Malta in 4th place in the 7th IHF / EHF Under 23 Challenge Trophy

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 16:55

Even though Malta lost all three matches, the team produced positive performances. Most notably were both second half performances on the first and last matches against tournament runners up, Azerbaijan, and Scotland respectively.

In the first match against Azerbaijan, Mamo’s players commenced well however with 15 minutes into the match Azerbaijan dominated the court and turned out winning the first half by 7 goals. Malta refused to throw the towel, with persistent efforts and flowing handball, the reds won the second part of the match by 1 goal against second placed Azerbiajan, however lost by 6 goals. Left Back Alex Di Pilato, who injured his toe during the preparation of the tournament, scored 6 goals followed by Ian Turban who netted 5 goals. Goalkeeper John Scicluna had an impressive match after replacing Daniel Tanti in goal.

In the second match, Malta lost heavily to tournament winners Moldova. However, Malta increased the rhythm in the second half by scoring 13 goals, against a compact and strong Moldovan defense.  Back Chris Magro netted 6 goals followed by Right back Peter Naudi who scored 4 goals.

In the last match of the 7th IHF/EHF Challenge Trophy, Malta lost to Scotland who registered their first win in the tournament. The match by far the most exciting this weekend for Maltese supporters, provided great handball by both teams. In the initial stages of the first half, both teams seemed to be cancelling each other. Nonetheless, Scotland started to take the lead as they managed to gain a seven goal lead before half-time. Malta improved their game and managed to win the second part of the match by 2 goals, however missed out on a chance to end up on the podium. Scotland’s left winger Girvan was the main danger man attacking the Maltese defense scoring an impressive 14 goals. Luke Zammit netted 6 goals, Ian Turban, Peter Naudi and Chris Magro scored 5 goals each. Daniel Tanti produced some fine saves through out the encounter.

Ian Turban was voted as the best Centre Back. Chris Magro was Malta’s top scorer netting a total of 15 goals in 3 games.

Results:

04.11.2011 17:30  Moldova VS Scotland 47 : 20 04.11.2011 20:00  Azerbaijan VS Malta 29 : 23 05.11.2011 17:00  Scotland VS Azerbaijan 19 : 3605.11.2011 19:00  Malta VS Moldova 20 : 41 06.11.2011 16:00  Moldova VS Azerbaijan 34 : 31 06.11.2011 18:00  Scotland VS Malta 32 : 27





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