Derby of Victoria ends in a draw

by | Mar 9, 2024 | 23/24, GFL 1st Div, Match Report, News

1 March 2024

GFA BOV Gozo Football League 1st Division (MD 15) Gozo Stadium

Oratory Youths FC: 1

SK Victoria Wanderers FC: 1

61’ (1-0) Rafael Conrado Prudente

90+1’ (1-1) Joseph Saliba

90+4’ (red card) Hayden Muscat (OY)

Oratory Y:

A. Brignoli, P. Rapa (O. Curmi 77), K. Farrugia, J. Buttigieg, L.B. Coca, A. Azzopardi (N. Said 85), R.C. Prudente, R. Saliba, H. Muscat, L.G. Santos Silva, R. Almeida Lopes.

SK Victoria W:

A. Parnis, A. Galiano Lazarini, N. Camilleri (N. Grech 46), K. Mercieca, M.V. Claudino Ramos (Choco), E. Zammit, C.S. Souza Da Silva, G. Farrugia, J. Xuereb (J. Conceico Cabral 81), J. Saliba, L. Fenech (A. Touarha 81).

In the first match from the third round of the BOV Gozo Football League of the first division Oratory Youths and SK Victoria Wanderers earned a point each from a draw of two goals.  This was an important derby match where the two sides from Victoria needed points beyond the rivalry interest.  The Youths are aiming to re-open their chances to move away from the bottom place on the table while the Wanderers are seeking points to consolidate their third spot and keep a lead over the other teams behind them on the table.  The final score did not satisfy either side as the Youths remain four points behind the team above them on the table, while Victoria remains without a win from the last five matches including this encounter against Oratory.

The match turned out to be well contested and the outcome remained uncertain.  Oratory seemed more determined during the first period but exposed their limitations in attack as they struggled to create serious scoring opportunities.  The Wanderers saw more of the ball after the break but their strikers were often erratic and failed to capitalise on their superiority on the field of play.  The Wanderers ended up trailing their opponents following a mishap in their defence but their efforts were rewarded and saved the result with a goal scored during stoppage time.

Photo: Anthony Cassar


SK Victoria Wanderers seemed more adventurous during the opening stages but as time passed by Oratory came out of their defence and created more potential scoring opportunities.  However, the two defensive departments managed to protect their respective area and the match remained at a deadlock until the end of the first half.

2’ The Wanderers could have capitalised better when Joseph Saliba delivered a cross from the right flank but Luke Fenech hit badly from a good position and the ball ended wide.

3’ Oratory replied with an initiative by Ruian Almeida Lopes who had a shot following a personal action that ended high.

16’ (protests for penalty) Victoria Wanderers protested for a penalty when Marcus Vinicius Claudino Ramos tried to pass central defender Luis Gabriel Santos Silva inside Oratory’s area but ended on the floor and the same Claudino Ramos was also cautioned for simulation.

24’ Oratory created a serious scoring opportunity when Rian Almeida Lopes passed through Victoria’s defence from the left flank but his attempt was blocked by Victoria’s goalie.

28’ The Wanderers replied with a strike by Neil Camilleri that missed the target.

29’ In the following action Victoria’s goalie Adrian Parnis was well placed to neutralise a shot by Ryan Saliba.

30’ Oratory could have created more danger when Rian Almeida Lopes passed to Leonardo Bruno Coca but the latter hit badly and Victoria’s keeper saved without difficulty.

31’ The Wanderers were again dangerous when Marcus Vinicius Claudino Ramos delivered the ball inside Oratory’s area from a free kick but Gabriel Farrugia’s header ended high.

33’ Victoria’s goalie Adrian Psrnis was called to make a difficult save to block a good shot by Joshua Buttigieg after receiving from Hyden Muscat.

34’ The same goalkeeper risked conceding a strange goal when his clearance was blocked by Oratory’s Joshua Buttigieg but the ball ended wide.

41’ Oratory’s goalie Angelo Brignoli was well placed and neutralised without difficulty a header by Joseph Saliba.

43’ Oratory were again dangerous through a shot from a free kick by Luis Gabriel Santos Silva but goalie Adrian Parnis blocked the danger with some difficulty.

HT (0-0)

Second Half

For the second period, the match continued to be quite interesting. The Wanderers seemed in a better shape during the first minutes of play of the second period but Oratory managed to take the lead just after the hour mark in their first attempt towards Victoria’s goal.  Victoria continued to be more offensive in their play and recovered the deficit with a late goal.

6’ The Wanderers went very close to open the score when Caique Silvio Souza Da Silva released Luke Fenech but the latter saw his attempt that ended over the crossbar.

9’ SK Victoria missed another good opportunity to take the lead when Joseph Saliba unmarked Emerson Zammit inside Oratory’s area but the latter concluded badly from an ideal position and the ball ended wide.

12’ (crossbar) Victoria kept insisting and was also unlucky when a strike by Emerson Zammit following a prolonged action was stopped by the crossbar.

16’ (1-0) The Wanderers were punished for the missed chances as Oratory opened the score when Joshua Buttigieg passed to Rafael Conrado Prudente who won a tussle with his direct opponent and placed in goal with a low shot.

36’ The Wanderers could have capitalised better but Joel Xuereb failed to connect following an inviting low cross from the right flank by Emerson Zammit.

39’ The Wanderers had an opportunity to level the score when Caique Silvio Souza Da Silva delivered a cross from the right flank but Junior Conceicao Cabral, who entered the field of play as a substitute, headed wide.

44’ (post) Victoria went again very close to scoring but a low shot by Emerson Zammit hit the post and in the following action from the rebound, a shot by substitute Aaron Touarhawas blocked to a corner.

45+1’ (1-1) The Wanderers scored the equaliser through a header by Joseph Saliba following a cross from the left flank by Emerson Zammit.

45+3’ Victoria went close to turn the result in their favour but a good shot by Kenneth Mercieca ended over the crossbar.

45+3’ (goal disallowed) Oratory’s Luis Gabriel Santos Silva headed in the net following a free kick by Leonardo Bruno Coca but the goal was disallowed for an offside infringement.

45+4 (red card) Oratory were reduced to ten players when Hyden Muscat was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a foul in the midfield.

45+6’ The Wanderers had their last opportunity to clinch the full points from this encounter through a shot by Marcus Vinicius Claudino Ramos but Oratory’s goalie Angelo Brignoli was well placed and neutralised the danger.

FT (OY 1 – SKVW 1)

Referee: Andrea Naudi

Asst. Referees: Darko Stankovic, Anthony Paul Vella

Photo: Anthony Cassar

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