Monthly Archives: February 2015

Del Re and Filipov inspire victory as joint leaders march on

25/02/2015 Fixtures

Mellieħa and Lija remained locked together on 42 points at the top of the First Division after both teams won their respective encounters. Nikolay Filipov scored four goals as Mellieħa beat Sirens 5-2 to register his team’s fourteenth victory of the season. Darren Aitchinson added another one for the Northerners. Lija Athletics emulated their rivals’ success after seeing off Attard 7-2. Nicola del Re helped himself to a hat-trick for the Athletics with the other goals coming from Zeljko Anicic, Aleksandar Ribic, Floren  Manea and Redeemer Borg. Naxxar Lions managed to grab three important points after defeating Msida St Joseph 5-3 in a thrilling encounter. Goals from Andrea Farrugia, Adrian Fenech, Daniel Brincat, Sean Vella and Paul Bugeja helped the Lions to strengthen the third spot in the table. Msida’s scorers were Marian Gologan, Alexander Kristonijevic and Ryan Xuereb. Marco Mercieca hit the target three times as Luqa beat Siggiewi 3-2 to Read the full article…

Janjic scores in dream debut for Balzan

21/02/2015 Fixtures

Slobodan Janjic played his first match in the all red shirt of Balzan , scored his first goal in Maltese futsal and provided two assists in his team’s 6-3 victory over Mosta. The 28-year-old Serbian prodigy showed his style from the very first minute of the game and will certainly prove an asset for the champions who are showing that they are coming back to business. Balzan dominated the possession of the game but failed to capitalize in more than one occasion with Mosta operating mostly on counter-attacks. In one of these, they surprisingly surged ahead through Diego Gomes de Mello. Boycho Marev’s boys reacted immediately and Mosta’s keeper Karl Balzan was kept busy with some great saves. However after Frane Despotovic levelled the matters, Balzan grew in confidence and succeeded to add two more goals from Boycho Marev and Slobodan Janjic. After the break, Balzan continued to impose their Read the full article…

Still looking at changing extra points

21/02/2015 Fixtures

Nothing has changed on top of the premiership table, as Hamrun and Luxol shared the spoils in a very thrilling game. Initially both teams were so tight that the match remained goalless for a long period of time. In fact it was not before six minutes from the end of the first half that the first goal appeared! It was Luxol who broke the deadlock, with a powerful shot from Peter Pullicino. Four minutes later, a very fast corner taken by Celino Alves directed to his co-patriot William Barbosa who headed Luxol’s second goal. Hamrun Spartans entered into the game two minutes after the beginning of the second half, through Rogerio Dos Santos Filho. However three minutes later, Celino Alves put Luxol again on the lead. What appeared to be a sure win for Luxol, the Spartans kept on pressing and Jovica Milijic shocked the formers by levelling the result Read the full article…

Luxol and Hamrun cross swords for summit quest

19/02/2015 Fixtures

This week’s  programme is definitely highlighted by the top of the table clash between league leaders Luxol and their immediate followers Hamrun Spartans. At present, Luxol  have 28 points while the Spartans are second on 27. It is a very interesting situation which sees the Reds aiming to beat the St Andrew’s side and therefore gain the sole leadership of the table. Luxol, who have an experienced squad , are still unbeaten, but will have to be on full alert against Hamrun who showed their best form so far this season. In fact, the Spartans showed their firm intentions of making a very strong challenge for this season’s title and it is obvious they are bound to become stronger when newcomers Raphinha and Rodrigo integrate with their new team-mates, thus making James Ciangura’s squad a really formidable one. Luxol’s playmaker Celino Alves has acknowledged the importance of tonight’s top-of-the table Read the full article…

Mellieha and Lija remain on the lead, Mqabba and Mdina on the winning ways

17/02/2015 Fixtures

Both Mellieha and Lija remain on the lead as they won against B’Buġia and Qrendi respectively. Lija beated Qrendi with goals from Zeljko Anicic, Ryan Bugeja and Jean Bert Gatt . In an exciting encounter between Mellieha and B’Buġia, the northenders made it 7-4 against the southenders. Nikolay Filipov’s hat-trick and braces from Joseph Vella and Radoslav Kovachev made the scoreline for Mellieha. Mqabba returned back to the winning ways against Luqa 4-2, while the Mdina Knights University Students had their third consecutive win, beating Siggiewi 7-3.

Qormi qualify in Q/F thriller, easy for Luxol, Balzan and Valletta

17/02/2015 Fixtures

In the most awaited quarter final fixture Qormi claimed a place in the semifinal of the KO competition after beating Hamrun Spartans 8-5 in a hard-fought contest at the Corradino Pavilion. It was clearly evident from the initial stages that this was going to be a thriller. Hamrun opened a double advantage in the first minute through new recruit Rodrigo Patricio and Jovica Milijic. Despite this double blow, Qormi hit back and took advantage of some defensive frailties to score two quickfire goals by Blendi Gockaj and Basil Emeka Onuta and level the score. The Spartans were stunned at Qormi’s fierce counter attacks and suffered three more goals before the break through Endrit Kaca and a brace from  Charlo Magro. Hamrun did make a reaction but found Qormi’s keeper Gaetan Mallia in fine form as he reacted to shots from Rodrigo, Elamari and Milijic. The contest remained fairly balanced in Read the full article…

Eight teams seek semifinal berth

12/02/2015 Fixtures

Eight teams seek a place in the semi-final of the Knock-Out competition as four quarter-final clashes will be played between today and Monday at the Corradino Sports Pavillion. In the first match holders Balzan take on Gzira United (kick-off 20.00 hrs). The side coached by Boycho Marev is burning with desire to make amends for their recent disappoinments in the league, especially after losing their last outing against Qormi 5-1. Even Gzira are struggling for consistency in the Premier Division as they lie second from bottom losing 9 of their 10 matches played so far. Balzan reached this stage after beating First Division sides Luqa St Andrews (13-0) and Lija Athletic (5-1). The Maroons have knocked-out Naxxar Lions 7-4 and Siggiewi 4-2 in the previous rounds. They have already met in the league with Balzan beating Gzira 8-2. In another match at the same venue, Valletta take on Swieqi in Read the full article…

Attard secure precious win, great comeback by Msida

08/02/2015 Fixtures

Attard strengthened the fourth position of the First Division table after a great performance helped them to see off Naxxar Lions 4-2. This was the third consecutive win for Attard which puts them on the 24-points mark, three ahead of Msida St Joseph. Despite this defeat, Naxxar still enjoy a five-point lead over their opponents who however have a game in hand. Matthew Buttigieg, Byron Fenech, Gianni Aquilina and Antonio Marin were on the mark for Attard. Sean Vella and Andrew Catania were the goal-scorers for Naxxar. Meanwhile, a stunning second half helped Msida beat Sirens 8-5 to maintain their hopes for a top four position. Trailing by two goals in the first few minutes, Msida grew in confidence as Zvezdan Vukovic and Chris Cutajar were in fine form after grabbing a hat-trick each. Herbert Spiteri and Milicic added more goals for their team. A brace by Antoine Galea, Lawrence Read the full article…

Unstoppable Luxol win again, Champions suffer another defeat

07/02/2015 Fixtures

Three braces by Celino Alves, Florin Anton and Peter Pullicino led Luxol to a comfortable 7-2 victory over sixth-placed Valletta. The in form Luxol players scored crucial goals to pave the way for their club’s win and consolidate the first position in the table. Another goal by Brazilian William Barbosa made the victory more resounding even if the Citizens pulled two back. The St Andrew’s outfit have thus extended their winning run to four games even though they only enjoy a one point lead over Hamrun Spartans at the top  of the standings. As for Valletta, they remain in the sixth position in the table four points from the play-off zone.                   Hamrun Spartans confirmed their recent form of late with a bang after thrashing Zebbug Rangers 10-2. Hamrun produced an assured display against a poor Zebbug side who never got going. Read the full article…

Lija continue to impress, positive comeback for Msida and Attard

04/02/2015 Fixtures

This week the First Division continued with four more interesting games, where Lija, Msida and Attard had their winning ways. Naxxar and Qrendi share the spoils in a very exciting game. Hat-tricks by Marian Gologan and Herbert Spiteri, a brace from Chris Cutajar and goals scored by Alan Micallef, Ryan Xuereb, Zvezdan Vukovic and Noel Portelli, made Msida’s scoreline long enough to beat B’Bugia 12-2. John Paul Barbara and Justin Camilleri found the net for the Southsiders. Lija continued to impress and reached again Mellieha at the top of the table, beating Siggiewi 9-5. A hat-trick by Ryan Bugeja and braces from Zeljko Anicic, Aleksander Ribic and Florin Manea gave the important win for Lija. Siggiewi managed to score five times through a hat-trick by Mark Camilleri and goals from Philip Caruana Turner and Simon Gingell Littlejohn. Attard also had their second consecutive win, this time against Sirens. Marc Tabone Read the full article…