Narrow defeat for women’s national team to Hungary

The Malta women’s national team suffered a 1-0 defeat in the first of two friendly matches at the Centenary Stadium on Friday.

Hungary’s Dora Sule hit the crossbar with a curling effort mid-way through the first half but five minutes from half-time, Szanett Jakabfni, who plays for Wolfsburg scored with a thumping volley after profiting from a distraction by the Maltese players who had earlier put the ball out of play as Parnis lay on the pitch injured.

On the 68th minute, Fanni Vonn missed a great chance to double Hungary’s lead, shooting wide from the penalty spot.

The second friendly match between Malta and Hungary will be played on Monday at the Centenary Stadium, kick-off at 15:00.

Photo: Copyright © Joe Borg/MFA

MALTA Janice Xuereb, Stephania Farrugia, Jade Flask, Charlene Zammit (Rebecca Bajada 73’), Ann-Marie Said, Dorianne Theuma (Tracy Theuma 78’), Shona Zammit, Brenda Borg (Claudette Xuereb 64’), Kim Parnis (Amber Grech 42’), Martina Borg (Ylenia Carabott 46’), Roxanne Micallef (Yolande Attard 46’).

HUNGARY Reka Szocs, Szilvia Szeiti, Viktoria Szahn, Lilla Turanvi, Evelin Fenvvesi (Diana Csanvi 61’), Evelin Mosdoczi (Alexandra Toth 70’), Henrietta Csiszar (Dora Papp 82’), Zsofia Racz, Zsanett Jakabfi (Loretta Nemeth 90’+4’), Fanni Vann (Kinna Sikler 82’), Dora Sule (Petra Kocsan 61’).

Referee: Maria Dolores Martinez Madrina (SPA)