Malta Football Association
Romania prove too strong for brave Malta
Oct 23, 2021
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U19 - Qualifiers
Credit: Stephen Gatt
Credit: Stephen Gatt

  • Credit: Stephen Gatt


Round 1 - League B - Group 4

23.10.2021, Centenary Stadium


MALTA                2

ROMANIA           5

(HT 1-3)



Malta – Willis 45’, Camilleri 86’

Romania - Bumbar 5’, Botojel 14’, Balaceanu 32’, Borodi 51’, Frincu 52’



Romania won their second game in the UEFA U-19 Tournament as they beat Malta today.  An early goal paved the way for Romania, but even if Malta never gave up, Romania proved to be too strong for the hosts and they dictated play throughout the whole game. 


Schembri made just one change from the starting eleven.  He opted to leave Sunderland player Emma Philippa Ciantar on the bench and instead he gave the first call for Yulya Carella


Romania broke the deadlock after five minutes.  Sonia Maria Bumbar’s shot swept through and took Malta custodian Giulia D’Antuono by surprise.


After that cold shower, Schembri’s girls seemed to settle down.  On the 7th minute, Kailey Willis received a perfect pass from Yulya Carella, however her effort went just wide.  A minute later Malta, through Veronique Mifsud had another shot at goal missing the target by a few centimetres.


After 11 minutes, Romania were awarded a penalty after Roxana Mirea was fouled by Tammy Falzon.  From the penalty spot, Cristina Botojel increased the score to 2-0.


The visitors were now in control and on 32 minutes, from a Sonia Bumbar freekick, in came Ioana Balaceanu beating D’Antuono with a powerful shot.


Romania went close again after just three minutes, with an Elena Frincu’s shot from the left went slightly off target.  A minute later Cardona received a pass inside the area from foreign based Kailey Willis, however her position was whistled off as offside.


Malta pulled one back on the strike of the 45th minute.  Kailey Willis wondrously dribbled the ball and with a solo effort managed to beat Romania goalkeeper Campean.


Romania increased the score six minutes into the second half, Borodi received a shot from the left by Pinzarlu and took advantage of a defensive blunder to hit home from close range.   Romania’s hard-working Frincu also got in the act and found the net a minute later.   


Malta went near to reducing the gap on 66 minutes.  Kailey Willis’ powerful left shot hit the post.


The Maltese girls kept trying and were rewarded on 86 minutes, when substitute Izabella Camilleri hit home from close range.


Earlier on today, Israel and Georgia shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the same venue.  Malta’s next appointment is on Tuesday against Georgia, kick-off 11:00hrs, at the Centenary Stadium.




Giulia D’Antuono, Tammy Falzon, Kailey Willis, Maya Lucia (54’ Michaela Cachia), Martina Fenech, Alexandra Marcela Gatt, Rhea Borg, Ileana Farrugia (81’ Izabella Camilleri), Yulya Carella (59’ Hannah Khatib), Mariah Cardona (54’ Martina Cortis), Veronique Mifsud


Subs not used: Justyne Joy Caruana, Elena Sissons, Emma Philippa Ciantar, Iulia Mifsud, Sarah Barberi


Coach: Frank Schembri



Sarah Campean, Ioana Simona Sigheartau, Noemi Vincze, Cristina Botojel (46’ Edvina Ciontos), Sonia Maria Bumbar, Iana Balaceanu (67’ Daniela Alexandra Preda), Teodora Andreea Pinzariu (79’ Daiana Maria Onet), Roxana Mirea, Florentina-Camelia Iancu (57’ Gyorgyi Toth), Adina Cristina Borodi, Elena Frincu (57’ Rita Mitri)


Subs not used: Ana-Maria Serbanica, Aranka Orban, Brigitta Szasz Bencze, Kriszta Egyed


Coach: Marin Ion


Referee: Viki De Cremer (Belgium)

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