GFA Melita Division I
Sannat Lions   Nadur Youngsters
Sannat Lions : 0   1 : Nadur Youngsters

 

 

(J. Grima 14’)

A. Brignoli, J. Buttigieg, M. Muscat, J. Agius, A. Debono, P. Camilleri, N. Micallef (M. Formosa), A. Williams, E. Nwankwo, E. Nkwocha, F. de Andrade.

 

M. Grima, S. Attard, P. Camilleri, C. Debono, R. Dos Santos, J. Grima (J. Buttigieg), C. Hili, B. Meilak, C. Mercieca, C. Antunes, M. Stojanovic.

Nadur Youngsters found it more difficult than expected to earn the three points at stake from their match against Sannat Lions as they did not manage to secure a comfortable lead so that the final score remained uncertain until the final whistle.  Nadur produced their best play during the first period but they did not manage to convert their superiority into good scoring opportunities so that Sannat gained confidence after the break and produced a good reaction that could have earned them a deserved point.  Nadur must have been overconfident in their approach to this encounter as they lacked the co-ordination in attack so that they ended up seeking the personal action by Claudio Antunes who was often controlled well by Sannat’s defenders.  On the other hand Sannat tried hard to earn their first point in the championship.  They had a prudent approach and managed to keep danger away from their area as much as they could during the first period.  However, they ended up conceding a goal that decided the encounter and when they produced their best scoring opportunities during the second period the strikers either arrived late or missed the target.

Nadur seemed heading towards an easy match during the first minutes of play as they produced pressure over their opponents from the very beginning.  In the eighth minute of play a shot by Claudio Antunes following a pass by Milos Stojanovic was neutralized by goalie Angelo Brignoli.  Nadur scored the only match of the encounter on 14 minutes when Antunes produced a personal move from the left flank and exchanged the ball in the area with Charles Hili before passing towards an unmarked Joseph Grima who placed easily into an open goal.  Nadur tried to maintain pressure but as time passed by Sannat settled better at their defense and also operated some counter breaks.  On 19 minutes a shot by Fernando de Andrade was save din two attempts by Nadur’s goalie Mark Grima and on 36 minutes Nadur replied through a shot cross by Antunes that was deflected by Joseph Grima but the ball ended wide.  Sannat were again dangerous three minutes later through a header by Eric Nwankwo following a cross by de Andrade that ended wide.  Seconds form half time Nadur’s Charles Hili had a shot from outsid ehte area that ended just over the crossbar.

Sannat continued to produce good play after the break and in two separate occasions Eric Nwankwo and Ejofor Nkwocha failed to conclude in goal from good position following low crosses from the left flank by de Andrade.  One minute after the hour mark Nadur’s Joseph Grima had a good attempt from a cross by Antunes that was turned to a corner by goalie Angelo Brignoli.  One minute later Sannat could have scored when Nadur’s rearguard failed to clear the ball from the area following a cross by de Andrade but Justin Agius’s shot on the run ended high. Sannat’s last scoring opportunity arrived on 69 minutes but Eric Nwankwo once again headed high a good cross by de Andrade.  In the first minute of stoppage time Nadur could have sealed the victory but two consecutive attempts by Antunes were blocked by goalie Angelo Brignoli and from the rebound substitute Josef Buttigieg had his shot blocked by substitute Mark Formosa.   

Referee: Gordon Barbara

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