Month: April 2013

FXDD Futsal Knock Out Champions – Balzan FC


FXDD Futsal Knock Out Final – 26.04.2013 – Corradino Pavilion

Balzan FC – FXDD Futsal KO Champions

Balzan FC snatched their second honour this season after claiming the FXDD Futsal KO Cup organized for the first time by the Futsal Malta Association in a hard fought win against Hibernians, 6 – 3. Balzan had opened the FMA season last September winning the FXDD Futsal Super Cup against Lija Athletics.

Balzan FC, currently leading the league standings and still unbeaten with only two games remaining ahead of the Championship play offs, faced strong resistance from title contenders Hibernians.

In front of a record crowd which packed the Corradino Pavilion last Friday night, it was clearly evident from the initial stages of the game that this was going to be a thrilling balanced encounter with each side controlling the opponents well in the first half.  Balzan FC opened the score in the 17th minute through Basil Emeka but Hibernians managed to level the score just 4 seconds before the half time through Cedric Sciberras.

Balzan’s Basil Emeka surrounded by Hibs Players

In the second half, although the game remained fairly balanced, but both teams immediately pushed more to go into the lead. In the 21st minute, Balzan were again in the lead through a well taken free kick by Florin Anton. Hibernians determination once again led them to level this score through Boicho Marev. Balzan’s Nicola del Re was sent off for his second yellow card after a reckless tackle.  Glenn Bonello put Balzan back in the lead in the 30th minute, whilst Basil Emeka added another one making it 4 – 2 for Balzan, with three minutes to go.

The game ignited as Hibernians pulled one back once again through Cedric Sciberras, as Balzan players protested for foul play on their goalkeeper Rueben Grech. Few seconds after, Balzan were awarded a controversial penalty, which was converted by Glenn Bonello making the score 5 – 3. In the dying seconds of the game, Balzan sealed their KO victory with another beautiful goal once again from Florin Anton. The final whistle, sent the Balzan clan in euphoric mood.  Balzan FC captain, Christian Micallef was presented with the FXDD KO Trophy from Ms. Fiona Soler, FXDD General Manager and Mr. Donald Spiteri, FMA President.

More photos can be found in the gallery section on this website


FXDD Futsal Premier League Week 18 Round Up

Balzan FC regain sole leadership and remain unbeaten

With three weeks to go for the much expected FXDD Premier League Championship play-offs, defending champions Balzan FC overtook Hibernians at the top of the table, as the latter lost two successive games against Zejtun Corinthians (9-5) and Luxol St. Andrews (6-4). Hibernians players performance was a far cry from their previous outings. On the other hand, Balzan registered a good win against Sliema Wanderers (11-2), to retain their unbeaten record.  Glenn Bonello and Cosmin Anton were outstanding for the Champions.

In the other games played last week, Lija overcame Hamrun 7-4, whilst Floriana got the best of the derby after ousting the Citizens 7-3. Daniel Brincat score a hat trick for the greens. After losing this game Valletta are in serious relegation trouble, as Luxol recovered the three point deficit in their second win of the league against title contenders Hibernians. Ilija Milivojsa scored a brace for the the Saints. Luxol also have a game in hand.

Hibernians, now in second place, will have to face third placed Zejtun Corinthians rather than the uprising Tarxien, if the Rainbows continue with their positive run.  Tarxien had a shaky start but slowly picked a good pace in the second round, also holding Champions Balzan FC to a merited draw.  Lija Athletics still retain a fighting chance to make it to the play offs but their opponents will be harder.  Lija will next be facing current leaders Balzan FC whilst a direct encounter with Tarxien Rainbows is scheduled on 7th May.

Current FXDD Super Cup Champions Balzan fight out against Hibernians for the second honour of the season, the FXDD Futsal Knock Out Cup this Friday 26th April at 8pm at Corradino Sports Pavilion.

Next week’s fixtures as follows:

FXDD Futsal Premier Division

23-April-2013 19:45           Hamrun Spartans               v              Zejtun Corinthians

23-April-2013 21:15           Tarxien Rainbows               v              Sliema Wanderers

25-April-2013 21:15           St Andrews                           v              Tarxien Rainbows

FXDD Futsal Knock Out Final

26-April-2013 20:00           Balzan                                   v              Hibernians

Informazzjoni Dwar Promozzjoni U Relegazzjoni

FXDD Futsal Premier Division
Kampjonat Premier – Fl-aħħar taż-żewg ‘rounds’, l-ewwel 4 timijiet ser jikompetu fil- ‘playoffs’, dawk li jiġu fl-ewwel post jilgħabu kontra dawk li ġew fir-raba post u dawk li ġew fit-tieni post jilgħabu kontra dawk li ġew fit-tielet post. Il-‘playoffs’ u Il-finali tintlgħab fuq żewġ logħbiet. Ir-rebbieħ jiġi ddikjarat fuq it-total tar–riżultati ta’ żewġ logħbiet. It-timijiet fl-aħħar żewġ posiżżjonijiet jiġu relegati awtomatikament għal-Kamjonat tal-ewwel diviżjoni.

FXDD Futsal First Division
Kampjonat tal-Ewwel Diviżjoni – Fl-aħħar ta’ żewġ rounds l-ewwel żewġ timijiet jiġu awtomatikament promossi għal-Kampjonat Premier u it-timijiet fl-aħħar tlett posizzjonijiet jiġu relegati fil Kampjonat ta’ Tieni Diviżjoni.

FXDD Futsal Second Division
Kampjonat ta’ Tieni Diviżjoni – Fl-aħħar ta’ żewġ rounds l-ewwel tlett timijiet jiġu awtomatikament promossi għal-Kampjonat tal- Ewwel Diviżjoni u it-timijiet fl-aħħar tlett posizzjonijiet jiġu relegati fil-Kampjonat tat-Tielet Diviżjoni.

FXDD Futsal Third Division
Kampjonat tat-Tielet Diviżjoni – Fl-aħħar taż-żewġ rounds l-ewwel tlett timijiet jiġu awtomatekament promossi għal- Kampjonat tat-Tieni Diviżjoni.