University of Malta through to the Elite Round

March 24, 2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL University of Malta are among the top five teams in Maltese futsal after obtaining a 1-1 scoreline from their match against Sliema. A point was enough to get the students through to the Elite Round where they will be facing Luxol, Valletta, Swieqi and Hamrun. It was an electrifying encounter which saw a very sizeable crowd at the Corradino Pavillion with over 200 University supporters in celebration mode after this historic result. As the students’ mentor Kyle Sultana said, “This is a project that is ongoing and now we are getting the desired results.” The latter were motivated to get this result and after surging ahead, they managed to control their more experienced opponents who struggled to find solutions in attack. A win was the only result that the Wanderers wanted and although having more possession they didn’t find it easy to get through a very disciplined and Read the full article…

Hamrun deny Mriehel

March 22, 2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Ħamrun Tre Angeli came from behind to beat stubborn opponents Mrieħel ESS 6-3, cancelling out an early deficit to deny their opponents from a place in the Elite Round. The Red/Blacks were credited for summoning enough pressure to win the match after a lacklustre first half. Mrieħel were really flexible and defensively organised and played futsal, had good moments with passing and direction. They were found lacking in the final third though. Mrieħel were off to a surprise start, taking the lead and establishing a 3-1 advantage before the interval. Hamrun needed a response, a shot of energy, of inspiration after the break and inspired by their Brazilian talisman Everton Veve first drew level and then managed to turn the tables in their favour. Sensing that they were home and dry, Hamrun held on to Mrieħel’s flacid reaction and on the stroke of full time they struck again Read the full article…

Universitarians grab the fifth place, which is still undecided

March 18, 2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Against all expectations the first round ended in an interesting race for the fifth place, between UOM, Mriehel ESS and Sliema Wanderers. Msida also had their chance but lost against Swieqi who maintained their fourth position. UOM managed to win and grab the desired three points, through a very tight encounter against Qormi, with the end result of 2-1. After 13 minutes of play, the Universitarians went on the lead through Neil Cauchi. In the initial 8 minutes of the second half, Andrea Farrugia doubled the score, giving chance to the fellow students to kick off their celebrations. The last minute led Qormi to narrow the gap through Antoine Galea and to put everything forward. The young goalkeeper Jacob Cipriott, who had a stunning performance throughout the game, took the role of a flying keeper. The dying seconds proved to be also the end of every opportunity for Read the full article…

Elite spot still up for grabs as Mriehel and Sliema progress

March 15, 2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL One place is still up for grabs in the Elite Gatorade Futsal League with no fewer than four teams still fighting for that spot – Mriehel, Sliema, University of Malta and Msida. With Luxol, Valletta, Hamrun and Swieqi already guaranteed of a place in the most important round, only four points are separating fifth-placed Sliema and Mriehel from Msida in eighth place. The remaining spot will be decided in the next two round of matches with Mriehel and Sliema in pole position as they maintained their positive streak after winning their respective encounters. Sliema managed to overturn a five-goal deficit as they came from behind to beat Qrendi 7-5. Craig Pickard looked to have wrecked Sliema’s ambitions but a quickfire reaction saw the Wanderers turn the tables to a 7-5 score line before the interval. In the second half, in came Serbian Uros Markovic who inspired the Wanderers Read the full article…

Sliema continue to move forward

March 14, 2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Last week Sliema Wanderers came closer to the top five teams, after winning the mid-table encounter against Msida SJ. As from the beginning of the first half, Sliema went on the lead after only two minutes of play through Darren Aitchinson. Another two goals from Serbian duo Uros Markovic and Radovan Duric gave Sliema a three goals advantage, before the end of the first half. The second half was a more balanced one as Msida tried hard to equalise the score. Liam Cachia and George Frendo managed to momentarily reduce the gap . Radovan Duric scored his second personal goal in the match and in the last minute Sliema were awarded a penalty. From the penalty spot Nikolay Filipov sealed the end result of 5-2. Earlier last week Valletta and Hamrun Tre Angeli kept their pace with leaders Luxol. Valletta won against Swieqi’s youngsters with the end result Read the full article…

Wolves stun Marsascala to gain first win

March 9, 2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Zurrieq Wolves chalked up their first victory in the Gatorade Futsal League after they won their relegation clash with Marsascala Construct Furniture 3-0. The Wolves produced a lively first half display grabbing two goals before the interval to stun the South Seasiders who struggled to reply on the counter. Zurrieq opened strongly as they surged into a 2-0 half-time lead courtesy of Andrew Attard and Steve Sadowski. Marsascala bounced back in the second period to try and overturn the deficit as they stormed into the offensive. However the Wolves have to thank their keeper Jason Scicluna who denied the opponents with some good interventions. Meanwhile, Alistair Camilleri sealed the issue for Zurrieq as he found the net from close range. These first points of the season gave a huge boost to Zurrieq who wait eagerly for the second phase of the championship to improve in their performances.

A Closer Look At … Marwan Telisi

March 9, 2017 A Closer Look At

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Name: Marwan Telisi Born on the 4th November 1987 Plays for Mreiehel ESS Works at MT Designer Brand Clothes Hobbies: Football Motto in life: Concentrate and work hard till you reach the target. How long have you been playing futsal? I have been playing futsal for quite a long time, but in Malta this is my third season. I played with Qormi, Hamrun and now Mriehel ESS. What do you think about this sport? For me futsal is the best sport ever. How can you define Mriehel’s championship so far? Actually I joined Mriehel ESS in January together with three foreigners, who are very good futsal players together with coach Eslam Khalifa. We came to help the team to reach the top five teams. We are training hard and we still have to learn to improve ourselves. In my opinion, Mriehel is becoming a surprising team. Do you Read the full article…

Luxol consolidate lead, Citizens thump Wolves

March 1, 2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Luxol extended their positive run in the Gatorade Futsal League with a 12-1 win over Swieqi Under 21 to open a five-point lead over champions Valletta as the first phase is slowly nearing its completion. The St Andrews side were too strong for the Youths from Swieqi as the scoreline amply illustrates. They attacked relentlessly from the word go as Karl Azzopardi stole the limelight when he netted a hat-trick. Emil Raducu, Andy Mangion, Dejan Bizjak and Zvezdan Vukovic scored four braces apiece while Celino Alves sealed victory for Luxol. Darryl Schembri scored Swieqi’s consolation goal. On the other hand, Valletta kept their chances alive with a 16-1 win over lowly Zurrieq Wolves. The Citizens opened a comfortable 7-1 lead during the first half and continued to press the accelerator during the second half and scored more goals in the process. Their prolific striker Raphinha signed off with Read the full article…

Valletta geared for next month’s clash against Luxol

February 26, 2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Just one month before their clash against Luxol, Valletta managed to beat Swieqi with the final score of 7-1. Valletta had Daniel Jesus Aguilera Puerto in a magnificent form as he had a poker in which his first two goals came when Swieqi were leading 1-0. Similar to last week against Luxol, Swieqi despite having an early advantage lost a bit of composure which left the opponents gaining balance and even the lead. After only five minutes of play, Boicho Marev opened the score for Swieqi. Before the end of the first half, two goals from Aguilera Puerto and one goal from Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira, put the Citizens’ mind at rest. The Lillywhites came forward with two more goals from Aguilera Puerto and Djeymes Mauricio Batista Trindade. In the middle of the second half, Andre Ciancio’s fierce shot reduced the margin for Swieqi. On the other Read the full article…

Continuation of Sliema and a dramatic equaliser for Mriehel ESS

February 26, 2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Sliema continued with their positive trail, this time with a win against Marsascala Construct Furniture 11-7. Despite the fact that Marsascala had a positive start with three consecutive chances, Sliema scored twice in a matter of seconds. The first half, which offered a tight battle for both teams, ended 5-2. Sliema fought back through a number of other goals during the second half but Marsascala kept strong and responded back keeping a tight score. In the final four minutes Marsascala were only one goal behind Sliema and missed the equalizer when Franklin Abela hit the upper post. Sliema’s fatal counter attacks led to three more goals which faded Marsascala’s hopes to get any points. Sliema’s Radovan Duric had a poker, while Alexander Ribic, Nikolay Filipov, Jurgen Mifsud, Mauro Busuttil, Uros Markovic, Adam Wingfield and Darren Aitchinson scored a goal each. Marsacala’s scoresheet was made up of braces from Read the full article…