Monthly Archives: May 2014

Balzan win shoot-out to gain advantage

31/05/2014 Fixtures

Balzan……4 Hibs………4 (H.T 2-2) Balzan won 5-4 (penalties) Balzan won the first leg of the FXDD Premier Division play-off final yesterday evening after edging close rivals Hibernians 9-8 on penalties. Nicholas Farrugia was Balzan’s hero last night as he managed to perform a string of exceptional saves to deny the Paolites both during the match and even during the penalty shoot-out. This match, between the top two teams of Maltese futsal, brought a good number of supporters at the Corradino Pavillion. Balzan created their first scoring chances on 2 minutes when Hibs keeper Christian Cassar performed three consecutive saves on Emil Raducu and Glenn Bonello. Two minutes later, Balzan surged ahead when Raducu delivered a good pass to Andrea Dan who turned quickly to put the  ball into the net. Balzan quickly doubled the score when Romanian international Emil Raducu found the net from a close angle to put the Read the full article…

Top teams clash each other in decisive encounters

30/05/2014 Fixtures

The FXDD Premier Division resumes today after an absence of one week with the first of three finals to be played tonight  between the two heavyweights of Maltese Futsal, Hibernians and Balzan (kick-off 20.30hrs). Hibernians who won 20 out of 23 matches boast the best attack with lethal striker David Bobokhidze and Brazilian Celino Alves in fine form. Despite all this, Hibernians really found it hard to impose their style of play in the much-talked-about semifinal against San Gwann. At times they showed a sloppy defence and seemed in difficulty in both legs. The same opinion was shared by the Paolites captain, Xavier Saliba. “We had a really hard semifinal. It was the most difficult one in my futsal playing career both personally and psychologically. San Gwann were a really hard nut to crack!” “Hibs vs Balzan is always an attractive game to play. Both teams have played three times Read the full article…

Club Members meet, Disciplinary Board decides

28/05/2014 News

A meeting  between the club members and the executive committee of the Futsal Malta Association was held yesterday evening at the main hall of the Corradino Pavillion. The meeting was presided by Timothy Gingell, a member from Mosta Futsal Club. All the other members gave their views and opinions about some current issues. During this cordial meeting,  the FMA executive members accepted and appreciated the trust given by club members. The former listened attentively to the points discussed and gave their reactions. Furthermore the executive committee will evaluate and decide whether  to maintain their respective positions within the FMA for the following season. In the meantime , the disciplinary board met to discuss last Friday’s incidents during the semifinal play-off between Hibernians and San Gwann. San Gwann players  Josef Borg, Shaun Vella, Dylan Musu and Alan Borg, together with coach Clayton Felice and club official Jesmond Musu  were suspended for Read the full article…

Great match marred by incidents

24/05/2014 Fixtures

Hibernians…….5 San Gwann…….4 (H.T 3-3) Aggregate score: 9-9 The second semifinal of the FXDD Premier Division play-off was marred by deplorable incidents as the clash between Hibernians and San Gwann had to be suspended 33 seconds from the end. The chaos started after referee David Balzan sent off a San Gwann player for the second yellow card. This sparkled vehement protests by the San Gwann clan. Amid the protests, some supporters jumped in and total chaos erupted. A few moments later, the match was suspended. At that particular moment, San Gwann managed to level matters in the aggregate score in a match which got into extra-time. An exciting match indeed which saw mighty San Gwann giving their utmost to put Hibernians in difficulty and getting the share of play. However San Gwann keeper Matthew Mifsud was superb to say the least. He produced a string of exceptional saves that kept Read the full article…

Glenn Bonello brace ends Luxol’s hopes

24/05/2014 Fixtures

Balzan……5 Luxol…….3 (H.T 2-1) Aggregate score: 8-5. Balzan kept their hopes alive for a double after seeing off a mighty Luxol side 5-3 to reach the final stage of the FXDD Premier Division Play-offs. It was an exciting match as usual between two teams that impressed so much in the league. Having installed a narrow 3-2 advantage in the first leg, Balzan were keen to extend their margin but the team led by Florin Anton were greatly organized in defence trying to allow to the minimum their opponents’ attacks. Drama was instilled in the final four minutes of the game as Luxol scored twice to level matters but super-sub Glenn Bonello was quick to react with two great goals. Balzan created their first goal scoring occasion on six minutes through Emil Raducu whose shot was greatly repelled by Luxol’s keeper Adrian Attard. Three minutes later it was Giancarlo Sammut who Read the full article…

Champions ready to sweat for the final

23/05/2014 Fixtures

Hibernians head into tonight’s FXDD Premier Division Play-offs semifinal second leg needing to reverse a 4-3 deficit against San Gwann to progress to the final. As captain Xavier Saliba said, the Paolites must pull up their socks and show more cohesion and precision to produce a remarkable comeback. Brazilian defender Celino Alves admits that Hibernians need patience and quick thinking to overturn the result. “We need perseverance  and endurance in our play to level the matters during this match. We cannot rush. We have to emulate what we did so far in this campaign. A lot of patience and intelligence are essential if we want to win this match.” “It will be a difficult match as San Gwann possess a good team which is well trained and defensively organized. They have the advantage of winning the first leg and they will try to pose another threat to our defence. “ Read the full article…

All or nothing in the second leg

21/05/2014 Fixtures

Yesterday we had two exciting play off’s semi finals, which left everything undecided for the second leg. San Gwann had the better side against a disastrous Hibernians, winning 4-3. Denis Di Maio’s brace disoriented the Paolites who made it worst by two autogoals done by Jesmond Micallef and Xavier Saliba. Hibernians reduced the difference with David Bobokhidze’s brace and an own goal done by Andy Mangion. As Captain Xavier Saliba said after the the match, Hibernians next Friday have to pull up their socks and do a comeback starting with a goal down. Balzan will be going for the second leg, only with a goal advantage after their encounter with Luxol. Balzan opened the score through Dean Gera’s own goal. Luxol levelled the matters with a fantastic free kick realised by William Barbosa. Luxol’s second and final goal came from Basil Emeka Onuta. Balzan sealed their victory with Glenn Bonello’s Read the full article…

Hibs try to confirm, Tough test for Balzan

20/05/2014 Fixtures

The FXDD Premier Division has reached  a decisive stage as four teams will cross swords in the play-offs to be played this week. In the first leg to be  played tonight champions Hibernians face the revelation San Gwann while Balzan play against Luxol. Hibernians who are the only team without defeat,  start as favourites in the first leg clash against San Gwann (kick-off – 19.45 hrs). However they cannot underestimate San Gwann, who were promoted to Premier Division status last year, having a great campaign and placing fourth in the standings. They hope  that their striker Shawn Vella will be in top form to pose great threat to the Hibs’ rearguard. On the other hand, Hibernians will try to achieve the objective of winning the  second consecutive league in a row. Both teams have faced each other twice in the league. In the first match, the Paolites narrowly beat San Read the full article…

Poker man Brincat stars in Qrendi’s final commitment

18/05/2014 Fixtures

Qrendi ended their commitments for this season after chalking up another victory in the FXDD First Division. It was a well-deserved victory for the team led by Shawn Rogers who showed superiority throughout the match. Antonello Brincat was Qrendi’s inspirational player after netting four goals for his team. Other goals were scored by Bertram Azzopardi, Luke  Zammit and Ronald Spina. This victory gives moral to a bitter sweet season for Qrendi who had an exceptional first part of the season but failed to impress in the second part. Siggiewi returned to winning ways after overcoming Kalkara’s opposition 7-3. Three braces by James Borg, Benji Briffa and Craig Pickard gave the all-important three points for Siggiewi. Kalkara pulled three back from Matthew Buttigieg, Karl Muscat and Keith Attard. Mqabba and Sirens shared the spoils in an entertaining 5-5 score. A brace by Karl Dimech, Steve Pace, Conrad Dimech and Karl Micallef Read the full article…

All Square between Hibs and Balzan

16/05/2014 Fixtures

Hibernians ………..1 Balzan ………………1 (H.T 1-0) Yesterday’s top clash between the champions and the current Knock Out winners ended all square in front of a fairly sized crowd at the Corradino Pavillion. In an entertaining match, Balzan showed character to fight back and earn a point, while Hibernians maintained their unbeaten record in the league. The result means that Balzan finished  joint second with Luxol, six points adrift from the Paolites. In the first half, Hibernians were a superior outfit as Balzan tried to fight back. But in the second half, it was a different story as Balzan were threatening the Hibs defence even with the introduction of the flying keeper. The Paolites were getting  into the Balzan fort where keeper Farrugia excelled with some excellent saves. On eight minutes, Hibernians went close from a drive by Carlos Lopez but Farrugia denied the Brazilian striker. Thirty seconds later it was Read the full article…