SK Victoria Wanderers turn a defeat into a fine win

by | Mar 19, 2024 | 23/24, GFL 1st Div, Match Report, News

10 March 2024

GFA BOV Gozo Football League 1st Division (MD 16) Gozo Stadium

SK Victoria Wanderers FC : 3

Ghajnsielem FC : 1

16’ (0-1) Eriks De Souza Santos Pereira

30’ (1-1) Caique Silvio Souza Da Silva

46’ (2-1) Gabriel Farrugia

68’ (3-1) Caique Silvio Souza Da Silva

SK Victoria W:

A. Parnis, A. Galiano Lazarini, N. Camilleri (N. Grech 85), K. Mercieca (A. Touarha 85), J. Conceicao Cabral, E. Zammit, C.S. Souza Da Silva, G. Farrugia, J. Saliba (M.V. Claudino Ramos (Choco) 46), N. Vella (J. Xuereb 62), L. Fenech.


L. Buttigieg, T. Sciberras (K. Hili 59), Al. Xuereb (M. Ciangura 78), B. Da Cruz, D. Attard (N. Sultana 72), Ant. Xuereb, G. Emmanuel, E. De Souza Santos Pereira, E. Grozdanov,  M.A. Scicluna (W. Hili, 59), D. Hili.

SK Victoria Wanderers earned three precious points from a 3-1 win over Ghajnsielem so that they remained in a comfortable position on the table with a lead over the other teams behind them who are seeking to stay away from the relegation zone.  With this win the Wanderers retained their chances to obtain third place on the standings in the remaining matches of the championship.

For this match  Ghajnsielem had their influential striker Claudio Henrique Da Silva Barbosa missing due to a suspension but they still managed to surprise the Citizens with an early goal.  The Wanderers were not demoralised and had a good reaction so that they took control of play and obtained the win by scoring three goals without conceding any reply from their opponents so that the win for Victoria was well deserved.

Photo: Anthony Cassar


SK Victoria Wanderers and Ghajnsielem came out for this match to produce offensive play and during the opening minutes, the two sides had potential scoring opportunities.  Ghajnsielem however opened the core but the Wanderers had a strong reaction and recovered the deficit so that the two sides took the break on a draw.

11’ The Wanderers could have opened the score when Ghajnsielem’s defence cleared badly a corner kick by Caique Silvio Da Silva but Alexandre Galiano Lazzarini incredibly concluded wide with an open goal at his mercy.

12’ Ghajnsielem replied with a shot by Emil Grozdanov but the ball ended away from goal.

13’ The Wanderers could have capitalised better when Junior Conceicao Cabral took the ball when Ghajnsielem’s goalie was out of his position but the striker prolonged his action and at the end, his low shot was well saved by goalie Luke Buttigieg.

16’ (0-1) Ghajnsielem opened the score when Alberto Xuereb’s corner kick arrived to Eriks De Souza Santos Pereira who headed in the net despite the challenge from an opponent.

30’ (1-1) The Wanderers levelled the score when Kenneth Mercieca headed from the goal-line a cross by Junior Conceicao Cabral and Caique Silvio Souza Da Silva had his shot that got deflected by the central defender and ended in the net.

31’ Victoria was again dangerous but a shot by Caique Silvio Soouxza Da Silva following a personal action ended over the crossbar.

38’ Ghajnsielem’s goalie Luke Buttigieg was called to make a difficult save to turn to a corner a good shot by Victoria’s Emerson Zammit.

HT (1-1)

Second Half

The Citizens had an excellent start in the second period and took the lead in their first action of the half so they took the driving seat for the remaining minutes of play and denied Ghajnsielem from re-opening the issue.

1’ (2-1) The Wanderers turned the score in their favour when Caique Silvio Souza Da Silva’s corner kick was converted in a goal with a close-ranged header by Gabriel Farruigia.

3’ Ghajnsielem could have levelled the score when Godwin Emmanuel won the ball from Victoria’s defence but his two consecutive shots from close distance were both blocked by Victoria’s keep[er Adrian Parnis and central defender Neil Camilleri finally cleared the ball from the danger area among protests from Ghajnsielem’s players for a penalty.

12’ (protests for offside) Victoria operated a counter break through Junior Conceico Cabral, who entered Ghajnsielem’s territory following a personal action but the striker failed to conclude and the defence cleared to a corner.

22’ The Wanderers went again close to scoring another goal but a close-ranged shot by substitute Joel Xuereb, who was unmarked inside Ghajnsielem’s area, was blocked by Ghajnsielem’s goalie Luke Buttigieg.

23’ (3-1) The Citizens extended their lead to two goals when Caique Silvio Souza Da Silva entered Ghajnsielem’s exposed territory following a pass from the defence and concluded in the net with a fine shot as soon as he entered the area.

42’ (crossbar) SK Victoria Wanderers went close to sealing the win by scoring a fourth goal when substitute Aaron Touarha crossed from the right flank following a counter break and Junior Conceicao Cabaral’s header arrived to Emerson Zammit who saw his shot that was stopped by the crossbar.

FT (SKVW 3 – GHJ 1)

Referee: Vladimir Rizoski

Asst. Referees: Max-Lee Muscat, Paul Apap

Photo: Anthony Cassar

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