Month: June 2014

Mark Borg is FMA’s new president

Mark Borg was elected as new president of the Futsal Malta Association by Council members and club delegates at the annual general meeting of the association held this morning at the Corradino Pavillion.

He will be succeeding Donald Spiteri who has been president of the association for the past two years and who has been nominated as the association’s honorary president.

The majority of the council members and club delegates voted for Mr Borg with one vote against and two abstentions.

Newly elected president Mark Borg said he was honoured to occupy such an important post. He repeatedly thanked the outgoing president Donald Spiteri for the service rendered to the association for the past two years. He described him as a dynamic and influential person that led to the foundation of this association.

Now that a new team was elected, Borg was looking forward for a three year plan to improve some various sectors of futsal in Malta.

He expressed his desire to introduce a futsal league for youngsters so that the game would have a better foundation for the future.

The association will embark on some new and exciting projects such as Sports Management and Coaching Courses.

He concluded his speech by stressing on the important of respect among the clubs so that this exciting game could develop furthermore not only in the level of play but also through collegiality between members.

There will be also a new vice-president as Alfred Camilleri was elected to the post after overcoming  the other contestant Saviour Darmanin.

Vanessa Darmanin was confirmed as the association’s treasurer while Emmanuel Fenech maintained his position as FMA secretary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valletta celebrate title after easy win

Valletta……….9

Msida ……….. 1

(H.T 3-1)

Valletta were officially declared FXDD First Division Champions after finding no difficulty in disposing of tenth placed Msida 9-1.

The Citizens conjured up a tenacious performance to overcome their opponents and gain the most important points.

Furthermore they maintained their impressive performance in 2014 as they produced a great run of sixteen positive results.

On their part, Msida tried to limit the damage with keeper Keith Cassar Jackson busy throughout all the match.

Valletta’s coach, Xavier Saliba had to do without the suspended Clayton Felice, Dassier Borg, Charlton Scicluna and the injured Neil Cuschieri.

Msida, were a completely subdued lot as they only presented six players in their squad.

The Citizens dominated from the very first whistle giving Msida no chance to get close to Gaetano Mallia’s post.

When Valletta took the lead in the 3rd minute, the match seemed to be already won and lost as the Msida defenders found it very difficult to absorb their opponents continuous attacks. Moreover up in front, Msida’s influential strikers Chris Cutajar and Thomas Consoli were ably marked by the Valletta defenders giving them no chance to attack effectively.

It was no surprise that Valletta eventually took the lead when Dylan Agius beat Cassar Jackson in style after  receiving a pass from the right.

On 9 minutes,  Valletta doubled the lead. It was Dylan Agius who passed a good ball to Aaron Agius who made no mistake to put the ball past the Msida keeper.

The Citizens increased their lead three minutes later when Ilija Milivojsa set Renald Formston who tapped in to make it 3-0.

Msida reduced the score before half-time when Chris Cutajar advanced his direct marker and hit a well placed shot that gave no chance to Mallia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valletta remained dominant in the second half as they scored six more goals to increase the scoreline.

Alexander Fenech, Ilija Milivojsa, Sandro Caruana, Aaron Agius, Aaron Camilleri and Paul Zammit extended the score for the Citizens to ensure their team of the final title.

One minute from the end, Msida were unlucky not to score their second goal when Thomas Consoli hit the post after dribbling past two defenders.

The final whistle sparkled spontaneous celebrations among the Valletta players and staff who rightly deserved the championship title.

At the end of the match, Mark Borg, who is expected to take over the presidency of the FMA, presented the trophy to Valletta captain Dassier Borg in the presence of an FXDD representative.

Valletta: Gaetano Mallia, Renald Formston, Alexander Fenech, Robert Magro, Ilija Milivojsa, Aaron Camilleri, Aaron Agius, Sandro Caruana, Dylan Agius, Neil Chircop, Paul Zammit.

Msida: Keith Cassar Jackson, Kevin Agius, Thomas Consoli, Alan Micallef, Ian Caruana, Chris Cutajar.

Referee 1: Pierre Bonnici

Referee 2: Roberto Darmanin

Referee 3: Jonathan Mallia

Time Keeper: Mark O’Neill

 

 

Valletta geared up for title

In the final day of the FXDD First Division, league leaders Valletta and tenth placed Msida face each other in their last commitment of the season. (kick-off 20.30hrs)

Valletta need two results- a win or a draw – to make sure of the title.

Having already achieved promotion to the Premier Division together with Zebbug Rangers and Gzira United, the Citizens will try to keep their unbeaten record in 2014 having obtained 15 positive results with 11 wins in a row.

In fact after a rather shaky start, the team led by Xavier Saliba turned the tables during this year and succeeded to win promotion in a rather balanced division.

Valletta will be without suspended players Dassier Borg, Clayton Felice and Charlton Scicluna. Goalkeeper Neil Cuschieri is injured and cannot play with Tano Mallia deputising in front of goal.

Msida, who are certain of the tenth spot in the table, have nothing to lose and will face their opponents with sheer determination and courage.

In the first round played  last February, the Citizens dominated Msida 7-1 to begin their run towards the top spot.

 

 

 

Balzan triumph and win the Championship

Hibs ……………8

Balzan …………9

(H.T 1-2)

(Balzan win 5-4 after penalty shoot-out)

Balzan  overcame the stiff resistance of Hibernians to win the FXDD Premier Division Championship 9-8 on penalties and clinch their third success of the season after having already won the Super Cup and the FXDD Knock-Out competition.

Nicholas Farrugia was once again decisive as he greatly saved Xavier Saliba’s penalty to help his team crown an extraordinary season.

Hibernians needed a win; the pressure was on them after having lost the first leg. Balzan had the psychological advantage of having the first result into their favour so they tried to control the proceedings.

The match, played in front of one of the biggest crowd this season at the Corradino Pavillion, was a vibrant one with both teams producing a good level of futsal.

Balzan were without the suspended Clint Cope while Hibernians had to do without their striker David Bobokhidze and the injured Kurt Bartolo

Balzan took 1 minute and a half to surge ahead when Emil Raducu‘s first timer surprised Hibs keeper Cassar.

Hibernians were quick to react as Balzan’s goalie Nicholas Farrugia was excellent to repel a double shot by Mark Zammit.

The Paolites were trying hard to level the score and Melvin Borg was unlucky not to connect a Celino Alves’ pass.

Balzan replied on 11 minutes when Sammut found the unmarked Gabriel Dobre whose shot finished high and wide.

On 14 minutes, Jose Carlos Meizoso Lopez produced a typical Brazilian move which finished wide from Farrugia’s post.

Two minutes, Balzan scored again. Raducu again played a prominent role as he advanced on the right before hitting a cross-shot that eluded the  Hibs defence and Glenn Bonello tapped the loose ball into the net.

The Paolites were unlucky between the 18th and 19th minute as two consecutive shots by Mark Zammit and Jose Carlos Meizoso Lopez hit the post.

Hibs reduced the score 40 seconds before the break when from an exact corner taken by Celino Alves, Mark Zammit hit immediately to put past Farrugia to make it 2-1.

After the break Brazilian star player Celino Alves stunned the Balzan rearguard as he scored two quickfire goals to turn the tables for Hibernians.

First he took advantage of a short clearance by Andrea Dan to deposit the ball inside the net while in the second occasion he dribbled past two Balzan players before hitting a fierce drive which gave no chance to Farrugia to make it 3-2 for Hibs.

The Paolites were now dominating the proceedings as Mark Zammit had two consecutive opportunites that finished just wide.

During this time, Balzan decided to call a time-out to make some tactical changes. In fact, player-coach Gabriel Dobre opted for Emil Raducu as the flying keeper to give more impact to his team’s offensive department.

On 30 minutes, Raducu, Bonello and Dobre had some golden opportunites to level the score but the Hibs rearguard succeeded to absorb their opponents’ attacks.

Glenn Bonello highlighted his opportunistic skills when he found the ball in his feet and hit the target from close range to make it 3-3.

Celino Alves had a great opportunity to regain advantage for his team but his shot was ably repelled by Matthew Xerxen.

The match once again had to go to a penalty shoot-out to determine the final winner.

Balzan scored all their penalties through Raducu, Dan, Dobre, Milijic and Scicluna.

Hibernians scored four goals through Alves, Kobaidze, Lopez and Cohen. Xavier Saliba’s shot was saved by Balzan goalie Nicholas Farrugia.

At the end of the contest, FMA future president Mark Borg alongside an FXDD representative presented the trophy and medals to Balzan’s captain Carlo Scicluna amongst the joy of  players, staff and supporters.

Balzan: Nicholas Farrugia, Gabriel Dobre, Andrea Dan, Glenn Bonello, Carlos Scicluna, Matthew Xerxen, Giancarlo Sammut, Christian Wismayer, Nicola Del Re, Rennie Tanti, Emil Raducu, Reuben Grech.

Hibs: Christian Cassar, Melvin Borg, Jesmond Micallef, Xavier Saliba, Levan Kobaidze, Cedric Sciberras, Brian Baldacchino, Mark Zammit, Celino Alves, Jose Carlos Meizoso Lopez, Andrew Cohen, Darren Agius.

Referee 1: Franco Cachia

Referee 2: Jude Amin Utulu

Referee 3: Pierre Bonnici

Time Keeper: Stephanie Axiak

Balzan relish double, Last chance for Hibs

Balzan and Hibs meet tonight for the second leg of the FXDD Premier Division championship play-off final (kick-off 20.30 hrs)  in another decisive encounter.

While Balzan go into the game on a high following their 9-8 penalty shoot-out win, Hibernians have all the pressure in their hands as it will be their last chance to level the matters and leave everything for a possible third match.

A win for Balzan will definitely give them the title as they would win two matches out of the possible three.

However Hibernians are not ready to throw the towel and want to bounce back for the victory.

This website talked  to Hibernians’ captain, Xavier Saliba who admits that his team has the last opportunity to confirm the title they had won last season.

“We are psychologically ready for another difficult game. All of us know that this is our last chance to grab a decider next Friday.”

“We were unlucky to lose in the penalty shoot-out after the final comeback we had produced three seconds from the end.”

“Our main objective is to perform better than the last match and win at all costs.”

On the other hand, Balzan’s Andrea Dan confirms the positive atmosphere that his team is enjoying at the moment.

“The air is positive in Balzan. We know our strengths and we need to confirm our potential. We will do our best to win tonight to avoid the third match and eventually become champions. ”

When asked about Hibernians, Dan praised his opponents. “They have a great squad, it will be a difficult match for us. They have good counter attacks and solid players that can make a difference in every stage of the match. ”

If the match ends in a draw, penalties will follow immediately to have a clear winner. A Balzan victory will give them the championship title.

On the other hand, Hibernians need a win to restore parity in the aggregate matches. Eventually the final match will be played next Friday.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Zebbug end championship positively

Zebbug Rangers ended their commitments in the FXDD First Division after easing past Naxxar Lions 5-2. This victory helped them to go joint first in the standings although playing a game more than Valletta who can seal the championship victory if they win against Msida next Thursday.

Zebbug were a superior side in the first half having installed a 2-0 advantage before half-time. In the second half, Naxxar tried to produce a reaction with Zebbug scoring more goals through counter attacks.

Ricky Zammit (Zebbug) tries to win a ball from a Naxxar player

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Portelli, Alan Zammit, Matthew Agius, Ricky Zammit and Kenneth Bonnici were on target for Zebbug who registered their seventeenth victory of the season.

Naxxar reduced the score through a brace by Andrew Catania.

James Borg scored a hat-trick for Siggiewi

 

Siggiewi’s talisman player James Borg helped his side produce a great comeback to win 4-3 against Mqabba.

After being 2-0 down, Siggiewi reacted swiftly and managed to turn the result into their favour.

James Borg scored a hat-trick while Craig Pickard added another one for Siggiewi.

Steve Pace, Wayne Mizzi and Bernard Darmanin put their name on the score sheet for Mqabba.