Month: February 2016

Sliema start second phase positively

Sliema Wanderers started their commitments in the Gatorade First Division in a positive way as they saw off Qrendi 7-3.
The Wanderers took the upperhand in the first 5 minutes of the match scoring three goals in the process.
On their part, Qrendi settled down and produced a reaction to hit the target twice before half-time.
In the second half, Sliema took advantage of some defensive blunders and were on the mark four more times to secure an important victory.
Paul Bugeja, Christian Micallef and Aleksandar Ribic scored a brace while Mark Camilleri added another one for the Wanderers.
A double by Craig Pickard and Antonello Brincat reduced the gap for Qrendi.
The Gatorade First Division will resume tonight with two other matches as Sirens take on Marsascala while in the late kick-off, Mdina entertain Mqabba.

Ribic scores from close range for Sliema.
Ribic scores from close range for Sliema.

Hamrun and Lija also reach the semifinal

Hamrun made it for the semifinal after beating Sirens 7-2. Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira had a poker, while Madson Caetano, Marwan Terlisi and Michael Spiteri added more goals for the Spartans.

Roderick Mascena and Ryan Cassar reduced the deficit for Sirens.

It wasn’t easy for Lija Athletic, to make it to the semifinal against Mdina Knights. The Knights played very well and Lija ascertained their qualification only in the final minutes.

International Iranian player Ebrahim Massoudi had a poker, Kurt Bartolo had a brace, while Andre Henrique, Nicola del Re and Chavi Montes Burgos scored more goals for Lija Athletic.

Mdina Knights scored three times through Ryan Micallef, Gaetano Gesualdi and Cleaven Portelli.

Valletta and Luxol continue to impress, Luxol confirmed in the semifinal

Valletta … 1

Luxol …… 2

(HT 1-0)

In the first quarter final, Valletta and Luxol offered again an interesting match with high level of futsal. Both teams fought well till the end, but this time Luxol proved to be the better side. On the other hand Valletta’s goalkeeper Neil Cuschieri and Slovenian Dejan Bizjak constantly kept Luxol from scoring more goals.

In the 9th minute Cristian Cuadros Silva broke the deadlock and the Citizens remained on the lead till the end of the first half.

In the second half Luxol came out aggressively and were determined to obtain the qualification. After four minutes play, Clint Cope equalized the score and eight minutes later Carlo Scicluna scored the winning goal.

In the last fraction of the game, Valletta played their last resort and tried to push forward with Xavier Saliba playing as flying keeper. Klint Cassar’s final whistle marked the end of this exciting game and gave way to Luxol to start celebrating their well-deserved qualification.

Luxol: Nicholas Farrugia, Celino Alves De Freitas, Frane Despotovic, Matthew Attard, Mark Zammit, Glenn Bonello, Adrian Attard, Karl Lepre, Carlo Scicluna, Zvezdan Vukovic, Carl Azzopardi, Clint Cope & Florin Anton.

Valletta: Neil Cuschieri, Gaetan Mallia, Jovica Milijic, Cristian Cuadros Silva, Dylan Musu, Denis Di Maio, Xavier Saliba, Melvin Borg, Jurgen Pace, Dejan Bizjak, Mohamed Abdusalam Elamari & Daniel Brincat.

Referee 1: Clint Cassar

Referee 2: Jude Amin Utulu

Referee 3: Jonathan Mallia

Timekeeper: Stephanie Axiaq

Spirited Mqabba oust Swieqi in Q/F shock

Mqabba……..8
Swieqi……….2
(H.T 5-1)

Elite division side, Swieqi United was humbled by First Division outfit Mqabba for the first big shock of the Gatorade Futsal KO.
Kevin Loughborough’s side produced a brilliant performance to see off a sloppy Swieqi side 8-2 who was a shadow of the gutsy performances produced in the first round of the Gatorade League.
After Boicho Marev’s initial advantage, all those present at the Corradino Pavillion thought of a routine victory for Swieqi.
However Mqabba produced a bold reaction and managed to level the matters minutes later as Christian Wismayer was unlucky to score an own goal.
This goal proved to be the turning point for Mqabba who began to engage in quick counter attacks that stunned Swieqi’s players.
In one of them Borja Lopez Fernandez found the net after receiving from Loughborough.
Then came to the fore Ryan Mifsud who continued to push forward Mqabba with a quickfire brace.
Swieqi tried a reaction but found keeper Malcolm Schembri in fine form as he performed a string of important saves.
Before the break, Miguel Alcaraz hit the target to extend the gap for Mqabba.
Swieqi kicked off the second half on the offensive but in another fast break, Mqabba scored their sixth goal through Miguel Alcaraz.
Ten minutes from the end, Swieqi’s coach, Kenneth Fiteni, introduced Boicho Marev as their flying keeper to pile more pressure on their opponents’ defence.
Despite their continuous attacks, Swieqi were struggling to settle into their usual rhythm as the spirited Mqabba players showed a greater desire and hunger and managed to score their seventh goal through Robert Magro. .
The usually reliable Swieqi defence was again caught out when Miguel Alcaraz completed his hat-trick with a good tap-in.
Swieqi managed to reduce the gap in the dying seconds of the match through Andre Ciancio.
As both referees sounded the end of the contest, Mqabba’s players were in jubilant mood after this historic qualification.

Mqabba: Malcolm Schembri, Steven Xuereb, Justin Psaila, Kevin Loughborough, Borja Lopez Fernandez, Lydon Baldacchino, Miguel Alcaraz, Matthew Buttigieg, Andrew Catania, Ryan Mifsud, Darren Aitchinson, Robert Magro.
Swieqi: Karl Balzan, Dylan Micallef, Boicho Marev, Fredrik Johansson, Omar Toutoungi, Keith Cassar Jackson, James Mangion, Daniel Sant, Andre Ciancio, Christian Wismayer, James Attard, Timothy GIngell, Jean Bert Gatt, Diego Gomes de Mello.
Referee 1: David Balzan
Referee 2: Robert Darmanin
Time-Keeper: Mark O’ Neill.

New recruit Bizjak aiming high at Valletta

Slovenian striker Dejan Bizjak has spoken of his determination to score goals for Valletta after completing his move to the Citizens earlier last month.
In his interview with this website, Bizjak hailed his switch to Valletta and his desire to help his new team win a trophy this season.
His first impression as a Valletta player has been a very positive one.
“My first impression of Valletta is an excellent one. They are really nice and friendly people. In fact I was surprised of the warm welcome that they have given me.”12733465_1105636216126118_5253299594203545269_n
Bizjak has played for five years with local team KMN Sevnica before moving to KMN Puntar Tolmin.
His first experience overseas came from Serbia as he was included in the Ekonomac Kragujevac squad.
After another stint with Sevnica, Bizjak had a great experience when he played in Italy for Forli and Futsal Isemia.
He made his official debut with the Slovenian national team in 2012 and he participated in the European Futsal Championship in Belgium.
The Slovenian international managed to score five goals in their 22-2 rout against Qrendi and helped his team stun champions Luxol 7-1.
After these positive results, Bizjak is hopeful.
“The club committee and fans have also been very supportive so I want to do everything I can to make them happy and help the team win as many trophies as possible.”
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Not enough for Sliema, good comeback for Raphinha

Hamrun Spartans had another positive win of 12-5 against Sliema Wanderers. In the first half, the Wanderers did very well but the Spartans had a five goals advantage.

Peter Pullicino opened the score and seconds later Jason Mifsud doubled the score. Raphael Ortiz de Oliveira returned for Hamrun and again was the main protagonist scoring five goals. Rodrigo Ticz Patrcio scored from the penalty spot, while Joan Manuel Losada Teruel and Daniel Mifsud added more goals.

Sliema’s goals came all in the second half through Alan Galea, Josh Perry and a hat-trick for Aleksander Ribic.

Hamrun: Brian Baldacchino, Michael Spiteri, Joan Manuel Losada Teruel, Clint Mifsud, Michel Melo Jose, Daniel Mifsud, Marwan Telisi, Peter Pullicino, Andy Mangion, Rodrigo Ticz Patricio, Jason Mifsud, Raphael Ortiz de Oliveira and Robert Fenech.

Sliema: Roderick Debattista, Dexter O’Brien, Alan Galea, Paul Bugeja, Adam Wingfield, Josh Perry, Eslam Khalifa, Aleksander Ribic and Darren Agius.

Referees: Matthew Vella, Peter Abela

Timekeeper: Joanna Vassallo

A celebrative win for Valletta against Luxol

Valletta celebrates the end of the first round, giving Luxol their first defeat. Luxol had their two key players missing, William Barbosa and Mark Zammit. Barbosa had to remain at home, after he has been hospitalized for head injury during the training session.

On the other hand we have to give credit to Valletta who gave a stunning performance on the field of play.

After five minutes play Denis Di Maio broke the deadlock and the same player doubled the score three minutes later. In the last quarter of the first half, Florin Anton reduced the matters but Mohammed Elamari’s immediately increased Valletta’s advantage. In the dying minute of the first half, Slovenian Dejan Bizjak put the Citizen’s mind at rest before the break.

Luxol’s desperate tentatives with Frane Despotovic and Florin Anton playing as flying keepers, were fruitless as Valletta kept on scoring more goals. Di Maio scored again having a hat-trick together with Dylan Musu and Cristian Cuadros Silva who sealed the end result of 7-1.

Valletta: Neil Cuschieri, Gaetano Mallia, Joseph Borg, Jurgen Pace, Dejan Bizjak, Mohammed Abdousallam Elamari, Jovica Milijic, Denis Di Maio, Xavier Saliba, Dylan Musu, Cristian Cuadros Silva, Daniel Brincat and Melvin Borg.

Luxol: Adrian Attard, Nicholas Farrugia, Karl Lepre, Matthew Attard, Clint Cope, Glenn Bonello, Frane Despotovic, Celino Alves, Florin Anton, Karl Azzopardi, Zvezdan Vukovic, Carlo Scicluna.

Referees: Klint Cassar, Jude Amin Utulu

Timekeeper: Jonathan Balzan

4th Official: Roberto Attard

Lija, Swieqi share spoils in tense match, Novoa Perez hits three for Rangers

Lija and Swieqi shared the spoils in an exciting but tense 4-4 encounter in their final match before the end of first round of the Gatorade Futsal League. It was a tense affair marred by heated exchanges between players from both teams.
It was a very cagey first half as Swieqi defended boldly their opponents’ continuous attacks.
On 5 minutes, Nicola del Re was unlucky to hit the post after a good move.
Swieqi keeper Karl Balzan was kept busy with some fine saves on Kaca and Massoudi’s shots.
On the other end, Boycho Marev had his piledriver well saved by Matthew Xerxen.

Marev scored Swieqi's first goal from a freekick.
Marev scored Swieqi’s first goal from a freekick.

Swieqi broke the deadlock from a Boicho Marev’s freekick and doubled the score through a well-taken kick from the second penalty spot by Diego Gomes de Mello.
Lija reduced the gap a minute from the break through Endrit Kaca from the second penalty spot.
Kevin Mifsud’s men reacted fiercely in the second half by scoring three goals in the process through Ebrahim Massoudi, Chris Cardona and Javier Montes Burgos.
Swieqi refused to surrender and hit back from Christian Wismayer until they scored the equalizer in the dying seconds of the match through Diego Gomes de Mello who converted from the second penalty spot and complete his personal brace.

Inigo Dolara is back for Zebbug.
Inigo Dolara is back for Zebbug.

Inigo Dolara marked his return for Zebbug Rangers with a bang as he netted a goal in his team’s 6-3 win over Mdina Knights.It seems that the Spanish duo, Dolara-Anton is back to business as the latter even scored a hat-trick to help the Rangers register their sixth victory of the season.
In fact, Novoa Perez managed to score a gem of a goal as he lobbed the ball over the Mdina keeper from the nine metre distance.
Zebbug completed their score sheet as Jonathan Sammut and Glenn Gauci netted two more goals.
Mdina reduced the scoreline through Dalziel Bugeja, Neil Cauchi and Gaetano Gesualdi.

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Msida confirmed in the Elite, high resistance between Qrendi and Sirens

Msida confirmed to be part of the top 6 teams in the Elite Round, after beating Marsascala 4-3. Definitely it was another good game for both teams, even for Marsascala who again lost with a small goal difference.

Msida’s player of the match was Paulo Diones Mendes Da Silva who scored twice, while Floren Manea and Tyrone Borg added more goals.

Marsascala reduced the arrears through Reuben Degabriele, Shaun Ebejer and Dylan Caruana. The southsiders were also unlucky to hit the post twice.

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Prior to this match we had a very tight encounter between Sirens and Qrendi. Both teams tried hard to win, but their solid defence was above all the expectations. Qrendi’s play maker Antonello Brincat opened the score and Sirens’ George Chircop leveled the matters.

Gozo gain first point

A four goal lead in the first half an hour looked to have given Mqabba the three points but a great comeback from the Gozitans gave them a deserved late equaliser.
The draw handed Gozo FC their first point following their back-to-back defeats in their first twelve outings.
Mqabba made the brighter start and opened the score before half-time. After the change of ends, Kevin Loughborough’s boys assumed control of the match and netted three more goals in the process.
Just when it looked as though Mqabba would hold on to their lead, Gozo FC came back fiercely and scored four quickfire goals which saved them from another defeat.
Miguel Alcaraz, Kevin Loughborough, Justin Psaila and Darren Aitchinson were the scorers for Mqabba.
A hat-trick by Warren Zerafa and a goal by Jean Paul Abdilla levelled the matters for the Gozitans.
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