Positive U21 Team despite the extreme cold weather conditions

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 6:59

Tuesday was MD-2 for the Malta Under21 Team who have settled well in this Finnish city of Turku despite the freezing cold temperatures and notwithstanding yet another long journey propelling the boys to this location hosting this third UEFA European Championship Group 8 Qualifier against Finland at the Veritas Stadion.

A stadium that allows a capacity of 9000 despite only 2000 Finnish fans are expected to be attending for this game on Thursday at 1800h Malta time.

The team led by coach Silvio Vella will be looking to bounce back from the harsh 4-0 setback in their last outing only a month ago against Ukraine.

In their sights the players have the opening group match and the overwhelming 0-0 draw obtained in Ballymena also a month ago against Northern Ireland.

Therefore a third away dual on the trot for the boys in this daunting group that also includes Romania and Denmark.

The team had limited time together prior to this match here in Turku with domestic action back home not over until Sunday night and only one proper training session for the boys in Malta before departure to the Scandinavian country.

Following the incessant travelling on Monday, the team accomplished some activation on Tuesday morning, carried out by Physical trainer Karl Attard and overseen by head coach Silvio Vella and his assistant Noel Turner, before taking over the training pitch on Tuesday evening in a high intensity session where the boys worked on tactical shape prior to the game due in 48 hours.

A session that clearly gave the coaching staff a clearer picture of the condition of his players prior to more preparation on MD-1 with a double session lined-up for Wednesday.

Meanwhile Senglea Athletic defender Dejan Debono, Shaun Dimech who is thriving with Valletta, and Pieta’ Hotspurs midfielder Nicholas Pisani are the new faces in this 20-man squad who travelled to Finland and will be pushing for their international debut at this level.

At the moment our opponents on Thursday led by coach Juha Malinen are leading this Group 8 following their remarkable 2-0 away win over Ukraine, and a commendable 1-1 draw that followed for Finland at home against Northern Ireland, both opening matches for them also played last month.

A short reminder that this competition allows coaches to use a maximum of five substitutes, either at half-time or in three separate slots during the 90 minutes.

GOALKEEPERS

Timothy Aquilina (Gudja United); Andreas Vella (Mosta).

DEFENDERS

Jean Borg (Valletta); Zachary Cassar (Gudja United); Dejan Debono (Senglea Athletic); Michele Sansone (Sliema Wanderers); Nicholas Pulis (Valletta); Zachary Grech (Balzan); Gary Camilleri (Tarxien Rainbows).

MIDFIELDERS

Myles Beerman (Hibernians); Shaun Dimech (Valletta); Marcus Grima (Balzan); Jamie Zerafa (Santa Lucia); David Xuereb (Senglea Athletic); Nicholas Pisani (Pietà Hotspurs); Jan Tanti (Senglea Athletic); Ayrton Attard (Hibernians).

FORWARDS

Jan Busuttil (Floriana); Zachary Brincat (Mosta); Omar Elouni (Santa Lucia).





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