Malta Football Association
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Malta Under-19 squad heading to Rome in high spirits
Feb 16, 2019
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U19 - Friendlies
Photo: Stephen Gatt
Photo: Stephen Gatt

The Malta Under-19 team overcame the Austria Under-17 side 1-0 in a friendly played at the Malta FA Training Grounds on Friday.
 


A balanced and keenly-contested encounter went Malta’s way thanks to Shaun Dimech’s close-range effort in the final stages of the game.

 

The match against the Austrian team, who have advanced to the Elite Round of the 2019 UEFA U-17 Championship, was a good test for the Malta U-19 side ahead of their participation in the annual Roma Caput Mundi Tournament, starting this Monday.

 

Malta U-19 coach Winston Muscat, who is assisted by Charlie Scerri, has finalised his 20-strong squad ahead of the contingent’s departure to Rome on Sunday.

 

His squad comprises players who were involved in the last UEFA U-19 Championship qualifying competition as well as a host of younger elements who were part of the Malta Under-17 squad.

 

At the Roma Caput Mundi Tournament, the Malta U-19s will play against the England Schools Team (Monday), Lazio Regional Selection (Tuesday) and Kosovo U-19 (Thursday) in Group B.

 

These matches are part of the build-up for the qualifying round of the 2019/2020 UEFA Under-19 Championship later this year. Italy, the tournament hosts, Slovakia and Cyprus are the other teams in Group 6.

 

POSITIVE CAMPAIGN

 

The Malta U-19 team gave a very good account of themselves in the last UEFA Under-19 qualifying round tournament, played last November at the Centenary Stadium. 

 

Playing in Group 6, the Maltese team gained four points after holding Belgium to a 1-1 draw and beating Lithuana 2-1 in their final match. In their opening game, Malta suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to group winners France.

 

Muscat and the Malta U-19 team are among the finalists in the coach and team of the year categories at the 2019 SportMalta Awards L-Għażliet Sportivi Nazzjonali.

 

MALTA U-19 SQUAD

 

GOALKEEPERS
Amara Sylla (Birkirkara); Ryan Vella (Hibernians).

 

DEFENDERS
Sheldon Mizzi (Pietà Hotspurs); Liam McKay (Pietà Hotspurs); Andreas Vella (Hibernians); Ismael Borg (Lija Athletic); Glenn Attard (Birkirkara); Isaac Galea (Floriana); Matthew Portelli (Hibernians).

 

MIDFIELDERS
Shaun Dimech (Valletta); Christian Gauci (San Ġwann); Bradley Sciberras (Floriana); Jake Ghio (Pietà Hotspurs); Carlo Zammit Lonardelli (Birkirkara); Jamie Sixsmith (St Andrews).

 

FORWARDS

Russell Vella (Ħamrun Spartans); Alex Satariano (St Andrews); Paul Mbong (Birkirkara); Sebastian Grech (Birkirkara); Jake Engerer (Cesena, Italy).

 


 

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