The Malta Under-17 side shared the spoils with Albania in a friendly match at the MFA Training Grounds on Tuesday.
The locals 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 on 24 minutes following an excellent through pass by Kyle Cesare.
Albania levelled matters on 53 minutes when they were awarded a penalty which was converted by Marku Kristi.
Malta and Albania meet once again on Thursday in another friendly match at the Hibernians Stadium, kick-off at 11:00.
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MALTA Luke Pecorella, Clyde Cumbo, Matthew Bonello, Fabio Muscat, Godwin Mackay, Kyle Cesare, Ryan Spiteri, Kurt Zammit, Llywelyn Cremona, Luke Montebello, Matthew Thorne.
Subs: Jean Claude Debattista, Bernard Borg, Matthew Degiorgio, Leo Muscat, Gabriel Aquilina, Paolo Dandolo, Jan Muscat, Justin Pisani, Miguel Attard.
ALBANIA Fabio Gjenikaj, Amri Jonuzi, Mikelanxho Bardihi, Kristi Marku, Donald Bejko, Klodian Nuri, Xhulio Vora, Erion Hoxhallari, Rigers Selami, Aleksander Cakalli, Astrit Bunjaku.
Subs: Tedi Laco, Alken Agalliu, Klaudio Cemo, Dardan Maksutaj, Adrian Dervishi, Kristi Shyti, Senad Sallaku, Kevin Merkaj, Xhulio Tahirja
Referee Glenn Tonna
Assistant Referees: Sandro Spiteri, Redeemer Caruana.