Malta Football Association
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Malta beats Faroe Islands 3-2 in Friendly Match
Nov 19, 2013
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Malta returned to winning ways after their below par performances in their last two World Cup qualifiers, by beating Faroe islands with the odd goal in five for a 3-2 final scoreline.


This was Malta's first ever win over the Faroe Islands in four clashes played so far between the two sides. 

 

Malta were superior in the first forty-five minutes and went three goals up by the halfway mark. They then controlled most of the second half and looked as if they were heading towards a comfortable win. Faroe islands however came back with two goals in the last 10 minutes of the match to set up a tense finale.

 

Ryan Fenech opened the scoring for the home side, 17 minutes from the start with a powerful drive from some distance which ended up in the top corner and which gave the opposing goalkeeper no chance to save. 

 

Hardly two minutes had passed when captain Michael Mifsud scored his 39th goal for his country to make it 2-0 after a through pass from Fenech. Malta kept the upper hand and it was no surprise when Jonathan Caruana helped the ball past the goal line from a corner to make it 3-0.

 

Faroe Islands reacted to this and striker Klettskaro twice had the opportunity to reduce the deficit. Once being denied by keeper A. Hogg and then firing wide from an angle.

 

The hosts seemed to ease their efforts at the resumption of play and this gave Faroe islands the chance to get more in the game. Andrew Hogg was tested on two occasions, first by a fierce drive from Udsen and then tipping the ball away with difficulty after an effort by Nattestadt.

 

Hogg was however helpless against Hansson's powerful shot from inside the box, with 10 minutes to go. This goal urged Faroe Islands to press forward and reduce the gap further. Something which they managed with two minutes to go when Baldvinsson drove low to beat Hogg for a 3-2 final scoreline.

 

This was Malta's second win for 2013 and their ninth positive result in their last 10 friendly matches.

 

Full Match Report

 

 

International Friendly 'A' Match

   
 

Malta  vs. Faroe Islands  FT 3-2 (HT 3-0)

   
 

Scorers: R. Fenech 18', M. Mifsud 20', J. Caruana 41' (MLT), H. Hansson 80', R. Baldvinsson (FRO)

 

Venue: Ta' Qali National Stadium

   
 

Date: 19/11/2013 Time: 19:00 Hrs

   
       
 

Malta

 

Faroe Islands

 

1

Andrew Hogg (Gk)

1

Gunnar Nielsen (GK)

 

2

Caruana Jonathan (G 41')

2

Jónas Tór Næs  (C)

 

5

Agius Andrei (Y 30')

4

Rógvi Baldvinsson  (G 87', Y 90+4')

 

6

Fenech Ryan (G 18')

5

Pól Jóhannus Justinussen

 

7

Failla Clayton

3

Erling Jacobsen

 

8

Briffa Roderick (Y 10', Sub out 87')

8

Christian R. Mouritsen  (Sub out 46')

 

9

Mifsud Michael (C) (G 20')

9

Daniel Udsen  (Sub out 82')

 

10

Cohen Andrew (Sub out 81')

6

Hallur Hansson  (G 80')

 

13

Schembri Andre

7

Heini Vatnsdal  (Sub out 87')

 

14

Mintoff John

11

Páll A. Klettskarð

 

22

Muscat Alex

10

Klæmint A. Olsen  (Sub out 71')

 

       

 

 

Substitutes

   

 

12

Haber Justin (Gk)

16

Teitur M. Gestsson  (Gk)

 

3

Grioli Justin

23

Kristian Joensen  (Gk)

 

11

Herrera Edward

12

Kristin R. Mouritsen

 

15

Borg Jacob

13

Sonni Ragnar Nattestad  (Sub in 46')

 

16

Bezzina Steve

14

Karl Løkin  (Sub in 87')

 

17

Camilleri Ryan

15

Sølvi Vatnhamar  (Sub in 71')

 

18

Vella Terence (Sub in 87')

17

Rene Joensen  (Sub in 82')

 

19

Scerri Mark (Sub in 81')

18

Dánjal Á Lakjuni

 

20

Gatt Baldacchino Clifford

   

 

       

 

 

Coach

   

 

 

Pietro Ghedin

 

Lars Olsen

 

       
 

Referee

   
 

Marcin Borski (FIFA & Poland FA)

   
 

Assistant referees

   
 

Rafal Rostkowski (FIFA & Poland FA) & Krzysztof Myrmus (FIFA  & Poland FA)

 

Fourth official

   
 

Marco Borg (FIFA & MALTA FA)

   
       
 

G: Goal, Y: Yellow, R: Red, Sub in: Substituted in , Sub out: Substituted Out,
Missed Pen: Missed Penalty, Scored Pen: Scored Penalty

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