Month: November 2014

Serbia too strong for Gibraltar

Serbia’s flair and invention proved too much for tournament debutants Gibraltar as they fell to a 10-2 defeat in the Malta 4th International Tournament held at the Corradino Pavillion. 

Having opened the tournament yesterday with a convincing 4-1 victory against hosts Malta, the team led by Aca Kovacevic imposed their superiority upon Gibraltar who tried to operate with counter attacks.

The Gibraltar custodian, Kyle Goldwin was kept busy by the swift and quick Serbian players who were a continuous menace to his defensive department.

Serbia were quickly in the ascendancy as Mladen Kocic finished off  a slick passing move at the back post in  the sixth minute.

They dominated possession during the remainder of the half and duly scored their second goal through Slobodan Janjic.

Gibraltar came back into the match when Lee Buhagiar found the net from close distance to make it 2-1.

Serbia reacted furiously and a brace from Milos Simic and another goal from Mladen Kocic installed a four goal advantage for the winning team.

Two minutes from the break Christian Sanchez scored Gibraltar’s second goal to reduce the arrears for his team.

In the second half, Serbia completely outplayed their opponents and managed to score five goals without reply through a hat-trick by Nikola Matijevic, Slobodan Janjic and Milos Simic to rubberstamp the most important victory.

Tomorrow Malta plays against Gibraltar in the final match of this tournament at the Corradino Pavillion at 18.30hrs.

 

 

 

Serbia beat host team Malta in the inaugural match

After months of hard work and preparation from the Futsal Malta Association, Malta and Serbia opened the 4th International Futsal Tournament.

Serbia opened the score in the first minute through captain Mladen Kocic. Successfully they had a three goal advantage with a brace from Vladimir Milosavac.

Two minutes from the end of the first half, Malta’s vice captain Nicola Delre took advantage from a Serbian mistake in the midfield, came face to face with Serbian goalkeeġer Aleksa Antonic and netted the Maltese only goal in the match.

During the second half Malta had various chances to score especially through Jovica Milijic who managed to hit the post.

In the last minute it was again Kocic who sealed the 4-1 win for Serbia.

Tonight at 6:30 pm, Serbia will face off Gibraltar’s national team.

The Maltese National Team will be back in action, tomorrow at 6:30 pm against Gibraltar.

Two-game test awaits new futsal Malta squad

The Malta Futsal national team, under the guidance of national coach Mark Marlow, will be in action between Saturday 29th November  and Monday 1st Decemmber, in the 4th Malta International Friendly Tournament at the Corradino Pavillion, 

Malta will be hosting Serbia and Gibraltar, two teams which should provide strong opposition for Marlow’s boys.

After being named as the new national coach, Mark Marlow initiated the process of fine tuning the squad in the light of competitive international matches ahead.

This intensive preparation included some physical and tactical development  as well as some daily training sessions.

This website contacted Mark Marlow who showed the positive aspects of this squad and his first days as national coach.

“The first days were really positive for me. When you have a new squad in your hand, you feel motivated to work harder to achieve great goals for the benefit of the team.”

 

 

 

 

 

Marlow thanked the FMA for their response and collaboration with the MFA especially when changing some fixtures to accommodate the national team’s intensive training.

“We are working hand in hand with the FMA to achieve positive results and this can be shown by their continuous backing.”

Marlow underlined the fact that there are some new players in the squad that need time to adapt and settle down.

Finally, the new national coach urged all local futsal enthusiasts and supporters to come and support Malta in these two important matches.

This tournament should serve as a preparation for the national team ahead of the UEFA Futsal EURO Preliminary Round mini-tournament which will be played between the 13th and 18th January where Malta will be facing Latvia, England and Andorra.

A sizeable crowd is expected at the Corradino Pavillion to give the local boys the much-needed support which will eventually give a psychological boost in this high-tempo game.

 Fixtures:

Saturday 29th November 2014

18.30: Malta vs Serbia

Sunday 30th November 2014

18.30: Serbia vs Gibraltar

Monday 1st December 2014

18.30: Malta vs Gibraltar

The players selected by Marlow are:

Goalkeepers: Matthew Mifsud (Valletta), Matthew Xerxen and Nicky Farrugia (Balzan)

Players: Carlo Scicluna (Balzan), Chris Wismayer (Naxxar), Cedric Sciberras (Valletta), Daniel Brincat (Naxxar), Jovica Milijic (Hamrun);
Nicola del Re (Balzan), Chris Cardona (Hamrun), Andrea Farrugia (Naxxar), Melvin Borg (Valletta), Marwan Telisi (Qormi), Luke Stivala (Gzira), Kurt Bartolo (Valletta);
Glenn Bonello (Balzan), Mark Zammit (Balzan), Dale Camilleri (Luxol).

Siggiewi shock leaders Mellieha

Siggiewi created the biggest surprise of this season’s First Division when they beat leaders Mellieha 5-1 at the Corradino Pavillion yesterday.

Mellieha, unbeaten in their eight outings,were astonished by Siggiewi’s abrupt attacks who scored five goals without reply.

After scoring their goal before the break, Mellieha enjoyed the better fare of possession in the second half but despite all this, they rarely threatened their opponents who managed to keep their cool till the end.

James Borg scored a brace while Matthew Debono, Glenn Gauci and Philip Caruana Turner grabbed the goals for Siggiewi.

Robert Magro reduced the score for the northerners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luqa St Andrews climbed fourth in the table when they beat Birzebbuga 5-2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attard and Mqabba shared the spoils in an entertaining 4-4 draw. This result didn’t change anything in the tas both teams maintained their respective position in  the table.

Attard broke the deadlock twice through Antonio Camilleri and Kevin Loughborough. Mqabba managed to restore parity from Steve Pace and an own goal by Darren Grech.

Byron Fenech restored Attard’s advantage but Mqabba turned the tables through Steve Pace and Etienne Rodo to gain a 4-3 advantage before half-time.

In the second half, Attard put everything on the offensive and Antonio Camilleri netted the goal that gave a point to his team.

Sirens returned to winning ways when they saw off Mdina Knights 7-3 while Msida St Joseph registered their second consecutive win when they beat Qrendi 3-0.

 

 

 

The Knights conquer and have fun, Mellieha makes 8 wins in a row

It was a night of celebration for the University students who make part of the Mdina Knights Futsal Team.

Cleaven Portelli scored the first goal, which was the fastest goal in the first division league so far, after only 13 seconds.

Cleaven Portelli scored four goals in this match, making them 15 goals so far and places himself third in the top scorers’ list.

Mdina continued to have a smashing win with braces for Ranald Portelli and Robert Peplow.

Andrew Camilleri and Tyrone Grech also scored for Mdina Knights, making the final score 10-0 against Birzebugia.

Msida romps to 8-2 win against Siggiewi and obtains the second win of the season.

Msida’s goals came from braces by Marian Gologan and Aleksander Melcic, Alan Micallef, Noel Portelli, Matthew Dingli and Ryan Xuereb.

Andrew Briffa and Matthew Debono reduced the score for Siggiewi.

Mellieha makes them 8 wins in a row as they had the opportunity to carry on with there winning run against Luqa.

Mellieha had their first shock as in the 10th minute Radoslav Kovachev was sent off after denying an obviuos goal by handling the ball on the goal line.

The penalty was awarded to Luqa and from the 1st penalty spot, Andrew Scerri opened the score.

As from the beginning of the second half, Mellieha reacted aggressively and thus scoring through Nikolay Filipov, Robert Magro and Craig Pickard in the first four minutes.

In the 27th minute Luqa were rewarded another penalty and again Andrew Scerri scored.

Five minutes from the end, Nikolay Filipov scored his personal second goal and sealed the 4-2 win against Luqa.

Finally from the Premier Division, Zebbug can’t find their winning ways, as they were beaten 3-0 from Swieqi United.

Fabip Grech’s early goal together with a brace from Patrick Kinni in the last minutes, gave them three preciuos points.

Swieqi are in the 4th place, just three points behind Balzan and Hamrun and four points from the current leaders Luxol.

FMA, MFA & SPU collaborating in the organisation of Futsal Festivals for kids

Futsal Malta Association will be actively participating in the organisation of the annual Futsal Festival to be held at the Cottonera Pavilion for school children at primary and secondary level.  The festival is be co-ordinated by the Sports Promotion Unit of the Education Division, the Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport in collaboration with the MFA and always draws a lot of interest from the youngsters.

FMA President Mark Borg, together with Vice President Alfred Camilleri, are currently discussing with Ms. Maria Mifsud (Deputy General Secretary Grassroots, Youth Development & Education at MFA) about FMA’s role in promoting the sport of futsal.  The introduction of futsal in the Development Programme of a good Football Nurseries has been welcomed by FMA.  Mark Borg stated that FMA’s commitment towards extending the game of futsal, especially with the lower age-groups, will continue to be the driving force behind the association’s philosophy.

Lija keep pace with Mellieha

Lija Athletics kept the pace with their nearest rivals Mellieha for the final honours of the season as they dominated Sirens 8-1 to climb top of the table although having a game more.

Aleksandar Ribic, Ryan Bugeja, Redeemer Borg and Antonio Marin scored a brace each to ensure a comfortable win for Lija.

Naxxar Lions strengthened the grip on the top positions of the table after a comfortable 7-1 win against Mqabba.

The Lions dominated the encounter and managed to install a 3-1 advantage before half-time.

In the second part of the game, they maintained their positive play and scored four more goals to ensure of the points that mattered.

Roderick Attard was Naxxar’s star player as he hit a hat-trick, Daniel Brincat scored a brace while Lydon Baldacchino and Khail Drago completed the mission for their team.

Mqabba scored the consolation goal through Conrad Dimech.

Even Attard maintained their positive glimpse in this division after clinching their fourth victory of the season.

Two braces by Antonio Camilleri and Darren Grech, Kevin Loughborough and Gianni Aquilina helped Attard see off Qrendi 6-3.

Maxime Landais scored a hat-trick for Qrendi.

 

A Closer Look at….Chris Cardona (Hamrun Spartans FC)

Name: Chris Cardona
Date of Birth: 19th April 1992 (22 years old)
Place of Birth: Hamrun
Works as a Shipping Sample Registration Clerk.
Likes to play football and futsal.
His  personal motto is WORK HARD, PLAY HARD.
How did you start playing futsal?
I have always followed this game with great interest. I remember that I had found a new job and I couldn’t continue  to train football intensively as I used to do.
Therefore I began to play futsal and this choice turned out to be of  great satisfaction.
Talk about the teams that you have played so far.
I began playing with Attard FC where I learnt the first skills of this game. I was even called up to play for the national team.
The following year I signed for Luqa St Andrews where people like Alex Falzon, Karl Magro and Kevin Mifsud have always believed in my potential and have helped me to develop furthermore my skills.
This year I signed for my native club Hamrun Spartans and I’m sure that I’m going to learn more as coach James Ciangura always teaches us great tactics and techniques to improve further in this sport.
On the other hand, I wish to thank Paul Rapa and Edward Psaila who work hard for the club and believed in me.
Give me an advantage and a disadvantage of this sport.
One thing that I really like in futsal is that it is considered as a fast game and you  have to run and keep the pace with your team-mates.
On the other hand, I think that futsal is not appreciated so much as 11-a-side football. Moreover, the majority of injuries are likely to happen in futsal.
Your best moment so far.
Rather than a best moment, I believe that every match that you win is a great moment for every player.
This year, Hamrun Spartans made a lot of acquisitions as they strengthened their squad. Therefore there is a lot of competition to play..
I believe that thanks to this competition, every player is trying hard hard to produce a greater performance and this can be seen in the matches that Hamrun Spartans have played so far.
You were called up by the Malta National Futsal coach. What does this mean to you?
It means a lot of satisfaction for me and a great appreciation by our coach that believes in my potential.
How can you describe yourself in three adjectives?
I can describe myself as active, courageous and obedient.
Your personal objectives.
My personal objective is to maintain my happiness in this sport and eventually in life.

 

Luxol held as Balzan defeat Swieqi

Luxol did not get the result they wanted as they were held by Qormi in a 6-6 draw.

This leaves the St Andrews outfit just one point ahead of  Hamrun and Balzan who have a game in hand.

Luxol took a triple advantage in the first 10 minutes through William Barbosa, George Frendo and Dale Camilleri.

Three minutes afterwards, Allen Medati reduced the gap for Qormi but William Barbosa added another one for Luxol before half time.

But in the second half, Qormi produced a fierce comeback as Marwan Telisi and Allen Medati put their team back into the match.

However on 28 minutes, George Frendo found the net to make it 5-3.

Qormi never lost heart as they continued to attack and produce more offensive occasions.

Allen Medati completed a hat-trick for Qormi while Endrit Kaca’s brace stunned the Luxol rearguard and managed to put his team ahead.

William Barbosa saved the day for Luxol as he hit the target in the last minute of the game.

Meanwhile, Balzan continued their winning trend and managed to clinch the fifth consecutive win after seeing off Swieqi 11-3.

The champions dominated the match with Swieqi given few chances to venture forward.

After a double advantage from Frane Despotovic and Boycho Marev before the break, Balzan continued to impose their style of play and managed to hit the target nine times as Despotovic and Mark Zammit completed a personal poker each, with Boycho Marev and Marco Conti putting their names on the score sheet.

After Balzan’s sixth goal, Swieqi’s striker Patrick Kinni scored a hat-trick for his team.

Hamrun Spartans were given a hard time by bottom placed Mosta as they only won the encounter seconds from the end of the match. They saw off a plucky Mosta side 4-3 who reacted immediately to their opponents scores and were unlucky to end this encounter without any point.

After a goalless draw in the first half, Hamrun surged ahead after 27 minutes through Mohammed Elamari with Rogerio doubling the score 4 minutes later.

Mosta reduced the arrears from Steve Ferriggi but Elamari completed a brace on 38 minutes to make it 3-1.

A fierce reaction from the Rotunda side helped them score two quickfire goals in 50 seconds from Genti Haxhiu and Laszlo Hayossy to level the matters.

A late goal by Brazilian Rogerio gave the three important points for the Spartans leaving Mosta stunned after their great comeback.

 

Lija still chasing Mellieha, good comeback for Gzira

This week we had three interesting matches from the First Division and the great comeback of Gzira in the Premier Division.

Lija continued their positive trail, after last week’s setback against confirmed leaders Mellieha.  B’bugia managed to level them to 2-2 in the first half through John Paul Barbara and Noel Tabone.

Lija put again the foot on the accelerator and made the final score 12-2. Aleksander Ribic was again the main protagonist when scoring four goals, together with a brace from Mark Mizzi and more goals coming from Jason Gauci, Sean Cassar Degabriele, Marc Tabone Ferrante, Jeremy Cutajar, Jonathan Sammut and Clayton Farrugia.

Luqa gained the precious three points which put them at the 4th place of the First Division Table.  Luqa had 2 braces from Andrew Scerri and Robert Portelli together with goals from Keith Mifsud and Isaac Delmar.

A brace from Msida’s Herbert Spiteri and a goal from Alan Micallef, reduced the result to 6-3.

Mdina Knights faced a difficult test against Mellieha, but the players rose to the occasion, with a very good showing.

Mdina gave a hard time to Mellieha, by pressing the northerners up high, managed to claw five goals back and unfortunately missing some chances too. Manwel Vella and Georgian Vazha Gvaramia made their debut for the Reds.

Mellieha’s win was marked with Craig Pickard’s hat-trick, a brace from  Joseph Vella, and goals from Radoslav Kovachev, Mark Vella and captain Darren Aitchinson.

Ranald Portelli proved himself a prolific pivot so far, pretty much making an immediate impact by scoring his third goal after two matches. Nathan Sammut Mock also put his name on the scorers’ list, scoring his first personal goal with Mdina Knights. Tyrone Grech came back from the disqualification and also scored the third goal. Cleaven Portelli had another good game, scoring two more goals for the Knights.

After the end of the match, Mellieha’s player coach Nikolay Filipov had a chat with Mdina’s coach Kyle Sultana, giving him positive comments about how Mdina Knights proved to be a smart opponent.

From the Premier Division, Gzira had a good comeback and obtained a 4-3 win against Zebbug.

The first half ended in favour of Zebbug, with an early goal by Jamie Portelli, followed few minutes later by Steve Shead. Alessio Restuccia, five minutes from the end of the first half, made them down to 2-1.

Matthew Agius scored another goal for Zebbug, but surely it wasn’t the end of the game.

A brace from Luke Stivala together with another goal from Alessio Restuccia, gave the Maroons first win of the season.