GFA Melita Division I
Oratory Youths   Sannat Lions
Oratory Youths : 2   1 : Sannat Lions

(T. Dos Santos 49’, S. Attard 90+1’)

 

(F. De Andrade 47’)

E. Fenech, K. Borg, K. Farrugia, C. Cardona (M. Mumford), Joh. Attard, T. Dos Santos, S. Attard, Jur. Attard, J. Chetcuti, M. Camilleri, J. Tabone.

 

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

Oratory Youths took the third spot on the table with the points obtained from a victory with the odd goal from three in their match against Sannat Lions.  The Youths were coming from two heavy defeats from their previous two matches against the two front runners of the championship and were therefore determined to regain the confidence in their play that they expressed in their first matches of the season.  On the other hand Sannat were also aiming to obtain their first win in the championship in an attempt to move away from the bottom place on the table.  The match was therefore characterised by the fear of the two sides to commit defensive mistake that would compromise the final score.  At the end Oratory’s better physical condition prevailed during the final stages of the encounter and the Youths managed to score the decisive goal during stoppage time.

Play during the first period took place mainly in the midfield as the two defensive departments were in control of the respective strikers.  The best scoring opportunities of the first half arrived through attempts from outside the area. By Sannat’s Nicholas Micallef on 9 minutes and Fernando De Andrade on 13 minutes that ended over Oratory’s goal.

The match had a turning point in the second minute of play of the second period when Sannat took the lead.  Ejofor Nkwocha entered the area from the right and from his low shot Fernando De Andrade was at the right place for the tap-in.  Oratory had an immediate reaction and two minutes later they levelled the score through an excellent header by Thiago Dos Santos following a cross by Christian Cardona.  Play became more exciting as the two sides tried to take the lead.  On 63 minutes a shot by Sannat’s Eric Nwankwo was neutralised by goalie Elliot Fenech.  Oratory replied four minutes later through a shot by Shaun Attard from a pass by Thiago Dos Santos that was well saved by goalie Angelo Brignoli.  On 81 minutes Sannat’s Eric Nwankwo had a cross shot that ended wide and four minutes later Sannat’s goalie Brignoli saved with difficulty a free kick by Thiago Dos Santos.  In the following action Sannat’s Fernando De Andrade ended high.  Oratory became more dangerous during the final moments and on 86 minutes goalie Angelo Brignoli was called to make difficult interventions in separate actions to block shots by Shaun Attard and Thiago Dos Santos.  Oratory score the decisive goal of the encounter in the first minute of stoppage time when Shaun Attard exchanged the ball with Thiago Dos Santos at the edge of thge area and fired in goal from an angled position.

Referee: Shaun Calleja

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