Monthly Archives: October 2014

Lija and Luxol remain on the right track

31/10/2014 Fixtures

Lija managed to keep their positive track in the Futsal First Division ahead of their direct clash against  Mellieha when they hammered Msida 9-0 to register their fifth win on the trot. Aleksandar Ribic was exceptional for the winners as he scored a hat-trick to pave the way for his side’s  victory. After installing a 3-0 advantage before half-time, Lija scored six more goals to make certain of the three  precious points. A brace by Jeremy Cutajar, Mark Mizzi, Jonathan Sammut, Ryan Bugeja and Zeljko Anicic added more  goals for the leaders. Luxol didn’t find any difficulty to impose themselves on Zebbug Rangers 13-4 to gain the sole leadership  of the table although playing a match more. Brazilian duo Celino Alves and William Barbosa were a continuous menace for the Zebbug defence who  found it hard to control their continuous attacks. Barbosa scored a poker for Luxol while Celino Alves, Karl Read the full article…

Mellieha keeps going, Mdina still can’t make it

30/10/2014 Fixtures

From Tuesday’s First Division matches, Mellieha keeps on winning and gives Naxxar the first defeat.  Attard moves forward and Mdina still can’t get their first win of the season. Mellieha who already had a four goal advantage in the first half, sealed a 6-2 victory against Naxxar. In the second half, Naxxar took the risk and started playing with the flying keeper and managed to score two goals through Daniel Brincat and Kurt Azzopardi. Daniel Brincat was sent off after receiving two yellow cards. Nickolay Filipov’s hat-trick, together with goals from Radoslav Kovachev, Graig Pickard and Robert Magro made them five out of five for Mellieha. Even though Mdina played the best futsal, creating loads of chances, much more than Attard, still they couldn’t get their first win. In the 13th minute, Dalziel Bugeja broke the deadlock and put Mdina in advantage. Two minutes from the end of the first Read the full article…

A Closer Look at … Mark Marlow (National Team’s Coach)

27/10/2014 A Closer Look At

Recently the Malta Football Association appointed Mark Marlow as the Maltese Futsal National Team’s Coach. Mark Marlow is currently in his third year as Mosta Nursery Head Coach, following a vast coaching experience. Qualified with UEFA’s A License coached U11’s Paola Hibs Nursery (2002-03), Player/Coach with Kercem Ajax FC (2003-04), MFA Regional coach & U14 Selection (2006 / 2009) and Assistant Coach with Maltese Futsal National Team for 3 years between 2006 and 2009. He also coached Msida St. Joseph FC and Sliema Wanderers FC, both in the Premier Division for 2 years between 2009 and 2011. Marlow is very pleased of being appointed for this role in the local futsal environment and he’s willing to give all his best to improve the current situation. Marlow will use a positive approach to work both individually and as a group technically and tactically. He also believes that the squad is made Read the full article…

A Closer Look at….Thomas Consoli (Mqabba FC)

26/10/2014 A Closer Look At

Name: Thomas Consoli Born on the 8th August 1987 (27 years) Works as an Engineer Hobbies: Gaming, Football. Personal Motto: Respect All, Fear None How did you start playing futsal? About a year and a half ago, two friends of mine, Aaron Calafato and Jonathan Brincat, approached me to go for a trial with Msida Futsal Club. At that time I only used to play 5-aside matches with friends however I decided to go for the trial and it went well. What does this sport mean to you? This sport gave me the opportunity to start playing again competitively after having stopped playing football. It is an important part of my life because it allows me to get rid of work-related stress and  focus on something that I love doing. Advantages and Disadvantages of this sport… The smaller pitch requires players to have quick thinking and very good ball control. Read the full article…

Emphatic win for Luqa

26/10/2014 Fixtures

Luqa notched their fourth consecutive win in the First Division after dominating Qrendi 5-0. This win helped them climb third in the table. Isaac Delmar and Andrew Scerri hit a brace while captain Luke Buhagiar added another one for the Luqa side. Sirens returned to winning ways as they defeated Birzebbuga 4-1 to install themselves sixth in the table. Lawrence Vella (2 goals), Etienne Bonnici and Jeffrey Fenech were on the mark for the St Paul’s Bay side. In a keenly contested match, Mqabba overcome Siggiewi 8-5 to grab their second consecutive victory of the season Karl Carabott marked his official debut with Mqabba by scoring a goal for his side. Even keeper Victorio Ciantar was on the mark while Andrea Ciancio, Justin Psaila, Owen Fiteni, Etienne Rodo and Wayne Mizzi were the other goal-getters for Mqabba. An own goal added more goals for the victorious side. Siggiewi reduced the Read the full article…

Plucky Mosta give hard time to Champions

25/10/2014 Fixtures

Balzan joined Luxol on top of the standings in the Premier Division after sweating hard to beat a determined Mosta side 4-3. On paper, the Champions were favourites to win the three points without any difficulty but found Mosta, who had several players missing, determined to give a hard time to their opponents. Glenn Bonello surged Balzan ahead after a good pass by Marco Conti. But in the space of three minutes, Mosta managed to turn the tables by hitting the target three times through Ryan Buhagiar, James Mangion and Timothy Gingell. Balzan reacted immediately and equalized from a free kick by Boycho Marev and a wonder lob by Marco Conti to make it 3-3 before half-time. In the second half, Boycho Marev’s boys tried to impose their superiority but Mosta were organized in defence and operated some lethal counter attacks. Glenn Bonello succeeded to score the winning goal on Read the full article…

Lija joins Mellieha on top, chased by Naxxar

23/10/2014 Fixtures

Lija recorded their four out of four win, with a 5-1 result of fellow newcomers Attard. Aleksander Ribic’s brace was significant to make him as the current top scorer, scoring twelve goals so far. Ryan Bugeja, Redeemer Borg and Jason Gauci also put their names in the scorers’ list for Lija. Attard’s only goal came through Kevin Loughborough.               Qrendi and Naxxar returned to winning ways in their matches against Mdina and Msida respectively. Qrendi had the most ball possession and scored two goals in a short period of time. In fact, Antonello Brincat broke the deadlock in the 10th minute, followed two minutes later by Luke Zammit. Mdina reacted well and managed to score just one minute before the end of the first half, through Shaun Deguara’s brace. Antonello Brincat sealed the end result 4-2 for Qrendi, by scoring two more goals in Read the full article…

A Closer Look At … Cleaven Portelli (Mdina Knights)

20/10/2014 A Closer Look At

Date of Birth: 26/2/94 (20year old) Place of Birth: Malta Studies BSc.Podiatry at the University of Malta   How did you begin to play futsal?   At around April, the University Council issued a call for applications for the Futsal Team to represent the University in the national futsal league. I have friends who play futsal and their experience regarding futsal was always a positive one, and when this opportunity arouse, I decided to join the trials where then the current squad was chosen, and today we play for Mdina Knights, or as we call it, UoM Knights (University of Malta Knights)   In your opinion what is the difference between football and futsal?   I have been playing football since the age of 6 years, where I started with Paola Hibernians. During my teen years I joined Gudja United FC, the team I still play for till the current Read the full article…

Last gasp goal gives Luxol narrow win, Balzan sweat hard for victory

18/10/2014 Fixtures

A dramatic goal scored 4.1 seconds from the end by Karl Saliba gave Luxol a dramatic 4-3 win against Valletta to register their second consecutive success of the season. It was not an easy game for the St Andrews outfit who were mostly erratic in front of goal and had to sweat hard against a mighty Valletta side who gave their all against the most quoted opponents. After finding themselves a goal down, Luxol tried to produce a reaction but expert goalkeeper Matthew Mifsud denied his opponents with consecutive saves on Barbosa and Celino Alves. Valletta, despite their second consecutive defeat, can ensure themselves of a bright future ahead as they produced a great fighting spirit which will give them a further boost for their forthcoming matches. They were unlucky in front of goal as well as finding Luxol’s keeper Adrian Attard in fine form. Luxol’s goals came from a Read the full article…

A Closer Look at…..Denis di Maio (Valletta FC)

18/10/2014 A Closer Look At

Name: Denis di Maio Date of Birth: 29/9/1989 (25 years) Place of Birth: Termini Imerese (Italy) Works as a Demi-Chef with a local hotel in St Julians. He loves his job and aims to learn and improve more in the food industry. He admits of being in love with Malta and the Maltese.               How did you begin to play futsal? I started playing 11-a-side football since I was a child, but at the age of 16, I was called up by the local futsal coach to substitute a player who was disqualified. I remember that I played well and the coach wanted me even for the following season to be part of his squad In your opinion what is the difference between football and futsal? Well, both sports are completely different from each other. In football you have a larger area and one Read the full article…