Maltese girls end UEFA tournament with perfect record

Friday, February 2, 2018, 17:21

Malta wrapped up their commitments in the UEFA Girls Under-16 Development Mini-tournament with a perfect record after seeing off Liechtenstein 6-0 for their third win in as many matches.

In their previous two outings, the Maltese girls, led by coach Dorianne Theuma, beat Andorra 2-0 and Gibraltar 14-0.

The home team started the match in bright fashion, constantly trying to push forward through the overlapping Emma Ciantar and Rachela Pace.

After going close through Michela Bonello Ghio and Kailey Willis. Malta opened the scoring on 19 minutes.

Veronique Mifsud’s in-swinging cross-shot from a corner sailed past the opposing goalkeeper.

Maia Debono doubled Malta’s lead with a long-range effort which was defleced by the goalkeeper.

Immediately after, Rachela Pace struck a third with a curling effort.

Theuma’s girls pressed for more goals before the half-time break.

Hayley Bugeja made it 4-0 with a fine individual effort.

On the brink of half-time, Malta added two more goals… the first an own goal while Laura Chetcuti Dimech scored the other for a commanding 6-0 lead.

After the change of ends, Malta easily controlled the proceedings and came close to scoring their seventh goal but Jessica Dimech missed a penalty in stoppage time.

In the other match, Andorra beat Gibraltar 1-0.

LIECHTENSTEIN
Sumeyye Oezcan, Joelle Altherr, Nexhmije Arifaj (Destiny Kranz 41’), Fiona Batlinr, Sophia Blumenthal, Felicia Frick (Camilla Kind 66’), Sina Kollmann, Desiree Maiolo, Katharina Risch, Stella Sprenger ©, Selina Wehinger.
COACH: Selina Ruckstuhl

MALTA
Sarah Zarb (Giulia D’Antuono 41’), Laura Chetcuti Dimech (Tammy Agius 66’), Valentina Rapa (Maya Lucia 75’), Jessica Lee Dimech ©, Rachela Pace (Rebecca Laferla 50’), Maia Melaine Debono, Kailey Willis (Maria Michaela Cassar 66’), Veronique Mifsud (Shakira Bugeja 66’), Michela Bonello Ghio (Kaycee Micallef 41’), Haley Bugeja (Elena Sissons 50’), Emma Philippa Ciantar (Shania Maria Spiteri 50’).
COACH: Dorianne Theuma.

Referee: Luke Xuereb.





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