A Draw for the under 17s in the first friendly encounter with Albania

Published: 21-03-2012 20:10
 Under-17 International Friendly Match19/04/2011 Malta vs Albania 1-1 (HT 1-0)24' L. Montebello M, 53' (M). Kristi Pen (A)Venue: MFA Training Grounds Under-17 Friendly: Malta vs Albania 1-1Date: 21-04-11            Malta U17 Albania U171Pecorella Luke1Gjenikaj Fabio      2Cumbo Clyde2Jonuzi Amri         3Bonello Matthew3Bardihi Mikelanxho  4Muscat Fabio4Marku Kristi5Mackay Godwin (c)5Bejko Donald        6Cesare Kyle6Nuri Klodian        7Spiteri Ryan7Vora Xhulio         8Zammit Kurt8Hoxhallari Erion    9Cremona Llywelyn9Selami Rigers10Montebello Luke10Cakalli Aleksander  (c)11Thorne Matthew11Bunjaku Astrit           Reserves  12Debattista Jean Claude12Laco Tedi           13Borg Bernard13Agalliu Alken       14Degiorgio Matthew14Cemo Klaudio        15Muscat Leo15Maksutaj Dardan     16Aquilina Gabriel16Dervishi Ardian     17Dandolo Paolo17Shyti Kristi18Muscat Jan18Sallaku Senad       19Pisani Justin19Merkaj Kevin        20Attard Miguel20Tahirja Xhulio           Coach   Edwin Camilleri Dzemal Mustedanagic     Referee: Mr. TONNA Glen (Malta FA)  Assistant 1: Mr. SPITERI Sandro (Malta FA) Assistant 2: Mr. CARUANA Redeemer (Malta FA) Edwin Camilleri’s team started off the match in a convincing manner producing some fluent football and dictating play. Albania, after a slow start had some shots at goal but it was the home team who scored first with a well taken shot by Luke Montebello in the twenty fourth minute after an excellent through pass by Llywelyn Cremona. Albania, in white shirts and shorts, managed to score in the second half in a solitary attack when their attacker was floored inside the Maltese box. Marku Kristi calmly took the responsibilty of the penalty and scored dispatching the keeper the other way. Luke Montebello nearly scored again with barely five minutes to go after a choral move ended with a well placed shot by the Birkirkara striker who hit the upright with the ball bouncing back in the field of play. The match was refereed by Glenn Tonna, assisted by Sandro Spiteri and Redeemer Caruana. Edwin Camilleri commented to "This was a positive match and with some more attention we could have easily won the game. For all of our players this was their first international experience and we definitely need more of these kind of games to help our learning curve." Malta and Albania meet each other again in the second friendly International friendly Under 17 match on Thursday at 11:00 Hrs at the Hibernians Stadium.