Monthly Archives: January 2016

Title rivals stay on winning path

30/01/2016 Fixtures

Title challengers Luxol St Andrews and Hamrun Spartans ended matchday 10 of the Gatorade Futsal League on a high note after deserved wins over Swieqi and Msida St Joseph respectively. Both teams have another match to play before their direct clash on February 9. Leaders Luxol beat Swieqi United 6-0 to maintain their two-point lead over second-placed Hamrun. The St Andrews side hit the ground running and managed to score six times from Zvezdan Vukovic, Frane Despotovic, Mark Zammit, Carl Azzopardi, William Barbosa and an own goal. This was Luxol’s tenth victory of the season as they continued to maintain their perfect record. In an interesting clash Hamrun Spartans had the better of Msida as they beat them 9-4 to keep up the chase behind leaders Luxol. Msida gave a good account of themselves as in one moment they were on level terms 3-3. Hamrun reacted fiercely and managed to Read the full article…

Superb second half earns Lilywhites great win

28/01/2016 Fixtures

A superb second-half performance from the Citizens earned them a 9-0 win over Zebbug Rangers in another match played from the Gatorade Futsal League. Valletta battled all over the court and thoroughly deserved all three points to register their eighth success of the season. Jovica Milijic surged Valletta ahead on 3:50 minutes while Spanish Cristian Cuadros Silva doubled the score one minute later. The Lilywhites were unlucky not to score more goals as they hit the post twice through Musu and Milijic. Zebbug pressed forward and had Anton Novoa Perez hitting the woodwork on 12 minutes. After a 2-0 advantage before the break, Valletta were in devastating mode in the second half as they were on target three times in two minutes through a Denis di Maio double and Mohammed Elamari . Valletta looked in the mood and added four more goals as Dylan Musu netted a brace while Jurgen Read the full article…

Lija still in the title race, the Knights keep on struggling for a win

27/01/2016 Fixtures

The village of Lija, which is a locality with close connections with citrus fruits, had his futsal team introducing a white and orange away kit. For Lija Athletic it was an important win against Mqabba, which was confirmed in the second half. In the first half Lija pushed forward, hit the post twice and faced Mqabba’s goal keeper Malcolm Schembri who did all kind of saves. Nevertheless Lija broke the deadlock through Nicola Del Re. From a Lija’s defensive mistake, Borja Lopez Fernandez stole the ball, ran along the whole touchline and scored for Mqabba. In the last 30 seconds, Lija were again on the lead through Ebrahim Massoudi’s goal. In the second half, Lija Athletic took over and Endrit Kaca scored three goals in a short period of time. Lydon Baldacchino scored the second and final goal for Mqabba. Lija sealed their win with braces for Nicola Del Re Read the full article…

So close and yet so far for Gozo FC

26/01/2016 Fixtures

In yesterday’s battle of the basement between Qrendi and Gozo, both teams were looking to bag the three important points in the league. Gozo were very near to obtain the first winning match but in the second half Qrendi came back positively. The Gozitans broke the deadlock through Godwin Buttigieg, while Antonello Brincat levelled the matters. Two minutes from the end of the first half, Buttigieg scored his second goal, putting the Gozitans on the lead. The second half started off with both sets of teams having their chances to take the lead, with Qrendi coming closer to score.  Unfortunately Marvin Cucciardi deflected an own goal which faded Gozo’s hope of having their first win against Qrendi. Alan Spiteri and Craig Pickard were absolutely at their best and netted the important goals of the match. Both teams had a player sent off, as Qrendi’s Alan Spiteri was shown a red Read the full article…

Cantering wins for Valletta and Hamrun

23/01/2016 Fixtures

There were expected wins for the big teams as the Gatorade League resumed yesterday. A twelve-goal spurt in the second half, after they had led 6-1 at the end of the opening 20 minutes, laid the basis for a comfortable Hamrun Spartans victory over Mdina Knights in the first match of the programme. As was expected, the Spartans possessed superior qualities, translated in speed and scoring power. To this, Mdina had no answer, despite their battling disposition. A leeway of eighteen goals were scored by the Spartans for whom top scorer Raphinha was the author of six goals. On the other hand, Michel Melo Jose hit a treble, George Frendo and Andy Mangion scored a brace while Joan Losada Teruel, Peter Pullicino, Rodrigo Ticz Patricio and Robert Fenech also participated in Hamrun’s goal scoring spree. Kurt Drackard, after netting an own goal, found the time to score the Knights’ consolation Read the full article…

Mammoth win for Luxol, Lija maintain pace

22/01/2016 Fixtures

Luxol scored very much at will to dump Gozo FC 24-0 , thus keeping up the usual one-sided affairs in the first phase of the competition. A dominant approach heralded Luxol’s whitewashing victory as they opened their goal-scoring spree very early in the match. The Gozitans had no option but to play out their possession game. They were already 12 goals down by the time the teams shifted sides. For statistical purposes, Luxol registered the biggest win of the season so far and in so doing they had a total of 9 names in the scorers’ list. William Barbosa alone scored 8 goals, Carl Azzopardi hit the target six times, Clint Cope, Mark Zammit and Zvezdan Vukovic marked a brace while Celino Alves, Florin Anton, Glenn Bonello, Matthew Attard added more goals for the St Andrews side. Lija Athletics continued their positive track as they saw off Sirens 9-2. Despite Read the full article…

Sliema’s Ribic stole the show, Swieqi high up with style

20/01/2016 Fixtures

In a very hard fought encounter, Sliema came over Mqabba winning 5-3. The Wanderers started dictating the game but Mqabba’s reaction put them back into the game. Mqabba opened the score, when Borja Lopez Fernandez received the ball from a corner and netted his first goal of the match for Mqabba. Aleksander Ribic who was left alone in the penalty area, leveled the matters with a power-shot from a short distance. Sliema had another scoring opportunity from a free kick outside the penalty area, which went up high. Mqabba missed to score a kick from the second penalty spot when Etienne Rodo hit the post. Mqabba had another kick from the second penalty spot scored from Borja Lopez Fernandez. In the second half Sliema took over and Ribic scored three more goals and missed a kick from the second penalty spot. Two minutes from the end, Miguel Alcaraz reduced the Read the full article…

Zebbug climb up, after a superb balanced encounter

19/01/2016 Fixtures

Both Zebbug and Qrendi gave a fascinating balanced performance, in a game which was decided in the second half. It was after only four minutes of play that Qrendi went on the lead through Alan Spiteri’s goal. Zebbug Rangers gave a prompt response through Anton Novoa Perez, who definitely turned out to be the man of the match. Qrendi was leading the first half of the game with another goal from Alan Spiteri and more goals from Ronald Spina, Morad El-Torshi, Jonathan Xerri and Craig Pickard’s first goal. Ricky Zammit, debutant Radnor Farrugia and Jamie Portelli continued to deduct the score line for Zebbug. During the second half, the Rangers gave a boost and Novoa Perez’s help to his team mates resulted in the fourth win of the season. This Spanish player scored three more goals, together with Jamie Portelli and Radnor Farrugia who scored their second goal in the Read the full article…

Top-notch Luxol, Swieqi continue to step up

17/01/2016 Fixtures

Full points for Luxol who remain the sole leaders of the league with full points, after bearing Msida 11-1. Their excellent performance was sealed with Florin Anton’s hat-trick, braces from Glenn Bonello, Celino Alves and Mark Zammit and two more goals scored by William Barbosa and Karl Azzopardi. Msida’s Clayton Farrugia deducted the score when Luxol were two goals ahead in the first fraction of the first half. Luxol’s next match will be against Gozo, a very challenging one for the Gozitans who are still at the bottom. Swieqi gave little chance to Mdina, as they mastered the game with hat-tricks by Boicho Marev Gabor Balan and Christian Wismayer, together with three more goals scored by Omar Toutoungi, Timothy Gingell and Christian Hurtado Sanchez. Mdina’s only goal was scored by Ryan Micallef. Thus Swieqi reached Lija Athletic placed fourth, also with 18 points, two points ahead of Msida. Swieqi’s next Read the full article…

A Closer Look at… Mario Camilleri (President – Lija Athletic Futsal)

16/01/2016 A Closer Look At

Name: Mario Camilleri Born on March 11th 1970 Director of three companies. Personal Motto: Try your utmost and accept reality with a challenge. Describe yourself in a few words. I am an organized person with a professional mentality and determined to achieve goals. What brought you to futsal? Edward Bartolo is a very convincing person I must say, he kept insisting until he managed to ensure that the team he truly loves keeps marching on! What do you think about this game? I fell in love with futsal because it is a fast non stop action sport and requires stamina and skills. How are you finding the atmosphere at Lija Ath? As soon as I became President I started doing the changes to build a club not for one season but with a long term plan. Are you satisfied with what the team has done so far? As months go Read the full article…