 1
Ghajnsielem FC : 4
13’ (0-1) Kurt Grima
53’ (0-2) Joao Pedro Oliveira Santos
59’ (1-2) Camilo Andres Sanchez Gonzales
72’ (1-3) Naim Ibrahim Belhadj
90+1’ (1-4) Patrick Dos Santos Cruz
L. Buttigieg, A. Sultana, A. Takatori, T. Agius (N. Grima), D.A. Cuero, C.A. Sanchez Gonzales, D. Borg, L. Silva Gomes, C. Dingli, M. Mifsud (A. Attard), A. Azzopardi.
A. Parnis, K. Borg, A. Xuereb, D. Farrugia, J.P. Oliveira Santos (K. Saliba), K. Farrugia (T. Sciberras), N.I. Belhadj, K. Grima, K. Bajada, M.A. Scicluna (P. Dos Santos Cruz), J.V. Candido.
Ghajnsielem obtained a 4-1 win over bottom-placed Sannat Lions so they registered their fourth win from four matches in the Play-Out phase of the championship.
For this match, Sannat needed a win to move away from the bottom place on the table but Ghajnsielem scored a goal during the early stages of each half to pave the way to the win. Ghajnsielem seemed confident as they were playing without any pressure since they already achieve the mathematical certainty to retain their division I status for another season. The match could have produced more goals but the two goalkeepers were among the protagonists of the encounter with some good interventions that denied the respective strikers from scoring. Throughout the encounter, Sannat created enough chances where they could have obtained at least a positive result, but the strikers were very erratic in their finishing and compromised the possibility to earn something from this encounter.
The match was well contested during the first period with scoring opportunities at the two ends of the field of play that was created throughout the forty-five minutes.
1’ Sannat could have scored an early goal when Aron Azzopardi crossed from the left flank following a short corner and the ball arrived to an unmarked Camilo Sanchez Gonzales who had his close-range shot blocked by Ghajnsielem’s goalie Adrian Parnis.
9’ (crossbar) Ghajnsielem were unlucky when a header from an ideal position by Kevin Farrugia following a free kick by Joao Pedro Oliveira Santos hit the crossbar.
12’ Sannat’s Deison Arvey Cuero had an attempt directly from a free kick but h ball ended wide.
13’ (0-1) Ghajnsielem opened the score when Kurt Bajada released Kurt Grima inside Sannat’s area and the latter placed in goal with a low drive.
19’ Sannat replied with an attempt directly from a free kick by Lucas Silva Gomes that was saved to a corner by goalie Adrian Parnis.
21’ Ghajnsielem were again dangerous through a good shot by Joao Pedro Oliveira Santos that was saved to a corner by Sannat’s goalie.
29’ Sannat missed a golden scoring opportunity when Deison Arvey Cuero passed to Camilo Sanchez Gonzales who was alone in front of the goalkeeper but the striker hit badly and the same keeper blocked the danger to a corner.
44’ (crossbar) Ghajnsielem’s Joao Pedro Oliveira Santos unmarked Naim Ibrahim Behadj but the latter saw his shot that was partially saved by Sannat’s goalie. The same goalkeeper retained a good position and blocked the attempt from the rebound by Kurt Bajada and also deflected on the crossbar a third consecutive shot from close distance by Alberto Xuereb until the defence cleared the melee from the goalmouth to a corner.
45+1’ Sannat missed another good opportunity to level the score when a cross by Tristen Agius arrived to Camilo Sanchez Gonzales but the latter concluded high from an ideal position.
The two sides continued t produce good scoring opportunities after the break but Sannat continued to find it difficult to convert their chances into goals and only managed to re-open the issue for some minutes. Ghajnsielem on the other hand was more effective in attack and made sure of the win by scoring three more goals.
4’ (post) Ghajnsielem went close to score but an attempt directly from a corner kick by Joao Pedro Oliveira Santos was saved by goalie Luke Buttigieg with the aid of the post.
8’ (0-2) The Blacks however doubled the score with a goal that arrived directly from a free kick by Joao Pedro Oliveira Santos that ended out of the reach of Sannt’s goalie.
14’’ (1-2) Sannat reduced the deficit and regained some chances to recover the score Camilo Andres Sanchez Gonzales took the ball from Ghajnsielem’s defence who hesitated to neutralise the danger and the striker concluded easily in goal.
17’ Sannat kept insisting and could have created more danger when Lucas Silva Gomes entered Ghajnsielem’s area from the left flank but his final shot from a good position missed the target.
21’ (post) Sannat’s Aron Azzopardi delivered the ball inside Ghajnsielem’s area from a free kick but the shot from close distance by Anthony Sultana was stopped by the post.
23’ (post) Ghajnsielem were also unlucky when Joao Pedro Oliveira Santos took the ball from a clearance by Sannat’s defence but the Brazilian saw his low shot saved by goalie Luke Buttigieg with the aid of the post.
27’ (1-3) Ghajnsielem re-established the comfortable lead when Kurt Grima passed through Sannat’s defence and from his pass Naim Ibrahim Belhadj placed in goal with a low shot.
45+1’ (1-4) The Blacks made sure of the win by scoring the fourth goal with a goal that arrived through a header by substitute Patrick Dos Santos Cruz following a cross by Alberto Xuereb.
FT (SL 1 – GHJ 4)
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann