Luckless Malta U-19s lose final group game in Torneo Caput Mundi 

The Malta Under-19 team concluded their commitments in the Roma Caput Mundi Tournament on a disappointing note after suffering a 3-1 defeat to the England Colleges FA selection in their final Group B game on Thursday.

A bright first-half display raised the Maltese boys’ hopes of gaining their first positive result in this eight-team tournament as, on 30 minutes, Kurt Shaw cancelled out Charlie Coppola’s early opener for the English side.

The first half ended 1-1 but England Colleges made an important step towards victory when Matt Ridley’s long-range effort soared into the net after 64 minutes.

A goal from Sorba Thomas, eight minutes from the end, sealed England Colleges’ first victory after two successive defeats, and left the Malta U-19 team, led by coach Wayne Attard, without a point to show for their efforts.

Attard’s side produced some commendable performances during this tournament, staged in the Lazio region, but their efforts were undone by soft goals.

The top-of-the-table clash between Italy’s Lega Nazionale Dilettanti selection and the Albania Under-19 team went into penalties after a goalless draw.

Albania won the shoot-out and will meet Romania, the Group A winners, in the final on Friday.

Duncan Formosa (27′ Rashed Al Tumi); Gary Camilleri (75′ Mark Desira); Romario Camilleri; Dejan Debono; Omar Elouni; Neil Frendo; Jan Busuttil (75′ Mattia Zarb); Juergen Grech; Zachary Grech; Kurt Shaw (73′ Mark Fenech); Andrei Spiteri (56′ Kyle Mifsud).