Monthly Archives: January 2017

Spirited Malta denied by last-gasp goal against Albania

27/01/2017 News

Kevin Azzopardi MFA Head of Communications Malta were seconds away from opening their account in their final Group D game of the 2018 Euro Futsal Championship preliminary round but their hopes were shattered by a last-gasp goal which gave Albania a narrow 3-2 win this evening. After emphatic victories over hosts Bulgaria (7-1) and England (5-1), Albania were widely fancied to end their group commitments with another fine win but the Maltese side produced their best performance in this tournament to make life difficult for the group winners. Malta, who lost to England and Bulgaria in their opening two games, led 2-1 at half-time after goals from Carl Azzopardi (12) and George Frendo (19). Narcis Alibegu had given Albania a 10th-minute advantage and Azem Brahimi equalised early in the second half but Malta retained their composure. Peter Pullicino’s side also had a couple of chances to surge ahead in the Read the full article…

Malta falter after promising first-half showing

26/01/2017 News

KEVIN AZZOPARDI MFA’S DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS A spiriting first-half showing was not enough for Malta to open their account in Group D of the 2018 European Futsal Championship Preliminary Round as Peter Pullicino’s men conceded a 6-1 defeat to hosts Bulgaria this evening. The Maltese team, who had also suffered a 6-1 loss to England in their first group game on Tuesday, held their own in the opening period but were unable to convert the chances that came their way. Jovica Milijic missed an inviting opportunity early on while Xavier Saliba failed to score from the penalty spot on 14 minutes. Bulgaria, who were beaten 7-1 by Albania in their opening game on Tuesday, had to wait until the 19th minute to open the scoring through Plamen Stoykov. The hosts sealed their victory in the second half as Stoykov was on target three times to take his tally to four Read the full article…

Slick England see off Malta

24/01/2017 News

ROBERT BUSUTTIL The Maltese national team started their commitments in the Futsal Euro 2018 Preliminary Round Group D tournament as they went down to England 6-1 at the Varna Sports Palace in Bulgaria. But to their credit Peter Pullicino’s men produced a determined display that saw them equalize four minutes after England managed to surge ahead. The score remained one-all for the next seven minutes but England gained the upperhand and started scoring at regular intervals to gain a 4-1 advantage before the interval. The English started the second half with some fancy play but Malta men never lost composure as they produced some sound defensive play and excellent goalkeeper from Matthew Xerxen. Malta tried to produce a reaction as Peter Pullicino opted for Xavier Saliba as their flying keeper to instill more pressure on the English rearguard. England did add two more goals to their credit to wrap up Read the full article…

National futsal squad heads to Bulgaria on Sunday

20/01/2017 News

The Malta futsal team, led by coach Peter Pullicino, will head to Bulgaria this Sunday ahead of their participation in a Futsal Euro 2018 Preliminary Round tournament. Malta has been drawn in Group D along with England, Albania and Bulgaria with the matches scheduled to be played between Tuesday, January 24 and Friday, January 27 at the Palace of Culture & Sports in Varna. The Maltese contingent will be headed by Mark Borg, the president of Futsal Malta and MFA Executive Committee member. Malta’s first game is against England on Tuesday, starting at 4.30pm (Maltese time). On Wednesday, Pullicino’s team face hosts Bulgaria at 7pm before concluding their group commitments with a match against Albania next Friday (kick-off 4.30pm). The referees for this four-team tournament are Barton Josip, from Macedonia, Hora Hennadly, from Ukraine, Jaruchiewicz Damian, from Poland, and Estonian Osomkov Grigori. The squad called up by national futsal coach Read the full article…

Hamrun inflict Swieqi’s first loss

18/01/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Hamrun Tre Angeli staged a great comeback in the second half to hand Swieqi their first defeat of the season after beating them 6-5. Prior to Monday’s match, Swieqi had gained six straight wins in the Gatorade Futsal League. The match turned out to be an exciting affair with Swieqi squandering their lead as the Red/Blacks fought back to level matters after the second half and then notch the crucial goals to make sure of returning to winning ways. It was a bitter pill to swallow for Swieqi as they displayed some good moves and could have easily scored, at least, another goal had it not been for a couple of superb saves by Hamrun goalkeeper Matthew Mifsud at the start of the second half. Jason Gauci, Redeemer Borg, Boicho Marev, Fredrick Johansson and Andre Ciancio got the goals for Swieqi with Hamrun hitting back through a hat-trick Read the full article…

Easy for Luxol, Qormi climb sixth

15/01/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Luxol achieved their seventh win on the trot as they routed Mriehel ESS 9-0. The St Andrews outfit made sure of the points in the first half when they opened a five-goal advantage. They took the lead after 2 minutes through Mark Zammit. Four minutes later, it was 2-0 when debutant Dejan Bizjak netted from close distance. Luxol managed to maintain the upperhand as they scored twice in a minute through Giancarlo Sammut and Zvezdan Vukovic. Before the interval Emil Andrei Raducu hit the target to install a 5-0 advantage. After the break, Luxol were all over their opponents, scoring four more times through a hat-trick by their player-coach Frane Despotovic and another goal from Vukovic. Qormi chalked up a deserved 10-5 win over Swieqi Under 21 to level Hamrun and Msida on the 12-point mark. Qormi completely dominated the first half as they gained a 7-1 advantage Read the full article…

Valletta hit back to win a tight match

13/01/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI As many highly expected, the match between Valletta and Hamrun Tre Angeli turned out to be a tight match, with both teams fighting to maintain the best position on the table. Hamrun lost three points against Luxol while Valletta won all their previous matches. Hamrun started on a positive note through a quick double advantage, thanks to Daniele Degennaro. Raphinha reduced the matters and put again the Citizens in the match. Melvin Borg managed to level the result, scoring a powerful goal. In the remaining 40 seconds of the first half, Daniele Degennaro sealed his personal hat-trick and put Hamrun again on the lead. After the first two minutes of the second half, Xavier Saliba scored Valletta’s third goal. As in response, Jason Mifsud answered with the fourth goal for Hamrun with Raphinha again leveling the result. From this moment onwards it seemed there was no looking back Read the full article…

Luxol confirm their top position

07/01/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI The late hours of Friday evening witnessed Luxol’s supremacy, as Hamrun Tre Angeli were faced off, with a score of 4-0. Hamrun started on a bad foot as Emil Andrei Raducu’s shot was deflected to an autogoal. Afterwards Zvezdan Vukovic together with Emil Andrei Raducu changed the half time score reading to 3-0. Throughout the second half both teams kept a sharp eye on each others’ actions which resulted in a more balanced encounter. However, to worsen Hamrun’s position, Daniel Mifsud was sent off after receiving the yellow card for the second time. Finally Luxol’s Carl Azzopardi sealed the end result to 4-0. The University students returned to win, this time 7-4 against Marsascala Construct Furniture. A brace from Djordje Masksimovic together with goals from Andrea Farrugia, Martin Caruana, Jean Carl Cuschieri, Gaetano Gesualdi and Paul Scerri, led to the second win for the UOM’s team. Marsascala reduced Read the full article…

Swieqi keep the pace, Qrendi, Qormi maintain positive trend

04/01/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Swieqi FC maintained their match in the Gatorade Futsal League and joined rivals Luxol and Valletta at the top of the standings after an easy 11-1 win over Sliema Wanderers. Nikola Farrugia’s boys dominated possession for long stretches and had their talisman player Boicho Marev in fine form as he struck a poker. Jason Gauci netted a brace while Timothy Gingell, Andre Ciancio, Fredrick Johansson, Christian Wismayer and Redeemer Borg completed the score for Swieqi. Paul Bugeja scored Sliema’s consolation goal. Meanwhile Qrendi registered their third victory of the season after seeing off Tarxien JMI 9-6. After an evenly balanced affair in most parts of the match, Qrendi took the upperhand and managed to score in the crucial minutes of the game. Craig Pickard helped himself by scoring a hat-trick while Robert Baldacchino hit the target twice. David Delicata, Bertram Azzopardi, Godfrey Cutajar and Jeremy Cutajar also put Read the full article…