Monthly Archives: December 2016

Big Guns maintain winning streak

31/12/2016 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL The top teams of the Gatorade Futsal League maintained their winning trend as they saw off their respective opponents to continue their challenge for the main positions of the table. Luxol registered the biggest victory of this round after hammering Safi San Lorenzo 16-0. Celino Alves maintained his goal scoring spree as he netted four times while Glenn Bonello and Frane Despotovic hit a hat-trick each. Romanian international Emil Raducu and Mark Zammit helped themselveswith a brace while Andy Mangion and an own goal completed the score for the St Andrews side. Champions Valletta obtained their fifth success on the trot after seeing off a mighty University of Malta side 11-1. Although cruising to a 3-0 advantage before the break, the Citizens had to endure a determined University side who gave their all against the champions. However in the second half, Valletta were determined to improve in their Read the full article…

Paulo Caetano stars in Marsascala win

28/12/2016 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Marsascala Construct Furniture bagged their second win of the campaign after edging Qrendi 5-3. It was another great performance for the Sea Southsiders who were motivated to get the points that mattered. Paulo Caetano struck a hat-trick while Steve Gambin hit a brace for Marsascala. Qrendi, who suffered their third defeat in a row, had a brace from Antonello Brincat and a goal from Craig Pickard.

Raphinha almost reached a goal scoring record in futsal

26/12/2016 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Valletta’s Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira (Raphinha) almost reached the world’s scoring record in futsal, when he scored 14 goals in the Citizen’s massive win of 25-2 against Qrendi. Another Brazilian international player Valdin, managed to reach this record when he scored 20 goals for Brazil’s national futsal team facing Timor-Leste. On 13th October 2006, Brazil set a world record for the largest win in an international futsal match, defeating Timor-Leste 76–0. Qrendi simply had no answer to Valletta’s pace and attacking cohension with braces for Jovica Milijic, Mohammed Elamari and Chris Cardona. Stefan Vella, Dylan Musu, Melvin Borg and Carlo Scicluna also jotted down their names in the Valletta’s scorers’ list. Qrendi unfortunately conceded an autogoal, besides their consolation goals through Antonello Brincat and David Delicata. Hamrun Tre Angeli hammered Zurrieq Wolves 19-0. Everton Veve magnificently scored six goals together with braces from Daniele Degennaro, Luke Stivala Read the full article…

Swieqi maintain perfect record after thrilling match

21/12/2016 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Swieqi FC made it four wins out of four after coming back from two goals down to beat Mriehel ESS 6-3 in a goal-rich contest as another round of matches from the Gatorade Futsal League was played at the Corradino Pavillion. It was an entertaining match which could have gone either way until Nikola Farrugia’s men finally prevailed thanks mainly to an impressive battling performance in the second half. They excelled with some fine attacking play inspired by their creative player Boicho Marev. Despite the victory, Swieqi were stunned in the first minutes by Mriehel as their defensive backline struggled to contain the physical power of striker Wisam El Zaredei. However, Swieqi’s coach can take heart by the manner with which the team reacted when finding themselves two goals down and will hope that the players maintain the same qualities as they bid to build a consistent run, Read the full article…

Luxol, Valletta march on

17/12/2016 Uncategorized

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Title challengers Luxol St Andrew’s and Valletta obtained important victories in the Gatorade Futsal League. Luxol beat Qrendi 22-0 to maintain their perfect start of the campaign. The St Andrew’s side hit the ground running, scoring comprehensively through Andy Mangion who netted a poker, Mark Zammit’s hat-trick, six braces by Zvezdan Vukovic, Frane Despotovic, Carl Azzopardi, Nicola del Re, Glenn Bonello and Celino Alves while Giancarlo Sammut, Emil Raducu and an own goal added to their impressive tally. Valletta proved too strong for Msida, winning 11-2. Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira produced another masterful performance as he scored four goals, Jovica Milijic grabbed a hat-trick, Denis di Maio hit the target twice while Dylan Musu and an own goal completed the score for the Citizens. Armando Gjepali and George Frendo scored the consolation goals for the seasiders.

Safi break their duck with massive win

14/12/2016 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Safi San Lorenzo finally broke their duck in the Gatorade Futsal League after crushing neighbours Zurrieq Wolves 11-1 for their first win of the season. Safi played a possession game with the experienced Clive Calleja an inspiration for his team mates. He marshalled his team’s defence and also ventured forward, particularly on the right wing, when Safi attacked. Calleja provided five assists to his team mates as Safi had Sean Vella netting a poker, Jonathan Bellizzi and Terrence Cachia were twice on the mark with the other goals coming from Franklin Seisun, Desmond Kind and Wayne Hamer. University of Malta returned to winning ways after an 8-0 mauling of bottom team Swieqi Under 21. The Universitarian students’ success was never in doubt after cruising to a 5-0 advantage before the half-time break. The pattern of the match didn’t change after the interval as their Serbian talisman Djordje Maksimovic Read the full article…

Rain stops UOM but Luxol, Swieqi and Qrendi keep on shining

10/12/2016 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI During the second half of Thursday’s second match between UOM and Zurrieq Wolves, the match had to be abandoned due to water ingress from the pavilion structure. At that moment UOM were leading 4-0 on Zurrieq Wolves. The following day, FMA have demanded ASH to state what measures were being taken urgently to make good so that the competitions can proceed as planned. ASH answered back that the contractor went on site to address the water ingress issues. Thanks to ASH’s prompt action Friday’s matches remained as scheduled. On the other hand Swieqi had a back to back win Safi San Lorenzo and Qormi. Boicho Marev was again the main protagonist scoring twice against Safi San Lorenzo and four times against Qormi. Dimitar Petev’s brace and goals from Andre Ciancio, Christian Wismayer and Redeemer Borg made the end result of 7-1. Safi San Lorenzo’s sole goal came through Read the full article…

Swieqi, Msida maintain perfect start.

07/12/2016 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Swieqi FC and Msida St Joseph claimed important victories in the Gatorade Futsal League to maintain their perfect start in this campaign. Swieqi beat Safi San Lorenzo 7-1 while Msida extended their good form with a 7-5 victory over Tarxien JMI . Swieqi produced another polished display to sweep aside Safi’s challenge. They opened a 5-1 lead before half-time and remained on top after the break, scoring two more goals. Bulgarian duo Dimitar Petev and Boicho Marev struck a brace each while Andre Ciancio, Christian Wismayer and Redeemer Borg contributed the other goals for the winners. Clive Calleja pulled a goal back for Safi San Lorenzo. Msida edged out Tarxien JMI 7-5 to claim maximum points from this encounter. Despite this victory, Msida, were up against an organised Tarxien side who adopted a never-say-die-attitude. The Seasiders dominated the first half to go 4-1 ahead but Tarxien’s second-half reaction Read the full article…

San Marino make their point against Malta

06/12/2016 News

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Malta were held to a 2-2 draw by visitors San Marino in the second international friendly match played at the Corradino Pavillion yesterday. After grabbing a handsome 4-0 victory in the first match, the Maltese national team had to endure a tough San Marino side who were miles away from the team that was dominated barely 24 hours before. After almost a tight affair in the first 16 minutes, Peter Pullicino’s side missed the opportunity to surge ahead when Dylan Musu’s shot from the second penalty mark was well blocked by San Marino’s keeper Michele Bollini. However Malta soon broke the deadlock through a well-taken goal by Xavier Saliba who connected a Giancarlo Sammut’s pass to slot behind San Marino’s keeper. The latter, however, regained composure to get more into the picture and levelled the score just before half-time through Fabio Gasperoni, who surprised the Maltese rearguard and Read the full article…