Month: January 2015

Lija keep up the chase to the top and the Knights celebrate their second consecutive win

This week Luqa had to suffer two harsh defeats against Lija Athletic and Mdina Knights.

Lija built their advantage through braces from Redeemer Borg and Zeljko Anicic, together with goals scored by Mark Mizzi and Florin Manea. Luqa reduced the deficit with James Mizzi’s brace.

Mdina celebrated their second consecutive win against Luqa with braces from Cleaven Portelli and Neil Cauchi together with Roberto Sarcia’s goal. Luqa’s only goal was scored by James Mizzi.

Naxxar consolidate their third place on the table after beating Siggiewi 6-2.  The Lions left their imprint with braces from Daniel Brincat and Adrian Fenech together with goals by Lydon Baldacchino and Paul Falzon,

Siggiewi’s goals were scored by Philip Caruana Turner and Mark Camilleri.

Mellieha continue their positive trail on the top of the tabel, after bringing down Mqabba 7-2.

Mellieha’s Nikolay Filipov scored four goals, accompanied by Daniel Saliba’s brace and a goal from Josef Balzan.

Mqabba’s goals were scored by Victor Fiteni and Justin Psaila.

The First Division League resumes on Monday with Msida playing against B’bugia and Lija against Siggiewi.

On Tuesday Naxxar will be playing against Qrendi and Attard against Sirens

On Saturday Sirens will play against Msida, and Naxxar will be playing against Attard.

Luxol humble Swieqi, Spartans maintain pressure

Luxol maintained the leadership of  the FMA Premier Division table after thumping Swieqi United 14-0 after another round of matches was played at the Corradino Pavillion.

Luxol dominated from the first whistle and it only took them only a short while  to break the deadlock. From there on, they dominated the proceedings to record the biggest win of the season.

Double strikes from Celino Alves, Florin Anton, George Frendo, Karl Saliba and William Barbosa together with Ibrahim Tarik, Dale Camilleri and two own-goals paved the way for Luxol’s eighth win of the season.







Hamrun Spartans kept the pressure on Luxol with a convincing 7-4 victory against neighbours Valletta.

The Citizens gave a mighty performance but on the day Hamrun proved to be stronger.

Valletta managed to break the deadlock early in the game through Xavier Saliba but two quickfire goals helped Hamrun turn the score before half-time.

It was another collective performance by the Spartans who had their newest acquisition, Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira in fine form as he netted a hat-trick.

Mohammed Elamari, Jovica Milijic, Rogerio dos Santos Filho and an own goal by Cedric Sciberras  were on the scoresheet as James Ciangura’s second-placed side provided an emphatic response to Luxol’s win the day before.

Denis di Maio hit the target three times to reduce the score for the Lilywhites.

It was the Spartans’ eighth win of the season as they continued their excellent recent form and provided further evidence they remain firmly in the title race with just one point separating them from Luxol.







Balzan kept some pressure on Luxol and Hamrun in the race for the Premier Division title with an 8-2 win over Gzira United.

Frane Despotovic scored a hat-trick while Marco Conti, Boycho Marev, Carl Azzopardi, Matthew Attard and Mark Zammit were also on the mark for the defending champions.

Alessio Restuccia scored a brace for Gzira but was later sent off after two yellow cards.

In a crucial basement clash, Mosta saw off Zebbug Rangers 9-3 to extend their advantage over their nearest relegation rivals.

This was a deserved victory for Mosta leaving Zebbug in serious relegation trouble.

Laszlo Hajossy was Mosta’s inspirational player as he scored a hat-trick while Gabor Balan, Matthew Borg, Francesco Ronsisvalle, Steve Ferriggi and Dylan Micallef completed the mission for their team.





Balzan restrain Valletta

Balzan consolidate their third place in the premiership in an incandescent encounter against Valletta.

Valletta were aiming to grab three points and reach Balzan.

Carl Azzopardi broke the deadlock for Balzan and minutes later Denis Di Maio levelled the matters for Valletta.

In the last minute of the first half, both teams scored in a very short period of time.

Valletta doubled the score through captain Xavier Saliba and player coach Boicho Marev mad it 2-2.

In the first minute of the second half, Boicho Marev again put Balzan ahead.

Glenn Bonello also found the net and made it 4-2.

Valletta’s reaction came  as Alan Borg put also his name on the scoreline for the Citizens.

In the end Balzan proved to be the better side and scored twice more through Frane Despotovic and Marco Conti.

Mellieħa stay top after dramatic win

Mellieħa clinched their 11th win in the First Division after dramatically seeing off Msida St Joseph 8-5 at the Corradino Pavillion.

It wasn’t an easy job for the Northerners as they had to turn the tables in the second half after falling down 3-2 before the break.

Msida even scored more goals in the second half as they were leading 5-3 with 4 minutes to go.

But a great comeback by Mellieħa helped them to score five consecutive goals to get the most important victory that keeps them top of the table three points clear of Lija who however have a game in hand.

Daniel Saliba inspired Mellieħa by hitting the target three times.

Other goals came from a brace by Nikolay Filipov, Darren Aitchinson, Nathaniel Borg and an own goal.

Msida scored through Herbert Spiteri, Marian Gologan, Noel Portelli and two own goals.

Naxxar Lions moved third in the table after a convincing 4-1 victory against Luqa St Andrews.

A double by Daniel Brincat, Christian Wismayer and Andrea Farrugia were the goal-getters for Naxxar Lions.

Mdina Knights bagged their third success of the season in style after having the better of Mqabba 4-1.

After gaining a 2-0 advantage before half-time, Mdina waited their opponents in defence and operated on counter attacks that resulted positively as Cleavon Portelli and new recruit Randall Vella were a continuous headache for the Mqabba rearguard.

Daniel Gafa, Randall Vella, Cleavon Portelli and Roberto Sarcia put their name on the score sheet for the Universitarians.

Steve Pace scored Mqabba’s only goal.





Spartans shock Champions, Valletta maintain winning streak

Balzan’s defence of the Premier Division title got an unexpected setback after they lost to an excellent Hamrun Spartans 7-2 in a match full of excitement and adrenaline.

Like a runner lapped before the bell, Balzan will soldier on but it is clear that this year they will face stiff competition from other teams as they will try to recover after suffering their second consecutive defeat.

The Spartans made the last part of the second half an ordeal for Balzan  with new Brazilian recruit Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira, known as Rafinha, being a continuous menace for his opponents’ rearguard.

Rafinha partnered a fantastic tandem with compatriot Rogerio dos Santos Filho as they resulted the main tormentors for Balzan’s defence.

Hamrun stunned the champions when taking the lead inside the opening 30 seconds. Rafinha was the catalyst as his powerful shot beat Farrugia to make it 1-0.

Despite the initial setback, Balzan reacted and managed to level matters when Italian Marco Conti found the net after a good counter attack.

The Champions were now pressing forward and found the advantage goal before the break through Glenn Bonello after a good one-two with Karl Azzopardi.

In the second half, Balzan tried to maintain their offensive plan but Hamrun managed to grab the equalizer and it was again Rafinha who illuminated the proceedings with an inch-perfect lob that gave  no chance to Farrugia.

This equalizer turned the tide of the match as Hamrun produced a remarkable reaction and managed to turn the tables when substiture Mohammed Elamari netted his team’s third goal.

Balzan were stunned and it was no surprise that Hamrun scored another one through Chris Cardona who tapped in a Rogerio pass.

The champions opted for the flying keeper in order to instill pressure on the Spartans’ defensive department.

But through this move Hamrun managed to score twice from Rafinha and Chris Cardona who hit the target after finding their opponents’ net exposed.

Balzan were unlucky to hit the post twice from Bonello and Marev in the final minutes of the match.

Seconds from the end, Brazilian Rogerio sealed the issue from close range following a great pass by Chris Cardona.

The final whistle brought with it an explosion of joy amongst the Hamrun clan who temporarily move first in the table after this hard-fought win.

Meanwhile, Valletta maintained their good form of late when they defeated Swieqi United 8-6.

This win helped the Citizens to reach their same opponents on the 12 point mark and push forward for a place in the play-offs.

Xavier Saliba hit a hat-trick, Melvin Borg netted a brace while Bryan Deguara, Denis di Maio and Shawn Vella were on target for Valletta.

Three braces by Velibor Milicic, Fredrik Johansson and Paul Hyzler were on the mark for Swieqi.

Six-goal Kaca leaves Zebbug spellbound, Mosta turn tables in the second half

Endrit Kaca took his scoring prowess to yet another level on, as Qormi thrashed Zebbug Rangers 12-6  in the derby to gain the fifth place in the standings.

The Yellow-Blacks already led 7-3 before the break and the 24 year-old Albanian international put the result beyond doubt by scoring twice in the first half.

Kaca added four more after the break, while substitute Allen Medati, newcomer Dario Zampa and Basil Onuta each added a pair.

Zebbug tried to get back into the match scoring some goals to reduce the margin but were always left trailing behind their opponents.

Zebbug’s goals came from a Jamie Portelli double and other strikes from Jason Mifsud, Ricky Zammit, Bernard Bonnici and Gorg Borg.

Mosta produced a stunning second-half display to see off Gzira United 4-3 to move three points away from them in the table.

Mosta looked on course for back-to-back league defeats when Luke Stivala gave Gzira a deserved half-time lead.

But Ryan Buhagiar levelled straight from the kick-off at the start of the second period and this goal paved the way to Mosta’s resurgence.

Goals from Diego Gomes de Mello, Armando Gjepali and Gabor Balan eventually put their team in the driving seat.

Gzira managed to reduce the arrears through a brace by Alessio Restuccia and produced a late rally. However the Maroons’ last frantic efforts were in vain as Mosta controlled the proceedings to record their second win of the season.

Malta lose heavily, Latvia progress

Malta conceded another heavy defeat in the EURO Futsal qualifiers after Mark Marlow’s boys were humbled by Latvia 8-0 in a Group E match at the Corradino Pavillion.

Latvia had to score more than three goals during this match to make sure of their progress in the competition.

Their hopes of a positive result yesterday were all but blown away by the Latvians who were already four goals ahead by the 2nd minute.

A hat-trick by Andres Aleksejevs, a brace from Arturs Jerofejevs and Maksims Sens, Andrejs Sustrovs were the goal-getters for Latvia.

Latvia go first in Group E on seven points like England but have a better goal difference., Andorra placed third with three points while Malta remain rooted to the bottom of the group with no points from three matches.

MaltaMatthew Mifsud, Giancarlo Sammut,, Chris Cardona, Dale Camilleri, Jovica Milijic, Nicola Del Re, Melvin Borg, Mark Zammit, Xavier Saliba, Matteo Desira Buttigieg, Nicholas Farrugia,Luke Stivala, Jason Gauci.

Coach: Mark Marlow

Latvia:  Algars Bondars , Antons Astrahancevs, Maksims Sens, Igor Avanesovs, Germans Matjusenko, Oskars Ikstens, Jurijis Arhipovs-Prokofjevs, Igors Dacko, Andrejs Sustrovs, Arturs Sustrovs, Arturs Jerofejevs, Sergejs Nagibinis, Artjoms Kolesnikovs, Igor Lapkovskis

Referee 1: Yusif Nurullayev (Azerbaijan)

Referee 2: Josip Barton (Macedonia)

Third Official: Gabor Kovacs (Hungary)

Timekeeper: Robert Darmanin (Malta)

Malta suffers against Andorra



Andorra …. 4

Malta ……… 0


Andorra: 1 Aitor Rubio (GK), 2 Jordi Ferreiro, 3 Oscar Neira, 4 Joaquin Salvat, 6 Ignacio Llamas, Jonathan Perez, 8 Marcal Raventos, 9 Jorge Manuel Dias, 10 Carlos Manuel Barbosa, 11 Diogenes Lino, 13 Andre Ferreira (GK), 14 Omar Debboun, 15 Eric Mesquita, 18 Arnau Rodruguez

Coach: Xavier De La Rosa

Malta: 1 Matthew Mifsud (GK), 2 Giancarlo Sammut, 3 Chris Cardona, 4  Dale Camilleri, 5 Jovica Milijic, 7 Nicola Del Re, 8 Melvin Borg, 9 Mark Zammit, 10 Xavier Saliba, 11 Matteo Desira Buttigieg, 12 Nicholas Farrugia (GK), 13 Luke Stivala, 14 Jason Gauci.

Coach: Mark Marlow


Andorra had the most of the ball possession, even though the Maltese players offered some kind of resistance throughout the whole match. It was a hard night for the Maltese National Team who suffered the second defeat in the Uefa Futsal Euro 2016 Preliminary Round.

Andorra found the net through braces from Carlos Manuel Barbosa and Ignacio Llamas.

For Malta,Nicola Del Re hit the post twice and Jovica Milijic hit the bar from a free-kick on the D’s line .

On Saturday Andorra will face England,  while Malta will face Latvia.

Both England and Latvia will put all their efforts to win with a high score to obtain the qualification from Group E.

The winner of Group E will join Russia, Netherlands and Boznia Herzegovina in Group 1 in the Main Round Draw.

Four goals scored as spoils are shared

The spoils were shared in the top clash at the Corradino Pavillion between qualification chasers Latvia and England . The two sides shared four goals in a keenly contested match which, however, only came to life near the end of the first half.

Latvia were the best team in the first half as they scored two goals in the first half with England producing a comeback and managing to level the matters in the second half.

Andrejs Sustrovs put Latvia ahead on 11 minutes and Oscar Ikstens doubled the score two minutes later.

30 seconds afterwards Stuart Cook reduced the arrears for England with the same player balancing the encounter in the second half.

England : James Dalton, Ben Mortlock, Agon Rexha, Richard Ward, George Nash, Ian Parkes, David Jennings, Luke Ballinger, William Rooke, James Webb, Toluwanimi Sotonye, Stuart Cook, Jordan Parker, William Gay.

Latvia:  Algars Bondars , Antons Astrahancevs, Maksims Sens, Igor Avanesovs, Germans Matjusenko, Oskars Ikstens, Jurijis Arhipovs-Prokofjevs, Igors Dacko, Andrejs Sustrovs, Arturs Sustrovs, Arturs Jerofejevs, Sergejs Nagibinis, Artjoms Kolesnikovs, Igor Lapkovskis

Referee 1: Yusif Nurullayev (Azerbaijan)

Referee 2: Josip Barton (Macedonia)

Third Official: Gabor Kovacs (Hungary)

Timekeeper: Robert Darmanin (Malta)