With the Easter Weekend mixed with the international window, the fixture computer has had to work overtime this week. And with Malta’s friendly against Moldova on Thursday, and the Under-21’s qualifier against Montenegro Under-21’s last Wednesday, many Maltese players based abroad were not involved in club action this week.
That said, there were those who were able to rack up the air miles to get back to play for their club sides, while others are simply in the international wilderness at the current time. Then there are those still awaiting their passport to represent the Maltese Islands in the future…
Luke Gambin (Barnet – England)
Gambin has yet to make his debut for Malta but is very much in contention when he receives his passport. And the Sutton-born winger was in action again this week, with Barnet travelling to Exeter City on Good Friday.
A crowd of 4,389 was present at St. James’ Park to see the North London club earn a hard-fought point in this mid-table battle. Gambin himself had to be content with a place on the bench but was thrust into action after just 40 minutes.
The draw leaves Barnet in 15th position of League Town, with 48 points on the board. The Bees are a full 20 points clear of the bottom two but 12 points behind 7th placed Wycombe in the play-offs. Gambin has so far made 40 appearances this season and scored 3 goals.
Sam Magri (Dover Athletic – England)
Wednesday night saw Sam Magri make his second appearance for the Malta Under-21’s, in a 0-1 loss to Montenegro Under-21’s at Hibernians Stadium. A mere four days later and the Portsmouth-born defender was back on club duty with Dover Athletic of the Vanarama National League.
Results on Good Friday meant that Dover had fallen out of the play-offs temporarily. However, a win against Torquay United at the Crabble on Saturday would see them move back into contention. Magri took his place in his usual right-back role for the south coast side and won his side a penalty on 38 minutes when he was fouled in the box. Dover finished as 5-0 winners and it’s a result that puts them into 4th position, 2 points above Tranmere Rovers in 6th and 4 points below Grimsby Town in 3rd.
Magri has made 35 league appearances for The Whites this campaign, as well as two appearances for Malta Under-21’s.
Easter Monday will again provide a full programme of action in the English leagues but also in the Hyundai A-League in Australia / New Zealand. Expected to be involved are:
Luke Gambin – Barnet v Luton (15:00 UK / 16:00 Malta)
Sam Magri – Boreham Wood v Dover Athletic (15:00 UK / 16:00 Malta)
Manny Muscat – Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix (19:30 Australia / 10:30 Malta)