Second U16 Friendly: Another Win for the AustriansPublished: 21-06-2022 12:02
UNDER 16 FRIENDLY
20th June 2022, Ta’ Qali Training Grounds
Like in the first match last Friday (1-5), the Maltese Under-16 side found it hard against a well organised, speedy and talentend Austrian side, coached by ex-Austria international Manfred Zsak. Despite a promising start, as soon as the visitors scored their first goal early in the game, it was clear the Maltese were in for a tough evening.
Malta did well to push the strong Austrians in their own half from kick-off. However, the visitors scored in their first attack, with captain Niko Wurmbrand beating Niklas Vella from close-range on four minutes. In the first half hour of the match, Austria added three more goals, all from wonderful built-up attacks, but also with the help of some inadequate defending by the Maltese. Christopher Olivier scored the second on 17 minutes after a precise cross from Muhammed Canazlar. Four minutes later, Gabriel Macic added Austria’s third from close-range and although Niklas Vella got a hand on it, Wurmbrand added his second of the evening on 28 minutes. A free kick from Liam Delicata on 32 minutes sailed over the crossbar while Wurmbrand could have added his third on 38 minutes but somehow failed to find the net with only Vella to beat.
The hosts showed more cohesion in the second half and initially managed to frustrate their opponents with some accurate tackling and interferences during the first 20 minutes. However, Andreas Vella’s tactical plan had to be changed after substitute Bradley Farrugia received his second caution on the hour. It did not take the Austrians long to add goal number five, with Jovan Zivkovic finding the net on 67 minutes. Three minutes later, Tarik Brkic added the visitors’ sixth goal, surprising substitute goalkeeper Jake Scicluna with an unexpected long range shot. In the remaining time left, Scicluna did well to deny another two goalscoring opportunities by Zivkovic, who was definitely Austria’s most lively player after coming on as a half-time substitution.
All in all another useful Friendly in preparation for the UEFA Under-17 Championship between 19 and 25 October, in which Malta will host Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Czech Republic.
Niklas Vella (Jake Scicluna 41), Kewell Fardell (Peter Ohaka 71), Nic Briffa, Kean Scicluna, Lucas Okeke, Sasha Glumac (Shaun Carabott 41), Lenny Mattocks (Xylen Debono 79), Benjamin Cassar (Bradley Farrugia 41), Liam Delicata (Nexille Grech 41), Jake Azzopardi (Kayden Farrugia 71), Keyon Ewurum.
Coach: Andreas Vella
Jonas Ueberbacher, Danny Kleinboeck, Marijan Oesterreicher, Jakob Brandtner, Florent Hajdini, Fabian Feiner, Christopher Olivier (Leon Lalic 72), Tarik Brkic, Muhammed Canazlar, Nikolaus Wurmbrand (Jovan Zivkovic 41), Gabriel Macic.
Coach: Manfred Zsak