The Malta Independent 23 February 2019, Saturday

Futsal: Malta beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in second friendly

MFA Communications Office Monday, 21 January 2019, 09:09 Last update: about 2 months ago

FUTSAL FRIENDLY – 19/01/2019

NORTHERN IRELAND   1
MALTA                          3
(HT: 1-0)


Andy Mangion scored a brace as Malta bounced back from their 4-2 defeat in Friday’s opening warm-up to beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in their second friendly match at the Newry Leisure Centre on Saturday evening.

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All three of Malta’s goals came in the second half after Northern Ireland had taken a 1-0 half-time lead.

Led by coach Vic Hermans, the Maltese team showed resilience in the second half with Mangion cancelling out Connor Millar’s opener. 

Mangion was on target again to put Malta in the driving seat with less than three minutes remaining and Luxol team-mate George Frendo secured the win when scoring Malta’s third two minutes from time.

Saturday’s match was the fourth meeting between Malta and Northern Ireland in the last three months as the two nations had also met in two friendlies at the National Sport School in October.

After a narrow 2-1 defeat in the opening match, Malta hit back to win the second home friendly 4-1. 

The friendlies and training camp in Newry were part of Malta’s build-up for the upcoming 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup preliminary round tournament, taking place in Sweden between January 29 and February 3, 2019. Sweden, Belgium and Armenia are Malta’s opponents in Group E.

 

MALTA SQUAD 

GOALKEEPERS
Stefan Vella (Valletta), Clint Mifsud (Luxol). 

OUTFIELD PLAYERS
Mark Zammit (Luxol), Jovica Milijic (Valletta), Matthew Attard (Luxol), Giancarlo Sammut (Luxol), Andy Mangion (Luxol), Shataizan Zarb (Luxol), Lee Grech (University Of Malta), George Frendo (Luxol), Neil Cauchi (University Of Malta), Rennie Tanti (Birkirkara), Andrè Ciancio (Swieqi United).

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