Month: January 2016

Debutant Kaca stars in Lija fightback

Albanian international Endrit Kaca scored a brace on his debut as Lija Athletic fought back from a two-goal deficit to beat Valletta 3-2 yesterday.
The win kept Kevin Mifsud’s boys as firm favourites to clinch a place in the top six and helped to narrow the gap on the Citizens by only one point.
Cristian Cuadros Silva had given a 1-0 lead at the break as Jovica Milijic added another one on 26 minutes.
Minutes before both teams were unlucky not to score as Dylan Musu (Valletta) and Kurt Bartolo (Lija) hit the post after some fast breaks .
Gary Inguanez reduced the scoreline for the Athletics as a Kaca’s double turned the tables for Lija when he smacked home the winner 1:10 minutes from the death.
“I never imagined having a day like this, it really was a dream,” Kaca told this website.
“This team was united for this match and we had the desire to win. For me it is great playing with Lija. I really enjoyed it.
Lija have a great project which I would like to be part of it.”
Meanwhile Hamrun took the top of the Gatorade Futsal League standings as the league top scorer Raphael Ortiz de Oliveira smashed a hat-trick in their 13-7 thrashing of Mqabba.
It wasn’t an easy win for the Spartans as Kevin Loughborough’s boys gave their all despite having a number of players missing for this game.
Hamrun managed to break the deadlock but Mqabba’s reacted swiftly to level the matters.
After installing a 6-2 advantage before half-time, Hamrun conceded some fast counter-attacks as Mqabba fought back to score two more goals.
In came George Frendo who proved to be the Spartans inspirational player as he scored two quickfire goals to push his team forward to victory.
Raphinha and Frendo struck a hat-trick each, Rodrigo, Daniel Mifsud and Jason Mifsud netted a brace while Michel Melo Jose added another one for the Red/Blacks.
Mqabba replied back through a hat-trick by Etienne Rodo, a brace by Fabio Grech and Borja Lopez Fernandez.
The Gatorade Futsal League resumes today with two matches as champions Luxol aim to bounce back at the top of the table when they face Msida while in the late kick-off Swieqi cross swords with Mdina.

Valletta face Lija in crunchy encounter

Valletta and Lija will be all out for the three points tonight (kick-off 21.30 hrs) as the two teams cross swords in this week’s biggest clash.
Both teams secured a win in their last encounters against Sliema and Qrendi respectively.

Although it is very early in the season, a good result could be vital for both teams and would be a good tonic for the rest of the campaign.
Valletta are still unbeaten in the league as they collected 19 points from seven matches and are sharing the second spot of the table with Hamrun Spartans.
The Citizens may include their new acquisitions Gaetano Mallia and Shawn Vella for this match.
Clayton Felice, the Valletta mentor, can rely on all the squad for this match.
On their part, Lija are passing from a bright patch having won their last four encounters. They have gathered 15 points from 7 matches and are joint fifth in the standings alongside Swieqi.
Lija’s coach, Kevin Mifsud will be boasted by the addition of two quality players, Endrit Kaca and Nikolay Filipov.
This website contacted two key players in their respective teams, Valletta’s Cristian Cuadros Silva and Lija’s Nicola del Re.
The Spanish striker, who has netted four goals for the Lilywhites, is aware of their important task tonight.
“I think that tonight’s match is important for us. If we win we can increase our advantage on Lija to 7 points and face the future matches with a certain degree of comfort.”
Despite all this, Cuadros Silva is conscious of their daunting task ahead.
“We know that Lija have good players and have strengthened their squad with two great players. We are considering them as direct rivals for the play-offs spot.”
On the other hand, Valletta are concentrated to the maximum for this clash.
“We have been training hard and prepared well for this match. We are focused to produce an excellent match.”
On a personal note, the Spanish player is happy with Valletta.
“I like the atmosphere here at Valletta FC. It is a team that has a project and an ambition to do better. Every member of the team transmits passion and is working hard to achieve its goals.”

Meanwhile, Nicola del Re is looking forward for this clash against Valletta.
“The match against Valletta came at the right time of the season for us because we re-shuffled the whole squad from last year. We are really motivated and looking forward for this match.”
Even the Athletics are training hard to achieve their ambitions for this clash.
“We worked very hard during this week’s training sessions and I hope we show our progress on the court.”
Asked about their two new players, Del Re said,
“Our new signings Kaca and Filipov integrated very well in the squad. They found a very organised team and friendly players and we welcomed them from the very first day. They will surely give us a good boost throughout the whole season.”
Finally, the former Lija player/coach is respecting their opponents.
” Valletta is a very good side. They are second at the moment and we are in fifth in the table. Without doubt we are considered as the underdogs. But we always respect our opponents and at the same time not being afraid of our opponents.”
A sizeable crowd is expected to head to the Corradino Pavillion to watch this thriller.
Before this match, Hamrun Spartans will face Mqabba in the early kick-off (19.45hrs)

Swieqi United and Laszlo Hajossy part ways

Swieqi United announces the departure of Laszlo Hajossy as player coach from the Futsal team after the club and coach in question have parted ways. The club would like to thank Laszlo for his time and contribution that he has given the club and the team and wish him the best of luck for the future.

The team will now be led by Kenneth Fiteni as coach with his first game being on Friday against Mdina Knights assisted by Nikola Farrugia.

Qrendi break their duck, Sirens stun Wanderers

Qrendi notched their first three points of the season with a comfortable victory over a Marsascala side which found the going tough.
The winners were determined to register the victory as they dominated possession for long periods and succeeded to break the deadlock after being awarded a penalty.
From there on, Qrendi surged forward and managed to score consecutive goals to install a 7-1 advantage before half-time.
In the second half, the plan of the match didn’t change as they scored five more goals to make sure of the first win of the season.
Five goals by Antonello Brincat, a poker for Craig Pickard, a double by Alan Spiteri and a goal from Morad El-Torshi paved the way for Qrendi’s emphatic victory.
Justin Mifsud, Shaun Ebejer and Franklin Abela were the goal-getters for Marsascala.
Meanwhile, Sirens stunned Sliema Wanderers as they beat them 2-1.
This win helped the former to leapfrog their opponents and climb to the seventh position of the table.
Aleksandar Ribic surged the Wanderers ahead, while Antoine Galea and George Chircop managed to turn the tables for the St Paul’s Bay side.

Rangers leave it late to grab the three points

Zebbug Rangers registered their third success of the season after seeing off Gozo FC 5-2.
The Gozitans proved a hard nut to crack for the Rangers as they continued to improve in their futsal abilities most particularly in the defensive department.
Zebbug played the game but found Gozitan keeper Jamie Abdilla in fine form as he denied his opponents with a string of good saves.
The Rangers, who had Joseph Chetcuti sent off, took only 45 seconds to break the deadlock through Anton Novoa Perez.
Everyone thought of a goal-scoring spree from Zebbug, but this was not the case as Gozo were venturing forward with some good counter-attacks.
Despite all this, Jamie Portelli managed to double the score after receiving from Novoa Perez.
Godwin Buttigieg reduced the scoreline for the Gozitans until Novoa Perez restored the lead after scoring from the second penalty mark.
Second before the break Buttigieg hit the target another time to score Gozo’s second goal.
In the second half, Zebbug continued to dominate the match with Gozo FC defending boldly.
Their resistence lasted for 15 minutes as Novoa Perez completed his hat-trick with Jonathan Scerri adding another one for Zebbug.

Valletta, Hamrun keep flying high

Valletta and Hamrun Spartans maintained their good form of late in the Gatorade Futsal League after seeing off Sliema  and Sirens respectively at the Corradino Sports Pavilion to consolidate their second position in the standings.

Valletta overcame another hurdle in this campaign as they saw off Sliema Wanderers 8-0.

The Wanderers tried hard to stay in the match but on the day the Citizens proved stronger.

The latter took command of the proceedings and managed to score through a brace by Melvin Borg, Jovica Milijic, Xavier Saliba, Cristian Cuadros Silva, Liam Cachia, Jurgen Pace and Denis di Maio.

This win helped Valletta to preserve their unbeaten record and look forward for the clash against Lija Athletic next week.

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Meanwhile, Hamrun Spartans, their nearest rivals,  continued with their winning streak after hammering Sirens 13-4.

Attacking duo George Frendo and Raphinha struck five goals each, Michel Melo Jose netted a brace while an own goal added the tally for the Spartans.

Ryan Cassar netted a brace, together with Antoine Galea and Patrick Barbara for Sirens

Handsome win for Msida, Lija maintain pace

A goal scored by Herbert Spiteri in the dying seconds of the match gave the final victory for Msida St Joseph over Mdina Knights.

As the final 5-4 scoreline clearly shows, the Seasiders had to endure intense pressure from Mdina, who were inspired by Cleavon Portelli, but their opponents held on to take the most precious three points.

The never-say-die attitude of the Knights was fundamental as they always managed to level the matters everytime they were a goal down.

After closing a 2-1 advantage before half-time, Msida had to absorb their opponents’ continuous attacks as the encounter produced an electrifying finale.

Milan Balovic, Paulo Diones Mendes da Silva, Armando Gjepali, Noel Portelli and Herbert Spiteri were on target for Msida.

Mdina answered back with goals scored by Cleaven Portelli’s brace, Leo Muscat and Ryan Micallef.

On the other hand, Lija dominated their game against Qrendi from start to finish, winning it 6-1.

After installing a 3-0 advantage before the break, Lija continued to administer the result as they added three more goals that helped them register their fifth positive result of the season.

Nicola Del Re, Luke Stivala, Redeemer Borg, Darren Aitchinson, Chris Cardona and Ebrahim Massoudi were on the mark for the Athletic.

Alan Spiteri scored Qrendi’s consolation goal.

This evening, Valletta are expected to face a sterner test as they clash against Sliema in the late kick-off at the Corradino Pavilion.

On the other hand, Hamrun are favourites to gain the three points at stake as they face Sirens

Luxol maintain lead, Swieqi win again

Luxol maintained their lead at the top of the Gatorade Futsal League standings  following a convincing 13-0 victory over Zebbug Rangers to maintain their perfect record this season.

Zebbug only provided a good challenge in the early stages by defending boldly and resisting their opponents for 11 minutes. The St Andrews outfit then took command of play and opened the scoring on 12 minutes.

Brazilian playmaker Celino Alves was Luxol’s inspirational player as he hit a poker, Carl Azzopardi, Florin Anton, Mark Zammit and Glenn Bonello hit the target twice while Joseph Chetcuti scored an own goal.

Swieqi United obtained their second win on the run by outclassing Mqabba 7-2  to maintain their top six classification hopes alive.

They installed a six goal lead in 23 minutes through goals from Dylan Micallef, who hit a brace, Boicho Marev, Diego Gomes de Mello, Cristian Hurtado Sanchez and Gabor Balan.

Mqabba hit back from Steve Falzon but Swieqi re-established their advantage as De Mello completed his personal double.

On the half hour, Lydon Baldacchino scored Mqabba’s second consolation goal of the match.


Another one for Marsascala, Gozo still need fine tuning

The Gatorade Futsal League resumed with Marsascala grabbing their second win in a row, this time against Gozo. It was a very hard fought match with the Gozitans playing very defensively and sometimes aggressively. Jamie Abdilla in his second appearance as Gozo’s goalkeeper proved him in a very good form and thanks to his saves the half time score reamained 0-0.

Marsascala took over in the second half with two goals by Nikolay Filipov, from which the first one came from a long ball thrown by goalkeeper Delyan Ivanov. Reuben Degabriele sealed the end result when there were only six seconds remaining.

Gozo are still working hard to improve their attacking abilities and being a threat for their opponents. Gilmoure Buttigieg received two yellow cards and subsequently was sent off during the second half.

Later today Swieqi will play against Mqabba and current leaders Luxol will play against Zebbug Rangers.

Kenneth Cefai appointed FMA’s General Secretary

FMA’s executive committee confirmed Kenneth Cefai to fill the post of FMA’s General Secretary, which has been vacant for the last 11 months. Cefai is already familiar with futsal as in the past he was involved with Hamrun Spartans.

We wish best of luck to Kenneth Cefai for this new post in the FMA’s Secretariat bringing up hard work and determination in the local futsal’s administration.