SK Victoria Wanderers consolidate their third spot on the table

by | Jan 25, 2024 | 23/24, GFL 1st Div, Match Report, News

21 January 2024

GFA BOV Gozo Football League 1st Division (MD 10) Gozo Stadium

SK Victoria Wanderers FC : 3

Xaghra United FC : 0

35’ (1-0) Junior Conceicao Cabral

49’ (2-0) Caique Silvio Souza Da Silva

90’ (3-0) Caique Silvio Souza Da Silva

SK Victoria W:

A. Parnis, A. Galiano Lazarini, K. Mercieca, M.V. Claudino Ramos (Choco), J. Conceicao Cabral, E. Zammit, C.S. Souza Da Silva, N. Grech (A. Touarha 70), G. Farrugia, N. Vella (J. Saliba 64), L. Fenech.

Xaghra U:

L. Xuereb, S. Galea, L. Almeida Da Silva, C. Camilleri (M. Cordina 56), D. Azzopardi (S.F. Bajada 56), M. Mamo (C. Gauci 76), F.J. Xuereb (J. Bajada 76), M.A. Morgon Filho, C.A. Diaz Arias, H. Da Silva Wilker, M.P. Camilleri (J. Xuereb 56).

SK Victoria Wanderers registered their third consecutive win by defeating Xaghra United with a 3-0 score and with the points obtained they secured their third spot on the table, moved closer to the runners-up position and at the same time extended their lead over the teams involved in the relegation zone.

The match between SK Victoria Wanderers and Xaghra United was a direct clash between two teams who needed the win for different reasons the Citizens are aiming to clinch a position in the upper part of the table while Xaghra needed points to move away from the second place from the bottom.  The match for most of the time was well contested as Xaghra tried hard to put pressure on Victoria’s defence but the latter were well organised and they rarely conceded opportunities to Xaghra’s strikers to conclude towards a goal.  On the other hand, Victoria was very effective in attack, particularly during the final stages when they found more space to operate within Xaghra’s territory so the win was well deserved.

Timeline:

The initial stages of the encounter were conditioned by the importance of the result for the two sides so that for the first part play took play in the midfield.  However, as time passed by Xaghra increased their efforts and for some time they took more control of play.  Victoria resisted well to Xaghra’s play and during the last part of the first half, they came out of their defence and managed to take the break with a one-goal lead.

1’ Xaghra could have scored an early goal but a header by Daniel Azzopardi following a cross from the right flank by Michael Paul Camilleri ended wide.

13’ Victoria’s goalie Adrian Psrnis was well placed and neutralised without difficulty a shot from long distance by debutant Marco Antonio Morgon Filho.

14’ Victoria’s first potential scoring opportunity arrived through an initiative by Caique Silvio Souza Da Silva who passed inside the area from the left flank but his attempt was blocked so that goalie Lorjean Xuereb recovered in time to deny Gabriel Farrugia from depositing a goal from close distance.

19’ (??? Check protest for hands)

21’ Xaghra’s Daniel Azzopardi tried to surprise Victoria’s goalie but his cross-shot missed the target.

26’ Xaghra once again threatened Victoria’s rearguard with a strike from outside the area by Michael Paul Camilleri that was saved in two attempts by goalie Adrian Parnis.

31’ SK Victoria Wanderers replied with a shot from outside the area by Marcus Vinicius Claudino Ramos that ended wide.

33’ The Wanderers had the illusion of scoring when a first-timer by Junior Conceicao Cabral following a low cross by Emerson Zammit ended on the side of the net.

35’ (1-0) The Wanderers actually opened the score when Xaghra’s defence cleared badly a low cross by Marcus Vinicius Claudino Ramos and the ball arrived to an unmarked Júnior Conceicao Cabral who controlled inside the area and concluded in the net with a low shot.

42’ Xaghra went close to level the score through an attempt directly from a free kick by Marco Antonio Morgon Filho that was saved to a corner with difficulty by goalie Adrian Parnis.  From the same corner action, Victoria’s goalie was well-placed and saved the header by Xaghra’s Savio Galea.

HT (1-0)

Second Half

The Wanderers could not have had a better start to the second period as they scored their second goal after a few minutes of play so they were in a better position to neutralise Xaghra’s efforts to earn a positive result from this match.

4’ (2-0) The Wanderers doubled their lead when Xaghra’s defence was unprepared to clear the ball from the midfield following a kick by Victoria’s keeper and Junior Conceicao Cabral’s header and Caique Silvio Souza Da Silva took advantage, ran towards Xaghra’s area without any pressure and netted with a low drive.

12’ (protests for penalty) Xaghar protested for a penalty, alleged handling when Victoria’s defence tried to clear the ball from the edge of the area following a corner action. 

17’ Xaghra could have created more danger but a shot by Marco Antonio Morgon Filho ended wide.

18’ Xaghra went very close to re-open the issue when Henrique Da Silva Wilker passed to substitute Joel Xuereb inside Victoria’s area but the latter saw his shot from an ideal position that ended wide.

26’ Xaghra kept insisting and they were again dangerous when Victoria’s defence failed to clear the ball from the goalmouth following a prolonged action but at the end, the shot by Joel Xuereb was deflected by a defender and the ball ended away from the goal so that play resumed with a corner kick for Xaghra.

29’ The Wanderers were again dangerous when Caique Silvio Souza Da Silva insisted on his action following a short corner but his low shot was well saved by goalie Lorjean Xuereb.

30’ Xaghra replied with a low shot by Camillo Andres Diaz Arias that was saved without difficulty by Victoria’s goalie Adrian Parnis.

36’ The Wanderers could have put their minds at rest from the three points by scoring a third goal but a first-timer by Gabriel Farrugia following a cross from the right flank by Marcus Vinicius Claudino Ramos ended on the side of the net.

42’ (post) The Wanderers were also unlucky when Gabriel Farrugia received the ball at an unmarked position but his shot was stopped by the post.

43’ Ther Citizens gave away a potential opportunity to score the third goal when Junior Conceicao Cabral defended the ball inside Xghra’s area and passed to Caique Silvio Souza Da Silva instead of concluding towards the goal so that the latter hit badly and the defence blocked the danger.

44’ (goal disallowed) Victoria’s Junior Conceicao Cabral received an inviting ball, entered the area and netted with a low shot but the goal was disallowed for an offside.

45’ (3-0) SK Victoria Wanderers managed to score the third goal when Kenneth Mercieca released Caique Silvio Souza Da Silva and the latter made no mistake on this occasion and fired towards to roof of the net from an ideal position.

45+2’ Xaghra could have scored a consolation goal but a shot from close distance by Joel Xuereb was well saved by Voctoria’s goalie Adrian Parnis.

FT (SKVW 3 – XU 0)

Referee: Ezekiel Barbara

Asst. Referees: David Castillo, Paul Apap

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