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Watch: Construction-magnate Portelli scores for Nadur Youngsters to kickstart title party

Joseph Portelli is held aloft after scoring for Nadur Youngsters on Saturday. Photo: Anthony Cassar

Joseph Portelli enjoyed a scoring debut for his hometown club Nadur Youngsters as the Gozitan entrepreneur converted a penalty 11 minutes from time to help the newly-crowned GFA Division One champions to a 1-1 draw against Kerċem Ajax.

Portelli, who is currently the president of Premier League side Ħamrun Spartans, enjoys a long-standing relationship with the Youngsters having not only been a player with them but also took over the club to lead him to several honours in Gozitan football.

Saturday’s final match was the coronation day for Nadur Youngsters who have already been assured of winning the GFA Division One title after opening an unassailable 17-point lead over nearest challengers Għajnsielem.

Joseph Portelli in action for Nadur Youngsters against Kerċem Ajax. Photo: Anthony Cassar

For this final match of the season, Joseph Portelli was registered as a player of Nadur Youngsters and was named on the bench for the match against Kerċem.

Portelli came on as a second-half substitute on 70 minutes and with 11 minutes to go the Youngsters were awarded a penalty.

Here, Portelli stepped up for the kick and cooly converted the penalty to give the Youngsters the lead to the delight of the Nadur fans.

Kerċem went on to grab the equaliser from another penalty scored by Luis Henrique Santana Motta as the match finished in a 1-1 draw.

At the end of the match, the Youngsters were presented with the trophy from the top officials of the Gozo Football Association to kickstart a title party in Nadur.

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