Month: December 2015

Electric Spartans crush Qrendi, Lija convince

Hamrun Spartans resumed their perfect run of five consecutive wins in the Gatorade Futsal League after a massive 22-3 scoreline against Qrendi.
The Spartans dominated completely the proceedings and gave Qrendi no chance to enter into the game.
Raphinha was Hamrun’s inspirational player as he netted eight goals. His Brazilian counterpart Michel Melo Jose was also in fine form as he hit the target six times.
On the other hand, Rodrigo Ticz Patricio hit a poker as Robert Fenech and George Frendo scored a brace.

Michel Melo Jose scores one of Hamrun's goals
Michel Melo Jose scores one of Hamrun’s goals

Antonello Brincat, Craig Pickard and Owen Fiteni reduced the score for Qrendi.
Meanwhile, Lija Athletic continued to convince as they saw off Zebbug Rangers 5-1.
Iranian international Ebrahim Massoudi was in the limelight as he scored four goals while Redeemer Borg added another one.
Philip Okowfu reduced the arrears for Zebbug.

Chavi Montes Burgos tries to get past two Zebbug players
Chavi Montes Burgos tries to get past two Zebbug players

Msida sign Serbian midfielder

Msida St Joseph Futsal have moved to strengthen their collective options after snapping up Serbian midfielder Milan Balovic.
The 24 year old, Balovic already has some futsal experience after making several appearances for FC Vozdovac, FC Beograd, FC Zemun and FC Zeleznik Lavovi.
Asked about his new experience with a Maltese club, Balovic has a clear objective.
“I will do my best to keep the team’s winning streak. I want to give my contribution for Msida to finish among the top six of the Gatorade Futsal League.”
Msida managed to win three out of four matches played and are currently fifth in the standings.
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Rampant Valletta maintain positive run

Valletta joined Hamrun and Luxol at the summit of the Gatorade Futsal League standings after outclassing Msida St Joseph 9-3.
It was a classic encounter between two teams that managed to win the first three matches of the season and this was considered as the match of the week.
The Citizens dominated the first half especially when attacking fiercely in front of goal to expose Msida’s defensive frailties.
On the other hand, the Sea-siders relied on some effective counter-attacks that at times resulted effective.
The game was three minutes old as Jovica Milijic broke the deadlock for the Lilywhites when his grounder finished at the back of the net.
Msida didn’t take so long to level the matters as Armando Gjepali found the ball on his feet as he unleashed a shot that gave no chance to Cuschieri.
However Msida’s joy was shortlived as Valletta once again were through when Denis di Maio controlled the ball well as he fired a fierce drive that surprised Msida’s keeper to regain the advantage.
Substitute Dylan Musu converted a freekick to score Valletta’s third goal.
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Msida were relying on Floren Manea’s incursions and in one of them they managed to reduce the arrears as the Romanian fired home a Ryan Xuereb’s pass.
This goal didn’t break the Citizens’ hearts as they continued to surge forward and add three more goals through Dylan Musu, Mohammed Elamari and Jovica Milijic before the break.
Msida were a different lot in the second half as they pushed forward in search of more goals.
And it was again Floren Manea that stole the show as he slotted the ball into the net after a good move by Mendes da Silva.
But it was not long until Valletta scored three quickfire goals from Elamari, Di Maio and Pace to rubberstamp their fourth victory of the campaign.
The full time whistle saw the Valletta fans euphoric for this important win that ensured their perfect run since the start of the season.
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Massive wins for play-off contenders

Lija recorded the biggest win of the week in the Gatorade Futsal League after a mammoth 14-2 victory over Marsascala.
This win enabled Lija to return to winning ways after their previous upset against Luxol ,
A hat-trick each for Chavi Montes Burgos, Luke Stivala and Kurt Bartolo paved the way for the Athletic’s emphatic victory at the Corradino Pavilion.
Nicola del Re netted a brace while Redeemer Borg, Zeljko Anicic and Darren Aitchinson also put their names on the score sheet.
Daryl Muscat and Steve Gambin scored Marsascala’s consolation goals.

Chavi Montes Burgos scores one of Lija's goals
Chavi Montes Burgos scores one of Lija’s goals

Title seekers Hamrun also won by a massive margin after a 12-1 rout of basement team Gozo.
Michel Melo Jose scored a poker for the winners as Raphinha helped himself to a hat-trick.
George Frendo, Rodrigo, Jason Mifsud, Daniel Mifsud and Ibrahim Tarik were also among the scorers for the Spartans.
Jamie Abdilla scored Gozo’s solitary goal.
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Meanwhile, Luxol obtained their fourth win of the campaign after hammering Mqabba 9-2.
This was the third consecutive defeat for Mqabba.
The latter’s task was hampered by doubles from Mark Zammit, Frane Despotovic and William Barbosa while Zvezdan Vukovic, Glenn Bonello and Clint Cope got the other goals.

Injury prevents star players to shine

Two players who have graced successfully the Corradino Pavillion  with their sublime futsal skills are battling with some recent injuries that since then have prevented them from marking effectively their presence with their respective teams.

Luxol’s Celino Alves last official presence was during the UEFA Futsal Cup and hasn’t played since suffering a knee injury in November, five days  before the  Super Cup against Lija.

“I was training with my team before the Gatorade Super Cup final and I felt a muscle strain in my groin.”

A groin strain is a tear or rupture to any one of the adductor muscles resulting pain in the inner thigh.

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Since then, Alves is having his final phase of rehabilitation. He is recovering very well and is doing everything to get back into the game.

“I am taking this rehabilitation with calm and patience. Thanks to God, doctors and physiotherapists are treating me well and I am responding well to the treatment.”

The Brazilian player, who has also played for Hibernians Futsal, is looking forward for his second spell with Luxol.

“I am awaiting eagerly my return in futsal. I want to return playing futsal in no time but I still need to be 100% to do so.”

Meanwhile, despite marking his official debut with Swieqi three days ago, playmaker Boicho Marev is still battling an ankle injury.

When contacted by this website, Marev showed his satisfaction after netting a hat-trick in his first official match with Swieqi.

“Scoring goals is important. That’s why we play. It’s part of the game.”

“I am happy that I contributed to my team’s success.”

In spite of this, the Bulgarian international is concerned about his injury.

“I am not at ease with this pain. I tried every kind of remedy but I still feel a bit of discomfort.”

When asked about his initial experience with Swieqi, Marev seemed concentrated.

“I want to help Swieqi place themselves among the top teams in the Championship. The team needs me and I want to reciprocate this trust in return”
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Rangers are well administered by Novoa Perez

Another brace for Anton Novoa Perez was definitely the important stepping stone to bring the Rangers to the winning ways. Ricky Zammit, Karsten Cilia and Jonathan Sammut added more goals for Zebbug.
Sliema managed to pull some goals back through two braces by Paul Bugeja and Darren Agius.
Next week’s commitment for Zebbug Rangers will be a hard test against Lija Athletic. Sliema will benefit from a week break before facing off Qrendi, who are still finding their first winning points.

Another convincing victory for Swieqi

Swieqi United made their 3rd win out of 4 league games played, when they saw off Qrendi’s challenge with a convincing 7-3 scoreline. Swieqi also had Boicho Marev’s debut who returned from an ankle injury and managed to grab a hat trick on the night.

Swieqi’s Boicho Marev and Daniel Sant had a good chance to take an early lead. Qrendi took the lead when Alan Spiteri chipped a ball over Karl Balzan which found the back of the net. Swieqi reacted fiercly and both Marev and Andre Cianco had good chances to level the matters. Qrendi was very close to a two-goal lead only to see their chance saved off the line by Dylan Micallef.

A great build up between Marev and Sant with the latter who levelled the matters on the 13th minute and this led to a flourish of chances to Swieqi which just couldn’t find the back of the net! On the 18th minute Marev grabbed his first of the night with a thunder shot that gave the Qrendi keeper no chance and put Swieqi 2-1. Qrendi’s efforts to find an equaliser in the remaining seconds before the break, put Balzan on high alert. However with just 12 seconds remaining, Qrendi found an equaliser through Spiteri.

The second half was all one way traffic for Swieqi who again missed numerous chances. Marev added his second and third goal of the night in the second and 12th minute. Swieqi sealed their win through Fredrick Johanson and Cristian Hurtado Sanchez’ quick brace. Alan Spiteri also had a hat-trick and scored Qrendi’s third goal with only few seconds remaining.

Another disappointment for Mdina Knights

It was another night to forget for the Knights, who suffered their second consecutive defeat. When contacted by this site, Mdina’s coach, Kyle Sultana, showed his disappointment with the performance of his players in the first half.

Sirens had a double advantage through a two quick passing activities with Leonard Zammit and Sam Vella putting the ball at the back of the net. Mdina pulled one back, when from Debono’s corner, Cleaven Portelli smashed it into the net. Just before the half time whistle, from a rebound Antoine Galea made it 3-1 for Sirens.

Mdina had a brighter second half as they managed to level the matters through Leo Muscat, and goalkeeper Matthew Gatt, who played as a flying keeper for the last 15 minutes.

Khail Drago restored the advantage for Sirens and put Mdina in trouble. In fact Mdina’s Rodney Debono was sent off after protesting persistently with the referee for a presumed handball by Drago. Debono was followed by Sultana, who was also sent off for protesting.

Sirens’ super sub goalkeeper Roderick Mascena caught Matthew Gatt out of his position and scored in the last three seconds of play. Mascena was also sent off for excessive celebrations and taking off his shirt in court.

The end result of 5-3 gave Sirens their second consecutive win and also helped them in reaching Mdina Knights in the league’s table.