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Time for another crack at this.

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EFFODEILDIN

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Superb fightback against Víking where we looked down and out by the 47th minute. Johansen popped up for the home side to nod them ahead before an effort by Haraldur Højgaard had a shot that viciously ricocheted off Høgni Bech for two nil. Our asses still needed to get out of first gear but the response was invigorating. Eyðun Joensen came back to taunt his former club after a melee in the box for the ball meant it landed at his feet. Within 12 minutes that 2-0 lead disappeared as Bárður Sørensen broke free and unselfishly squared to Markus Clementsen. The turnaround was complete as the last five minutes were drawn in, Torstein Mýlingstind driving an unstoppable bullet through the Víking chassis from the right hand side. Proper revenge for that cup exit and sends us top of the league.

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The crucial fixture of the season gives us a huge lift in terms of winning the league. Once again we had to do it from a losing position as our Achilles heel of defending corners reared it's ugly head again to allow Rasmus Sørensen give the White Tigers the lead. So very near to being 2-0 moments later but Meinhardt Thomsen hit the inside of the post. That propelled us into action and Eyðun Joensen finished off a well worked counter attack to draw the sides level. Didn't take long to turn the game around, Markus Clementsen's shot brushed off Karstin Samuelsen for an o.g.. Gunnar Joensen put the game beyond doubt in the late stages of the second half to ensure we go marching on. Zoning in on back to back titles.

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Flashbacks to the Faroese cup final as we couldn't come back on this occasion in a thrilling battle royale. Didn't take off as expected, Wardum and Jákup Joensen both scored at the near post within the first fifteen minutes which Davidsen should've dealt with better in theory for us to scale a mountain already. Luckily, we shaved one goal off before half time as Rógvi Nielsen bagged another penalty as Andras Olsen had been held back during a corner. Sadly, we just weren't switched on again and carelessly allowed HB to rebuild their two goal margin following an unmarked Besnard to slam one home. Attacking has been an important focus during prematch training and we kept it up with Bárður Sørensen helping us to fight back. Eyðun Joensen is also finding his goalscoring form, netting for the third consecutive match to unthinkably level the game. So often we stay on attacking to keep the momentum up and it comes back to bite us on the backside, stung straight from kick off by Emil Johannesen after Andras Olsen missed a key header. Sadly, our energy was sapped from the fightback that we had nothing left in the tank and surrendered to the superior home side. Cruel defeat.

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Mind games with TB manager Teitur Ellingsgaard didn't disconcert us after bringing up the previous 3-2 defeat to them after coming from 2-0 down. That being said, TB were dangerous from set pieces and should've gone in front from a free kick, Hans Davidsen found space for a free header but the crossbar came to our rescue. We pressed for a first half goal and weren't disappointed, Eyðun Joensen crossed to Poul Poulsen who fired home for a slender half time advantage. Keeping possession was key in this victory, TB were creatively barren after the restart, allowing us to slowly break them down and it showed for the second goal - Bárður Sørensen given the space of the field to simply sidefoot past Radza in the closing stages. Back to winning ways.

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It was fair to say I was incredibly salty in our two previous games against NSÍ losing both 1-0 after our side dominated both of them, well we certainly set the record straight this time round. Bárður Sørensen was well up for the game, netting his 15th and 16th goals of the season and provided the third goal for Leivur Jacobsen in a one sided affair. NSÍ were never really in the game and we choked them into submission without any hassle.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Solid month, four wins out of five and a bag full of goals. Bárður Sørensen and Eyðun Joensen were in fine form amongst others.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Five games to go and the title is well within reach, a four point lead ahead of B36 and eight clear of third placed HB. Time to get the champagne and ice buckets on stand-by.

NEXT UPDATE: September 2026
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EFFODEILDIN

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Brushed aside ÍF with significant ease but only one goal to show for it. No guesses to who scored it, goal machine Bárður Sørensen with probably the easiest goal of his career after suspect defending from right back Eirikur Ellendersen with a gingerly hit backpass for Sørensen to swoop in like a vulture. Leivur Jacobsen had come closest to double the lead but saved by their keeper. One step closer to touching that Effodeildin trophy.

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This is why I struggle in choice of goalkeeper, Davidsen is more talented but has conceded 15 goals with only 4 clean sheets compared with the aging experience of Hansen with 9 clean sheets and only 6 goals conceded. Like a fine wine.

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From one step forward to two steps back, we just can't break this KÍ side down. Poul Ingason continues to torment us, a flicked header meant he's now scored in three consecutive matches against us to give them the lead. Bárður Sørensen could have leveled the game on the stroke of half time but for a save from Kristian Joensen but soon made up for it getting on the end of some penalty box pinball and landed the final touch. Came forward to push for the win and Leivur Jacobsen so nearly headed us in front but flew over. Nonchalant defending led to KÍ sinking us from a goal by the unmarked Aron Olsen. So near, yet so far away.

YOUTH INTAKE

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Heini Mortensen was the pick of our youth intake this season, not many were up to par.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Goals dried up a bit, but Bárður Sørensen clinical as ever. One win, one loss, one month to go.

LEAGUE TABLE * (* league table not included due to screenshot fail)

(Games / Points / Goal Difference)

  • 1. EB/Streymur - 24 / 47 / +16
  • 2. B36 - 24 / 43 / +5
  • 3. HB - 24 / 40 / +21


With three games to go, this is definitely in our hands. The extra good news is that the three sides we face are the bottom three sides of 07 Vestur (H), Víking (A) and AB (FRO) (H). Piece of cake.

NEXT UPDATE: October 2026
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EFFODEILDIN

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Defence of the title looks in our grasp following a triumphant win against 07 Vestur. Bárður Sørensen zoning in on twenty goals this season set us on our way though it did have a hint of offside behind it. Went quiet for a while before goals started raining in the second half, Sørensen set up Leivur Jacobsen for two before Esmar Clementsen hammered in a third from 20 yards. The visitors were staring into the abyss of relegation but did get a consolatory goal before we sat them back down with Erlendur Magnusson popping up for a rare goal to complete a rout at Við Margáir.

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While that was happening, B36 failed to win and widening the gap to six points with two games. It means we would require to lose both of our final games, B36 to win both and somehow involve a 14 goal swing in all of this. Surely not.

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No chance! Our rotated side prevailed to retain the Effodeildin! The match in itself was fairly mundane, in fact quite dull. Severe lack of quality from both sides but we were happy to set up base camp for the majority. Esmar Clementsen broke the silence by netting what seemed like he intended to cross from the left but in fact powered one in because why not? We were almost on our way to three points but it took a goal of real quality to catch Atli Davidsen out and credit to Rani Johansen because his equaliser was an absolute screamer that deserved applause from myself. Did our job, title is in the bag for a second season!

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Leaving my post at EB/Streymur and my stay in the Faroe Islands on a high, coming from 2-1 behind to coast to a 4-2 win in the dead rubber finale to already relegated AB (FRO). Didn't take us long to go in front, a penalty converted by the reliable Rógvi Nielsen. Brazilian goalkeeping prospect Santos made his first start for the main team, but had to pick the ball out of the net twice in the space of two minutes as the visitors pushed in front after a counter attack and a poorly defended corner (our specialties). Didn't dampen the atmosphere of 551 who attended to see us lift the trophy, Bárður Sørensen's flicked header restored parity and reaching the landmark 20 goals for the season. The two wingers combined to restore our advantage, Leivur Jacobsen on the right crossed to Eyðun Joensen on the left for 3-2 at the break. Two thirds of possession and piling on the pressure, we never realistically looked like losing this game and captain fantastic Poul Poulsen signed off our season with the penultimate goal and of course raising the trophy after the final whistle to make the day memorable. I publicly announced this to be my final game as EB/Streymur manager.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Professional job towards the end of the season, scoring plenty of goals in the process.

FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

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Can always count on B36 to collapse towards the end, helped us to win the league by eight points in the end. In fact, B36 collapsed so badly that they dropped out of the European places entirely. TB did a stellar job towards the end of the season and somehow came second ahead of HB. The fans are jubilant for what I've brought to this club and I shall bow out on a high.

NEXT UPDATE: Postseason 2026

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I swear some of our fans must be brainless, Bárður Sørensen behind Rógvi Nielsen who is clearly rigging the voting system. Torstein Mýlingstind's winning goal versus Víkingur Gøta in the 3-2 win took goal of the season, it was pretty good to be honest. Somehow Gabriel was the transfer of the season despite him only making 2 sub appearances which is baffling. Bárður Sørensen wasn't left empty handed though, labelled as the young player of the season which is fair enough.

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Kind words from the Faroese Football Informer but highly disagree, I had faith in our abilities from last season to go out there and challenge again.

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Bárður Sørensen, worth weight in gold after blitzing displays this year and reaching 20 goals for the season, plus averaging the best rating at 7.12 plus most man of the match awards calculating to seven. Eyðun Joensen also put in great shifts this campaign, 10 assists this time around. Captain Poul Poulsen did a lot of the 'behind the scenes' work with 89% pass completion. Gunnar Joensen was the ill-disciplined joker who received 9 yellows and 1 red. Overall a top seasonal performance.

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This made me smile, Bárður Sørensen FINALLY shoehorned into the Faroe Islands set up after months and months of only making the U21s. I'm proud like a father.

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One more step to perfection, Continental A License baby!

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Time to pack my bags and depart Faroe Islands for another year. Always emotional leaving here.

NEXT UPDATE: 10 Year Review (2016-2026)
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For some, football management is about learning the tricks of the trade and laying groundwork to accomplish the unthinkable. For others, football management is driven by lust of winning, lifting trophies and the notoriety. For David it lies somewhere in the middle. Not many people know who this young Irishman is or where appeared from or why he has started in such obscure nations to kickstart a career in management but local newspapers and social media are feeling the hype about how far he can go. But what does he think?

Q. The obvious question that stands out is why you came into football management and why you started your profession in Andorra?
A. Everybody needs to start somewhere. I never had the physique to make it as a footballer, even at semi professional level, but I love the dynamics behind the beautiful game. Management allows you to set trends, build a club into something incredible, reap the seeds and watch your ideas grow and bask in glory. I chose Andorra to truly understand football at grassroots level before I throw myself in at the deep end.

Q. In the span of ten years you've acquired seven honours including four league titles, three domestic cups in three different nations and a 50% win rate. How do you adapt so quickly when moving countries?
A. Football is a universal language so they say, however teams are inclined to play in contrasting styles everywhere you go. Studying the opponent's tactics is one thing but you need to figure out how you're going to set out to play - Should I play wider? Should I use wingers? Is a 2 or 3 man midfield more favourable in exploiting them? I know my system works and I believe in it, I only tweak it when I know it's going horribly wrong.

Q. On that note, are you a kind of manager who builds a tactic around players or builds players around a tactic?
A. It varies; if there is a severe lack of depth in one or two positions, mainly wide men, I'd go with the former. I look at players by their role, especially in the midfield. It determines if we're to set up defensively say with ball winning midfielders and a defensive midfielder sat behind, offensively with two wingers and two attack minded playmakers or a side who likes to hit on the counter. I look for fast players who are in good shape, plenty of stamina, work rate and agility no matter what position. It could be the difference between being a 45 minute team and a 90 minute team. Religiously stick with a four man defense, everything else is optional.

Q. Nobody expected you to stay up with Faroese club EB/Streymur, let alone winning back to back titles with them! How did that success feel?
A. Deep down I knew my past experience in the Faroe Islands gave me a psychological advantage when taking over, I had my system all planned out and all I needed were the right players. Each and everyone of them played a superb part in those league winning seasons, showing how a big club with good quality players playing under an average manager differs from a small club with an average squad under a capable manager. I'm too modest to call myself a good manager yet. It's all about belief.

Q. Tre Fiori were another side you had success with, previously managing them to back to back titles too. Is it hard leaving a club you have a great connection with?
A. Sometimes it's best to not get too emotionally involved as it'll be a lot harder to move on. You need to leave your heart at home and use your brain in business. Similar to EB/Streymur, life is too short to be tied down to one club especially when there's plenty of opportunities to truly express yourself and challenge yourself as a manager. I find those jobs most rewarding.

Q. So where is your next adventure going to be?
A. We'll have to wait and see won't we? Malta and Wales are obvious targets but Kosovo also looks tempting. I'll go wherever the wind takes me.

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MANAGER PROFILE

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Progressing nicely as a manager having secured my Continental A License. My coaching style seems to have shifted from being the tactical manager to tracksuit manager but only because the standard of coaching in these leagues is fairly atrocious. Mental attributes lack somewhat including my level of discipline and adaptability (understandable but I do get results wherever I go). Reputation moves to an orange gradient from a slim red bar, two star reputation meaning I'll be considered for most available jobs around the 1* / 1.5* stature. Impressive media handling, tactical consistency and hands on approach further illustrate my worth. I'm also apparently a polyglot, fluently able to speak Italian, Catalan, Spanish and Faroese (which is a complete and utter lie as IRL I'm shocking at languages). Calm and cautious during press conferences and open to one on one discussions with players willing to bring up outstanding issues.

MANAGER STATS

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Nearing 4000 days in this save, I've managed just the five clubs thus far with my longest spell being at Tre Fiori in San Marino while the shortest spell was at F.C. Santa Coloma in Andorra due to me resigning mid-season. Over ten years I've earned £165k which is pretty bad considering that's roughly £16.5k per annum but I suppose that'll improve in time. Purchased 45 players as a manager (Bárður Sørensen probably my favourite of the bunch thus far), all free transfers apart from a signing on fee for Gerard Aloy at F.C. Santa Coloma. 14 players were sold by me with a further 31 had their contracts terminated. As you may have gathered I've picked up an impressive 50% win ratio in 292 games managed 147 won, 72 drawn and 73 lost which is a damn good record if I say so myself. Witnessed 429 goals scored with 292 conceded. 7-1 is our biggest win recorded (Tre Fiori vs. Faetano) while 6-0 is the biggest defeat (Vaduz vs. Ordino / IFK Göteborg vs. EB/Streymur).

ACHIEVEMENTS

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Only once have I finished outside the top three in a given league, a 6th placed finish with Gibraltarian side Europa Point. One second placed finish with F.C. Santa Coloma and three third placed finishes, two with Ordino and one with Europa Point. Qualified for Champions League football three times, getting to the Second Qualifying Round is the furthest we've come. In the Europa League, we've failed to make it past the First Qualifying Round in two attempts. As far as trophies are concerned; sealed the Faroese Effodeildin twice plus the Campionato Sammarinese twice, two supercups in the Faroe Islands and Andorra, while the only domestic cup I've lifted is the Copa Constitució in Andorra.

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Last but not least, recognised as favoured personnel at EB/Streymur. Not quite good enough to be an icon? Disgraceful.

NEXT UPDATE: Where to next?
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I quite liked the Q&A @DNZY, a nice touch. Keep this up though fella.
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Nation: Wales
Media Prediction (Odds): 8th/12 (N/A)
Current Position: 9th
Expectations: Avoid relegation
Pros: Super soft spot for Llandudno in FM14. Financially secure.
Cons: Can't finish higher than 7th due to Welsh Premier League split currently in effect. Seriously lacking in squad depth.

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Nation: Malta
Media Prediction (Odds): 13th/14 (200/1)
Current Position: 8th
Expectations: Avoid relegation
Pros: Three straight wins since sacking their manager. Only six points off the top three and eleven points above automatic relegation.
Cons: Not a great fan of Maltese league. Amateur club, so will be difficult to take them far without financial backing.

Since the Faroese season takes place from March through to December, not many jobs in the offering currently. Neither of these jobs look like much, but it may act as a stepping stone until the end of June/July.

NEXT UPDATE: Who do I go for?!
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En route to sunnier climates, soaking in the sunkissed land of Malta to take over as the new head coach of relatively unknown club Melita FC. The club status is currently at an amateur level and funnily enough the club is nicknamed "The Amateurs". Their club colours follow that of their hometown colours, red and white which also relate to the Maltese flag which also bear red and white.

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Melita FC represent the coastal region of San Ġiljan (or St Julian's), virtually 5-6 kilometres north of the Maltese capital, Valetta. The area itself is heavily tourist based, with a wide array of hotels, nightclubs and restaurants located in the town of Paceville along with picturesque views of Spinola Bay. Roughly 10,000 people live in the region.

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Although Melita have played at their own Gianni Bencini Ground in the past, they've since moved to the Luxol Stadium in Pembroke. The stadium complex holds a capacity crowd of 800 and is ground shared by eleven different Maltese clubs (only one in the Premier Division)! The surface is synthetic, artificial turf.

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Melita's 84 year history (94 in game) has brought very little success, only reaching the BOV Premier League once back in 2012-13 following winning the BOV First Division title in 2011-12, unfortunately they faced immediate relegation back to the First Division that season. One Maltese FA Trophy had also been won by the club, but that took place way back in 1939. To summarise, Melita are a part-timer side but who knows where we could take them? The reason why I chose Melita over Llandudno was simply down to a challenge and perhaps we may accomplish something with this side of amateurs.

CURRENT SEASON

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Punching well above their expectations as they're steering clear of relegation currently in 8th place, only lying six points off third placed Pembroke. I feel that we can easily stay afloat this season and perhaps build on whatever we achieve this year. In terms of recent results, four straight wins since their former manager was sacked but most recently lost to Floriana 2-1. Top half is doable in my opinion.

SQUAD

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Not a bad setup here, plenty of capable members. Our wingers seem to be our top assets, Matthew and Shaun Falzon are quick which is what I need in wide men. Roderick Pace is the top striker, but only converting 5 goals this season isn't too convincing. Defensively a good bit weak and something we need to look to mend over the summer. Let me remind you that these are unpaid amateurs.

EXPECTATIONS

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The original blueprint was to avoid relegation, deciding to push the envelope just a tad. Realistically I think we've a good chance of top half as long as we're consistent in results. No transfer budget or wage budget as suspected, it'll be a battle but I feel we're capable.

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TRANSFERS

IN

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Only one transfer in (Grima's transfer happened before I took over), far too early to replace the ship floorboards while it's currently sailing.

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Chris Sciberras - D(C)/D(L) - free transfer from Marsa

Adding to our defensive cavalry, can play in the centre and on the left. Tall figure who'll help with aerial attacks with solid heading and impressive jumping reach. Not the strongest, but his physicals are up to par and at 23 with 4.5* current ability, still loads of time to develop further.

BOV PREMIER LEAGUE

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Melita managerial debut began positively. On the balance of play we were the better side against a heavy duty Birkirkara side. Matthew Falzon proving his worth with a right footed curler to get us off the mark, however Christopher Azzopardi refused to allow the ideal start to my tenure with the equaliser, despite Kurt Rizzo's best efforts to keep it out. Falzon almost made it a brace in the 85th minute but Andrea Vella in goal pushed it away for honours even at the Ta' Qali stadium.

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There was no excuse for this though, smash and grab win for basement battlers Qormi. The goal in itself epitomised our day, Luca Vella's strike somehow squeezed past Kurt Rizzo at his near post. Roderick Pace had an off day, squandering whatever came his way. Teething problems, but at least we have the right attitude and mentality of how I want them to play.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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As above, teething problems. Hopefully it will subside soon and we can get on the right track.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Slipped down to 9th, but points still to be won with plenty of possibilities. Still eight points above the relegation places, I'm not worried...yet.

NEXT UPDATE: February 2027
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BOV PREMIER DIVISION

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Edged out in an action packed game at Sliema Wanderers. Didn't make the brightest start as David Cassar opened his account after just 3 minutes, but Julian Briffa shortly wiped that out four minutes later with a low drive past Chris Bugeja. Looked like going in all square but for good Melita pressure towards the end of the half allowing Matthew Falzon to overturn the deficit and we go into the break in front. Similar in the first half, we were outdone by an early goal in the second half as Sliema countered in their droves from an attacking free-kick of ours and there was only one outcome. We were given an advantage as Justin Vella saw red for a second bookable offence but it had the opposite effect; David Cassar struck twice in two minutes - one from yet another attacking set play of ours on the counter and the other a 30 yard free kick which brushed off our wall to deceive Rizzo in goal. Briffa handed us a lifeline to make it 4-3 but the damage was done and still search for the first victory under my reign.

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At long last! Three goals in fifteen minutes broke the silence to hand us our first win in three. Julian Briffa has recaptured my love to play with inside forwards, scoring his third goal in two games for us along with Roderick Pace who ended a long goal drought with a thumping effort from the edge of the area and followed up by a David Sciberras bullet header from a corner. Cruising into half time with a 3-0 advantage. Started to run out of steam in the second half, Siraj Arab retrieving a consolatory goal for Pembroke and they almost narrowed the gap even further as Fabián Fonseca struck the post from a corner. First win as Melita FC manager!

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Followed up by another victory on a badly cut up pitch against Tarxien Rainbows. The lumpy playing surface hindered any sort of quality in this match where virtually nothing happened but the goal. What a strike it was too, subbed off Roderick Pace for the American Toriano Singleton in the 77th minute and he truly delivered the goods as his 25 yard free kick bounced off the underside of the crossbar and in. The perfect sunshine to cast away the rainbows.

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You wait four games for a win and suddenly three come along at once, another free kick the difference as we defeated Hibernians. Julian Briffa took the honours and made no mistake in the first three minutes from a slightly nearer range to Singleton's but still a stunner nonetheless. Plenty of half chances in the game, but none to threaten a second goal. In fact, Hibernians had the best chance of scoring the next goal, Joseph Mbong from close range directed a header on goal but the crossbar came to our rescue. The wheels are now in motion.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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If we had just concentrated in that game against Sliema Wanderers we would have been looking at a perfect month, but three wins on the bounce is good enough for me. Briffa is banging the goals in currently.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Despite our wins, we struggled to make any headway in the league but now back up to seventh. Touching distance away from the top positions.

NEXT UPDATE: March 2027
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BOV PREMIER DIVISION

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Couldn't extend the run to four wins, and we were lucky to get anything from the game. Mosta were by far the better team and deservedly took the lead with a 22 yard well struck effort from Thomas Sarina which Rizzo couldn't even get near to. Looked hopeless that we'd find anything in this game, lots of wild efforts going astray but the officials awarded us a penalty which Malcolm Scicluna tucked away. Kept our butts in tact towards the end and managed to grind out a point.

YOUTH INTAKE

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A slow month of news but our youth intake came through and we uncovered a potential prodigy in Michael Zammit. Physically decent at 16, agile, good reflexes and handling and already at 2.5* CA up there with Kurt Rizzo. May get him tutored under him as soon as possible.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Only the one game this month, still wondering how we managed to come away with a point.

LEAGUE TABLE

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A valuable point it turned out to be, up now to 6th with three games remaining to Balzan (A), Valetta (H) and closing our season at Gżira United (A). Top half looks almost a certainty.

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Nation: Kosovo
Media Prediction (Odds): 2nd/14 (9-2)
Current Position: 4th
Expectations: Around top of the table
Pros: Far superior club to Melita. Top team in Kosovo.
Cons: Too late in the season to catch top spot. Financially 75 grand in the red.

Yes, Prishtina have come back onto the radar and really couldn't resist applying for them. Is it already an abrupt end to my stay in Malta? Stay tuned...

NEXT UPDATE: April 2027
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