Malta Football Association
Malta U-17 girls lose to France in difficult opener
Sep 15, 2019
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Women's U17 Qualifiers

The Malta U-17 women's team endured a tough opening to their UEFA U-17 Women's Euro 2020 qualifiers as they suffered a 6-0 defeat against the strong France team at the Spartak Stadion, in Mogilev, Belarus. 

For this game, Malta coach Dorianne Theuma deployed last season's top scorer Haley Bugeja of Mġarr United from the start. She was partnered by Birkirkara duo Kailey Willis and Veronique Mifsud. Maya Lucia of Raiders Għargħur was the skipper.


France, World Cup winners in this category in 2012, looked for an early breakthrough and they broke the deadlock on minute six through Mouchon.


Les Bleus continued to dominate proceedings and they doubled their lead through Traore on the 36th minute. Just before half-time, France virtually sealed the win the third goal thanks to Tall.


After the change of ends, Hannequin made it 4-0 after converting from the penalty spot on minute 52. Blanc found the fifth just before the hour mark as France continued to make their pressure count.


Deep into stoppage time, Coquet wrapped up France's win the sixth and final goal.


Malta's second group game is against Iceland, on Wednesday (kick-off: 11am).


Rousseeu; Tchakounte, Kassi (46 Blanc), Mpome, Hannequin (64 Borges), Hoeltzel (46 Vairon), Mouchon (79 Coquet), Kbida, Sevenne, Traore (64 Fazer), Tall.

Coach: Cecile Locatelli.


Giulia D'Antuono; Haley Bugeja, Elena Sissons, Veronique Mifsud, Emma Ciantar Piccinino (72 Georgiana Mifsud), Kailey Willis (90 Laura Muscat), Maya Lucia, Martina Fenech, Alexandra Gatt, Laura Chetcuti Dimech, Martina Cortis (84 Mariah Cardona).

Coach: Dorianne Theuma.


Referee: Marina Aufschnaiter (Austria FA). 

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