MFA FA Trophy Rd 3
Nadur Youngsters   Gharghur
Nadur Youngsters : 4   1 : Gharghur

(M. Stojanovic 11’, S. Baala 30’, 38’, 90+2’)

 

(M. Fagbeja 74’)

M. Grima, P. Camilleri (B. Meilak), F. Camilleri, R. Dos Santos, C. Mercieca, J. Vella, M. Hyzler (C. Azzopardi), M. Stojanovic, C. Antunes, S. Baala, C. Hili (S. Attard).

 

Z. Valletta, K. Camilleri, P. Grima, B. Galea, M. Fleri Soler, A.P. Camilleri (A. Scerri), R. Vella, C. Debattista (C. Bonavia), S. Micallef (C. Zarb), M. Fagbeja, M. Deanov.

The current leaders of the GFA Melita Division I championship Nadur Youngsters defeated Gharghur FC from the BOV MFA Division II League to earn a deserved qualification to the fourth round of the second most important honour in Maltese football.  Nadur had control of play for most of the ninety minutes and the qualification issue was practically resolved by the end of the first half.  Nadur’s win arrived through a collective effort where the defense produced a solid protection to their goalkeeper, the midfield had a good work-rate to recover the possession and the striker were a continuous danger to Gharghur’s rearguard.  On the other hand the visitors seemed determined during the opening minutes but as time passed by they ended up conceding space to their opponents and compromised their possibility to challenge for qualification during the first half.

During the opening minutes of the encounter the two sides were prudent and play took place in the midfield.  Gharghur threatened Nadur’s defense with a shot by Andy Paul Camilleri that ended wide and one minute later Nadur opened the score.  A cross by Claudio Antunes arrived to Mark Hyzler in the area.  The latter passed to Milos Stojanovic who placed in goal with a low shot.  Gharghur replied three minutes later with a header by Brian Galea from a free kick by Martin Deanov that ended high.  On 17 minutes Nadur’s Joseph Vella had a free kick that was saved in two attempts by goalie Zach Valletta.  The same goalkeeper went out to the edge of the area two minutes later to block the danger as Milos Stojanovic was entering the area following a through pass by Claudio Antunes.  On 21 minutes Milos Stojanovic entered the area but had his attempt blocked by goalie Valletta and from the same action the same goalkeeper neutralized the cross by Mark Hyzler.  One minute later a shot by Claudio Antunes ended high and on 27 minutes Nadur went again close to scoring but Milos Stojanovic’s attempt after exchanging the ball with Hyzler was blocked by the defense.  Nadur doubled the score on 30 minutes when Milos Stojanovic passed to Sunday Baala following a long action in Gharghur’s area and the latter placed in goal with a low shot.  Gharghur seemed demoralized and on 37 minutes a good move by Joseph Vella was cleared to a corner by Gharghur’s Andy Paul Camilleri.  One minute later Nadur increased the score when a Claudio Antunes entered the area following a through pass by Ramon Dos Santos and the former passed to an unmarked Sunday Baala who netted easily with a low drive.  During the final minutes of the first half the Youngsters maintained pressure on their opponents and on 42 minutes a shot by Joseph Vella ended high.  Two minutes later Gharghur’s goalie Valletta saved with difficulty a shot by Claudio Antunes and just before half time the same goalkeeper was again called to make an important intervention to neutralize a shot from outside the area by Charles Hili.

Nadur could have increased the score in the second minute of play of the second period but a shot by Claudio Antunes was saved in two attempts by goalie Valletta.  As time passed by Nadur reduced their pressure and Gharghur started to operate more play with Nadur’s territory.  However, Gharghur failed to convert their play into scoring opportunities and the best occasion arrived on 64 minutes but a free kick by Martin Deanov was blocked by the wall.  The Youngsters continued to be more dangerous in their counter breaks and on 70 minutes a long ranged attempt by Claudio Antunes ended wide. 

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