Victoria Hotspurs scores first point – Gozo Football Association

October 7, 2022

GFA BOV Gozo Division I Football League (MD 6) Gozo Stadium

Sannat Lions FC: 1

Victoria Hotspurs F.C. : 1

44′ (1-0) Sebastien Martinez Turizo

62′ (penalty missed – saved) Olimpio Gabriel Fernandes (VH)

72′ (1-1) Damon Hili

87′ (red card) Christian Dingli (SL)

89′ (red card) Dimitri Christian Kassekar (VH)

Sannat L:

L. Buttigieg, J. Cassar (T. Agius), RH Alves Saldanha, N. Grima, CA Sanchez Gonzales, D. Borg, L. Silva Gomes, C. Dingli, A. Attard, S. Martinez Turizo, A. Azzopardi .

Victoria H:

O. Attard, DC Kassekar, O. Cremona, C. Vella, OG Fernandes, L. Farrugia (A. Xiberras), J. Pace, D. Hili, A. Debrincat (J. Grech), L. Mancuso Lemos Santos Ferreira , A. Debrincat, EA Da Silva.

In the first match of Matchday 6 of the BOV Gozo First Division Football League, Sannat Lions and Victoria Hotspurs earned one point each from a two-goal draw. This game was a straight clash from the bottom of the table as the Hotspurs were without points in their previous four games while Sannat were second from bottom with four points in their previous five games. So it was Victoria’s first point in the championship and at the same time it was Sannat’s second consecutive positive result. In the end, Sannat seemed more satisfied with the outcome since there are still four points ahead of the same Victoria, the latter however having one game less.

The final score of the match was just as both teams tried their best to secure victory. For this match, the Hotspurs had Chris Buttigieg making a return to the substitutes’ bench as a manager, and changes to the starting line-up from previous fixtures showed the Citizens were determined to start the recovery to try to walk away. from the bottom of the table. However, Sannat shared the game during the first half and managed to take the break in the lead so that after the restart they were able to administer the game. The game had a turning point just after the hour mark game when the Hotspurs missed a chance to convert a penalty so that in the following minutes their opponents gained confidence and also came close to scoring a second goal. Once the Hotspurs scored the equaliser, the final moments of the encounter became more tense, with one player from each side sent off and victory could have gone either way.

Photo: Paul Scicluna


Play for most of the first half was played in midfield as both defensive departments prevailed over the respective forwards. Neither team managed to gain control of the game and as a result action on goal was rare.

6′ The Hotspurs were dangerous on an outside strike to the surface of Olimpio Gabriel Fernandes following a personal action which ended just high.

25′ Sannat had his best chance to take the lead with a direct free kick from an angled position by Sébastien Martinez Turizo, but Victoria goalkeeper Owen Attard managed to tip the ball away for a corner with some difficulty.

44′ (1-0) Sannat opened the scoring when Camilo Andres Sanchez Gonzales broke through Victoria’s defense from the left side and with his low cross Sebastien Martinez Turizo concluded in goal with a low shot.

HT (1-0)

Second part

The game became much more interesting after the break as the Hotspurs came out determined to recover the deficit while Sannat continued to perform well in their defense so they managed to neutralize Victoria’s attacking play most of the time.

17′ (missed penalty – saved) penalty Victoria Hotspurs is awarded a penalty for a foul by Andrew Attard on Olimpio Gabriel Fernandes, but the latter sees his shot from a set piece which is diverted for a corner by goalkeeper Luke Buttigieg.

20′ Sannat could have punished his opponents when Lucas Silva Gomes put pressure on the Victoria keeper who was out of position, and the goalkeeper’s clearance was blocked by the same Silva Gomes but the ball ended up on the cross-bar.

24′ Sannat goalkeeper Luke Buttigieg is well placed and easily neutralizes a header from Elton Da Silva following a cross from Christian Vella.

27′ (1-1) The Hotspurs managed to close the deficit when Olimpio Gabriel Fernandes fired a cross from the right flank and the ball arrived at Damon Hili who controlled without pressure and shot into the goal from an ideal position.

36 Sannat was dangerous on a direct free kick from Sébastien Martinez Turizo which ended on the roof of the net.

42′ (red card) Sannat is reduced to ten players when Christian Dingli is sent off after picking up a second yellow card for a foul on Olimpio Gabriel Fernandes.

44′ (red card) Both teams finished with the same number of players on the pitch as Victoria centre-back Dimitri Christian Kassekar was also sent off after committing a second bookable foul by stopping Lucas Silva Gomes entering the box with a personal blow. stock.

45′ On the resulting free kick, Sannat almost capitalized but Sébastien Martinez Turizo’s attempt ended just wide.

45+4′ (red card) During the final stages, the officials from both substitute benches had a few arguments and in the end, Victoria coach Chris Buttigieg was sent off.

PI (SL 1 – VH 1)

Referee: Glen Tonna

Photo: Paul Scicluna

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