Womens Under-17 Football: An impressive display not enough for the Maltese

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 20:20

Gavin Muscat

Match: Greece vs Malta

Venue: Pampeloponnisiaka Stadium, Patras, Greece

Date: 08/10/2016

Time: 15:00 CET (16:00 local)

Referee: Jurgita Mačikunytė (LTU)

Full-time score: 2-0 (HT: 2-0)

Scorers: Maria Palama 24’, Dimitra Karapetsa 36’ (G)

Greece’s starting XI: Zoi Nasi; Anna Konstantinidou, Zoi Christodolou, Maria Katirtsidou, Maria Paterna, Maria Palama, Dimitra Karapets ©, Grigoria Pouliou, Ifigineia Georgantzi, Eirini Despoina Drakonaki, Konstantina Strantzali

Malta’s starting XI: Patricia Ebejer; Kim Borg, Nicole Sciberras, Chloe Ann Ellul, Celeste Grech, Maia Debono, Maria Farrugia ©, Samantha Zarb, Rohanne Zahra, Sarah Urpani, Michela Felice

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Another brave performance was not enough for the Women’s U-17 selection, as they fell short to hosts Greece in their second commitment from these European qualifications.

As expected, Greece targeted this match as a must-win and they inched up their way in the pitch from the initial minutes, in search of an early goal.

In a disappointing first half for the Maltese side, Maria Palama drew first blood on the 24th minute, while six minutes later, skipper Dimitra Karapetsa doubled the Greeks’ lead to end the first half at 2-0.

Coach Frank Schembri introduced a couple of new faces after the change of ends, and the Maltese looked a different side, as they were more resilient, preventing Greece from extending their lead.

Following the match, Greece’s coach, Antonios Prionas, had words of praise towards the Maltese girls, describing them as one of the most organized team he’d ever crossed swords with.

Meanwhile, Malta will be back in action next Tuesday, when they face Montenegro at 15:00, Malta’s time.

Stay tuned on the official Facebook page on Facebook in order to be constantly updated about the U-17 selection’s expedition in Greece.

 

Malta Under-17 National Womens Football Team





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