Monthly Archives: October 2015

Terrific Valletta gives no treat to Hamrun

31/10/2015 Fixtures

In the weekend of Halloween, Hamrun ends up with no treat as they were terrifically beaten by Valletta 11-4. This was a particular encounter between these two teams, to fill up the vacant place in the Super Cup Final left by Balzan who were last KO Winners. The match was played in front of large number of supporters mostly Citizens, as Hamrun Spartans were involved in the same time in the 11 a side’s First Division. Hamrun lacked not only from supporters but also from initiative and found a dominant opponent, who eventually were fairly organized. Valletta’s goalkeeper Neil Cuschieri was always focused and the main protagonist definitely was Hamrun’s ex player Mohamed Abdussalam Elamari who scored four goals. Valletta sealed their place in the final with braces from Denis Di Maio and Jovica Milijic,together with goals from Melvin Borg, Christian Cuadros Silva and Liam Cachia. The Spartans maneged to Read the full article…

Big Rivals clash in today’s Super Cup semifinal

30/10/2015 News

Today’s Hamrun-Valletta match at the Corradino Pavillion (kick-off 20.00hrs) is a decider for a place in the Super Cup final against league champions Luxol. It is the second appearance for both clubs after winning their respective first round matches to make it to the Gatorade KO quarter final. This match was called after last year’s KO winners, Balzan declined from the local futsal scene. Another opponent was needed, therefore both Hamrun and Valletta who have reached the play-off semifinals last year, were eventually considered to contend this not-so-common encounter. For both clubs, this is a good chance to gear up for their league commitments as well as to book a place into the Super Cup final and potentially aim to clinch the first honour of the season. It is still a very interesting situation which will make today’s encounter very interesting to watch. Although we are still in the premature Read the full article…

Malta sign off with a 6-3 defeat in FIFA qualifiers

25/10/2015 News

Malta ended their commitments in the FIFA Futsal World Cup qualifiers when they lost to second placed Albania 6-3 in Kaunas. For Peter Pullicino’s boys this was their third successive defeat in Group C after losing to France (8-2) and hosts Lithuania (2-1) Despite this upset, Malta had a good performance against Albania pulling back three goals in the process. Azem Brahimi put Albania ahead on 8 minutes before Rej Karaja made it 2-0 on 11 minutes. The Maltese pulled a goal back 24 seconds later through Andy Mangion but the Albanians restored their two-goal lead before the break through skipper Roald Halimi. The same Halimi scored Albania’s fourth on 22 minutes until Xavier Saliba bridged the gap for Malta two minutes later. This goal galvanised the Albanians that were venturing forward as keeper Reuben Grech was being kept busy with some good saves. Eventually Begaj and Brahimi managed to Read the full article…

Fantastic goal by Milijic, dramatic defeat against Lithuania

23/10/2015 News

In their second encounter, the Maltese National Futsal Team had a very positive performance against Lithuania. Both Lithuania and Malta attempted to score, but in the fifth minute, a fantastic shot by Jovica Milijic put the Maltese on the lead. Around six minutes later, Deividas Stradalovas levelled the matters and this was the score till the referee blew the whistle for half time. The  second half left the Maltese breathless as the goalkeeper Reuben Grech had various saves and both Matthew Attard and Xavier Saliba had their shots blocked. The Lithuanians kept pressing their opponents in the final minutes and managed to get the winning goal, scored by Rolandas Leščius. The Maltese players led by their coach Peter Pullicino, learned a lot from yesterday’s match against France. Malta had eight attempts on target and seven attempts off target, while Lithuania had sixteen goal attempts on target and thirteen attempts off Read the full article…

Two goals not enough to avoid a bitter defeat

22/10/2015 News

The Maltese National Futsal Team could do nothing more than scoring a goal in each half against France, which are the most favourites to make their fifth appearance in the FIFA Futsal World Cup. As from the initial seconds, the French had various scoring opportunities, including Gasmi who hit the woodwork and ended up to be the player of the match with his hat-trick. Grech had various saves until Rabei opened the score in the seventh minute. France netted two more goals in the first half through Bensaber and Gasmi. Luke Stivala replied for Malta in the final seconds of the first half. Les Bleus were definitely dominant with two more goals from Gasmi and a goal each from Ramirez, Mohammed and Aiogoun. Carl Azzopardi, Matthew Attard, Gary Inguanez, Luke Stivala, Xavier Saliba and Dylan Musu also had their scoring opportunities. In the last minutes Musu scored the second goal Read the full article…

Raphinha hits seven as Hamrun go through QF

11/10/2015 Fixtures

Raphinha was Hamrun’s inspirational player as he scored seven goals and was the catalyst behind his team’s 13-3 romp over Zebbug after the first round of the Gatorade KO was played at the Corradino Sports Pavilion. Hamrun found goals harder to come in the first half as Zebbug defended boldly and resorted to quick counter attacks that were sometimes lethal. On the other hand, Gallen Mifsud, the Zebbug keeper, distinguished himself with great saves to keep his team in the game. But in the second half, the Spartans were a different lot and Raphinha came into limelight as he resumed his scoring spree to annihilate the Zebbug rearguard. Raphinha hit the target seven times with Eslam Khalifa, Ibrahim Tarek, Andy Mangion, Djordje Maksimovic, Daniel Mifsud and an own goal by Gorg Borg completing the mission for the Spartans. Inigo Dolora, Jamie Portelli and Patrick Bonnici reduced the score for the Read the full article…

A Closer Look At … Josef Balzan (Marsaskala)

07/10/2015 A Closer Look At

Name: Josef Balzan   Born on the 30th April 1985   Place of Birth: Marsascala   Works as a teacher   Plays with Marsascala   How did you start playing futsal? I started three years ago, with Santa Lucia, a new team formed by my colleagues.   Speak about the teams you have played with so far. I spent two years with Santa Lucia where we finished twice in the last place. Then, last year I joined Mellieħa and finished 2nd in the first division.   What do you like and dislike in futsal? I like the fact that it is a quick game and is played indoors.   The best moment you have experienced so far. The best moment was during the first year with Santa Lucia, when we played against Siġġiewi in the second round. This was the first time that we experienced a win. We had not Read the full article…

Msida Futsal unveil new squad

03/10/2015 News

Msida St Joseph presented their new signings during a press conference held at their clubhouse on Friday.  Following the confirmation of Kevin Agius as their coach, Msida added nine new players in their squad. These are Armando Gjepali, Clayton Farrugia, Clayton Borg, Giuseppe Torrente, Norvic Deguara, Ivan Cassar, Jeremy Cutajar, Floren Manea and Alan Galea. Addressing the media, Msida president, Mike Pace welcomed all the players on board and showed great appreciation to all the members of the committee and coaching staff that are working hard to improve the level of the club. He even thanked the sponsors for their continuous help and support. Vice-President, Ian Micallef acknowledged the mother club, Msida St Joseph Football Club, who showed faith and support with the committee to participate again in the FMA competitions. Micallef said he was satisfied with the work done so far and recognized that all the teams participating in Read the full article…