Monthly Archives: March 2015

More excitement on the way to the Playoffs

31/03/2015 Fixtures

Lija Athletics beat Naxxar Lions 2-0 in a match where they didn’t impress so much. This victory helped them to become firm favourites to win the championship after having clinched the promotion earlier on. Lija were unlucky not to score in four occasions as they hit the post after tries from Ribic, Manea and Del Re. On the other hand, Naxxar tried to offer a good reaction but weren’t so dangerous in front of goal. Floren Manea and Zeljko Anicic were on the mark for the Athletics.   Bottom placed B’Bugia stunned Luqa 6-1. It was a match which highlighted the progress made in the last part of the season by Silvio Mifsud’s boys who had inspirational players Jean Paul Abdilla and Andrea Cutajar a continuous menace to the Luqa rearguard. Luqa dominated the first 5 minutes of the match but after scoring the first goal, the Southsiders dominated the Read the full article…

A Closer Look at….Randall Vella (Mdina Knights FC)

31/03/2015 A Closer Look At

 Name: Randall Vella  Date of Birth: 16/7/1992 (22 years old) Place of Birth: Cospicua  Works in the Motor Claims Dept in an insurance company.  His personal motto is: “Life is all about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” How did you begin to play futsal? I started to play Futsal, thanks to my friend Jurgen Damato, who is also the team manager of our futsal team. I was recovering from my ACL injury, and thus I was struggling with confidence. I couldn’t join the team before since I didn’t want to rush my recovery. Eventually I was chosen with Mdina after making it in the trials. Describe futsal in three words. Fun, Passion and Teamwork At Mdina Knights the team resembles a great family. Talk about this fact. Yes it is. And it doesn’t depend on the results we get. In fact it was this way Read the full article…

A Closer Look at … Slobodan Janjic (Balzan)

28/03/2015 A Closer Look At

Name: Slobodan Janjic Born on 17th February 1987 (28 years old) Place of Birth: Serbia Position: Winger Regular member of the Serbian National Team and last played for Ekonomac Kragujevac. How long have you been playing futsal? I’ve been playing futsal for seven years. I played most of my career with Ekonomac Kragujevac, a futsal club based in Serbia. You are also a regular member of the Serbian National Team. I’ve been selected to play for the Serbian national team for the past six years now. I played two European Championships (Hungary 2010 and Croatia 2012) and one World Cup (Thailand 2012).       You even played in Malta last December in the friendly international tournament. Yes in fact, I have played against Malta and Gibraltar here at the Corradino Pavillion. I had the chance to have the first taste of this beautiful island. What do you think about Read the full article…

Title Hopefuls Luxol, Balzan gain vital wins

28/03/2015 Fixtures

As another Premier Division round of matches was played at the Corradino Pavillion,  title hopefuls Luxol and Balzan obtained important victories over Mosta and Valletta respectively to gear up for the final play-off to be played soon.  Luxol dominated their game against Mosta from start to finish, winning it 12-2. This win helped the St Andrews side to maintain the top of the table, also boasting the best attack of the campaign with 138 goals in their account. After managing a 4-1 advantage before the break, Luxol continued with their intense pressure and it was hard for the Blues to hold their opponents attacking spree. Karl Saliba, William Barbosa and Ibrahim Tarek netted a hat-trick each, Celino Alves hit the target twice while George Frendo added another one for the league leaders. Mosta reduced the score from Eslam Khalifa and Laszlo Hayossy.                 Read the full article…

Lija continue with their sole leadership, dramatic comeback for Qrendi

26/03/2015 Fixtures

Sirens vs Lija 0-6 Two goals from Nicola Del Re, together with Aleksander Ribic, Zeljko Anicic, Jean Bert Gatt and Mark Mizzi were enough for the Athletics to get what it takes for their sole leadership in the First Division. Even though Sirens had a tough game against Lija, their positive attitude made them look forward and resulted positively in their next encounter with Luqa.   Luqa vs Sirens 2-7 Sirens performed with flying colours; with braces from Etienne Bonnici and Jason Camilleri together with goals from Antoine Galea, Jonathan Sammut and Leonard Zammit. Andrew Scerri and Justin Muscat reduced the score line for Luqa St. Andrew’s.   Luqa vs Mellieha 1-5 Luqa had already another defeat this week against Mellieha who returned with Daniel Saliba’s goal and braces from Nikolay Filipov and Radoslav Kovachev. Luqa’s only goal in this match was scored by Carl Grech.   B’Bugia vs Mdina Read the full article…

Girls show enthusiasm in exhibition match

23/03/2015 News

An exhibition match between two female teams was held at the Corradino Pavillion before the first KO semifinal between Balzan and Valletta. The activity which was organized by coordinator Maria Coppola, together with FMA, was meant to attract more girls to this wonderful game. The crowd, who was present for this event, was delighted by the enthusiasm that the girls showed during this activity. Many of these girls are already participating in the 11-a-side football  league and the general comment was that they would like to have their own futsal league. This website has contacted Maria Coppola who was satisfied with the girls’ participation. “I am quite satisfied with what we have achieved so far. We are meeting every now and then and organize these exhibition matches before an important match.” Coppola believes that these activities are vital to increase women’s participation in futsal. ” We need to continue organizing Read the full article…

Luxol to meet again Balzan in another final

21/03/2015 Fixtures

Holders Balzan will face off Luxol again, six months after their previous meeting in the Super Cup Final. Luxol were absolutely the better team to take the vacant place in the final against Balzan. Qormi were without Blendi Gockaj, Marwan Telisi, Luke John Stivala, David Alex Smith Cordina and Aaron Agius, while Luxol were without Matteo Desira Buttigieg, George Frendo and Dean Gera. Luxol’s trio Barbosa-Alves-Anton were contiuosly well engaged and managed to control the game. After nine minutes play, William Barbosa broke the deadlock from the penalty spot and the same player doubled the score, five minutes later. Luxol kept on scoring through two braces by Florin Anton and Dale Camilleri. So it is all to be decided on Thursday 30th April, whether Balzan will keep the cup or else Luxol will take the challenge and take their first title of this season. Qormi: Marco Coccia, Armando Gjepali, Endrit Read the full article…

Luxol, Qormi seek final date with Balzan

20/03/2015 News

Luxol are keen to seek a place in the KO final to be played on the 30th April 2015 when they face Qormi tonight (kick-off 21.45hrs). Both teams are passing from contrasting moments in the championship. Luxol are still undefeated and have maintained their leadership in the table while Qormi, who have done so well in the first phase of the league, are coming from three disappointing defeats. This semifinal can be a good chance to make up for the recent disappointments as coach Mario Gaffiero hopes that his Albanian duo Blendi Gockaj and Endrit Kaca together with Basil Onuta find their scoring spree to surprise the league leaders. As already said, Florin Anton’s boys are coming from a good run in the championship and the Luxol mentor can rely on Brazilian duo William Barbosa and Celino Alves as well as local talents Matteo Desira Buttigieg and Dale Camilleri who Read the full article…

We are keen to keep winning more titles- Marev

20/03/2015 News

Immediately after the match between Balzan and Valletta this website contacted Boicho Marev (Balzan) and Matthew Mifsud (Valletta) to give a general comment about yesterday night’s semifinal. As expected, Marev was elated about his team’s performance during the entire match. “It was a very positive performance from Balzan. We are very happy of this achievement. At Balzan we are united and keen to keep winning more titles.” Asked about next month’s final Marev was very prudent in his approach. “It’s good to defend the title but this is a final and in one game everything can happen. So let’s concentrate and prepare well for the coming league commitments and gear up gradually for the KO final.” On the other hand, the Citizens’ goalkeeper Matthew Mifsud, was disappointed about the outcome of the match. “We knew it was going to be a very tough game against a strong team. Despite all Read the full article…

Balzan turn on the style to blow Valletta away

20/03/2015 Fixtures

Serbian international Slobodan Janjic was three times on the mark as Balzan outpaced Valletta to win 10-2 and close in on a fourth final in three years. The KO holders were simply irresistible as they dominated the first half and broke the deadlock after three minutes when Mark Zammit reached a Frane Despotovic pass to slot home. Zammit had two chances 20 seconds later but Valletta’s keeper Matthew Mifsud denied him with two important saves. Despite all this, the Valletta custodian was beaten one minute later after a fierce drive by Slobodan Janjic finished at the back of the net. Valletta tried to react and on 7 minutes Xavier Saliba’s shot was repelled by Nicholas Farrugia. Once the early advances subsided, Balzan continued to dominate possession and their incessant pressing forced Valletta to move the ball quickly out of defence. Trio Marev-Despotovic-Janjic looked dangerous on either flank and the latter Read the full article…