Monthly Archives: March 2017

Qrendi, Qormi sign off with entertaining draw, Marsascala through to semis

29/03/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Qrendi and Qormi signed off from their first round commitments with an entertaining 5-5 scoreline. It was an extremely balanced encounter with both teams attacking relentlessly in search of goal. George Chircop and Antoine Galea were in fine form for Qormi as they hit a brace while James Tabone also put his name on the score sheet. Qrendi had Craig Pickard and Antonello Brincat netting a brace while Alan Spiteri added to their tally. The attention of futsal lovers this week is shifted to the Gatorade KO quarter finals as Marsascala managed to reach the semifinals after ousting Safi San Lorenzo 5-3. This was a historic result for the Southseasiders as they stunned their opponents with quick counter attacks that were lethal at times. As the score was 5-2, Safi opted for the flying keeper to instill more pressure on the Marsaskala defence but the latter defended well Read the full article…

A Closer Look At … Clive Calleja (Safi San Lorenzo)

28/03/2017 A Closer Look At

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Name: Clive Calleja Born on: 29.12.1987 Plays for Safi San Lorenzo Works as: Accountant Hobbies: Football; supporting Liverpool How long have you been playing futsal? I started futsal in 2009 where I joined Los Street boys. On my first season we won promotion to the 1st Division equivalent to nowadays top division. We played a decider against Sliema Bilbao. The match ended 1-1 and we won through a penalty shootout. Against all odds during the same season we also managed to make it to the final of the knockout but we lost the match against a much better equipped Naxxar Motors. The following season we played in the top flight division where we encountered various difficulties due to the higher level in this division. However it was a great experience for all players involved. After this season Los Street Boys and Luxol Futsal Club joined forces and I Read the full article…

Nominations for executive roles in the FMA

28/03/2017 News

Following a meeting held yesterday, the Futsal Malta Association is receiving nominations for filling up the following executive roles: President Vice President General Secretary All nominations are to be sent to the Treasurer by email (fma.treasurer2011@gmail.com) by not later than Friday 7th April, following which an election will be held, if necessary. Nominations should also be accompanied by a declaration of acceptance.

Valletta roared victoriously on Luxol

25/03/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI The encounter between Valletta and Luxol as usual was nothing but a breathless experience to all local futsal lovers. Both teams played with winning intentions, ending with a victory for Valletta as they roared and bravely defeated Luxol for the first time this season. From the initial moments of the match, both teams attacked and played vigorously, rarely giving chance to each other. Even in the first minutes both teams played for a short period with their flying keeper, being Dylan Musu for Valletta and Frane Despotovic for Luxol. After only five minutes of play Luxol went on the lead through Carl Azzopardi who from a near distance put the ball at the back of the net. Few seconds later, Serbian Dejan Bizjak doubled the score for Luxol through a direct free kick. Four minutes towards the end of the first half Celino Alves missed the target as Read the full article…

University of Malta through to the Elite Round

24/03/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL University of Malta are among the top five teams in Maltese futsal after obtaining a 1-1 scoreline from their match against Sliema. A point was enough to get the students through to the Elite Round where they will be facing Luxol, Valletta, Swieqi and Hamrun. It was an electrifying encounter which saw a very sizeable crowd at the Corradino Pavillion with over 200 University supporters in celebration mode after this historic result. As the students’ mentor Kyle Sultana said, “This is a project that is ongoing and now we are getting the desired results.” The latter were motivated to get this result and after surging ahead, they managed to control their more experienced opponents who struggled to find solutions in attack. A win was the only result that the Wanderers wanted and although having more possession they didn’t find it easy to get through a very disciplined and Read the full article…

Hamrun deny Mriehel

22/03/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Ħamrun Tre Angeli came from behind to beat stubborn opponents Mrieħel ESS 6-3, cancelling out an early deficit to deny their opponents from a place in the Elite Round. The Red/Blacks were credited for summoning enough pressure to win the match after a lacklustre first half. Mrieħel were really flexible and defensively organised and played futsal, had good moments with passing and direction. They were found lacking in the final third though. Mrieħel were off to a surprise start, taking the lead and establishing a 3-1 advantage before the interval. Hamrun needed a response, a shot of energy, of inspiration after the break and inspired by their Brazilian talisman Everton Veve first drew level and then managed to turn the tables in their favour. Sensing that they were home and dry, Hamrun held on to Mrieħel’s flacid reaction and on the stroke of full time they struck again Read the full article…

Universitarians grab the fifth place, which is still undecided

18/03/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Against all expectations the first round ended in an interesting race for the fifth place, between UOM, Mriehel ESS and Sliema Wanderers. Msida also had their chance but lost against Swieqi who maintained their fourth position. UOM managed to win and grab the desired three points, through a very tight encounter against Qormi, with the end result of 2-1. After 13 minutes of play, the Universitarians went on the lead through Neil Cauchi. In the initial 8 minutes of the second half, Andrea Farrugia doubled the score, giving chance to the fellow students to kick off their celebrations. The last minute led Qormi to narrow the gap through Antoine Galea and to put everything forward. The young goalkeeper Jacob Cipriott, who had a stunning performance throughout the game, took the role of a flying keeper. The dying seconds proved to be also the end of every opportunity for Read the full article…

Elite spot still up for grabs as Mriehel and Sliema progress

15/03/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL One place is still up for grabs in the Elite Gatorade Futsal League with no fewer than four teams still fighting for that spot – Mriehel, Sliema, University of Malta and Msida. With Luxol, Valletta, Hamrun and Swieqi already guaranteed of a place in the most important round, only four points are separating fifth-placed Sliema and Mriehel from Msida in eighth place. The remaining spot will be decided in the next two round of matches with Mriehel and Sliema in pole position as they maintained their positive streak after winning their respective encounters. Sliema managed to overturn a five-goal deficit as they came from behind to beat Qrendi 7-5. Craig Pickard looked to have wrecked Sliema’s ambitions but a quickfire reaction saw the Wanderers turn the tables to a 7-5 score line before the interval. In the second half, in came Serbian Uros Markovic who inspired the Wanderers Read the full article…

Sliema continue to move forward

14/03/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Last week Sliema Wanderers came closer to the top five teams, after winning the mid-table encounter against Msida SJ. As from the beginning of the first half, Sliema went on the lead after only two minutes of play through Darren Aitchinson. Another two goals from Serbian duo Uros Markovic and Radovan Duric gave Sliema a three goals advantage, before the end of the first half. The second half was a more balanced one as Msida tried hard to equalise the score. Liam Cachia and George Frendo managed to momentarily reduce the gap . Radovan Duric scored his second personal goal in the match and in the last minute Sliema were awarded a penalty. From the penalty spot Nikolay Filipov sealed the end result of 5-2. Earlier last week Valletta and Hamrun Tre Angeli kept their pace with leaders Luxol. Valletta won against Swieqi’s youngsters with the end result Read the full article…

Wolves stun Marsascala to gain first win

09/03/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Zurrieq Wolves chalked up their first victory in the Gatorade Futsal League after they won their relegation clash with Marsascala Construct Furniture 3-0. The Wolves produced a lively first half display grabbing two goals before the interval to stun the South Seasiders who struggled to reply on the counter. Zurrieq opened strongly as they surged into a 2-0 half-time lead courtesy of Andrew Attard and Steve Sadowski. Marsascala bounced back in the second period to try and overturn the deficit as they stormed into the offensive. However the Wolves have to thank their keeper Jason Scicluna who denied the opponents with some good interventions. Meanwhile, Alistair Camilleri sealed the issue for Zurrieq as he found the net from close range. These first points of the season gave a huge boost to Zurrieq who wait eagerly for the second phase of the championship to improve in their performances.