Monthly Archives: March 2016

Hamrun and Luxol cross swords in top match

31/03/2016 News

This week’s programme from the Gatorade Elite Round is definitely highlighted by the top of the table clash between league leaders Luxol and their immediate followers Hamrun Spartans. At present, Luxol have 48 points while the Spartans, who also have a game in hand, are second on 43. Luxol, who have an experienced team, were only beaten once during this season, 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 boasting also of a good firepower in the league top-scorer Raphinha who together with Brazilian counterpart Michel Melo Jose have scored most of Hamrun’s goals during this campaign. Hamrun are coming from a run of four successive wins. The Spartans defeated Sliema, Msida and Valletta before beating Lija 5-3 last week while Read the full article…

A Closer Look at…Chris Azzopardi (Coach – Zebbug Rangers)

31/03/2016 A Closer Look At

Name: Chris Azzopardi Born on May 24th 1977 in Pieta’. Date: 24th May, 1977. Favourite football player: Diego Armando Maradona. Favourite Artist: Nicholas Cage. Favourite Dish: Fish Personal Motto: Determination and Hard Work will turn in success. How long have you been playing futsal? I have been playing futsal for the last 14 years now. I started this beautiful game from the season 2001-2002 with Casablanca. Consequently, I played with El Mundos, RDJ Roadstar, Aluserv Futsal, Headhunters, Los Street Boyz, Luxol Futsal, Melita, Vittoriosa Futsal and Żebbuġ Futsal. Tell us something about the beginning of this game in Malta. In the beginning this game was more like a 5 a-side league. In fact you could see that the squads were made up of some former 11-a- side players. For instance I can still remember when I played with El Mundos alongside Raymond Vella and Alex Azzopardi. Why did you choose Read the full article…

Mqabba a step from play-offs, Marsascala win basement clash

30/03/2016 Fixtures

Mqabba moved a step closer for a play-off spot after seeing off Zebbug Rangers 6-2 in the Gatorade First Division. It was yet another disappointing night for the Rangers who lost their second consecutive match and failed to take advantage of their nearest rivals’ slip in the previous day. On the other hand, Mqabba were exceptional as they created the better chances during the match. Josh Farrugia netted a brace while Darren Aitchinson, Borja Lopez Fernandez, Kevin Loughborough and Leandros Calleja added more goals for Mqabba. Zebbug, who are sure of a play-off spot, scored their goals through Anton Novoa Perez and Claudio Venuto. Marsascala earned three precious points following a 6-5 win in a basement clash against Gozo. Marsascala ventured forward more often than their opponents but the Gozitans were solid at the back to create some good counter attacks that were masterminded by their hard-working player, Warren Zerafa. Read the full article…

Sliema held by Mdina, Sirens slip up

29/03/2016 News

The Gatorade First Division leaders Sliema dropped their first points after four matches when they were held to a 4-4 draw by Mdina Knights at the Corradino Pavillion. The Wanderers entered the match in high spirits after winning their opening four matches of the second round and wanted to assert their dominance. After enduring five minutes of scoreless opportunities, the Knights took the lead on 6 minutes when Gaetano Gesualdi scored with the outside of his foot. Sliema Wanderers regained composure and equalized through Paul Bugeja to make it 1-1 before the interval. On the restart, Mdina continued to attack with striker Cleavon Portelli resulting a menace to the Sliema rearguard. In fact it was on 23 minutes that the nippy striker slotted in his team’s second goal of the match. Sliema reacted fiercely and scored three times to turn the result into their favour thanks to a Paul Bugeja’s Read the full article…

Luxol consolidate top spot, Hamrun confirm

25/03/2016 Fixtures

Luxol gained revenge for the only defeat they had conceded so far in the championship after beating Valletta 4-1 in a top-of-the-table clash. The Citizens were not inferior to their opponents and were unlucky in some circumstances of the game. On the other hand, Luxol took their chances well to seal the three points and strengthen their top position, five points clear of their nearest rivals. The St Andrews side opened the score through Celino Alves and managed to double the lead when Zvezdan Vukovic found the net from close range. Luxol continued to press forward and it was no surprise when they scored their third one, courtesy of Clint Cope. Minutes before the break, Daniel Brincat reduced the arrears for Valletta. Luxol took to the second half in determined fashion and Glenn Bonello added his team’s fourth goal after a quick counter attack. The Citizens didn’t surrender and pushed Read the full article…

Sirens keep pace with Sliema, Mdina stun Zebbug

23/03/2016 Fixtures

Sirens returned to winning ways to keep alive their hopes of clinching the title and are now trailing behind leaders Sliema by two points after routing Gozo 8-1. The Seasiders produced a lively display with their striker Ryan Gilmour Cassar marking his presence as he netted a poker. The Gozitans failed to produce a reaction as Sirens stormed into a goal-scoring spree. Antoine Galea hit the target twice while Sam Vella and an own goal added more goals for the St Paul’s Bay outfit. Gozo’s only goal came through Justin John Camilleri. The winless Gozo side remained bottom of the standings with one point. A perky Mdina side again provided a major upset as they beat Zebbug Rangers 6-4 to get into contention for a play-off spot. The Rangers failed again to raise their game with Mdina taking advantage of some fast incursions that proved lethal on goal. Their prolific Read the full article…

Sliema maintain pace, Qrendi fight back to level Mqabba

22/03/2016 Fixtures

In form Sliema strengthened their position at the top of the standings in the Gatorade First Division after seeing off a mighty Marsascala side 7-1. Despite suffering their 13th defeat of the season, the Seasouthsiders gave good account of themselves by defending boldly especially during the first half while at the same time trying to operate with some counter attacks. Sliema had to wait until the 18th minute to surge ahead as they enjoyed most of the possession but found Marsascala’s defence a hard nut to crack. After breaking the deadlock, Sliema opened their goal scoring spree with Marsascala trying to contain their opponents. Substitute Josh Parry was Sliema’s inspirational player as he netted a brace while Paul Bugeja, Kevin Vella, Dexter O’Brien, Darren Agius and Eslam Khalifa were also on the score sheet. Marsascala reduced the arrears through Reuben Degabriele. Mqabba and Qrendi shared the spoils in an exciting Read the full article…

A Closer Look at…Daniel Sant (Swieqi United FC)

18/03/2016 A Closer Look At

Name: Daniel Sant Born on August 6th 1994 in Pieta’ Favourite food: Pasta. Motto – Whether you win or lose, each game has an outcome with a lesson, thus it is enhanced by experience. You have recently begun to play futsal. What do you think about this game? The game of Futsal, in my opinion is a very energetic and quick game. As I am coming from an 11 a-side background, you still need time to adapt to different rules, playing time and court. The best thing in futsal is that you are always involved, whether you are attacking or defending. You need to be good in both. Describe yourself in three words. Kind-hearted, Committed, Hard-worker But exactly how did you begin to play futsal? Last August, Timmy Gingell contacted me in order to join Swieqi FC. He gave me an overview about the club’s ambitions and objectives. After considering Read the full article…

Second half rally not enough for Lija

18/03/2016 Fixtures

Lija……..3 Luxol…….5 (H.T 0-3) Luxol maintained their good form of late in the Gatorade Elite Round after beating Lija Athletic 5-3 in an eight-goal thriller at the Corradino Pavillion. In the first part of the match, Lija were outplayed by the Saints. Later on, they stepped up a gear and scored three times in the space of seven minutes but Luxol held tight for victory. The St Andrews outfit established a two goal advantage before the break, thanks to Carl Azzopardi who took advantage of some quickfire counter attacks. Clint Cope added another one on 27 minutes but the relentless Lija managed to reduce the gap through Endrit Kaca. Celino Alves restored Luxol’s advantage to 4-1 but Lija continued to exert pressure on their opponents as Nicola del Re played as the flying keeper. In doing so, Kevin Mifsud’s boys scored two more times through Javier Montes Burgos and Kurt Read the full article…

Spartans prevail on Citizens

18/03/2016 Fixtures

Hamrun …….7 Valletta …..2 (H.T 4-2) Hamrun Spartans took the honours in the match of the week as they overcame the challenge of Valletta 7-2. Brazilian forward Raphinha and their keeper Clint Mifsud were the catalysts behind Hamrun’s thirteenth victory of the campaign. Both players helped the Spartans put on a spirited performance as they outplayed the Citizens for much of the match. A sizeable crowd gathered at the Corradino Pavillion to watch this hotly-anticipated derby. Valletta enjoyed the better start but it was Hamrun who broke the deadlock on 5 minutes through Andy Mangion. From there on the Spartans were enjoying most of the possession as Raphinha was unlucky to hit the post six minutes later. However Valletta were operating some swift counter attacks and in one of them they equalized when Daniel Brincat released Mohammed Elamari who hadn’t any difficulty to slot home. The Citizens’ joy was shortlived Read the full article…