FA Trophy: Ghajnsielem, Nadur secure first round spots

The FA Trophy for season 2018/19 kicked-off on Friday with the first two matches from the Preliminary Round featuring four Gozitan teams. Ghajnsielem and Nadur Youngsters secured a place in the first round after defeating Oratory Youths and Munxar Falcons respectively.

In the first match at the Gozo Stadium, Ghajnsielem registered a most comfortable 8-0 win over Oratory Youths. Namy Damba put the Blacks ahead on the 5th minute and two minutes later, Luis Andre de Melo Lima doubled the score. The Brazilian scored twice on the 19th and the 30th to increase the lead further with Ibrahim Naim Belhadj making it 5-0 six minutes from the end of the first half.

Seven minutes in the second half, Luis Andre De Melo Lima scored the sixth goal, Naby Damba added another six minutes later with Luis Andre de Melo Lima making it 8-0 seven minutes from time.

In the first round, Ghajnsielem will be facing Xewkija Tigers on Thursday.

Meanwhile in the second match, Nadur scored four in the second half to beat Munxar Falcons 4-0.

Following a goalless first half, Yuri de Jesus Messias put them ahead on the 48th. Two minutes later, Marcelo Junior Barbosa doubled the score. The latter made it 3-0 on the 73rd with Yuri Messias scoring s fourth one minute from time.

In the first round, Nadur will be facing Third Division side Zurrieq on Saturday 8th.