SK Victoria Wanders obtain important win with ten players

by | Mar 11, 2023 | GFL 2nd Div, Match Report, News

5 March 2023

GFA BOV Gozo Football League Division II (MD 13) Kercem Arkafort Stadium

SK Victoria Wanderers: 4

St Lawrence Spurs FC ; 3

2’ (1-0) o.g. Daniel Micallef 

14’ (2-0) Sam Harland

15’ (3-0) Joseph George Vella

30’ (red card) Adam Refalo (SKVW)

64’ (4-0) Joseph George Vella

69’ (4-1) James Grima

85’ (4-2) Adebayo Ademilua

90+3’ (4-3) penalty Adebayo Ademilua

SK Victoria W:

O. Xuereb, N. Camilleri, A. Refalo, A.J. Obaje, E. Bugeja, E. Zammit, S. Harland (K. Grima), O. Fenech (A. Tourarha), N. Vella (C. Buttigieg), J.G. Vella (J. Saliba), L. Fenech.

St Lawrence S:

J. Xiberras, M. Dingli, A. Ademilua, G. Portelli, C. Grima (C. Azzopardi), J. Grima, D. Micallef (N. Haber), J.M. Portelli, J. Saliba (J. Azzopardi), W. Hili (T. Grech), J. Axiak.

In the last match from Match-Day 13 of the BOV Gozo Football League of the second division, leaders SK Victoria Wanderers defended their three-point lead over their closest rivals with a 4-3 win over St Lawrence Spurs.  This was an important result for the Citizens as they cannot afford to drop points at this stage of the campaign to achieve their main objective to win the title and to return to the top fight after one season.  The Wanderers now require four points from the last two league matches to be mathematically certain to win the main honour of the category,

Victoria paved the way to the win with three goals scored during the opening minutes of the encounter but they almost compromised the win as they were reduced to ten players after half-hour of play.  The Wanderers score the fourth goal midway through the second period but during the final stages, they suffered an impressive comeback by the Spurs who produced continuous danger on Victoria’s defence and almost recovered the four-goal deficit.

Timeline:

The Wanderers surprised their opponents during the first minutes of play and held the second play until they ended up playing with a player less on the field of play.  The Spurs recovered from the shock and as time passed by they became more adventurous in their ply.

2’ (1-0) The Citizens had an excellent start and took the lead from an own goal committed by Daniel Micallef who placed behind his goalkeeper in an attempt to clear the danger from his area.

14’ (2-0) Victoria kept insisting and doubled the score through an effort by Sam Harland that ended out of the reach of St Lawrence’s goalie.

15’ (3-0) The Spurs continued to suffer Victoria’s play and conceded the third goal less than a minute later through an attempt by Joseph George Vella that ended in the net.

30’ (red card) The Wanderers were reduced to ten players as defender Adam Refalo was shown a red card for elbowing an opponent.

HT (3-0)

Second Half

Fir the second period the Wanderers tried to control their lead despite playing with a player less.  The Wanderers also managed to score a fourth goal but they lost concentration during the final stages and almost compromised the result.

19’ (4-0) Victoria’s Joseph George Vella netted the ball for the fourth time for his side and seemed heading towards an easy win.

24’ (4-1) St Lawrence managed to pull one goal back that arrived through James Grima.

85’ (4-2) Adebayo Ademilua scored the second goal for St Lawrence and re-opened the chances for his side to save the result. 

90+3’ (4-3) penalty The Spurs were awarded a penalty for a foul by substitute Kersten Grima and Adebayo Ademilua made no mistake from the penalty spot, but in the remaining minutes, the Wanderers managed to defend their remaining one-goal lead.

FT (SKVW 4 – SLS 3)

Referee: Stefan Minic

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