In een equal first game, in which the opportunistic play of both teams served the audience a nice game, we finally lost 1-2. In the second game I instructed my players to control the game more and not follow them in their physical power. This resulted quite quickly in goals and we rested satisfied with 3-0 half time score. In the second half it was important to keep Northern Ireland away from the goal leaving the side only one down and to score the 4-0 ourselves. We changed again after Northern Ireland scored 4-1 by playing powerplay; that’s how we brought the game to a happy conclusion.
Final conclusion: with more training games Malta can cut even a better figure. Northern Ireland is a rough diamond: in January we will meet again. Let’s see if we improved by then