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Luckless Malta U-19 team lose final group game
Mar 2, 2017
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Malta U-19 team before today's game. Photo: Jesmond Abela
Malta U-19 team before today's game. Photo: Jesmond Abela

The Malta U-19 team concluded their commitments in the Roma Caput Mundi Tournament on a disappointing note today after suffering a 3-1 defeat to the England Colleges FA selection in their final Group B game.


A bright first-half display raised the Maltese boys’ hopes of gaining their first positive result in this eight-team tournament as, on 30 minutes, Kurt Shaw cancelled out Charlie Coppola’s early opener for the English side.

 

The first half ended 1-1 but England Colleges made an important step towards victory when Matt Ridley’s long-range effort soared into the net after 64 minutes.

 

A goal from Sorba Thomas, eight minutes from the end, sealed England Colleges’ first victory after two successive defeats, and left the Malta U-19 team, led by coach Wayne Attard, without a point to show for their efforts despite some commendable performances.

Attard’s side produced some commendable performances during this tournament, staged in the Lazio region, but their efforts were undone by soft goals.

 

The top-of-the-table Group B clash between Italy’s Lega Nazionale Dilettanti selection and the Albania Under-19 team went into penalties after a goalless draw.

 

Albania won the shoot-out and will meet Romania, the Group A winners, in the final on Friday.

 

MALTA U-19 FORMATION

Duncan Formosa (27 Rashed Al Tumi); Gary Camilleri (75 Mark Desira); Romario Camilleri; Dejan Debono; Omar Elouni; Neil Frendo; Jan Busuttil (75 Mattia Zarb); Juergen Grech; Zachary Grech; Kurt Shaw (73 Mark Fenech); Andrei Spiteri (56 Kyle Mifsud).

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