The Malta Under-19 side finished its commitments in Group 6 of the UEFA Under-19 Championship qualifiers in third place thanks to a 3-1 win over Gibraltar in the final game at the Graun Park in Tramore, Ireland.
It was Aidan Jake Friggieri who put Malta ahead two minutes from the end of the first half but James Coombes restored equilibrium when he converted a penalty seven minutes in the second half. Captain Jurgen Degabriele restored the lead for Malta on the 59th and Matthew Guillaumier sealed the issue with a third goal four minutes from time.
Malta had suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to hosts Ireland in the first game but lost 1-7 to Switzerland in the second.
MALTA Philip Schranz, James Brincat, Karl Micallef, Nick Ghio, Jean Borg, Matthew Guillaumier, Conor Borg, Axl Xuereb (46′ Kurt Zammit), Jurgen Degbariele, Joseph Mbong (85′ Antoine Attard), Aidan Friggieri (89′ Jake Grech).
GIBRALTAR Dayle Coleing, Francis Ernest Picardo (58′ Scott Ballantine), Lee Coombes, Ethan Jolley, Jesse Victory, Thomas Peter Joseph Isola, James Coombes (68′ Kevagn Ronco), Alan Parker, Jules Origo, Erin Barnett, Jayce Consigliero (46′ Daylian Victor)
Referee: Fran Jović (CRO)