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MALTA AND ARMENIA PLAY OUT DRAW

Malta drew 1-1 against Armenia, the first of two friendlies during the training camp in Austria.

It was a much-deserved result in Ray Farrugia’s first official match at the helm of the national team.

Farrugia chose to start with centre back Ferdinando Apap, collecting his first cap, crowning a wonderful season with Victoria Hotspurs in Gozo. Valletta’s Kyrian Nwoko was the lone striker in his second ‘A’ international match, supported by Alfred Effiong.

Armenia had more possession in the first half which resulted into an early 13th lead via Ivan Yargan of Lierse SK in Belgium, who made his debut for his national team.

The Armenians continued to show the better ideas but did not extend their lead despite some good opportunities in front of Andrew Hogg’s goal. Instead, the Austrian referee ordered a penalty for Malta just before half-time which Andrei Agius duly converted.

Malta played a very decent second half with creating some scoring opportunities via Effiong and Nwoko.

Birkirkara’s Jake Grech made his debut for the national team by replacing Roderick Briffa on 71 minutes, followed five minutes later by Joseph Mbong, coming on for Steve Pisani.

Play was mostly concentrated on the half of the Armenians, who currently posses the 98th spot on the FIFA World Cup ranking. There were no further goal scoring opportunities which meant a 1-1 final score.

Malta: Andrew Hogg, Steve Borg, Ferdinando Apap. (Ryan Camilleri 86’), Andrei Agius, Joseph Zerafa, (Andrew Cohen 81’), Roderick Briffa, (Jake Grech 71’), Paul Fenech, Steve Pisani, (Joseph Mbong 76’), Michael Mifsud, Alfred Effiong, Kyrian Nwoko (Myles Beerman 65’)

Referee: Julian Weinberger (Austria)
 
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