Month: November 2014

Naxxar sweat hard to beat Sirens as Attard see off Siggiewi

Naxxar were made to sweat more than expected to collect the three points as they beat a determined Sirens side 5-2.

The St Paul’s Bay side showed determination in their play especially after gaining the advantage in the first half.

But in the second half, Naxxar were a completely different side as the Sirens defence conceded five goals in 12 minutes to suffer their third defeat of the season.

A brace by Christian Wismayer, Khail Drago, Kurt Farrugia and Ryan Mifsud were the goal-scorers for Naxxar.

Jonathan Debono and Pierre Spiteri put their names on the score sheet for Sirens.

Attard registered their third success of the season after seeing off Siggiewi 8-3.

Antonio Camilleri hit a hat-trick while two braces by Aaron Camilleri and Matthew Buttigieg together with a goal by Kevin Loughborough completed the  scoreline for Attard,

Siggiewi reduced the score through Steve Gingell Littlejohn and an own goal.

Qrendi returned to winning ways as they narrowly defeated Mqabba 6-5 in a relatively balanced encounter. The match was heading for a draw but a Luke Zammit goal one minute from the end gave his team a precious win after two consecutive defeats.

Attacking duo Maxime Landais and Luke Zammit inspired Qrendi with two hat-tricks as they were a continuous menace for the Mqabba rearguard.

Steve Pace, Andre Ciancio, Wayne Mizzi, Wayne Dimech and  an own goal by Clayton Borg were the goal-getters for Mqabba.

 

Luxol shine again, Hamrun climb second

Luxol continued their positive trend in the Premier Division after an emphatic 11-4 win against Gzira United.

Florin Anton’s boys dominated for long stretches of the match and managed to hit the target eight times before half time.

In the second half, the plan of the match didn’t change so much as Luxol continued to impose their game with Gzira at least scoring two consolation goals.

Brazilian nippy striker Celino Alves scored a poker, William Barbosa and George Frendo hit a brace while Dale Camilleri and Florin Anton completed the mission for Luxol.

Luke Stivala and Alessio Restuccia reduced the arrears for Gzira United.

Hamrun Spartans clinched their fourth success of the season after seeing off Qormi 4-2 in a relatively balanced encounter.

Both keepers were the main protagonists of the first half as they neutralized several shots from their respective opponents.

After finding themselves a goal down, the Spartans reacted swiftly and managed to turn the tables in 2o seconds to gain a 3-1 advantage before half-time.

In the second half, Qormi put everything on the offensive but found the Hamrun rearguard in fine form as they absorbed every attack.

The Spartans added two more goals in the second half to secure themselves of the points that mattered.

Rogerio dos Santos Filho scored a brace for Hamrun while Noel Bray and Mohammed Elamari added more goals.

Qormi netted two goals from Jesmond Micallef and Marwan Telisi.

Valletta grabbed their second victory as they defeated Mosta FC 4-1 to climb fifth in the standings.

Denis di Maio once again hit the headlines for the Citizens as he scored a hat-trick with Cedric Sciberras adding another one.

Steve Ferriggi scored the consolation goal for Mosta.

Denis di Maio scoring one of Valletta’s goals

 

A Closer Look at…Armando Gjepali (Mosta FC)

Name: Armando Gjepali
Born on 26th September 1984 (30 years old)
Place of Birth: Tirana (Albania)
Plays for Mosta FC

He believes that you have to fight hard in order to win

How did you start playing futsal?
I started to play competitive futsal nearly 10 years ago in Albania when a new futsal league was created. At that time I was playing as a professional football player in Albania’s top division league. I was contacted by a local futsal club, Klit Ballkan, to play with them. I didn’t hesitate so much to accept as I was eager to start a new experience in this sport.
Why did you choose this sport?
As I said earlier, I wanted to try a new experience in my life as a sportsman. I like the tempo of the game as it requires a lot of quick thinking and speed.
What do you consider to be the best moment in futsal so far?
I believe that when you practise a sport there are three memorable moments; when you start your career, the first successes that you achieve and most of all when you finish your career in a glorious way.
I think that till now my best moment was when I started to play futsal and began to score vital goals for my local team.
Your experience with Mosta FC.
I can consider my adventure with Mosta FC as a positive experience till now. Last year we were crowned as Section B champions and this gave us a lot of satisfaction. This year we have to work hard because all the Premier Division teams have been strengthened with some good players. But as a team we always aim high and think positive to achieve great results.
The level of Maltese futsal.
I think that the level is good considering that most of the players are amateurs. Every team gives its best during the matches and the level of play is satisfactory.
Your personal objectives in the future.
I prefer to talk collectively rather than individually. We believe in this team from the technical staff to every single player. We have a long term vision for Mosta FC.
Armando Gjepali featured in an Albanian newspaper 10 years ago

Gjepali in action for Mosta against Zebbug