Monthly Archives: May 2017

Full marks for Sliema

31/05/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Sliema Wanderers confirmed their consistency in the Division One, obtaining 9 wins out of 9. Definitely the Wanderers were performing much better since Aleksander Ribic took the role of player/coach. As Ribic said to fma.com.mt, as a team they are trying to put their level of playing and fitness on a higher level. The results are the proof of their good performance, which put them on top of Division One, thus giving them a secure place in the playoffs. For Sliema this will be second consecutive presence in the playoffs and maybe their second consecutive final. By enhancing their team spirit and determination, all this can be achieved by Sliema Wanderers. Prior to the playoffs stage, Sliema secured another three points, against Qormi. In the first half Sliema were already by 6-1, amongst all a Ribic’s hat-trick. Uros Markovic and Radovan Duric were also on the mark, together Read the full article…

George Frendo, the flamboyant star for Msida

30/05/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Msida SJ consolidated their second place in Division One, thanks to another stylish performance lead by George Frendo’s five goals. Tarxien JMI could do nothing as they were defeated 9-3 by Msida SJ. Herbert Spiteri was twice on the mark, as Florin Manea and Ryan Xuereb added more goals for the seasiders. Tarxien JMI reduced the matters with a brace from Joseph Meilak and a goal scored by Leonard Alla. Zurrieq Wolves enjoyed a winning end to the season as they earned an exciting 4-3 victory over Marsascala Construct Furniture. Even though they didn’t make it to get up from the bootom place, their last game of the season was a very reactive and positive one. In the ninth minute, a quick fire brace by Alistair Camilleri gave the Wolves a double advantage and the score remained unchanged till the end of the first half. In the last Read the full article…

Luxol strike gold in convincing fashion

27/05/2017 Fixtures

Valletta…..2 Luxol …..5 ROBERT BUSUTTIL Pitched in a direct confrontation with Valletta, the defending champions, Luxol conjured up a tenacious performance to overcome their rivals 5-2 and grab the first win in the Gatorade Futsal Elite play-off leg 1 final. It was a typical encounter between two heavyweights in the local futsal scene with the St Andrews side showing nerves of steel to keep the Citizens at bay. The atmosphere was in full swing when the two teams walked on to the court for kick-off with the Valletta fans unfurling three giant flags that covered their entire section at the western part of the Corradino Pavillion. On their part even Luxol had a good amount of spectators as both sets of supporters gave their all to support their team. Prior to kick-off both teams observed a one-minute silence in tribute to Xavier Saliba’s father and Rodrigo’s grandmother who both passed Read the full article…

Aleksander Ribic helps rampant Sliema to easy victory

26/05/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Sliema Wanderers remain on top of Division One after Aleksander Ribic scored five in a thrashing 11-0 on Zurrieq Wolves. The first half was made up of a brilliant hat-trick by Aleksander Ribic. This was the prelude of a bigger scoring trend in the second half. Ribic added another two goals, together with braces from Jurgen Mifsud and Nikolay Filipov. Paul Bugeja and even Sliema’s goalkeeper Brandon Debono, were on the mark. Sliema will now face Qormi, as all teams will play their last game, before the Division One’s playoff stage. Swieqi U21 achieved a 4-2 win over Qrendi, prior to their last match of the season against Mriehel ESS. Qrendi’s Antonello Brincat scored both the opening and closing goal of the match. On the other hand, Swieqi’s youngsters equalised the score and continued to score with no look back. Swieqi’s scorers’ list was made up of Timothy Read the full article…

Qormi achieve play-offs dream

24/05/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL In the Gatorade First Division, Qormi Futsal joined Sliema, Msida and Mriehel ESS in the play-offs after winning their direct clash against Safi San Lorenzo 2-0. It was a tight match between two teams that were aiming for a place in the final four. After the first half ended in a stalemate, in the second half Qormi started aggressively and managed to score the goals that mattered through James Tabone and Adrian Fenech. Msida grabbed their third consecutive victory after outclassing Marsascala 11-2. The team led by Kevin Agius set the ball rolling from the first minutes of the game and succeeded in dominating their opponents who found little space to create goal-scoring opportunities. Chris Cardona and George Frendo were in fine form as they struck a hat-trick, Chris Cutajar and Mohammed Elamari hit the target twice while Herbert Spiteri rubberstamped the Seasiders’ victory. Marsascala’s consolation goals came Read the full article…

Luxol and Valletta, ready for the final challenge

20/05/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Valletta transmitted their clear intension of securing their place in the final, through their win of 8-4 against Hamrun Tre Angeli. This result followed their score of 6-2 against the same opponents during last week’s first leg. Daniel Jesus Aguilera Puerto opened the score and ignited the excitement of Valletta’s supporters present at the Corradino Sport Pavillion. Things turned to the worst for Hamrun Tre Angeli, as Florin Anton deflected the ball in his team’s net. A powerful shot from Xavier Saliba was definitely another jaw dropping goal. Later arrived the time for Melvin Borg to put his name on the score sheet for Valletta. Before the end of the first half, Hamrun’s captain Jason Mifsud reduced the matters for Hamrun. No change occurred during the second half, as Valletta continued marching over. Hamrun’s Brazilian prolific player Everton Da Silva Santos had a hat-trick. In the meantime Clayton Read the full article…

Another goal bonanza for Sliema Wanderers

20/05/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI Aleksander Ribic’s five goals, were Sliema Wanderers’ catalyst in another goal bonanza. Uros Markovic had a hat-trick, while braces from Nikolay Filipov and Leandros Calleja, together with goals from Sean Keane Cassar Degabriele and Mauro Busuttil, gave no chance to Tarxien JMI. Sliema Wanderers are still leading the Division One’s table with 45 points, five points ahead of Msida SJ. Next week Sliema has the chance to extend their lead, when they’ll play against bottom team Zurrieq Wolves. On the other hand it shouldn’t be difficult for Msida, who will face Marsascala Construct Furniture. The south-siders are coming from two consecutive defeats, against Mriehel ESS and Qormi.

Last chance for Hamrun, Luxol prepare for final

18/05/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL Hamrun Tre Angeli head into tonight’s Gatorade Elite Play-offs semifinal second leg (kick-off 20.00) needing to reverse a 6-2 deficit against Valletta to progress to the final. As Hamrun’s experienced keeper Matthew Mifsud said, the team must pull up their socks and show more cohesion and precision to produce a remarkable comeback. Despite all this, Mifsud admitted that the group was a bit disappointed but still hopeful. “Although we knew before the first leg that we were the underdogs of this tie, naturally we hoped for a better result.” “Despite all this, the team is upbeat and positive. We are a small but united team and despite the many setbacks due to injuries, we have always trained hard to achieve and are still confident as ever of our own capabilities.” On the other hand, Stefan Vella, the Valletta custodian, is certain Hamrun will adopt an offensive plan. “We’re Read the full article…

Five goal Frendo propels Msida to victory

17/05/2017 Fixtures

ROBERT BUSUTTIL George Frendo marshalled his team to victory as he helped Msida to see off Qrendi 14-2 and maintain the chase after leaders Sliema Wanderers. The Seasiders, who are assured of a place in the last four play-offs, produced a commanding performance against a side that had few spaces conceded to produce a reaction. Frendo opened up his goal scoring spree to five goals as Mohammed Elamari netted a poker. Chris Cutajar scored a brace while Armando Gjepali, Floren Manea and Ricardo Ortega Toro were also on the mark. Mriehel ESS were held 6-6 by minnows Zurrieq Wolves in a very entertaining match. More was expected from Mriehel as they failed to capitalize several occasions at goal with Zurrieq battling hard and reacting swiftly to obtain a merited draw. Ayoub Ahmed hit the target three times while Marwan Terlisi scored a brace. Eslam Khalifa scored Mriehel’s last goal to Read the full article…

Luxol and Valletta start aiming for the final

13/05/2017 Fixtures

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI A dominant Luxol gave little chance to Swieqi, in the first Elite Playoffs Semi Final played at the Corradino Sport Pavillion. Luxol scored a magnificent series of nine goals before the break. At the start of the second half Swieqi tried to have their say and Dimitar Petev managed to find the net. Dejan Mizjak who also scored another goal earlier in the first half, sealed this win and made the final score 10-1. Luxol’s Andy Mangion had a swift hat-trick, while Gian Carlo Sammut and Emil Andrei Raducu had a brace apiece. Swieqi’s Kurt Bartolo unfortunately performed an own goal. In another thrilling match between Valletta and Hamrun Tre Angeli, the Citizens obtained an advantage of four goals. After four minutes of play, Hamrun broke the deadlock through Florin Anton. Valletta equalised matters through Daniel Jesus Aguilera Puerto and Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira put them on Read the full article…