Victoria Hotspurs proved to be worthy opponents when they faced Xewkija Tigers for the second time in 15 days in a game that saw Xewkija prevail once again with the odd goal. For this match, Coach Alex Simoncic had to choose from a limited squad as Dene Shields and Josmar Vella struggled from niggling injuries while Gennaro Hili wasn’t 100% match-fit. As a result, they were left on the bench. 16 year old Charlon Farrugia started the match, while Peter Buttigieg, Paul Rapa and Christian Bugeja also returned to the first 11 after last week’s win over St. Lawrence.
In the first minutes, the match started balanced with both teams being careful not to concede the goal. Hotspur’s Vasilic was the main threat, as his height and physical ability caused Sakic and Buttigieg to work hard to keep him at bay as infact they did in the first half. On the other end, Bamba and Apap started the match perfectly coping with Xewkija’s offensive line until a short clearance by Hotspur’s goalie Matthew Vella in the 24th minute gave the chance to Christ Camilleri to try his luck from far outside the box and with a perfect lob opened the score. The result remained intact until the end of the first half with Xewkija leading by a goal to nil.
In the second half, Hotspurs took initiative with a couple of shots from Buttigieg and Bajada until the 58th minute when former Xewkija player Jonathan Bajada crossed from the right and found another former player Rodney Buttigieg who netted with a perfect header. Hotspurs didn’t manage to hold the draw for long when 3 minutes later substitute Dene Shields managed his way on the right side, crossed and found Daniel Bogdanovic whose first attempt was saved by the goalkeeper and from the rebound fired the ball into the goal.
Now the match was frantical and it wasn’t a surprise that Victoria Hotspurs drew again in the 69th minute after a misunderstanding at the back left Nikola Vasilic alone in the box, placing the ball at the right side of the post. But Xewkija showed their strong character when 9 minutes later, Kenneth Mercieca recieved a through pass from Bogdanovic on the left and with an inviting low cross left Moussa Bamba with no option except to put the ball in his own goal. From there, Hotspurs pressured Xewkija and conclusions from Ferdinando Apap and Rodney Buttigieg went wide. In the end, Xewkija also had a goal by Bogdanovic dubiously disallowed for an offside infringement.
Final result: Xewkija Tigers 3 Victoria Hotspurs 2.
The Tigers will now face neighbours Għajnsielem FC in the Semi-Final and the winner will face either league leaders Nadur Youngsters or Oratory Youths. Both matches will be played later on in the season.
Referee: Marco Borg
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:35 )
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:11 Author: David Xerri
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:13 )
Monday, 10 November 2014 01:32 Author: David Xerri
After suffering a 2-1 defeat against Nadur Youngsters in their previous outing last week, Xewkija Tigers bounced back with a 1-0 win over the citizens Victoria Hotspurs.
Xewkija Tigers will continue their campaign in the GFA Cup next Sunday against St.Laurence Spurs at 3PM.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 November 2014 08:13 )
Sunday, 02 November 2014 14:57 Author: David Xerri
Xewkija Tigers lost their first Melita 1st Division match at the Gozo Stadium, yesterday against league challengers Nadur Youngsters by 2 goals in the first half, in a game which saw the Tigers creating the most clear cut chances especially in the second period.
Joseph Vella put Nadur upfront on the 32nd minute and a minute later Xewkija Tigers were awarded a penalty where Daniel Bogdanovic missed from the spot. Just after two minutes the Yellows were still under pressure and conceded another goal when a well placed shot by Claudio Antunes sailed past Adrian Parnis. Xewkija Tigers made a reaction after the break and Kenneth Mercieca decreased the score on the 58th minute.
Xewkija went close on numerous occasions with Dene Shields, Daniel Bogdanovic and Johnny Camilleri always a threat up front. Dene Shields also hit the upright in the second period and the Youngsters keeper had to be at his best to keep the score 2-1.
Xewkija Tigers will be once again in action next Saturday, facing Victoria Hotspurs at 3PM.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 November 2014 14:59 )
Monday, 27 October 2014 13:23 Author: Joseph Grima
Monday, 20 October 2014 23:43 Author: David Xerri
From that time Xewkija Tigers dominated the match with their possession but the Greens managed to hold on for a draw.
Xewkija Tigers will continue their campaign on the 1st November with a direct clash against joint leaders Nadur Youngsters, where the Tigers will be looking to get nothing but the three points.
GFA Melita Division 1 - Sun 19 October 2014 - Gozo Stadium
Referee: Alex Johnson
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:40 )
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