Monthly Archives: April 2014

San Gwann a whisker away from play offs

29/04/2014 Fixtures

San Gwann almost made it to the play-offs in the FXDD Premier Division Championship Pool after overcoming a great hurdle against Hamrun Spartans 2-1. It was an exciting match in all senses as both teams  pushed forward in search of the important victory. Both teams operated some good counter attacks and kept a  high rhythm of play. Hamrun broke the deadlock 30 seconds from the break through Martin Svihalek to give his side a good advantage. Eventually San Gwann surged forward and succeeded to level matters through Shaun Vella. Clayton Felice, the San Gwann mentor, decided to put substitute Daniel Mifsud in and his choice  seemed to bear fruit as the latter scored the winning goal 7.46 minutes from the end. The last five minutes were critical for Hamrun as they put everything on the attack deploying Steve Gambin as their flying keeper. Despite all this, San Gwann kept their Read the full article…

Valletta and Zebbug close to promotion

27/04/2014 Fixtures

Valletta and Zebbug Rangers are one step away from being promoted to the Premier Division next season after some hard-fought wins to continue marching on in the FXDD First Division. Valletta saw off eleventh placed Siggiewi 4-2 to maintain their top spot with Zebbug and Gzira. It wasn’t an easy stroll for the Citizens as they found a bold Siggiewi side who proved to be a tough opposition. Valletta scored their most important goals from a brace by Robert Magro, Ilija Milivojsa and Dylan Agius. Consequently Zebbug emulated their rivals’ success as they disposed of Fgura 6-1. Alan Zammit pushed his team forward with a hat-trick, Karstin Cilia scored a brace and Jonathan Scerri added another one for the Rangers who obtained their fifteenth success of the season. Naxxar consolidated their top five position in the standings after defeating Marsascala 6-4. Kalkara and Sirens obtained a vital win against their Read the full article…

Gzira win to push promotion hopes

27/04/2014 Fixtures

Gzira United……6 Qrendi…………… 2 (H.T 1-2) A great second half and a magnificent performance  gave Gzira United an important win against Qrendi to get closer to promotion and emulate their rivals Valletta and Zebbug. The Maroons now need only a point to secure promotion to the Premier Division. Qrendi played well in the first half especially when they found themselves a goal down as they made a comeback to score two goals before the break. A balanced encounter followed through as Gzira were operating on counter attacks but were erratic in front of goal. But in the second half, it was a different story as Gzira recovered well and scored five goals without reply to get the points that mattered. Josh Parry broke the deadlock for the Maroons after three minutes but Luke Zammit levelled the matters for Qrendi in the 15th minute. Antonello Brincat managed to find the net Read the full article…

Hibernians increase the gap on Luxol

26/04/2014 Fixtures

Hibernians kept their leadership in the FXDD Premier Division, in their top of the table clash against Luxol with a 5-3 victory. Luxol managed to break the ice and Eslam Kalifa opened the score. Kurt Bartolo levelled the matters with a fine finish. Hiberninans kept on pressing their opponents and scored another two goals by Mark Zammit and Levan Kobaidze. In the beginning of the second half Mark Zammit scored his second personal goal for Hibernians. Tarek Ibrahim’s goal was Luxol’s tentative to enter back on track. Kurt Bartolo scored again and made it more comfortable to the Paolites. The third and final goal for Luxol came from their captain William Barbosa who was one of the best in play. Hibernians collected 55 points from 19 matches and are just three points ahead from Balzan. Luxol went down to the third place and are two points behind Balzan. Balzan will Read the full article…

Balzan step up bid for second spot

26/04/2014 Fixtures

Balzan overcame another hurdle in the FXDD Premier Division after beating Zabbar 7-3 to climb second and leapfrog Luxol who had lost previously against Hibernians. Gabriel Dobre’s boys had the lion’s share of play and managed to end the first half 5-1 up. In the second half they managed to score two more goals to secure the victory. It was in the final minutes that  Zabbar made a reaction and scored two more goals to reduce the arrears. A brace by Clint Cope, Giancarlo Sammut, Andrea Dan and Nicola del Re were among the scorers for Balzan who play the Knock-Out final next Friday.                 San Gwann continued to confirm their top four position in the table when they saw off Pembroke 10-5. It was a great showing by San Gwann who managed to end the first half 4-3. However in the second Read the full article…

Luxol back to be the second best

24/04/2014 Fixtures

Luxol back to be the second best after beating Qormi 5-2. It was a quiet game, lacking of exciting actions. Alan Galea opened the score for Qormi. Karl Saliba releveled the matters for Luxol. Qormi’s second and final goal came by Mark Camilleri. Luxol took control of the game with braces by George Frendo and Florin Anton.             A brilliant win by Vittoriosa Stars on Melita with the score of 9-4. Melita had the bitter side with Jean Debattista’s injury  in the first half. Six minutes from the end of the match, Edwin Gauci was sent off for Melita after receiving the second yellow card. In this situation, Melita defended bravely and wisely, even though the result was already well in favour of Vittoriosa Stars. Melita found the net with Rudy Alhinho, Kaene Cassar Degabriele’s brace and with Melita’s player and coach Mark Muscat. Vittoriosa’s Read the full article…

A Closer Look at…Francesco Ronsisvalle (Coach Vittoriosa Stars)

24/04/2014 A Closer Look At

Francesco Ronsisvalle Date of Birth: 14th June 1987. Age: 26 years. Has been coaching futsal for the past four years. This is…my fourth season coaching futsal. The first three years however were spent as a player/coach but this is my first year focusing only on coaching. Why Futsal?  I like futsal because it is a relatively new sport in Malta that is growing rapidly with a number of enthusiasts willing to learn more about the game. Futsal is..a good mix of skills: speed, endurance and flair that coupled with the high tempo required, can involve everyone and thus contributes towards a strong team spirit. I am..satisfied with my team’s performance so far. Despite the fact that the team had to compete unexpectedly in the top league, we still managed to achieve some good results. Added to this, it is a great satisfaction that we managed to qualify for the Knock Read the full article…

B’Bugia back to winning ways

23/04/2014 Fixtures

Birzebbugia returned to winning ways in the FXDD Premier Division Relegation Pool after a bold display and a great 10-3 victory. Claudio Calleja pushed his team forward after netting four goals, Aaron Dalli scored a hat-trick while a brace by James Galea and a goal by Javier Abad Juni added more goals for the Southsiders who climb eighth in the table. A brace by the league top scorer Tyron Borg and a goal by Josh Farrugia reduced the arrears for Zurrieq. Swieqi registered their second consecutive win after having the better of Luqa 5-2.    

A Closer Look at…Alex Falzon (Coach Luqa St Andrews)

21/04/2014 A Closer Look At

Name… Alex Falzon      Date of Birth… 31st December 1980 Age: 33 years old Profession… Sales Manager at Progress Press Co. Ltd.  I have been involved in futsal for the last 9 years…. I started playing futsal in 2005 when school friends Chris Meliak and Patrick Azzopardi asked me to join their futsal team, Classics FC. The next season I joined Pentagon Properties BFC who were under the guidance of former National Coach Kevin Mifsud. I started to understand and love this game. This experience lasted 3 seasons, in which we got promoted and won the championship decider in the second year. In the following season we placed in the fifth place overall to qualify for the championship playoffs, where we eventually lost to the strong Serbian champions, ‘White Eagles’. A few weeks later I sustained a serious injury in an 11-a-side match which put my playing days to a halt. Read the full article…

Hibs and Balzan confirm

18/04/2014 Fixtures

Title challengers Hibernians and Balzan cruised to important victories when they eased off past Zabbar and Pembroke respectively to continue their challeng for the championship. Hibernians defeated Zabbar St Patrick 10-5 to keep the top position of the table. It was a great win by Kevin Mifsud’s boys who produced a great performance that stunned the Zabbar side. After a 5-1 advantage before the first half, Hibernians continued their dominance and scored five more goals to make sure of their victory. The Paolites scored their goals from a hat-trick by Levan Kobaidze, two braces by Jose Carlos Careca and Celino Alves and a goal for Xavier Saliba, Kurt Bartolo and an own goal. Omar Toutoungi, Radoslav Kovachev and Frankie Xerri were among the  scorers for the Southsiders. Balzan beat Pembroke 7-3 to go temporarily second in the table having played one match more than Luxol. Balzan tried to impose their Read the full article…