U21 Friendly Malta 1 Hungary 3…. with comments on each player

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 15:36

by Sandro Micallef

Ray Farrugia and his assistant Ronald Vella have a though job ahead of them not only to try and motivate their players ahead of the double competitive fixture in the months to come but also have a hard task to evaluate the below average performance of their Under 21 selection in today’s game againt Hungary.

Malta went a goal up in the early stages of the game, and gave the impression of a downhill encounter against their Hungarian counterparts. But it was not the case. The final chapter of the game had a bitter ending with Zazu’s team lacking ideas from the 5th minute onwards. One would have imagined that after going into the half time talk 2-1 down, Malta would have played more decent football in the second part but the lads’ show left much to be desired.

Malta’s double header fixtures for 1st and 6th June 2012 will see Zazu and co travelling to Slovenia and Sweden respectively where a much better performance is required to avoid to consecutive upsets.

My comments on the performance of each player below.

Malta: Steve Sultana (Adrian Parnis 66min), Luca Martinelli, Zach Muscat, Rowen Muscat ( Miguel Ciantar 45min), Jean Paul Farrugia, Darren Falzon (Jonathan Bajada 45min), Yessous Camilleri, Clyde Borg (Sheldon Grech 70min), Matthew Gauci (Ismael Grech 83min), Triston Caruna (Ryan Scicluna 55min), Steve Pisani (Terrence Vella 45min).

Hungary: Peter Gulacsi (B.Gulacsi 45min), David Kalnoki-Kis, Robert Litauszki (F.Fodor 45min), Gabor Yannaki, Adam Bodi (B.Balazs 66min), Istvan Kovacs (B.Lazar 78min), Marko Futacs (P.Tischler 45min), Andras Gosztonyi (G.Beliczky 16min), Adam Simon, Attila Fiola, Bence Islai (P.Nagy 45min)

Referee: Alan Mario Sant

Yellow Cards: Adam Simoni (H), Terence Vella and Miguel Ciantar (M)


First Half:

2min: Malta 1-0. Yessous Camilleri puts the ball home from a well taken free kick

16min: Triston Caruana’s freekick is just inches wide

30min: Hungary 1-1. Marko Futacs chests the ball from a perfect cross and has time to place the ball in the net unmarked

38min: Hungary 2-1. Marko Futcas this time anticipates Luca Martinelli from another right side cross.

40min: Steve Pisani tries his luck from distance after a lose ball

Second Half:

Both teams make several substitutions

78min: Hungary’s Patrik Tiscler shoots wide

82min: Xewkija’s keeper Adrian Parnis anticipates Tiscler’s close range attempt inside the penalty area

89min: Hungary 3-1. Bence Lazar strikes home from a Balzas’ cross with Ismael Grech trying desperately to clear off the goalline

My comments on each player:

Steve Sultana – Very good keeper and communicator on the pitch, gives constant instructions. Had to chance in the first two goals

Adrian Parnis 66min – Replaced Sultana between the goals. Could not do much in Hungary’s third goal. Had no other actions to assess.

Luca Martinelli – Very confident as right back when in possession of the ball. Lacks strength when defending.

Zach Muscat – Plays as striker / offensive player with Pieta but Zazu today placed him at the back as central defender. Good imposition and leadership.Talks well to colleagues but lacks experience as a defender when defending set pieces.

Rowen Muscat – Not one of the best games for him with the Under 21. He has to tune back to his fluent football asap in time for the June double header the team needs him, but did not deliver well today.

Miguel Ciantar 45min – Always asking for the ball but no appropriate delivery. Kept ball too much.

Jean Paul Farrugia – Very surprised that Zazu did not substitute Farrugia in the 2nd Half. Asked to play up front as striker. Below average performance and always predictable, same faint same run it was a children’s job for Yannakki and Fodor to keep him at bay. Farrugia is at his best in offensive set pieces with his almost killer header but these lacked.

Darren Falzon – Promising Naxxar lad. Good dirty work, need to be more nasty on tackles. Played as right midfield.

Jonathan Bajada 45min – Executed well the simple things but not affective like with Mosta in the League. Played central defender along with Muscat.

Yessous Camilleri – Always on the alert and jersey to jersey to the opponent’s strikers. Had the luck to put Malta a goal up. Good heading in defensive set pieces.

Clyde Borg – very good destructive midfielder (played in front of defence) but very poor delivery rarely managed to keep the ball till red shirts advance.

Sheldon Grech 70min – Few minutes few times in action.

Matthew Gauci – Needs to improve his positional play as left back. First two goals of Hungary came from crosses from his side.

Ismael Grech 83min – Few minutes to assess

Triston Caruna – Best player amongst the Malta side. His move to Qormi (playing regular football) proved a right decision as he was the most confident player. Always recovers fast when Malta looses ball.

Ryan Scicluna 55min – He is for sure a player Zazu will look more closely in the weeks to come. Has confidence and should be given a starting shirt in the next competitive match.

Steve Pisani – Very active in the first half. Would have liked to see him more minutes but was substituted in Half Time. Had a good shot and always keeps his position (played as left midfield)

Terrence Vella 45min – Most aggressive player. I have the feeling he is a bad loser (do not know him personally but his fighting spirit and encouragement towards his team mates make me almost certain) He is a good to keep possession but kept a couple of ball for too much time and lost them.



1 Comment

  1. Gordon says:

    Prosit Sandro!

    Xi haga interessanti iktar li taghti l-kummenti tieghek fuq kull player Malti. Nissugerilek li tibqa taghmilha ghax tkun qed timotiva jew tikritika kostrutivament lil player innifsu.

    Well Done!


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