Month: June 2016

Malta Futsal Team to return after two friendlies in Andorra

Malta’s second friendly match against Andorra had a brilliant start, as Ryan Gilmour Cassar opened the score with his first personal goal with the national team. Initially the Maltese players had a good grasp of ball possession. The Maltese goalkeeper Clint Mifsud was doing a great job until the Andorran team equalised the score. Nonetheless Mifsud denied the Andorran’s second goal from a shot on the second penalty spot. The first half ended with a goal from each side.
During the second half, the more aggressive Andorran players obtained an early advantage. From this point onward, Matthew Xerxen played as a flying keeper which unfortunately paved way for two more goals in an empty net. Later in the second half, Christian Wismayer motivated his team mates with the Maltese second goal. The end result of 4-2 for Andorra follows yesterday’s 3-0 for the same host national team.
Tomorrow the Maltese squad will have a full day of wandering about and relaxation before flying back to Malta.

Positive performance … yet still room for improvement

The Maltese Futsal National Team had their first friendly encounter against Andorra yesterday evening, whilst millions of people were watching the EURO 2016 matches. In Andorra La Vella, the hosting team scored three times and missed a penalty during the second half. The end result being 3-0 for Andorra.

The environment was of not much help to the Maltese players in creating their opportunities to score. They were unfamiliar to the quality of the court’s floor and to the ball used during the match.

However during the second half, the Maltese players proved themselves better since they were more able to create more open chances. In the last eight minutes, they even put their final efforts in using the flying keeper.

Malta will have the second friendly encounter against Andorra today at 7:30pm. All are hoping that things will improve for our futsal national team to acquire more positive results.

Cassar earns first call-up as Pullicino chooses squad

Sirens’s in-form striker Ryan Gilmour Cassar has been called up to the Malta futsal squad for the first time after he was named in Peter Pullicino’s 14-man list for this month’s double friendly match against Andorra .
Cassar, who started playing futsal five months ago, joins experienced players such as Jovica Milijic, Melvin Borg, Nicola del Re and Glenn Bonello who also featured among the called-up squad.
Malta will play against Andorra at the capital city Andorra La Vella in a double header on June 22nd and 23rd.
Andorra have already played against Malta almost 18 months ago in the preliminary round of the Futsal Euro as they won 4-0.

Malta squad

Goalkeepers: Nicky Farrugia (Luxol). Mathew Xerxen (Lija Ath).
George Frendo (Hamrun). Ryan Cassar (Sirens). Mark Zammit (Luxol). Melvin Borg (Valletta). Jovica Milijic (Valletta). Karl Azzopardi (Luxol). Matthew Attard (Luxol). Daniel Mifsud (Hamrun) . Nicola Del Re (Lija Ath) . Gary Inguanez. (Lija Ath), Chris Cardona (Lija Ath). Glenn Bonello (Luxol)