Month: May 2014

Luxol lift their spirits after good win

Second placed Luxol found no difficulty to see off fourth placed San Gwann 7-3. Both teams were already qualified for the final play-offs to be played next week.

Luxol had William Barbosa missing in their squad for this match.

They surged ahead  after one minute, when player/coach Florin Anton directed the ball past San Gwann keeper Matthew Mifsud.

Luxol were completely dominant in the initial five minutes with the San Gwann rearguard absorbing their opponents continuous attacks.

In San Gwann’s  first real occasion, Adrian Attard the Luxol custodian produced a double save on two consecutive shots by Jean Bert Gatt and Andy Mangion.

On the other end, Luxol doubled the score on 12 minutes, when Noel Bray found himself unmarked to put the ball into the net.

San Gwann were unlucky not to score after Nizar Abouisha’s shot hit the post four minutes from the break.

Luxol went close to score their third goal but Ibrahim Tarek’s shot was repelled before the line by Andy Mangion.

One minute from the break,  Emeka passed to Ibrahim Tarek who tapped into the net to score Luxol’s third goal.

In the second half, Luxol continued to dominate the proceedings as Dale Camilleri, George Frendo and Karl Saliba added three more goals for their side.

San Gwann got some pride as they pulled a goal back through Andy Mangion.

This goal proved to be an injection for the San Gwann side as they were venturing forward in search of more goals.

They were awarded a penalty when Luxol’s keeper Attard floored Shawn Vella. The same player made it 6-2 after converting successfully the maximum shot.

But seven minutes from the end a Luxol counter-attack produced their seventh goal as Dale Camilleri fired the ball into the net to complete a personal brace.

San Gwann had the time to score another goal through captain Alan Borg who made the final score 7-3.

 



Relegation Pool Championship for Mosta after double victory

Mosta ended this season’s commitments in the FXDD Futsal Premier Division, Relegation Pool by  defeating Luqa 4-1 to take the Relegation Pool championship.

Eventually the FMA Protests Board  awarded Mosta a 2-0 over Balzan after upholding their protest over the eligibility of Boycho Marev.

Mosta were consequently awarded the three points and this meant a complete overhaul in the standings as they climbed at the top of the relegation pool to eventually take the championship.

During their match against Luqa, both teams adopted a cautious approach in the initial minutes and tried to create goal scoring opportunities through counter attacks.

Mosta broke the deadlock just before half-time when Armando Gjepali’s low shot found the back of the net.

In the second half, Mosta doubled the score when from another swift counter attack, Armando Gjepali hit the target for his personal brace.

Luqa were now pressing for the goal that could have got them back into the match but from another counter attack, Ryan Buhagiar scored Mosta’s third goal.

Luqa managed to grab a goal back three minutes from the end through Chris Cardona. This goal injected more drama into the match as Luqa opted to play with their flying keeper to enhance their offensive department.

This option led to Mosta’s fourth goal as Ryan Buhagiar stole the ball and fired into an empty net to secure his team’s sixth victory of the season.

Swieqi clinched their fourth consecutive victory after seeing off  Melita 8-0.

It was a special match for Swieqi’s Paul Hyzler who returned to play after an absence of ten weeks due to an injury. The latter paved the way to his team’s victory after netting a goal. Fredrik Johansson, Marcus Pereira and Patrick Briscoe White were among the scorers for Swieqi who finished fourth in the Relegation Pool standings.

 


San Gwann made it for the play-offs

San Gwann ended the season in a positive way and made it to play-offs, after being  last season’s First Division Champions.

In their last encounter, they shared a 5-5 draw with Zabbar and assured the 4th place with 37 points, 5 points ahead of Zabbar.

Denis Di Maio’s brace and a goal for Rudy Pace, Shaun Vella and Dylan Musu made the day for San Gwann.

Zabbar leveled the matters with the goals coming from Nikolay Filipov, Omar Toutoungi, Daniel Axisa, Frankie Xerri and Rosen Filipov.

A big well done to all San Gwann’s players who worked hard during the season, together with Head Coach Clayton Feice, Assistant Coach Jesmod Musu, Club’s Official Karl Azzopardi and supporters.

Balanced encounters

Hamrun Spartans and Zabbar St. Patrick’s finished 7-7 in a balanced encounter, leaving both teams in their middle up position in the table.

The draw clearly showed the balance in the game with both teams who needed the win but didn’t risk losing the game.

Hamrun took the lead by Christian Quadros Silva and continued with a brace of Martin Svihalek, a hat-trick by Christian Cacciatolo and a goal by Steve Gambin.

Nikolay Filipov equalised for Zabbar and more goals came by Frankie Xerri, Daniel Axisa and braces for Joel Grima and Radoslav Kovachev.

In Monday’s second match, B’Bugia who are leading the lower section of the table, had to face a well organised Vittoriosa.

B’Bugia had a good start and opened the score early in the game by Jovil Abela.

Abela also scored the third and final goal following Andrea Cutajar’s goal.

In the second half Vittoriosa definitely took control of the game and managed to score with a brace of Leandros Calleja, a hat-trick by Luke Stivala and a goal each for Kenneth Spiteri and Melvin Xuereb.

B’Bugia were also unlucky to concede an own goal from a shot by Leandros Calleja which was deflected by Javier Abad Juni.

Qrendi return to winning ways

Qrendi returned to winning ways in the FXDD First Division with a handsome 5-4 victory over Naxxar to secure the fourth position in the table.

The match was evenly balanced though with Naxxar looking determined to restore equilibrium after finding themselves two goals down. Despite their positive performance, Qrendi took the upperhand in some minutes of the game which determined the final winner.

Luke Zammit hit a brace, Antonello Brincat, Bertram Azzopardi and Kevin Vella scored more goals for Qrendi to register their fourteenth victory of the season.

Naxxar’s goals were scored by  Paul Falzon, Khail Drago, Adrian Fenech and Bernard Sciberras.

In another exciting match, Gzira and Fgura shared sixteen goals in a dramatic 8-8 draw.

For the Maroons this was their last commitment of the season which had a satisfying end as they were promoted to Premier Division next season.

 

Balzan and Hibs secure vital wins

Balzan strengthened their second spot in the table in the FXDD Premier Division Championship Pool after beating rivals Luxol 5-3 and register their eighteenth success of the season that helped.

After winning last week’s Knock-Out final, Balzan were ready to extend their positive run in the league having an eye also at the final play-offs to be played at the end of this month.

The winners were buoyed by a superb display from in-form Gabriel Dobre who scored a hat-trick. Clint Cope and Emil Raducu increased Balzan’s lead to complete their victory.

Noel Bray and Ibrahim Tarik were among the scorers for Luxol.

In the second match, champions Hibernians defeated eighth-placed Qormi 10-3 to maintain their unbeaten record and keep their top place in the standings.

After finding themselves down in the first half, Qormi reacted swiftly and restored parity, even having the time to gain a double advantage. But in the dying seconds, Hibernians scored twice to end the first half 4-3 up.

In the second half, the Paolites dominated the proceedings to score six times to eventually end the contest  and obtain their nineteenth win of the season.

David Bobokhidze hit the target four times, Levan Kobaidze and Andrew Cohen scored a brace while Xavier Saliba and Melvin Borg added more goals for Hibernians.

Qormi scored their three goals through a brace by Allen Medati and a goal from Sam Vella.

 

 

 

Valletta win decisive clash for title

Zebbug………2

Valletta……..3

(H.T 1-2)

Valletta won the decisive clash for the Championship thanks to a 3-2 win over Zebbug to extend their positive run in the FXDD First Division.

It was a match which attracted a good number of supporters at the Corradino Pavillion between two teams that had already secured promotion to the top flight next season.

Considered to be the main title contenders, both teams provided a good level of futsal with the match resulting in a balanced affair.

Zebbug’s mentor, Steve Shead couldn’t rely on Karstin Cilia who was injured for this match.

On the other hand, Xavier Saliba hadn’t any selection problems as he could use the full squad for this encounter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the second minute, Valletta twice threatened Zebbug goalie Ivan Baldacchino from two consecutive shots by Dassier Borg.

As the clock struck the sixth minute, Valletta broke the deadlock when Ilija Milivojsa blasted past the Zebbug keeper to hit the target from close range.

Two minutes later, Zebbug missed a great opportunity to level matters when Bernard Bonnici hit wide after an assist by Jamie Portelli.

Twenty-seconds later, Portelli  had his freekick saved before the line by Dassier Borg.

On the eleventh, Clayton Felice performed a solo run with his shot going wide.

One minute later, Jamie Portelli for Zebbug advanced menacingly through the Valletta rearguard but saw his lob finishing wide from keeper Gaetano Mallia.

Five minutes before half-time, Zebbug restored parity when Alan Zammit’s low shot found the net to surprise the Citizens’ defence.

Their joy was short-lived as thirty-three seconds later, Valletta regained the advantage when Milivojsa passed to Dylan Agius whose powerful drive beat Baldacchino for the second time.

In the dying seconds before the break, Valletta’s keeper Gaetano Mallia was superlative when he reacted from a Bernard Bonnici’s drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the second half, Valletta went close three times in the space of two minutes from Milivojsa, Mifsud and Formston but Zebbug keeper Ivan Baldacchino reacted well.

Jamie Portelli dribbled two Valletta players but  his shot  was well saved by Mallia.

Zebbug were surging forward to chase the draw and were twice unlucky when the Citizens goalie saved two consecutive shots.

It was no surprise that the Rangers obtained their second goal as Jamie Portelli’s inswinger found the Citizens’ defence shattered to put the ball past Mallia and make it 2-2.

Eight minutes from the end  there was a commotion between some players and referee Jude Amin Utulu had to issue a red card to a Valletta player.

On the 33rd minute, Valletta surged ahead when Dassier Borg tapped in an Ilija Milivojsa pass amongst the joy of the numerous Citizens supporters.

The Citizens were keeping their opponents’ rearguard busy with Dassier Borg being close in several occasions.

Four minutes from the end, Mallia denied Jamie Portelli’s lob with the City goalkeeper reacting immediately.

Zebbug had the chance to equal the score but Alan Zammit’s free shot was well saved by keeper Mallia, without doubt the best player of the match.

In the last seconds of the match, Zebbug tried to find the most important goal but Valletta’s rearguard was not in the mood to concede any goals and they stood strong till the referee’s final whistle to secure a crucial victory for their title race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zebbug Rangers: Ivan Baldacchino, Gorg Borg, Kenneth James, Jamie Portelli, Steve Camilleri, James Bonnici, Fabian Vella, Stephen Mifsud, Bernard Bonnici, Matthew Agius, Dillon Bugeja, Ricky Zammit, Alan Zammit.

Coach: Steve Shead.

Valletta: Gaetano Mallia, Neil Cuschieri, Renald Formston, Alexander Fenech, Robert Magro, Dassier Borg, Charlton  Scicluna, Ilija Milivojsa, Aaron Camilleri. Clayton Felice, Aaron Agius, Sandro Caruana, Dylan Agius, Neil Chircop.

Coach: Xavier Saliba.

Referee 1: Jude Amin Utulu

Referee 2: Robert Darmanin.

Time-Keeper: Mark O’ Neill.

Zebbug and Valletta seal promotion issue

Valletta and Zebbug Rangers won their respective matches to join the already promoted Gzira United to Premier Division status next year.

Both teams were eager to follow the Maroons’ footsteps and seal the promotion issue with a bang. They succeeded to dominate their respective opponents and achieve the most deserved success.

Zebbug defeated Kalkara 10-3 to assure themselves of a Premier Division spot after producing a successful season. It was a great performance by the Rangers who had their talisman player, Jamie Portelli in fine form not only during this match,  but for the whole season.

After taking a 4-2 advantage before a balanced first half, Zebbug dominated the proceedings in the second half and scored six more goals to ensure their victory.

Jamie Portelli hit the target five times, while Ricky Zammit, Alan Zammit, Bernard Bonnici, Steve Mifsud and James Bonnici added more goals for the winners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valletta emulated their promotion rivals and saw off Santa Lucia 6-1 to gain the most important victory and keep the unbeaten record in 2014.

After a rather shaky start, where they lost five from their first seven matches, Xavier Saliba’s boys produce an impressive run during this year, dropping only two points from a draw. They deserved this promotion having been one of the most consistent teams in this division.

For Xavier Saliba this was another special season as he succeeded to obtain his third personal promotion as coach having also helped San Gwann ascend from Second Division to Premier.

The Citizens had more possession of the ball and ended the first half 3-0 up. In the second half the plan of the match didn’t change so much with Santa Lucia trying to limit the damage and scoring a goal to reduce the arrears.

Renald Formston hit a hat-trick, Clayton Felice scored a brace and Dassier Borg added another one for Valletta.

Santa Lucia scored their only goal from Angelo Dimech.

 

 

 

 

 

The final issue in this division will be decided in the coming matches as Zebbug, Gzira and Valletta will contend the Championship issue.

 

 

Gzira United promoted to Premier Division

Gzira United yesterday beat Naxxar Lions 7-4 to gain the necessary points for a Premier Division berth next season. It was a deserved reward for Gzira’s impressive run in this division after winning fifteen matches, getting four draws and losing only four times.

Alessio Restuccia was surely the best player, not only yesterday but during the whole season, as he proved once again that he is an asset to the side and scored vital goals for the Maroons. Other players gave their solid contribution like the latest signing Josh Parry and the hard working Aurelio Burgio, Joseph Mifsud, Chris Bezzina, Charlo Debattista, Jurgen Mifsud, Noel Bilocca, Kenneth Bonnici, Robert Zammit and Douglas Mifsud who thanks to their goals helped Gzira to get this well-deserved promotion.

Although sure of promotion, Gzira will have to wait for their rivals Valletta and Zebbug to play to know whether they will be promoted as champions as well.

Gzira have to play their last match of the season against Fgura while Valletta and Zebbug have another two games in hand.

In yesterday’s match Italian striker Alessio Restuccia scored a hat-trick while Josh Parry, Robert Zammit, Jurgen Mifsud and Gordon Mizzi added more goals for the Maroons.

Naxxar scored their goals through a brace by Adrian Fenech, Andrea Farrugia and Kurt Farrugia.

In another FXDD First Division match, Marsascala and Fgura shared the spoils in an entertaining 6-6 draw.

 

 

Balzan see off Vittoriosa to retain cup

Vittoriosa Stars…….2

Balzan FC…………….9

(H.T. 2-5)

In the FXDD Knock-Out Competition, regarded as the second most coveted honour in Maltese futsal, Balzan and Vittoriosa were intent on winning this competition when they faced off in yesterday’s final played at the Corradino  Pavillion.

Although on paper, Balzan were favourites to retain the honour, Vittoriosa were widely fancied to make a contest of it as they pursued their first KO honour having already made a historic feat by reaching the final stage of the competition.

It was the second time that both teams faced each other as Balzan won the league encounter 10-2.

Vittoriosa’s formation lacked the services of the injured Ryan Mifsud and Clive Calleja.

Player/coach, Gabriel Dobre could bank on the full squad leaving himself out of the match to give chance to other players as he adopted the rotation system.

Balzan produced a commanding performance to impose themselves and win their second honour of the season.

The Cottonera side tried to bridge their technical gap with their opponents through sheer determination and hard work but they were overwhelmed by the more experienced Balzan.

In fact the holders imposed themselves on the game from the off, pegging Vittoriosa in their own half for long spells.

As the clock struck the third minute, Balzan went ahead when Boycho Marev capitalised well an Emil Raducu’s freekick and with a first timer gave no chance to Vittoriosa keeper Gabriel Mansueto.

But this goal proved to be an injection to the Cottonera side as they levelled matters in their first real goal scoring occasion.

It was Sean Vella who took advantage of a defensive blunder to hit past the Balzan keeper to make it 1-1 among the joy of the Vittoriosa reserve bench.

Immediately after a fierce shot by Boycho Marev hit the post to deny Balzan’s advantage.

Balzan regained advantage towards the sixth minute as from a Raducu’s corner another great shot by Boycho Marev found the net.

This goal galvanised Gabriel Dobre’s boys whose continuous incursions were keeping goalie Mansueto busy with some superlative saves.

Six minutes from half-time, Vittoriosa succeeded to restore parity again as Sean Vella’s deep shot found the net to make it 2-2.

This was a signal for Balzan who bursted forward to regain the advantage. They succeeded to score three times before half-time through Boycho Marev, Emil Raducu and Carlos Scicluna to extend the result for their team.

As the game resumed after the break, Vittoriosa threatened again with a Sean Vella’s shot but the Balzan keeper denied him with a good save.

That was until substitute Glenn Bonello came to the fore, scoring a quickfire hat-trick between the 27th and 30th minute to effectively end the game as a contest.

Balzan were keeping the pressure on their opponents who had to absorb their continuous attacks. Vittoriosa’s subsitute keeper Christopher Azzopardi had to deny a Giancarlo Sammut low drive with Rennie Tanti hitting the post two minutes afterwards.

In a rare counter attack Sean Vella, undoubtedly one of Vittoriosa’s best players, had his fierce shot repelled by Balzan’s goalie Reuben Grech.

One minute from the end, Balzan added another goal when Giancarlo Sammut, well served by Rennie Tanti found the net amongst the joy of the numerous Balzan supporters.

At the end, FMA president Donald Spiteri presented the trophy to captain Carlo Scicluna as a proud club president Mario Vella joined his team’s celebrations.

Vittoriosa Stars: Gabriel Mansueto, Christopher Azzopardi, Darton Bugeja, Kenneth Spiteri, Melvin Xuereb, Sean Vella, Kurt Azzopardi, Andre Azzopardi, Luke Stivala, Darren Lynch, Steve Ferriggi (captain), Leandros Calleja,

Coach: Francesco Ronsisvalle

Balzan FC: Nicholas Farrugia, Andrea Dan, Boycho Marev, Glenn Bonello, Reuben Grech, Matthew Xerxen, Giancarlo Sammut, Christian Wismayer, Nicola del Re, Jovica Milijic, Rennie Tanti, Emil Andrei Raducu, Clint Cope, Carlos Scicluna.

Coach: Gabriel Dobre

Referee 1: Adrian Caruana.

Referee 2: David Balzan

Referee 3: Robert Darmanin.

Time Keeper: Mark O’ Neill

Vittoriosa

Balzan

Boycho Marev opens the score for Balzan