GFA Cup Q/final
Oratory Youths   Kercem Ajax
Oratory Youths : 2   1 : Kercem Ajax

(M. Camilleri 52’, 81’)

 

(K. Borg 22’ o.g.)

E. Fenech, F. Cini, J. Chetcuti, Jur. Attard, K. Borg, K. Farrugia (M. Gauci), J. tabone (C. Cardona), A. Debrincat (M. Mumford), T. Dos Santos, S. Attard, M. Camilleri.

 

D. Spiteri, P. Kyumyurdzhiev, A. Buttigieg, J. Azzopardi, M. Mifsud, J. Said (O. Spiteri), J.P. Mizzi, K. Mifsud, I. Xuereb (S. Rais), A. Mizzi, A. Ribeiro.

Oratory Youths and Kercem Ajax produced an entertaining match where the final score remained uncertain until the final whistle.  Oratory, who were finalists in the last edition of the competition, earned qualification with a victory with the odd goal from three.  Oratory’s win matured with a good performance during eh second half of the encounter as Kercem were in a better shape during eh first half.  The Ajax created the better scoring opportunities during the opening forty five minutes of the encounter but they only managed to take a lead from an own goal that arrived mid-way through the first half.  After the break the Youths produced a good reaction and not only recovered the deficit but administered play until they scored the decisive goal nine minutes from the end of regular time.

Play during the opening minutes was balanced and took place in the midfield as the two sides were very cautious and seemed worried to avoid committing mistakes that would compromise the match at an early stage of the encounter.  As time passed by Kercem became more adventurous in their play and started to create some good scoring opportunities.  On 13 minutes an attempt by Anderson Ribeiro following a cross by Andrew Mizzi was well saved by goalie Elliott Fenech.  Two minutes later the same goalkeeper was well placed to save a low cross shot by Ribeiro from an angled position.  On 20 minutes a free kick by Petar Kyumyurdzhiev was easily saved by goalie Elliott Fenech and two minutes later the Ajax opened the score when Andrew Mizzi entered the area from the left flank and from his cross Oratory’s central defender Keith Borg hit badly in an attempt to clear the danger and ended up committing an own goal to the surprise of goalie Fenech.  Oratory replied through a free kick by Shaun Attard that was partially saved by goalie Damien Spiteri and the danger was eventually cleared to a corner by the defense.  On 36 minutes Kercem were once again dangerous through an attempt by Anderson Ribeiro who won a ball in the area but concluded incredibly wide from close distance.  The same Ribeiro had another attempt two minutes later that was neutralized by goalie Fenech and on 40 minutes Kercem’s Joseph Azzopardi concluded weak from a good position and goalie Elliott Fenech saved without difficulty.  During the final minutes of the first half Oratory managed to approach Kercem’s area more often and also created good scoring opportunities.  On 42 minutes a low shot by Shaun Attard was saved in two attempts by goalie Damien Spiteri and one minute later Oratory’s Mark Camilleri produced a good move in Kercem’s area and the ball arrived to Shaun Attard who had his shot partially saved by goalie Damien Spiteri and the defense cleared the ball from the rebound.  Seconds form half time Oratory’s Shaun Attard had a shot that ended wide.

The Youths maintained the momentum form the initial stages of the second period and they also leveled the score on 52 minutes.  Kercem’s goalie Damien Spiteri partially saved a close ranged header by Mark Camilleri following a cross by Andrea Debrincat and from the rebound Thiago Dos Santos took the ball and from his low pass Mark Camilleri concluded in goal from close distance.  Oratory kept insisting and on 58 minutes James Tabone entered Kercem’s area and his low cross was badly cleared by the defense but Mark Camilleri failed to take advantage as his shot from a good position ended high.  Three minutes later Oratory’s Shaun Attard had his attempt form a free kick by Thiago Dos Santos that was deflected to a corner and on 63 minutes a goal by Thiago Dos Santos was disallowed for an offside position by the same striker. 

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