GFA Melita Division I
Oratory Youths    Nadur Youngsters
Oratory Youths : 0   3 : Nadur Youngsters

 

 

(J. Grima 43’, C. Antunes 51’, 64’)

F. Vella, C. Cardona (K. Farrugia), K. Borg, K. Farrugia, D. Stojanovic (A. Azzopardi), J. Attard (F. Cini), T. Dos Santos, S. Attard, J. Attard, M. Camilleri, J. Tabone.

 

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

Nadur Youngsters made it three wins from three matches in the championship by defeating Oratory Youths in a match where they dominated for most of the ninety minutes of play.  This was also the main match of the weekend as both Nadur and Oratory were coming from victories in their respective first two matches of the championship.  In addition, Nadur and Oratory already met this season in the final of the Division I KO competition which goes to show that the two sides had a very good start to the new season.  However, in this match the experience prevailed over the technical and tactical abilities as Nadur took command of play from the very beginning while Oratory seemed timid and most of the players showed some inferiority complex in the challenges against their opponents.  Moreover, Oratory suffered a setback midway through the first half when their central defender Darko Stojanovic had to be substituted due to an injury.  However, Nadur had to wait until the last minutes of the first half to capitalize from their superiority but once they scored the second goal during the early stages of the second period the match lost much of the interest as Oratory never managed to produce a serious reaction and the victory was never in contention.

The Youngsters could have opened the score in the eighth minute of playe but Milos Stojanovic had his shot from a pass by Claudio Antunes that was blocked to a corner by Johann Attard with the goalkeeper beaten.  On 11 minutes a free kick by Antunes ended wide and two minutes later Oratory approached Nadur’s area through an initiative by Thiago Dos Santos but Johann Attard concluded badly from a good position.  On 19 minutes Nadur lost a good scoring opportunity but Joseph Grima’s attempt from a melee inside Oratory’s area was blocked to a corner.  One minute later Oratory’s Shaun Attard had a free kick that was neutralized by goalie Mark Grima and as time passed by Oratory tried to be more adventurous so that for some minutes the two sides produced some danger.  On 31 minutes Oratory’s Johann Attard released Thiago Dos Santos but the latter had his attempt that ended away from goal and two minutes later Antunes defended a good ball in the area but his shot missed the target.  On 35 minutes Nadur’s Joseph Grima failed to connect from closed distance to an inviting low cross and four minutes later Nadur’s goalie Mark Grima was called to make a good save following a shot by Shaun Attard.  In another good move by Oratory on 41 minutes a header by Mark Camilleri from a cross by Dos Santos ended just high.  Nadur opened the score on 43 minutes when Joseph Grima’s shot from a low cross by Josef Buttigieg hit the post and the ball bounced on the goalkeeper and ended in goal.  Oratory were shocked and on 44 minutes Nadur were again dangerous through a strike by Brian Meilak that ended just wide and in the first minute of stoppage time Oratory’s goalie Franklin Vella made a good intervention to hold a header by Charles Hili following a free kick taken by the same Meilak.

Nadur continued to dictate matter after the break and on 49 minutes Brian Meilak had another good effort that ended just wide.  However, two minutes later Nadur doubled the score when Claudio Antunes entered Oratory’s area despite the challenge by James Tabone and the Brazilian striker fired in goal with a low shot.  Oratory’s best opportunity to re-open the issue arrived on 59 minute through a free kick by Shaun Attard that was turned to a corner by goalie Mark Grima. 

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