Malta registered another victory over Andorra, in their second international match, after beating the same opponents by three goals to nil on Tuesday. Two braces from Raina Giusti and Ylenia Carabott sealed the win for the Maltese girls.
Malta dominated the match from the initial minutes and at the first time of asking, on the 5th minute, they forged ahead. Birkirkara striker Raina Giusti fired a shot from the edge of the box, hitting the post first and then the goalkeeper’s back, with the ball bouncing back into an empty net. A minute later, Giusti almost made it two, but her long-range effort was well-parried by Andorra’s goalkeeper Ainhoa Fernandez. On the 9th minute, Jade Flask tried her luck from a set-piece, but her header was kept out by Fernandez. On the 25th minute, Giusti doubled the lead when she capitalized on a Shona Zammit’s cross. Andorra’s first goal-scoring opportunity was on the 37th minute, when skipper Marina Fernandez hit the woodwork from a free-kick on the edge of the box. On the brink of half-time, Rachel Cuschieri almost deceived the extreme defender with a low strike from a set-piece, but the goalkeeper managed to parry her shot. Andorra replied with Maria Ruzafa, whose shot was blocked by Malta’s number one, Janice Xuereb.
After the change of ends, Malta remained the better team on the field, and on the 53rd minute Shona Zammit was the first to take initiative as she tried her luck within a close range, with Martina Borg missing out on the rebound. On the 55th minute, Flask was close to collect her first goal of the season, but she could not direct her header into the net. On the 69th minute, Ylenia Carabott listed her name on the score sheet, as the ball dropped to her feet and within an aches of space, she fired a shot, leaving Fernandez no chance to keep the ball out. Carabott also collected her second personal goal, capitalizing after a solo effort to make it 4-0 for Malta.
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Janice Xuereb; Gabriella Zahra, Stephania Farrugia, Rachel Cuschieri, Alishia Sultana, Raina Giusti, Shona Zammit, Jade Flask, Charlene Zammit ©, Brenda Borg, Yasmeen Vella
(Subs. Used: Martina Borg, Mandy Debono, Ylenia Carabott, Rebecca Bajada, Kelly Agius Pace, Andy Zammit Mizzi)
Coach: Mark Gatt