Monthly Archives: December 2015

2015 Round Up: Luxol steal the show,

28/12/2015 News

As the end of the year 2015 is fast approaching, we take a look at the main events that characterized the futsal scene during the past twelve months. Without doubt, Luxol stole the show after winning the Gatorade Futsal League and eventually the Gatorade Super Cup. The Maltese national team was also in action for the UEFA and FIFA qualifiers while FMA successfully announced a new 3-year sponsorship agreement with Gatorade. These are the main events that happened during this year: January 2015 Malta hosts EURO Futsal Qualifiers England…….3 Malta………..0 England clinched the first victory in the EURO Futsal Qualifiers after beating Malta 3-0 at the Corradino Pavillion. England scored the goals that mattered through Ian Parkes, Luke Ballinger and Agon Rexha. Malta’s best chance fell on 38 minutes as Matteo Desira Buttigieg saw his shot saved off the line by English defender George Nash. Andorra …. 4 Malta ………0 Read the full article…

Ribic scores three as Wanderers claim second consecutive victory

22/12/2015 Fixtures

Aleksandar Ribic scored a quick fire hat-trick as he helped Sliema Wanderers see off Gozo FC 8-2 in the last match of the Gatorade Futsal League before the Christmas break. On his second appearance with the Blues, the 33 year old Serbian experienced player inspired his team with his superb futsal skills providing assists and scoring vital goals. After a bleak first half, the Gozitans played better futsal in the second half forcing two goals in the process to reduce the arrears to 3-2 at a certain point of the match. But three goals in less than two minutes gave the contest to the Wanderers who registered their third win of the season to climb seventh in the table. The game was only two minutes old when another veteran player, Christian Micallef surged the Blues ahead when he fired a shot from outside the arc that left no chance to Read the full article…

All square between play-off contenders as Luxol go on top alone

20/12/2015 Fixtures

A dramatic goal scored by Daniel Mifsud in the dying seconds of the game earned a point for Hamrun Spartans as the latter shared the spoils in an exciting 4-4 scoreline. It was a typical match betwwen two play-off contenders boasting of some star players in their squads. Regarded as the plum fixture of the week, the Valletta-Hamrun match didn’t disappoint the expectations as it drew a good amount of supporters at the Corradino Sports Pavillion. Hamrun broke the deadlock through Robert Magro and managed to double the score thanks to an Andy Mangion solo run. Valletta reduced the arrears as Dylan Musu lobbed past Hamrun keeper Clint Mifsud. This goal galvanized the Lilywhites as in no time they managed to level the matters through Denis di Maio after receiving from Melvin Borg. Seconds before half-time, Xavier Saliba put the Citizens in the driving seat after a kick from the Read the full article…

Up and down for Sliema and Swieqi back on track

18/12/2015 Fixtures

Sliema managed to get their second win of the season, with a narrow but exciting result of 8-7 against Qrendi. The Wanderers were gaining a three goal advantage but Qrendi had a good comeback and equalized matters. Qrendi were always close to their opponents as they managed to level the score, each time that Sliema were temporarily on the lead. In the end Sliema were leading 8-6 and Qrendi pulled one back to end the final score. Sliema’s Frankie Xerri had a hat-trick and Adam Wingfield scored twice. Aleksander Ribic, Robert Zammit and Christian Micallef also scored for Sliema Wanderers. Qrendi’s Craig Pickard also had a hat-trick, together with a brace from Alan Spiteri and goals from Antonello Brincat ans Morad El-Torshi. Swieqi back on track in an entertaining but feisty encounter that saw two red cards, many fouls and countless opportunities missed. Swieqi scored their first goal in the Read the full article…

Female futsal tournament in aid of L-Istrina

16/12/2015 News

An event involving four female futsal teams was held at the Corradino Pavillion during the annual marathon organized by the Futsal Malta Association in aid of L-Istrina. Maria Coppola, who organized this tournament, expressed her satisfaction as the girls who participated showed a lot of interest and seemed keen to improve their futsal skills. “This was a great event for the ladies. We still hope that we could organize a small league for these players as they wish to enhance their knowledge in this game.” Coppola believes that futsal can improve a lot of skills such as ball control and passing. It can be a good stepping stone to play 11-a-side football. The idea of a first official women’s futsal league is still in the pipeline as Maria Coppola still hopes that this dream will finally come true.

We need to keep our feet on the ground – Josef Balzan

16/12/2015 News

Marsascala are in seventh heaven after obtaining their first win of the season when they saw off Zebbug Rangers 8-5. It was a collective effort by the south seasiders as four goals by Filipov, a hat-trick from Josef Balzan and another by Steve Gambin gave the most precious three points. This website contacted player/coach Josef Balzan who seemed satisfied by this achievement. “These three points will certainly boost our moral after such difficult matches. We encountered four top clubs in one month and these were not easy matches,” admitted Balzan. “We have been training for months to be in shape for this season.” “I believe that we deserved all this. Yesterday we played collectively and managed to get a positive result.” Balzan still doesn’t want to boast so much on this achievement. “We need to forget this match, keep the feet tight on the ground and focus on our next Read the full article…

Marsascala break their duck

16/12/2015 Fixtures

Marsascala finally broke their duck in the championship after halting Zebbug’s stride for their first win of the season. This win came after a bad patch of five defeats in the Gatorade Futsal League . Even though the Southsiders boast some exciting young talent, results were not forthcoming. This time, however, Marsascala deserved the points as they created the better chances with returning players Nikolay Filipov and Delyan Ivanov also contributing to their success. Zebbug tried to get back into the game after being 3-2 down before the break. But they found Marsascala in fine form as the latter surged into quick counter attacks to punish their opponents in the decisive parts of the match. Nikolay Filipov was Marsasacala’s inspirational player as he netted a poker. Player/coach Josef Balzan hit a hat-trick while Steve Gambin added another one for the sea south-siders. Zebbug’s goals came from an Anton Novoa’s hat-trick, Read the full article…

Lija gave another blowout to Gozo

15/12/2015 Fixtures

It was another catastrophic match for Gozo as they still have their goalkeeper Roderick Debattista and Daniel Cosaitis injured. In their first presence ever in the Gatorade Futsal League and after five league matches, the Gozitan team is still under construction. On the other hand, Lija Athletic are proving themselves as the team to beat in another dominant match. Lija had a comfortable eight goals advantage during the first half. During the first half Jamie Abdilla was the only hard working player for Gozo but he was substituted for a head injury after a hard tackle with Lija’s Nicola Del Re. Abdilla’s fighting spirit led him to take Ryan D’Ugo’s place as Gozo’s goalkeeper. This move was successful as in the last fifteen minutes he suffered only one goal. Lija’s thirteen goals without a reply, were made up of braces from Andre Henrique de Souza, Ebrahim Massoudi, Jason Gauci, Luke Read the full article…

Great Friday night for Valletta and Luxol

13/12/2015 Fixtures

Valletta and Luxol continued their winning track and kept their place on top together with Hamrun Spartans. In Friday’s first match, Swieqi tried to restrain the Citizen’s attacks and keep it a balanced game. Unexpectedly Swieqi’s Boicho Marev, who was the best player on court, was sent off after receiving two accumulated yellow cards. This lead to Valletta’s opening goal marked by Daniel Brincat in the seventh minute. A couple of minutes before the half time break, Cristian Cuadros Silva doubled the score by slotting the ball into the corner of the net. In the first six minutes of the second half, Swieqi didn’t throw in the towel as their top scorer Diego Gomes de Mello pulled one back. This goal set an alarm for the Citizens who reacted fiercely and increased their scoreline with three consecutive goals scored by Denis Di Maio, followed by Daniel Brincat who sealed a Read the full article…

Dingli saves the day for Msida, Mqabba back to winning ways

11/12/2015 Fixtures

Matthew Dingli saved Msida’s blushes with a late goal as he came in as a flying keeper to level the matters and earn a point for the Seasiders against Sirens. In fact the 5-5 scoreline, the first one for this season, was a reflection of an intense match. Msida managed to dominate possession but failed to capitalize in many occasions of the match. On the other hand, Sirens operated on some swift counter attacks that resulted fatal in certain circumstances as former Naxxar Lions 11-a-side player, Ryan Gilmour Cassar stole the show after notching a hat-trick. Trailing 5-3 before the end, Msida’s mentor Kevin Agius opted for the flying keeper to pile more pressure on the Sirens’ rearguard. This move paid dividends as his team managed to equalize in the last minutes of the match. As already said, Ryan Cassar hit the target three times for the St Paul’s Bay Read the full article…