Hamrun’s second half comeback thwarts Citizens

17/06/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Hamrun Tre Angeli beat arch rivals Valletta 8-6 this evening to win the Gatorade KO competition. It was indeed a memorable evening for Hamrun and their supporters as they not only landed their first trophy since the FMA took charge of the local futsal competitions but they did it at the expense of their sporting foes who were searching for the first honour of the season. The match was an exciting affair with Valletta squandering their lead as the Reds fought back to level matters in the second half before scoring the crucial goals to make sure of grabbing the cup. It was a bitter pill to swallow for Valletta as they displayed some positive futsal and could have easily scored more goals had it not been for a couple of superb saves by Ħamrun goalkeeper Matthew Mifsud at the start of the second half. Futsal international referee Read the full article…


Sliema Wanderers clinch second consecutive title

16/06/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Sliema Wanderers’ successful round in Division One bore fruit and they raised the cup for the second consecutive time. On the other hand Msida SJ also deserved to be finalists but unfortunately they had to suffer from various injuries, during this final match. The Wanderers had a fantastic opening as they had a double advantage in the first minute, through Nikolay Filipov and Christian Micallef. A minute later Mohammed Lamari answered back and reduced the matters for Msida. Minutes later, the same Lamari managed to equalize the score. From that point in time, both teams gave their utmost in the continuation of an action-packed game. Msida ramped up and Chris Cardona put Msida SJ momentarily on the lead. A minute later, Paul Bugeja brought again both teams on equal matters. Msida managed to take back the advantage before the break, through Herbert Spiteri. In the opening seconds of Read the full article…


Citizens take ‘sweet revenge’, Easy for Hamrun

14/06/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Valletta and Hamrun are the finalists of the Gatorade Knock-Out competition after eliminating their respective opponents in the semifinals played yesterday at the Corradino Pavillion. Valletta made sure of the final after ousting holders Luxol 7-2 in the last four of the competition. During this semifinal, the Citizens had an axe to grind. This was the seventh meeting between the two rivals this season and, to the Lilywhites’ obvious discomfort, Luxol won four of the other six matches played. The St Andrews outfit had already wrestled the league crown off the head of Valletta four days before, therefore the latter made their ‘revenge’ against the same opponents with the stamp of efficiency. Valletta navigated their boat in admirable fashion, making their opponents run into labyrinths, before unwinding with swift balls which invariably spelt danger. Luxol, so nippy in Friday’s league game against Valletta but with several players missing Read the full article…


Luxol declared Elite Champions

10/06/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Luxol were declared as champions of the Elite when they defeated Valletta with a 7-5 score. This third and last final which was termed as the bestest game of this season, took place in a high pitched atmosphere in the presence of a record attendance including the MFA President Norman Darmanin Demajo and the Vice President Matthew Paris. Above all this game served as a platform where both teams continued showing off their powers in local futsal. Presumably this will repeat itself in next Tuesday’s Knock Out semifinal, at 8.00pm. The first ball found the net after four minutes of play by Valletta’s Melvin Borg. Four minutes later Luxol’s international Romanian player Emil Raducu responded back and equalised the result. At the last nine minutes and forty nine seconds of the first half, Rodrigo Ticz Patricio managed to put Valletta back on the advantage. This was balanced again Read the full article…


The final challenge set between Sliema Wanderers and Msida SJ

10/06/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Sliema Wanderers and Msida SJ confirmed their presence in Division One’s Playoffs Final. Sliema Wanderers continued their positive attitude as they came out victorious against Qormi with the end result of 5-2. On the otherhand Msida SJ also gave a stunning performance, winning 10-2 against Mriehel ESS. In the first encounter, despite having several goaling opportunties, the first half ended goalless for both teams. It was in the first minute of the second half, that Sliema’s Uros Markovic opened the score through a fierce shot. A few minutes later player coach Aleksander Ribic managed to double the score. From this point onwards, Qormi moved forward and reduced the matters through James Tabone. Two minutes later Qormi lost the golden opportunity to level the matters, when Ryan Gilmour Cassar shot high from the second penalty spot. However this was not the end for Cassar as the the ball he Read the full article…


Judgement day for Valletta and Luxol

08/06/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Judgment day has finally arrived for Luxol and Valletta as these two teams will cross swords in the highly anticipated third and final play-off decider (kick-off 20.00hrs) to determine this year’s Gatorade Elite winner. For much of the past eight months, the two title hopefuls have been embroiled in a tug-of-war for the most prestigious silverware. Both teams had moments when they slipped but, after the end of the first phase of the campaign, there was nothing to separate these two and it should be tonight’s showdown to decide which team will be crowned champions. In the first play-off match, Luxol had an easy outing as they saw off the Citizens 5-2. During this encounter the St Andrews side stunned the champions with some deadly counter attacks that resulted in a positive result. Not so can be said in the second match as Valletta fought tooth and nail Read the full article…


Valletta forces a third final for the Elite

03/06/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Valletta proved themselves as winners of the second final against Luxol. This final did not solely involve emotions but also every effort from both sides as much that it remained undecided till the last minutes. In fact it ended up in penalties where some luck also played its part. After the first eight minutes of play, Luxol’s Slovenian player Dejan Bizjak, found the net for the first time during this game and was then followed after a minute by Melvin Borg who rebalanced the score. At the last five minutes of the first half, a powerful ball from Emil Raducu put Luxol again on top. However matters were levelled again through another goal from Valletta’s, Jovica Milijic. Thus the first half ended up with a 1-1 score. The second half saw the first goal in the net after six minutes, when Milijic scored his second goal of this Read the full article…


Make or break for Valletta

02/06/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Luxol and Valletta meet tonight for the second leg of the Gatorade Elite play-off final (kick-off 20.00 hrs) in another decisive encounter. While Luxol go into the game on a high following their imposing 5-2 win, the Citizens have all the pressure in their hands as it will be their last chance to level the matters and leave everything for a possible third match. A win for Luxol will definitely give them the title as they would win two matches out of the possible three. However Valletta are not ready to throw the towel and want to bounce back to victory. Clayton Felice’s boys are known for their determination and this could be a decisive factor ahead of today’s match.


Full marks for Sliema

31/05/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Sliema Wanderers confirmed their consistency in the Division One, obtaining 9 wins out of 9. Definitely the Wanderers were performing much better since Aleksander Ribic took the role of player/coach. As Ribic said to fma.com.mt, as a team they are trying to put their level of playing and fitness on a higher level. The results are the proof of their good performance, which put them on top of Division One, thus giving them a secure place in the playoffs. For Sliema this will be second consecutive presence in the playoffs and maybe their second consecutive final. By enhancing their team spirit and determination, all this can be achieved by Sliema Wanderers. Prior to the playoffs stage, Sliema secured another three points, against Qormi. In the first half Sliema were already by 6-1, amongst all a Ribic’s hat-trick. Uros Markovic and Radovan Duric were also on the mark, together Read the full article…


George Frendo, the flamboyant star for Msida

30/05/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Msida SJ consolidated their second place in Division One, thanks to another stylish performance lead by George Frendo’s five goals. Tarxien JMI could do nothing as they were defeated 9-3 by Msida SJ. Herbert Spiteri was twice on the mark, as Florin Manea and Ryan Xuereb added more goals for the seasiders. Tarxien JMI reduced the matters with a brace from Joseph Meilak and a goal scored by Leonard Alla. Zurrieq Wolves enjoyed a winning end to the season as they earned an exciting 4-3 victory over Marsascala Construct Furniture. Even though they didn’t make it to get up from the bootom place, their last game of the season was a very reactive and positive one. In the ninth minute, a quick fire brace by Alistair Camilleri gave the Wolves a double advantage and the score remained unchanged till the end of the first half. In the last Read the full article…