Title Race enters decisive stage

April 27, 2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Rivals Luxol, Hamrun and Valletta, all flying high in the table, are widely tipped to produce a fitting finale to the last phase of the 2016-17 top-flight campaign. With the beginning of the play-off finals on the doorstep, two of these three juggernauts, Hamrun and Luxol share a resolve to emerge winners from their direct encounter tonight (kick-off 20.00) and bolster their morale for the battles ahead. Hamrun are justified in thinking that the initial difficult times of the campaign are behind them after eleven victories on the trot propelled them into the upper reaches of the table. For their part, Luxol are having a great campaign, having won 14 out of 15 matches. The St Andrews side can rely on the flair of trio Frane Despotovic, Celino Alves and Emil Raducu who have scored vital goals for their side. On the other hand, Hamrun hope that their Read the full article…


Msida, Qormi confirm good form, Great comeback from Swieqi U21

April 25, 2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Msida continued their impressive march at the top of the Gatorade First Division standings after overcoming Safi San Lorenzo 7-3. As the scoreline indicates, Msida produced a positive performance to impose themselves on court and land their tenth win of the season. The Seasiders were again mastered by the usual Mohammed Elamari who helped himself with a hat-trick while Chris Cardona was also in scintillating form as he netted a brace. Ryan Xuereb and Floren Manea completed the score for Msida who face their direct encounter against rivals Sliema on May 4th. Alexei Saliba, Clive Calleja and Sean Vella were the goal-getters for Safi. Qormi earned three precious points in a very close match against Qrendi as they won 6-3. Nippy strikers George Chircop and Miguel Alcaraz maintained their goal-scoring spree after hitting the target twice for Qormi while Sam Vella and James Tabone added to their tally. Read the full article…


Luxol beat Valletta in another thrilling match

April 22, 2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI From the Elite Round, Luxol and Valletta gave another exciting match at the Corradino Sport Pavillion. After a goalless first half, both teams struggled to have the opening score. The turning point of the match came when Dylan Musu was shown a red card for harsh comments addressed to the referee. While Valletta were a man down, a striking shot from Nicola Del Re, opened the score for Luxol. From that point, the Citizens put everything forward and Xavier Saliba came out as the flying keeper. Luxol managed to double the score through Celino Alves. Xavier Saliba missed the opprtunity to reduce the score, when he hit the crossbar from the second penalty spot. Definitely it was a big no for the Universitarians, who faced second placed Hamrun Tre Angeli. Even though Hamrun were without Everton Da Silva Santos, they still easily and meritedly won for 6-1. We Read the full article…


Sliema Wanderers retain their chase to the top

April 22, 2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Sliema Wanderers obtained a stunning win of 10-1 against Marsascala Construct Furniture, and kept chasing Msida SJ to the be on top of the table. Early in the match the Wanderers gained a double advantage through Radovan Duric and Aleksander Ribic. With an immediate response, Marsascala Construct Furniture’s Reuben Degabriele found the net for the Southenders. This moment led Sliema to regain their forces and take control of the rest of the game, resulting in more goals. Before the break, Mauro Busuttil scored twice while Sean Keane Cassar Degabriele also jotted down his name on the score sheet. Throughout the second half, Sliema Wanderers gave a lack of chances to Marsascala and continued to score through Radovan Duric, Uros Markovic, Christian Micallef, Mauro Busuttil and Nikolay Filipov. Swieqi U21 also registered an impressive 7-1 victory over Zurrieq Wolves. Swieqi’s youngsters had Timothy Gingell who marked a hat-trick, together Read the full article…


Msida go top after comeback win

April 19, 2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Msida St Joseph maintained their superb form in the Gatorade First Division to cruise to another convincing victory, this time at the expense of Qormi Futsal. The Seasiders are now one point ahead of nearest rivals Sliema and two points from third-placed Mriehel ESS. Despite their 5-3 defeat, Qormi Futsal gave their all during the entire match also finding the time to establish a quickfire double advantage before the break. Msida started the second period on the offensive and in no time they managed to level the matters and pave the way for their ninth win of the season. Mohammed Elamari was twice on the mark for Msida while Liam Cachia, Floren Manea and an own goal completed to their score. George Chircop, Andrew Catania and Lawrence Vella were the goal-getters for Qormi. Safi San Lorenzo chalked up their second consecutive win to maintain their intention for a Read the full article…


Champions back to winning ways

April 13, 2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL A great second half performance ensured Valletta to return to winning ways after seeing off University of Malta 6-2 The Citizens, who lost to Hamrun in their previous outing, found it hard to penetrate the students’ organized defence at first but five goals in the second part of the match, paved the way for their thirteenth victory of the season. Denis di Maio and Daniel Aguilera Puerto netted a double while Melvin Borg and Rodrigo Ticz Patricio also found the net. The students, who were making their official debut in the Elite Round, had Neil Cauchi and Aidan Caruana on the mark. Hamrun Tre Angeli maintained their positive trend in the championship after beating Swieqi FC 5-2. After finding themselves 2-0 down before the break, Swieqi produced a quickfire reaction to level the matters. Most of all, Hamrun’s keeper Matthew Mifsud distinguished himself with some great saves. Despite Read the full article…


Luxol defeated in Bielsko Biala

April 13, 2017 News

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Rekord Bielsko-Biała – Luxol St. Andrews FC 7:3 (1:1) Luxol lost their second international friendly at the Startowa Pavillion in Bielsko Biala after being beaten by Polish leagueleaders Rekord Bielsko Biala 7-3 yesterday afternoon. This was the second match played in Poland for the St Andrews side after their positive 3-2 win over Piast Gliwice. It was a tough encounter for Frane Despotovic’s boys who had a positive first half after quickly reacting to the opening goal scored by Bielsko Biala. In the second half, the Polish side was more determined to win this match as they created goal-scoring opportunities and saw more of the ball. Luxol refused to throw in the towel as Dejan Bizjak was their best player after netting a brace during this encounter. Bielsko surged ahead on 6 minutes as Szymon Clichy surprised Xerxen after a fast move from the Polish players. Luxol kept Read the full article…


Msida go top as they win direct encounter

April 12, 2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Msida St Joseph beat Mriehel ESS 7-6 in last Monday’s top-of-the-table clash to open a one-point lead at the top of the standings although playing a game more. The match lived up to expectations with both teams playing their hearts out to obtain the desired victory. Msida had the better chances during the first half as they stormed to a 4-0 advantage in the first minutes of the match. The shell-shocked Mriehel did their best to contain their opponents and after a time-out called by their coach, they were a transformed side as they succeeded in scoring three goals in succession to reduce the score to 4-3 before half time. In the second half, the match resumed its exciting moments as Mriehel restored parity soon after. The match was a rollercoaster of emotions as Msida keeper performed crucial saves to keep his side in the match. The Seasiders Read the full article…


Luxol triumph in Poland

April 10, 2017 News

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Luxol managed to win their first international friendly in Poland as they saw off hosts Piast Gliwice 3-2 in an entertaining affair. It was a positive performance by Frane Despotovic’s boys that gave the utmost during the entire encounter against a Polish side who lie fourth in their country’s futsal league. The Maltese team played a good level of futsal and Piast had their goalkeeper performing a string of good saves especially in the second half. The opening minutes was a balanced encounter as both sides attacked in search of goal. Piast surged ahead on 18 minutes as Krzysztof Piskorz scored from close range after taking advantage of a rebound. Luxol didn’t lose their composure and in no time they levelled the matters after a Dejan Bizjak’s kick-in stamped into the post, in came Carl Azzopardi that from a tap-in put the ball into the net. As the Read the full article…


Luxol off to Poland for training camp

April 8, 2017 News

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Elite club Luxol is currently in Poland, undergoing a training camp ahead of the decisive clashes in the Gatorade Futsal League. This is their second consecutive training camp in Poland after last year they had the same experience under the guidance of their player-coach Frane Despotovic. The St Andrews outfit will play two friendly matches between April 10th and 12th against Piast Gliwice and Rekord Bielsko Biala. Piast lie in the fourth place of the Polish futsal league while Rekord are topping the standings during the currrent season. Three important elements in Luxol squad, Glenn Bonello, Nicola Del Re and Emil Raducu are not available for the Polish trip. This website contacted Frane Despotovic who seemed elated at the prospect of another training camp overseas. “We are all excited and happy that our committee one more time gave us the chance to play games abroad with strong opponents.” Read the full article…