Monthly Archives: April 2016

Sliema Wanderers end up successfully

29/04/2016 Fixtures

Sliema Wanderers recorded the first title in the playoffs stage, as they were yesterday crowned First Division Champions. In the First Division Playoffs Final, despite every effort done by Sirens to get into advantage, Sliema proved to be the best side. Following a Sirens’ defensive mistake, the Wanderers opened the score through Christian Micallef. A few minutes later, Eslam Khalifa doubled the advantage, by another score for Sliema. Eight minutes towards the end of the first half, Sirens’ Leonard Zammit reduced the arrears, while Darren Agius responded and made it 3-1 for Sliema. In the dying minutes of the first half, Andy Portelli scored Sirens’ second goal. The second half of the game saw a more organised Wanderers team who offered minimal chances to its opponents. After four minutes Dexter O’Brien scored Sliema’s fourth goal. This was followed by Aleksander Ribic who put the ball at the back of the Read the full article…

Hamrun, Valletta cross swords in decisive encounters

29/04/2016 Fixtures

The surprising duo of the Gatorade Elite Round, Valletta and Hamrun Spartans, will be engaged in a nailbiting duel for the title as they play the first game in the best-of-three play-offs final series this evening (kick-off 20.00). These three important clashes are expected to be a real title show-down for all the Maltese futsal followers. Hamrun, who won 16 out of 18 matches, boast the best attack with lethal strikers Raphinha and Michel Melo Jose in fine form as they netted the majority of the Spartans’ goals. They enjoyed a comfortable passage to the final after beating Lija Athletic 12-6 on aggregate. Valletta are the surprise package of the campaign. They placed third in the standings winning 13 of their 18 matches played. The Lilywhites produced a stunning semifinal second leg performance as they managed to knock out defending champions Luxol 9-7 on aggregate. Valletta hope that their strikers Read the full article…

Sliema, Sirens to figure out in the Gatorade First Division play-off final

27/04/2016 Fixtures

Sliema and Sirens have their eyes set on wresting the Gatorade First Division Cup as they face each other tonight in the final at the Corradino Pavillion. Both teams broke little sweat in setting up this season’s title showdown as the St Paul’s Bay outfit breezed past Zebbug Rangers 6-2 in the semi-final while the Wanderers had the better of Mqabba 6-4. There is balance also in direct clashes this season with Sirens seeing off Sliema 2-1 in the first round with the latter taking sweet revenge in the second round by winning 7-2. Despite enjoying a positive second round, Sliema’s mentor, Paul Carabott is wary about tonight difficult task ahead. “It’s going to be a very tough game against a team who is motivated to do well.” Carabott admires the tactical discipline that Sirens always adopt during their matches. “Sirens are a very disciplined squad. Their coach is well-prepared Read the full article…

First Referee Exchange Programme for Maltese Futsal Official

25/04/2016 News

Following the regular football referees’ exchange programmes with a number of European Associations and Federations in recent years, the Malta FA Refereeing Department is pleased to announce the first such initiative in FUTSAL. An agreement to this effect has been reached with San Marino Football Federation, which materialised last Thursday 21st April, when San Marino referees Daniele D’Adamo and Massimo Nanni, together with our referees, controlled the two First Division play-off matches Sliema Wanderers vs Mqabba (Referee 1 Robert Darmanin / Referee 2 Daniele D’Adamo) and Sirens vs Żebbug Rangers (Referee 1 Jonathan Mallia / Referee 2 Massimo Nanni); in both matches Ms. Joanna Vassallo was timekeeper. In San Marino next Wednesday 27th April, it will be the turn of our referees Clinton Mario Cassar (newly-appointed FIFA Futsal Referee) and Jonathan Mallia, to officiate the two First Division play-off matches San Giovanni vs Fiorentino (Referee 1 Jonathan Mallia / Referee Read the full article…

Five goal Spartans pave the way to Elite final

23/04/2016 Fixtures

Hamrun broke little sweat in overcoming the feeble challenge of Lija Athletic 5-1 to qualify for next Friday’s final against Valletta. There was never any doubt about the legitimacy of Hamrun’s victory as the Spartans were a cut above their opponents. On their part, Lija were a shadow of last week’s performance against the same opponents, when despite losing 7-5 they produced a bold reaction. But that was never going to be in the second leg as Hamrun all but settled the match inside the opening 20 minutes with a double advantage before the break, administer the proceeding in the second half and add more goals. As expected, Lija made all the early running but they rarely threatened the Hamrun goal. Instead, it was the Spartans who took the lead on 10 minutes when Brazilian Madson Caetano received a precise kick in by compatriot Michel Melo to blast at the Read the full article…

Luxol knocked out of the Elite final four by Valletta

23/04/2016 Fixtures

Valletta……4 Luxol………1 (agg. 9-7) Holders Luxol St Andrews crashed out of the Gatorade Elite play-offs after being stifled by a brilliantly well-organised Valletta side and undone by a 4-1 semi-final, second leg defeat. The slogan that hung at the stands of the Corradino Pavillion read “Nothing is Impossible” and Valletta always believed in this motto, even when they might have feared it would be taken from them in the final minute. Few know how to suffer like they do but few know how to make opponents suffer like they do either. The pressure built and the numerous Valletta supporters encouraging their team, made this match a really intense one. As for Luxol, their belief in a second consecutive championship was extinguished here. Here, too, it was tense and there were nerves until the very end but ultimately Valletta deserved their victory, seeking it from the start. Luxol did not. After controlling Read the full article…

Sliema, Sirens book place in final

22/04/2016 Fixtures

Sliema and Sirens booked a place in the Gatorade First Division play-off final after ousting their respective opponents, Mqabba and Zebbug, in the semifinals played yesterday at the Corradino Pavillion. The Wanderers keeper, Brandon Debono was the toast of Sliema as the young custodian performed a string of formidable saves to repel most of Mqabba’s attacks successfully. At the beginning, congested midfield play did not help either team’s cause of making it to the final. But when Sliema broke the deadlock, they ventured forward in search of more goals as they installed a 4-1 advantage before the break. In the second half, Mqabba played better and managed to score three more goals to instill more pressure on the Wanderers defensive department. Sliema scored two more goals in the process to clinch a hard-earned final next Thursday. Eslam Khalifa and Aleksandar Ribic inspired Sliema as they netted a brace while Paul Read the full article…

Four teams battle for place in final

22/04/2016 Fixtures

The final line-up of this season’s Gatorade Elite play-offs will be finalised tonight when the two second leg semifinals will be played at the Corradino Pavillion. Hamrun and Luxol will be looking to maintain their slender advantage obtained in the first leg when they face Lija and Valletta respectively. On paper, the most enticing tie should be that between Luxol and Valletta as both teams are determined to make progress in these play-offs. Besides the already said first leg encounter that finished 6-5 for the St Andrews outfit, both teams faced each other three times this season. In the Super Cup, Luxol defeated Valletta 9-5 while in the league encounters, the Lilywhites humiliated the Champions 7-1 only to lose the Elite Round fixture 4-1. From what we have seen last week, it will be another intense match which can be decided even at the last gasp of the match. Valletta, Read the full article…

Four teams bid to keep their championship dream alive

21/04/2016 Fixtures

The quest for championship glory resumes tonight when four teams will be bidding to reach the final of this season’s Gatorade First Division play-off. In the first match leaders Sliema meet fourth placed Mqabba (kick-off 19.45) while Zebbug Rangers will be looking to produce another good performance as they take on Sirens (kick-off 21.30). On paper, the most enticing tie should be that between Sirens and Zebbug as both teams are determined to make progress in this competition and clinch a place in the final. The two teams are very balanced with Sirens sitting one place above Zebbug in the standings. However, the latter have a perfect record against the St Paul’s Bay outfit this season after winning both league encounters 5-3 and 3-1. Therefore the Rangers will fancy their chances of progressing to the final as they rely on their Spanish trio, Inigo Dolara, Anton Novoa Perez and Alejandro Read the full article…

A Closer Look at…Brandon Debono (Sliema Wanderers Futsal Club)

19/04/2016 A Closer Look At

Name: Brandon Debono. Born on July 30th 1994. Place of Birth: Mqabba. Works as a Deliveryman. Favourite Group: U2 Favourite Dish: Spaghetti. Personal Motto: Never give up and keep working hard. How long have you been involved in this sport? I have been practising this sport for the past four months. How difficult is the role of the goalkeeper in futsal? Actually the goalkeeper has to be always concentrated during all the match as he is involved continuously in a lot of saves. Statistically half of the shots at goal come from outside the arc. So one has to be on the alert. How different is futsal from football? The rules are different from football and the ball has a low bounce. Sliema are passing from a bright patch and will now face Mqabba in the play-off semi-final. How difficult is the challenge for the championship? It’s not going to Read the full article…