Month: January 2016

Title rivals stay on winning path

Title challengers Luxol St Andrews and Hamrun Spartans ended matchday 10 of the Gatorade Futsal League on a high note after deserved wins over Swieqi and Msida St Joseph respectively.
Both teams have another match to play before their direct clash on February 9.
Leaders Luxol beat Swieqi United 6-0 to maintain their two-point lead over second-placed Hamrun.
The St Andrews side hit the ground running and managed to score six times from Zvezdan Vukovic, Frane Despotovic, Mark Zammit, Carl Azzopardi, William Barbosa and an own goal.
This was Luxol’s tenth victory of the season as they continued to maintain their perfect record.
In an interesting clash Hamrun Spartans had the better of Msida as they beat them 9-4 to keep up the chase behind leaders Luxol.
Msida gave a good account of themselves as in one moment they were on level terms 3-3.
Hamrun reacted fiercely and managed to score crucial goals that gave them the final victory.
Brazilian duo Raphinha and Rodrigo scored a brace while Michel Melo Jose, Michael Spiteri, Andy Mangion, Joan Losada and Peter Pullicino added more goals for the Spartans.
Msida pulled some goals back from a Paulo Mendes da Silva hat-trick and another from Christopher Arturo Navarro.

Superb second half earns Lilywhites great win

A superb second-half performance from the Citizens earned them a 9-0 win over Zebbug Rangers in another match played from the Gatorade Futsal League.

Valletta battled all over the court and thoroughly deserved all three points to register their eighth success of the season.

Jovica Milijic surged Valletta ahead on 3:50 minutes while Spanish Cristian Cuadros Silva doubled the score one minute later.
The Lilywhites were unlucky not to score more goals as they hit the post twice through Musu and Milijic.
Zebbug pressed forward and had Anton Novoa Perez hitting the woodwork on 12 minutes.
After a 2-0 advantage before the break, Valletta were in devastating mode in the second half as they were on target three times in two minutes through a Denis di Maio double and Mohammed Elamari .

Valletta looked in the mood and added four more goals as Dylan Musu netted a brace while Jurgen Pace and Liam Cachia were also on the scoresheet.

In another match Sirens climbed eighth in the table after a 5-2 victory over Marsascala.
George Chircop was in fine form for the St Paul’s Bay side as he struck a hat-trick.
Luca Pullicino and Bernard Sciberras were also on the mark for Sirens.

Steve Gambin and Andre Mamo replied back for Marsascala

Lija still in the title race, the Knights keep on struggling for a win

The village of Lija, which is a locality with close connections with citrus fruits, had his futsal team introducing a white and orange away kit.

For Lija Athletic it was an important win against Mqabba, which was confirmed in the second half.

In the first half Lija pushed forward, hit the post twice and faced Mqabba’s goal keeper Malcolm Schembri who did all kind of saves. Nevertheless Lija broke the deadlock through Nicola Del Re.

From a Lija’s defensive mistake, Borja Lopez Fernandez stole the ball, ran along the whole touchline and scored for Mqabba.

In the last 30 seconds, Lija were again on the lead through Ebrahim Massoudi’s goal.

In the second half, Lija Athletic took over and Endrit Kaca scored three goals in a short period of time. Lydon Baldacchino scored the second and final goal for Mqabba.

Lija sealed their win with braces for Nicola Del Re and Redeemer Borg, another goal from Nikolay Filipov and Endrit Kaca who hit a poker.

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Sliema Wanderers kept on the winning track, this time against Mdina Knights. Even though the Knights played very well throughout the whole match, they found it difficult to grab the third win of the season.

Sliema’s Eslam Khalifa was in a very good form and marked a hat-trick, together with Darren Agius who scored Sliema’s second goal.

Mdina Knights reduced the arrears through Daniel Gafa and Leo Muscat’s goals.

So close and yet so far for Gozo FC

In yesterday’s battle of the basement between Qrendi and Gozo, both teams were looking to bag the three important points in the league. Gozo were very near to obtain the first winning match but in the second half Qrendi came back positively.

The Gozitans broke the deadlock through Godwin Buttigieg, while Antonello Brincat levelled the matters. Two minutes from the end of the first half, Buttigieg scored his second goal, putting the Gozitans on the lead.

The second half started off with both sets of teams having their chances to take the lead, with Qrendi coming closer to score.  Unfortunately Marvin Cucciardi deflected an own goal which faded Gozo’s hope of having their first win against Qrendi. Alan Spiteri and Craig Pickard were absolutely at their best and netted the important goals of the match.

Both teams had a player sent off, as Qrendi’s Alan Spiteri was shown a red card and Gozo’s Gilmore Buttigieg received the second yellow card.

Qrendi now move up in the table, together with Mqabba, Mdina and Marsascala who also have six points.

Tonight’s matches at the Corradino Sport Pavillion:

19:45 Mqabba vs Lija Athletic

21:30 Sliema Wanderers vs Mdina Knights

Cantering wins for Valletta and Hamrun

There were expected wins for the big teams as the Gatorade League resumed yesterday.
A twelve-goal spurt in the second half, after they had led 6-1 at the end of the opening 20 minutes, laid the basis for a comfortable Hamrun Spartans victory over Mdina Knights in the first match of the programme.
As was expected, the Spartans possessed superior qualities, translated in speed and scoring power. To this, Mdina had no answer, despite their battling disposition.
A leeway of eighteen goals were scored by the Spartans for whom top scorer Raphinha was the author of six goals.
On the other hand, Michel Melo Jose hit a treble, George Frendo and Andy Mangion scored a brace while Joan Losada Teruel, Peter Pullicino, Rodrigo Ticz Patricio and Robert Fenech also participated in Hamrun’s goal scoring spree.
Kurt Drackard, after netting an own goal, found the time to score the Knights’ consolation goals together with Ryan Micallef to close the gap to a final 18-2 scoreline.

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Valletta recorded a 13-0 win against Marsascala.
There was no doubt about the potent play of the team guided from the bench by Clayton Felice.
The Citizens were in uncompromising mood and judging from the 12-0 scoreline before the break, they cantered away to an emphatic victory.
In the second half, Valletta lowered their tempo as they managed to score one more goal to return to winning ways and maintain the third spot in the table.
The Lilywhites’ goals came from four braces by Denis di Maio, Mohammed Elamari, Jurgen Pace and Xavier Saliba as Dylan Musu, Melvin Borg, Ricardo Ortega Toro, Jovica Milijic and Daniel Brincat were also on the mark.

Mammoth win for Luxol, Lija maintain pace

Luxol scored very much at will to dump Gozo FC 24-0 , thus keeping up the usual one-sided affairs in the first phase of the competition.
A dominant approach heralded Luxol’s whitewashing victory as they opened their goal-scoring spree very early in the match.

The Gozitans had no option but to play out their possession game. They were already 12 goals down by the time the teams shifted sides.
For statistical purposes, Luxol registered the biggest win of the season so far and in so doing they had a total of 9 names in the scorers’ list.
William Barbosa alone scored 8 goals, Carl Azzopardi hit the target six times, Clint Cope, Mark Zammit and Zvezdan Vukovic marked a brace while Celino Alves, Florin Anton, Glenn Bonello, Matthew Attard added more goals for the St Andrews side.
Lija Athletics continued their positive track as they saw off Sirens 9-2.
Despite their loss, the St Paul’s Bay outfit gave their fair share in the game and managed to create some goal scoring opportunities.
However Lija Athletics used their experience and managed to score goals in the critical periods of the match.
Endrit Kaca, Ebrahim Massoudi netted a brace as Gary Inguanez, Kurt Bartolo, Redeemer Borg, Nicola del Re and Nikolay Filipov were also on the mark for the Athletics.
Leonard Zammit and Antoine Galea reduced the gap for Sirens.
The Gatorade Futsal League resumes today as Mdina Knights have a tough task ahead when they face Hamrun Spartans (kick-off 20.00 hrs).
In the late kick-off, Valletta are expected to return to winning ways as they entertain Marsascala.

Sliema’s Ribic stole the show, Swieqi high up with style

In a very hard fought encounter, Sliema came over Mqabba winning 5-3.
The Wanderers started dictating the game but Mqabba’s reaction put them back into the game. Mqabba opened the score, when Borja Lopez Fernandez received the ball from a corner and netted his first goal of the match for Mqabba.
Aleksander Ribic who was left alone in the penalty area, leveled the matters with a power-shot from a short distance. Sliema had another scoring opportunity from a free kick outside the penalty area, which went up high.
Mqabba missed to score a kick from the second penalty spot when Etienne Rodo hit the post. Mqabba had another kick from the second penalty spot scored from Borja Lopez Fernandez.
In the second half Sliema took over and Ribic scored three more goals and missed a kick from the second penalty spot.
Two minutes from the end, Miguel Alcaraz reduced the arrears for Mqabba.
In the last minute Ribic missed another kick from the second penalty spot, which was well saved by goalkeeper Schembri.
In the remainig sixteen seconds Frankie Xerri scored Sliema’s final goal again from a kick from the second penalty spot.

In the second match of the day Swieqi had another stunning performance, resulting in another important win against Msida.
After 15 minutes of play, Gabor Balan opened the score for Swieqi from a direct free kick.
Diego Gomes de Mello doubled the score from the kick from the second penalty spot.
Msida reduced the score through Ryan Xuereb’s goal. Swieqi were immediately given a foul and Boicho Marev was denied from the goalkeeper from the second penalty spot.
In the beginning of the second half, Herbert Spiteri leveled the matters.
Msida were awarded a penalty, taken by Paulo Mendes da Silva and well saved by Swieqi’s goalkeeper Keith Cassar Jackson.
Omar Toutoungi put again Swieqi on the lead. Few minutes later, Msida lost the chance to level again the matters, when Matthew Dingli was denied by the woodwork.
Diego Gomez de Mello scored another goal for Swieqi and for the last five minutes Msida opted for Matthew Dingli as their fying keeper.
In the dying minutes Boicho Marev caught Dingli out of place and scored into an empty net. The same Marev came face to face with the goalkeeper and put the ball at the back of the net, sealing the end result of 6-2.

Zebbug climb up, after a superb balanced encounter

Both Zebbug and Qrendi gave a fascinating balanced performance, in a game which was decided in the second half.

It was after only four minutes of play that Qrendi went on the lead through Alan Spiteri’s goal. Zebbug Rangers gave a prompt response through Anton Novoa Perez, who definitely turned out to be the man of the match.

Qrendi was leading the first half of the game with another goal from Alan Spiteri and more goals from Ronald Spina, Morad El-Torshi, Jonathan Xerri and Craig Pickard’s first goal. Ricky Zammit, debutant Radnor Farrugia and Jamie Portelli continued to deduct the score line for Zebbug.

During the second half, the Rangers gave a boost and Novoa Perez’s help to his team mates resulted in the fourth win of the season. This Spanish player scored three more goals, together with Jamie Portelli and Radnor Farrugia who scored their second goal in the match.

Meanwhile Antonello Brincat and once again Craig Pickard scored for Qrendi.

Top-notch Luxol, Swieqi continue to step up

Full points for Luxol who remain the sole leaders of the league with full points, after bearing Msida 11-1. Their excellent performance was sealed with Florin Anton’s hat-trick, braces from Glenn Bonello, Celino Alves and Mark Zammit and two more goals scored by William Barbosa and Karl Azzopardi.

Msida’s Clayton Farrugia deducted the score when Luxol were two goals ahead in the first fraction of the first half.

Luxol’s next match will be against Gozo, a very challenging one for the Gozitans who are still at the bottom.

Swieqi gave little chance to Mdina, as they mastered the game with hat-tricks by Boicho Marev Gabor Balan and Christian Wismayer, together with three more goals scored by Omar Toutoungi, Timothy Gingell and Christian Hurtado Sanchez.

Mdina’s only goal was scored by Ryan Micallef.

Thus Swieqi reached Lija Athletic placed fourth, also with 18 points, two points ahead of Msida. Swieqi’s next delicate confrontation will be against the same Msida.

Mdina on the other hand, have a quite challenging game against Hamrun Spartans who are only two points behind leaders Luxol.

A Closer Look at… Mario Camilleri (President – Lija Athletic Futsal)

Name: Mario Camilleri
Born on March 11th 1970
Director of three companies.
Personal Motto: Try your utmost and accept reality with a challenge.

Describe yourself in a few words.
I am an organized person with a professional mentality and determined to achieve goals.
What brought you to futsal?
Edward Bartolo is a very convincing person I must say, he kept insisting until he managed to ensure that the team he truly loves keeps marching on!
What do you think about this game?
I fell in love with futsal because it is a fast non stop action sport and requires stamina and skills.
How are you finding the atmosphere at Lija Ath?
As soon as I became President I started doing the changes to build a club not for one season but with a long term plan.12191963_490280977816909_9145065021382056637_n
Are you satisfied with what the team has done so far?
As months go by whilst the season is progressing with hard work and professional training our team is getting better and better.
You brought two new acquisitions that have strengthened this team…

We are always looking to keep on building a strong squad and the two new foreigners will surely put on a challenge within the team so that no one thinks he has an easy place in the team and thus training hard keeps the squad at a high level.886870_1208834492465743_6239586225449770594_o
What are your future ambitions?
Our ambitions are to be part of the top elites and become a self-sufficient club with hope to win silverware in the near future