Monthly Archives: January 2015

Lija keep up the chase to the top and the Knights celebrate their second consecutive win

31/01/2015 Fixtures

This week Luqa had to suffer two harsh defeats against Lija Athletic and Mdina Knights. Lija built their advantage through braces from Redeemer Borg and Zeljko Anicic, together with goals scored by Mark Mizzi and Florin Manea. Luqa reduced the deficit with James Mizzi’s brace. Mdina celebrated their second consecutive win against Luqa with braces from Cleaven Portelli and Neil Cauchi together with Roberto Sarcia’s goal. Luqa’s only goal was scored by James Mizzi. Naxxar consolidate their third place on the table after beating Siggiewi 6-2.  The Lions left their imprint with braces from Daniel Brincat and Adrian Fenech together with goals by Lydon Baldacchino and Paul Falzon, Siggiewi’s goals were scored by Philip Caruana Turner and Mark Camilleri. Mellieha continue their positive trail on the top of the tabel, after bringing down Mqabba 7-2. Mellieha’s Nikolay Filipov scored four goals, accompanied by Daniel Saliba’s brace and a goal from Read the full article…

Luxol humble Swieqi, Spartans maintain pressure

31/01/2015 Fixtures

Luxol maintained the leadership of  the FMA Premier Division table after thumping Swieqi United 14-0 after another round of matches was played at the Corradino Pavillion. Luxol dominated from the first whistle and it only took them only a short while  to break the deadlock. From there on, they dominated the proceedings to record the biggest win of the season. Double strikes from Celino Alves, Florin Anton, George Frendo, Karl Saliba and William Barbosa together with Ibrahim Tarik, Dale Camilleri and two own-goals paved the way for Luxol’s eighth win of the season.             Hamrun Spartans kept the pressure on Luxol with a convincing 7-4 victory against neighbours Valletta. The Citizens gave a mighty performance but on the day Hamrun proved to be stronger. Valletta managed to break the deadlock early in the game through Xavier Saliba but two quickfire goals helped Hamrun turn the Read the full article…

Balzan restrain Valletta

27/01/2015 Fixtures

Balzan consolidate their third place in the premiership in an incandescent encounter against Valletta. Valletta were aiming to grab three points and reach Balzan. Carl Azzopardi broke the deadlock for Balzan and minutes later Denis Di Maio levelled the matters for Valletta. In the last minute of the first half, both teams scored in a very short period of time. Valletta doubled the score through captain Xavier Saliba and player coach Boicho Marev mad it 2-2. In the first minute of the second half, Boicho Marev again put Balzan ahead. Glenn Bonello also found the net and made it 4-2. Valletta’s reaction came  as Alan Borg put also his name on the scoreline for the Citizens. In the end Balzan proved to be the better side and scored twice more through Frane Despotovic and Marco Conti.

Mellieħa stay top after dramatic win

25/01/2015 Fixtures

Mellieħa clinched their 11th win in the First Division after dramatically seeing off Msida St Joseph 8-5 at the Corradino Pavillion. It wasn’t an easy job for the Northerners as they had to turn the tables in the second half after falling down 3-2 before the break. Msida even scored more goals in the second half as they were leading 5-3 with 4 minutes to go. But a great comeback by Mellieħa helped them to score five consecutive goals to get the most important victory that keeps them top of the table three points clear of Lija who however have a game in hand. Daniel Saliba inspired Mellieħa by hitting the target three times. Other goals came from a brace by Nikolay Filipov, Darren Aitchinson, Nathaniel Borg and an own goal. Msida scored through Herbert Spiteri, Marian Gologan, Noel Portelli and two own goals. Naxxar Lions moved third in the Read the full article…

Spartans shock Champions, Valletta maintain winning streak

23/01/2015 Fixtures

Balzan’s defence of the Premier Division title got an unexpected setback after they lost to an excellent Hamrun Spartans 7-2 in a match full of excitement and adrenaline. Like a runner lapped before the bell, Balzan will soldier on but it is clear that this year they will face stiff competition from other teams as they will try to recover after suffering their second consecutive defeat. The Spartans made the last part of the second half an ordeal for Balzan  with new Brazilian recruit Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira, known as Rafinha, being a continuous menace for his opponents’ rearguard. Rafinha partnered a fantastic tandem with compatriot Rogerio dos Santos Filho as they resulted the main tormentors for Balzan’s defence. Hamrun stunned the champions when taking the lead inside the opening 30 seconds. Rafinha was the catalyst as his powerful shot beat Farrugia to make it 1-0. Despite the initial Read the full article…

Six-goal Kaca leaves Zebbug spellbound, Mosta turn tables in the second half

21/01/2015 Fixtures

Endrit Kaca took his scoring prowess to yet another level on, as Qormi thrashed Zebbug Rangers 12-6  in the derby to gain the fifth place in the standings. The Yellow-Blacks already led 7-3 before the break and the 24 year-old Albanian international put the result beyond doubt by scoring twice in the first half. Kaca added four more after the break, while substitute Allen Medati, newcomer Dario Zampa and Basil Onuta each added a pair. Zebbug tried to get back into the match scoring some goals to reduce the margin but were always left trailing behind their opponents. Zebbug’s goals came from a Jamie Portelli double and other strikes from Jason Mifsud, Ricky Zammit, Bernard Bonnici and Gorg Borg. Mosta produced a stunning second-half display to see off Gzira United 4-3 to move three points away from them in the table. Mosta looked on course for back-to-back league defeats when Read the full article…

Malta lose heavily, Latvia progress

18/01/2015 News

Malta conceded another heavy defeat in the EURO Futsal qualifiers after Mark Marlow’s boys were humbled by Latvia 8-0 in a Group E match at the Corradino Pavillion. Latvia had to score more than three goals during this match to make sure of their progress in the competition. Their hopes of a positive result yesterday were all but blown away by the Latvians who were already four goals ahead by the 2nd minute. A hat-trick by Andres Aleksejevs, a brace from Arturs Jerofejevs and Maksims Sens, Andrejs Sustrovs were the goal-getters for Latvia. Latvia go first in Group E on seven points like England but have a better goal difference., Andorra placed third with three points while Malta remain rooted to the bottom of the group with no points from three matches. Malta: Matthew Mifsud, Giancarlo Sammut,, Chris Cardona, Dale Camilleri, Jovica Milijic, Nicola Del Re, Melvin Borg, Mark Zammit, Xavier Read the full article…

Malta suffers against Andorra

16/01/2015 News

    Andorra …. 4 Malta ……… 0   Andorra: 1 Aitor Rubio (GK), 2 Jordi Ferreiro, 3 Oscar Neira, 4 Joaquin Salvat, 6 Ignacio Llamas, Jonathan Perez, 8 Marcal Raventos, 9 Jorge Manuel Dias, 10 Carlos Manuel Barbosa, 11 Diogenes Lino, 13 Andre Ferreira (GK), 14 Omar Debboun, 15 Eric Mesquita, 18 Arnau Rodruguez Coach: Xavier De La Rosa Malta: 1 Matthew Mifsud (GK), 2 Giancarlo Sammut, 3 Chris Cardona, 4  Dale Camilleri, 5 Jovica Milijic, 7 Nicola Del Re, 8 Melvin Borg, 9 Mark Zammit, 10 Xavier Saliba, 11 Matteo Desira Buttigieg, 12 Nicholas Farrugia (GK), 13 Luke Stivala, 14 Jason Gauci. Coach: Mark Marlow   Andorra had the most of the ball possession, even though the Maltese players offered some kind of resistance throughout the whole match. It was a hard night for the Maltese National Team who suffered the second defeat in the Uefa Futsal Euro 2016 Read the full article…

Four goals scored as spoils are shared

15/01/2015 News

The spoils were shared in the top clash at the Corradino Pavillion between qualification chasers Latvia and England . The two sides shared four goals in a keenly contested match which, however, only came to life near the end of the first half. Latvia were the best team in the first half as they scored two goals in the first half with England producing a comeback and managing to level the matters in the second half. Andrejs Sustrovs put Latvia ahead on 11 minutes and Oscar Ikstens doubled the score two minutes later. 30 seconds afterwards Stuart Cook reduced the arrears for England with the same player balancing the encounter in the second half. England : James Dalton, Ben Mortlock, Agon Rexha, Richard Ward, George Nash, Ian Parkes, David Jennings, Luke Ballinger, William Rooke, James Webb, Toluwanimi Sotonye, Stuart Cook, Jordan Parker, William Gay. Latvia:  Algars Bondars , Antons Astrahancevs, Maksims Read the full article…

Brave Malta lose opening match

15/01/2015 News

England clinched the first victory  in the EURO Futsal Qualifiers after beating Malta 3-0  at the Corradino Pavillion. England were mostly in possession of the ball and managed to break the deadlock after three minutes when Ian Parkes received from James Webb to blast home past keeper Matthew Mifsud. Despite this goal, Malta rolled up their sleeves and  roared on by the home fans, produced a good reaction whilst operating with some swift counter-attacks as Desira Buttigieg, Del Re and Zammit began testing the English defence. There were a few scares along the way as England’s Stuart Cook was denied by the woodwork As the match continued to intensify, Malta played better, improving mainly the defensive part and creating some more chances at goal. The first half ended 1-0. The second half started better and the Maltese lads fought bravely for every ball with Matteo Desira Buttigieg and Xavier Saliba Read the full article…