A positive test for the Malta Futsal Team against Armenia

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:47

Malta met Armenia in the first of two friendly matches at the National Sport School in Pembroke on Thursday.

Armenia was the better team on the day, winning 10-1. They enjoyed the better start, taking a 2-0 lead with goals from Garegin Mashumyan, who scored with a low drive, and Henrique Costa Da Silva who beat Brandon Debono with a delightful back-heel effort from close range.

Firas Aboulezz, making his futsal debut for Malta, narrowed the deficit, finishing off a solo move with a fine shot.

Midway through the first half, Jovica Milijic diverted the ball into his own net in an attempt to clear the danger. Victor Martins De Souza then poked home from close range at the end of a flowing move by the Armenians to make it 4-1.

In the second half, Kelson Vincius de campos scored a hat-trick for Armenia with David Aslanian, Sargis Margaryan and Andranik Karapetyan adding the other goals.

On Friday, the Malta futsal team produced a much-improved performance in their second friendly match against Armenia at the National Sport School, hitting back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3.

Determined to bounce back from their disappointing defeat in Thursday’s first friendly, the Maltese team upped their game and showed great resilience throughout, making it hard for Armenia.

Armenia took a 2-0 first-half lead with goals from Sarò Galstya, from a penalty, and Garegin Mashumyan. Karl Sciortino pulled one back for Malta with a powerful shot following a solo effort but Armenia restored their two-goal lead nine minutes into the second half with a goal from Mamikon Voskanyan.

Despite being two goals down, the Maltese team, led by coach Vic Hermans, kept going. Their fightback produced the desired rewards as Malta netted twice in the closing stages.

A flowing move by the Maltese team saw Carl Azzopardi deliver an intelligent pass to Firas Aboulezz who tapped home from close range. Moments later, Malta equalised when Jovica Milijic’s drive sailed into the path of Azzopardi who headed home from close range.

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