Monthly Archives: November 2014

Serbia too strong for Gibraltar

30/11/2014 News

Serbia’s flair and invention proved too much for tournament debutants Gibraltar as they fell to a 10-2 defeat in the Malta 4th International Tournament held at the Corradino Pavillion.  Having opened the tournament yesterday with a convincing 4-1 victory against hosts Malta, the team led by Aca Kovacevic imposed their superiority upon Gibraltar who tried to operate with counter attacks. The Gibraltar custodian, Kyle Goldwin was kept busy by the swift and quick Serbian players who were a continuous menace to his defensive department. Serbia were quickly in the ascendancy as Mladen Kocic finished off  a slick passing move at the back post in  the sixth minute. They dominated possession during the remainder of the half and duly scored their second goal through Slobodan Janjic. Gibraltar came back into the match when Lee Buhagiar found the net from close distance to make it 2-1. Serbia reacted furiously and a brace Read the full article…

Serbia beat host team Malta in the inaugural match

30/11/2014 News

After months of hard work and preparation from the Futsal Malta Association, Malta and Serbia opened the 4th International Futsal Tournament. Serbia opened the score in the first minute through captain Mladen Kocic. Successfully they had a three goal advantage with a brace from Vladimir Milosavac. Two minutes from the end of the first half, Malta’s vice captain Nicola Delre took advantage from a Serbian mistake in the midfield, came face to face with Serbian goalkeeġer Aleksa Antonic and netted the Maltese only goal in the match. During the second half Malta had various chances to score especially through Jovica Milijic who managed to hit the post. In the last minute it was again Kocic who sealed the 4-1 win for Serbia. Tonight at 6:30 pm, Serbia will face off Gibraltar’s national team. The Maltese National Team will be back in action, tomorrow at 6:30 pm against Gibraltar.

Two-game test awaits new futsal Malta squad

27/11/2014 News

The Malta Futsal national team, under the guidance of national coach Mark Marlow, will be in action between Saturday 29th November  and Monday 1st Decemmber, in the 4th Malta International Friendly Tournament at the Corradino Pavillion,  Malta will be hosting Serbia and Gibraltar, two teams which should provide strong opposition for Marlow’s boys. After being named as the new national coach, Mark Marlow initiated the process of fine tuning the squad in the light of competitive international matches ahead. This intensive preparation included some physical and tactical development  as well as some daily training sessions. This website contacted Mark Marlow who showed the positive aspects of this squad and his first days as national coach. “The first days were really positive for me. When you have a new squad in your hand, you feel motivated to work harder to achieve great goals for the benefit of the team.”     Read the full article…

Siggiewi shock leaders Mellieha

26/11/2014 Fixtures

Siggiewi created the biggest surprise of this season’s First Division when they beat leaders Mellieha 5-1 at the Corradino Pavillion yesterday. Mellieha, unbeaten in their eight outings,were astonished by Siggiewi’s abrupt attacks who scored five goals without reply. After scoring their goal before the break, Mellieha enjoyed the better fare of possession in the second half but despite all this, they rarely threatened their opponents who managed to keep their cool till the end. James Borg scored a brace while Matthew Debono, Glenn Gauci and Philip Caruana Turner grabbed the goals for Siggiewi. Robert Magro reduced the score for the northerners.             Luqa St Andrews climbed fourth in the table when they beat Birzebbuga 5-2.                   Attard and Mqabba shared the spoils in an entertaining 4-4 draw. This result didn’t change anything in the tas both teams Read the full article…

The Knights conquer and have fun, Mellieha makes 8 wins in a row

20/11/2014 Fixtures

It was a night of celebration for the University students who make part of the Mdina Knights Futsal Team. Cleaven Portelli scored the first goal, which was the fastest goal in the first division league so far, after only 13 seconds. Cleaven Portelli scored four goals in this match, making them 15 goals so far and places himself third in the top scorers’ list. Mdina continued to have a smashing win with braces for Ranald Portelli and Robert Peplow. Andrew Camilleri and Tyrone Grech also scored for Mdina Knights, making the final score 10-0 against Birzebugia. Msida romps to 8-2 win against Siggiewi and obtains the second win of the season. Msida’s goals came from braces by Marian Gologan and Aleksander Melcic, Alan Micallef, Noel Portelli, Matthew Dingli and Ryan Xuereb. Andrew Briffa and Matthew Debono reduced the score for Siggiewi. Mellieha makes them 8 wins in a row as Read the full article…

FMA, MFA & SPU collaborating in the organisation of Futsal Festivals for kids

19/11/2014 News

Futsal Malta Association will be actively participating in the organisation of the annual Futsal Festival to be held at the Cottonera Pavilion for school children at primary and secondary level.  The festival is be co-ordinated by the Sports Promotion Unit of the Education Division, the Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport in collaboration with the MFA and always draws a lot of interest from the youngsters. FMA President Mark Borg, together with Vice President Alfred Camilleri, are currently discussing with Ms. Maria Mifsud (Deputy General Secretary Grassroots, Youth Development & Education at MFA) about FMA’s role in promoting the sport of futsal.  The introduction of futsal in the Development Programme of a good Football Nurseries has been welcomed by FMA.  Mark Borg stated that FMA’s commitment towards extending the game of futsal, especially with the lower age-groups, will continue to be the driving force behind the association’s philosophy.

Lija keep pace with Mellieha

17/11/2014 Fixtures

Lija Athletics kept the pace with their nearest rivals Mellieha for the final honours of the season as they dominated Sirens 8-1 to climb top of the table although having a game more. Aleksandar Ribic, Ryan Bugeja, Redeemer Borg and Antonio Marin scored a brace each to ensure a comfortable win for Lija. Naxxar Lions strengthened the grip on the top positions of the table after a comfortable 7-1 win against Mqabba. The Lions dominated the encounter and managed to install a 3-1 advantage before half-time. In the second part of the game, they maintained their positive play and scored four more goals to ensure of the points that mattered. Roderick Attard was Naxxar’s star player as he hit a hat-trick, Daniel Brincat scored a brace while Lydon Baldacchino and Khail Drago completed the mission for their team. Mqabba scored the consolation goal through Conrad Dimech. Even Attard maintained their Read the full article…

A Closer Look at….Chris Cardona (Hamrun Spartans FC)

16/11/2014 A Closer Look At

Name: Chris Cardona Date of Birth: 19th April 1992 (22 years old) Place of Birth: Hamrun Works as a Shipping Sample Registration Clerk. Likes to play football and futsal. His  personal motto is WORK HARD, PLAY HARD. How did you start playing futsal? I have always followed this game with great interest. I remember that I had found a new job and I couldn’t continue  to train football intensively as I used to do. Therefore I began to play futsal and this choice turned out to be of  great satisfaction. Talk about the teams that you have played so far. I began playing with Attard FC where I learnt the first skills of this game. I was even called up to play for the national team. The following year I signed for Luqa St Andrews where people like Alex Falzon, Karl Magro and Kevin Mifsud have always believed in my Read the full article…

Luxol held as Balzan defeat Swieqi

15/11/2014 Fixtures

Luxol did not get the result they wanted as they were held by Qormi in a 6-6 draw. This leaves the St Andrews outfit just one point ahead of  Hamrun and Balzan who have a game in hand. Luxol took a triple advantage in the first 10 minutes through William Barbosa, George Frendo and Dale Camilleri. Three minutes afterwards, Allen Medati reduced the gap for Qormi but William Barbosa added another one for Luxol before half time. But in the second half, Qormi produced a fierce comeback as Marwan Telisi and Allen Medati put their team back into the match. However on 28 minutes, George Frendo found the net to make it 5-3. Qormi never lost heart as they continued to attack and produce more offensive occasions. Allen Medati completed a hat-trick for Qormi while Endrit Kaca’s brace stunned the Luxol rearguard and managed to put his team ahead. William Read the full article…

Lija still chasing Mellieha, good comeback for Gzira

13/11/2014 Fixtures

This week we had three interesting matches from the First Division and the great comeback of Gzira in the Premier Division. Lija continued their positive trail, after last week’s setback against confirmed leaders Mellieha.  B’bugia managed to level them to 2-2 in the first half through John Paul Barbara and Noel Tabone. Lija put again the foot on the accelerator and made the final score 12-2. Aleksander Ribic was again the main protagonist when scoring four goals, together with a brace from Mark Mizzi and more goals coming from Jason Gauci, Sean Cassar Degabriele, Marc Tabone Ferrante, Jeremy Cutajar, Jonathan Sammut and Clayton Farrugia. Luqa gained the precious three points which put them at the 4th place of the First Division Table.  Luqa had 2 braces from Andrew Scerri and Robert Portelli together with goals from Keith Mifsud and Isaac Delmar. A brace from Msida’s Herbert Spiteri and a goal Read the full article…