Month: December 2016

Big Guns maintain winning streak

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
The top teams of the Gatorade Futsal League maintained their winning trend as they saw off their respective opponents to continue their challenge for the main positions of the table.
Luxol registered the biggest victory of this round after hammering Safi San Lorenzo 16-0.
Celino Alves maintained his goal scoring spree as he netted four times while Glenn Bonello and Frane Despotovic hit a hat-trick each. Romanian international Emil Raducu and Mark Zammit helped themselveswith a brace while Andy Mangion and an own goal completed the score for the St Andrews side.
Champions Valletta obtained their fifth success on the trot after seeing off a mighty University of Malta side 11-1.
Although cruising to a 3-0 advantage before the break, the Citizens had to endure a determined University side who gave their all against the champions.
However in the second half, Valletta were determined to improve in their showing and managed to incur further damage to the students as they scored more goals.
Prolific scorer Raphinha again shot into limelight as he put his name on the score sheet four times along with doubles from Chris Cardona and Mohammed Elamari.
Xavier Saliba, Jovica Milijic and Carlo Scicluna were also on the mark for the Citizens.
University of Malta scored through an own goal.
Hamrun Tre Angeli obtained a comfortable 9-0 win over Swieqi Under 21. The Red/Blacks outclassed their opponents and found the goals that mattered through braces from Florin Anton, Everton Veve and Daniele Degennaro while Paul Azzopardi, Peter Pullicino and Jason Mifsud added their team’s tally.
The youth team from Swieqi had the chance to reduce the arrears on a couple of times but found the Hamrun keeper Matthew Mifsud denying them.
Meanwhile, Mriehel ESS managed to break their duck after routing Zurrieq Wolves 10-1.
Their attacking trio Ayoub-Khalifa-El Zaredei were a continuous menace to the Zurrieq rearguard as they helped Mriehel produce an imperious display.
Wizam El Zaredei netted a poker while Eslam Khalifa and Ayoub Ahmed were three times on the mark.
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Paulo Caetano stars in Marsascala win

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
Marsascala Construct Furniture bagged their second win of the campaign after edging Qrendi 5-3.
It was another great performance for the Sea Southsiders who were motivated to get the points that mattered.
Paulo Caetano struck a hat-trick while Steve Gambin hit a brace for Marsascala.
Qrendi, who suffered their third defeat in a row, had a brace from Antonello Brincat and a goal from Craig Pickard.

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Raphinha almost reached a goal scoring record in futsal

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI

Valletta’s Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira (Raphinha) almost reached the world’s scoring record in futsal, when he scored 14 goals in the Citizen’s massive win of 25-2 against Qrendi. Another Brazilian international player Valdin, managed to reach this record when he scored 20 goals for Brazil’s national futsal team facing Timor-Leste. On 13th October 2006, Brazil set a world record for the largest win in an international futsal match, defeating Timor-Leste 76–0.
Qrendi simply had no answer to Valletta’s pace and attacking cohension with braces for Jovica Milijic, Mohammed Elamari and Chris Cardona. Stefan Vella, Dylan Musu, Melvin Borg and Carlo Scicluna also jotted down their names in the Valletta’s scorers’ list. Qrendi unfortunately conceded an autogoal, besides their consolation goals through Antonello Brincat and David Delicata.
Hamrun Tre Angeli hammered Zurrieq Wolves 19-0. Everton Veve magnificently scored six goals together with braces from Daniele Degennaro, Luke Stivala and Jason Mifsud. The other six goals are made up of an autogoal and goals from Matthew Mifsud, Daniel Mifsud, Cleaven Portelli, Florin Anton, Frank Paul Azzopardi and Peter Pullicino.
Luxol also continued their stunning performance in the Gatorade Futsal League, beating UOM 14-1. Luxol had a poker from Celino Alves, Mark Zammit’s hat-trick, braces from Frane Despotovic and Andy Mangion together with goals from Emil Andre Raducu, Giancarlo Sammut and an autogoal. The Universitarians’ consolation goal was scored by Andrew Camilleri.
Safi San Lorenzo obtained their second consecutive win, this time 8-2 against Swieqi U21. Braces from Mauro D’Amato, Clive Calleja and Clive Calleja together with more goals from Franklin Seisun and Terrence Cachia. Dale Vella and Lydon Baldacchino scored for the Swieqi’s youngsters.

Swieqi maintain perfect record after thrilling match

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
Swieqi FC made it four wins out of four after coming back from two goals down to beat Mriehel ESS 6-3 in a goal-rich contest as another round of matches from the Gatorade Futsal League was played at the Corradino Pavillion.
It was an entertaining match which could have gone either way until Nikola Farrugia’s men finally prevailed thanks mainly to an impressive battling performance in the second half. They excelled with some fine attacking play inspired by their creative player Boicho Marev.
Despite the victory, Swieqi were stunned in the first minutes by Mriehel as their defensive backline struggled to contain the physical power of striker Wisam El Zaredei.
However, Swieqi’s coach can take heart by the manner with which the team reacted when finding themselves two goals down and will hope that the players maintain the same qualities as they bid to build a consistent run, so crucial at this opening phase of the championship.
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Mriehel must have felt hard done to have left empty-handed especially for the stiff challenge they offered in the first part of the game. Their coach Eslam Khalifa will have certainly been satisfied with the strong performance of his players and certainly it will not be long before his team starts picking valuable points that will help them fulfil their ambition of placing in a creditable position in the table.
Boicho Marev struck a brace while Christian Wismayer, Redeemer Borg, Dimitar Petev and Fredrick Johansson also put their names on the score sheet for Swieqi.
A brace from Wisam El Zaredei and a goal from Emmanuel Muscat were on the mark for Mriehel.

Msida also stayed in touch with leaders Swieqi after staving off the challenge of Marsascala 10-2.
The Southseasiders’ players tried hard to stay in the match but on the day Msida were stronger.
They had their talisman player George Frendo in fine form as he netted seven goals while Armando Gjepali, Floren Manea and an own goal were also on target for Msida.

Marsascala’s consolation goals came through Reuben Degabriele and Franklin Abela.

Qormi maintained their resurgence after beating Sliema 3-0
A brace by George Chircop and a goal by George Falzon gave Qormi their second win of the season at the expense of a Sliema side who had Nikolay Filipov missing.
The initial part of the first half was a balanced encounter but Qormi managed to take the upperhand as they surged 1-0 ahead.
After scoring their second goal, Qormi had to endure a fierce reaction from the Wanderers who never gave up.
Keith Borg’s side stayed strong to keep their opponents at bay.

Aleksandar Ribic (Sliema) challenged by two opponents.
Aleksandar Ribic (Sliema) challenged by two opponents.

Luxol, Valletta march on

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
Title challengers Luxol St Andrew’s and Valletta obtained important victories in the Gatorade Futsal League.
Luxol beat Qrendi 22-0 to maintain their perfect start of the campaign.
The St Andrew’s side hit the ground running, scoring comprehensively through Andy Mangion who netted a poker, Mark Zammit’s hat-trick, six braces by Zvezdan Vukovic, Frane Despotovic, Carl Azzopardi, Nicola del Re, Glenn Bonello and Celino Alves while Giancarlo Sammut, Emil Raducu and an own goal added to their impressive tally.

Valletta proved too strong for Msida, winning 11-2.
Raphael Felipe Ortiz de Oliveira produced another masterful performance as he scored four goals, Jovica Milijic grabbed a hat-trick, Denis di Maio hit the target twice while Dylan Musu and an own goal completed the score for the Citizens.
Armando Gjepali and George Frendo scored the consolation goals for the seasiders.

Safi break their duck with massive win

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
Safi San Lorenzo finally broke their duck in the Gatorade Futsal League after crushing neighbours Zurrieq Wolves 11-1 for their first win of the season.

Safi played a possession game with the experienced Clive Calleja an inspiration for his team mates.
He marshalled his team’s defence and also ventured forward, particularly on the right wing, when Safi attacked.
Calleja provided five assists to his team mates as Safi had Sean Vella netting a poker, Jonathan Bellizzi and Terrence Cachia were twice on the mark with the other goals coming from Franklin Seisun, Desmond Kind and Wayne Hamer.
University of Malta returned to winning ways after an 8-0 mauling of bottom team Swieqi Under 21.
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The Universitarian students’ success was never in doubt after cruising to a 5-0 advantage before the half-time break.
The pattern of the match didn’t change after the interval as their Serbian talisman Djordje Maksimovic and Jake Azzopardi shot into the limelight with three goals.
Andrea Farrugia, Martin Caruana, Leo Muscat and Luca Zarb (own goal) put their names on the score sheet.
Even Marsaskala Construct Furniture grabbed the first points of the season after edging past Tarxien JMI 5-3.
The South Seasiders produced their best performance of the season and managed to halt their opponents while scoring the goals that mattered in the crucial minutes of the match.
Tarxien, who suffered their third successive defeat of the campaign, were left fuming after producing another great display which however was not enough to secure some points.
Reuben Degabriele was twice on the target for Marsaskala while Denzil Pisani, Franklin Abela and Ryan Mifsud were also on the mark.
Tarxien JMI had Silio Saliba hitting the target twice while Michele Bucciano added another one.

Rain stops UOM but Luxol, Swieqi and Qrendi keep on shining

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI

During the second half of Thursday’s second match between UOM and Zurrieq Wolves, the match had to be abandoned due to water ingress from the pavilion structure. At that moment UOM were leading 4-0 on Zurrieq Wolves. The following day, FMA have demanded ASH to state what measures were being taken urgently to make good so that the competitions can proceed as planned. ASH answered back that the contractor went on site to address the water ingress issues. Thanks to ASH’s prompt action Friday’s matches remained as scheduled.
On the other hand Swieqi had a back to back win Safi San Lorenzo and Qormi. Boicho Marev was again the main protagonist scoring twice against Safi San Lorenzo and four times against Qormi. Dimitar Petev’s brace and goals from Andre Ciancio, Christian Wismayer and Redeemer Borg made the end result of 7-1. Safi San Lorenzo’s sole goal came through Clive Calleja. Apart from Marev’s poker, Kurt Bartolo, Christian Wismayer, Fredrik Johansson u Redeemer Borg scored for Swieqi in the 8-2 win against Qormi. In this match Antoine Galea and Miguel Alcaraz scored for Qormi.
Pokers from Alan Spiteri and Craig Pickard together with Bertram Azzopardi’s brace gave Qrendi also had a significant win of 10-4 against Swieqi U21. Swieqi U21’s scoreline was made up of Nikolai Dimech, Karl Sciortino, Dylan Pace and Dale Vella.
Luxol continued to impress making it 7-2 against Msida. For Luxol braces from Glenn Bonello and Carl Azzopardi, together with Frane Despotovic, Andy Mangion and Celino Alves. Floren Manea scored twice for Msida.

Swieqi, Msida maintain perfect start.

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
Swieqi FC and Msida St Joseph claimed important victories in the Gatorade Futsal League to maintain their perfect start in this campaign.
Swieqi beat Safi San Lorenzo 7-1 while Msida extended their good form with a 7-5 victory over Tarxien JMI .
Swieqi produced another polished display to sweep aside Safi’s challenge.
They opened a 5-1 lead before half-time and remained on top after the break, scoring two more goals.
Bulgarian duo Dimitar Petev and Boicho Marev struck a brace each while Andre Ciancio, Christian Wismayer and Redeemer Borg contributed the other goals for the winners.
Clive Calleja pulled a goal back for Safi San Lorenzo.
Msida edged out Tarxien JMI 7-5 to claim maximum points from this encounter.
Despite this victory, Msida, were up against an organised Tarxien side who adopted a never-say-die-attitude.
The Seasiders dominated the first half to go 4-1 ahead but Tarxien’s second-half reaction injected fresh interest into the game as they narrowed the gap and also missed several scoring opportunities.
Msida, however, scored three quick goals in the latter stages to make sure of the points.
George Frendo and Liam Cachia netted three goals each while Armando Gjepali added the tally for Msida.
Tarxien replied through a brace from Vince Camilleri and goals from Silvio Saliba, Preston Ellul and Mark Micallef.

San Marino make their point against Malta

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
Malta were held to a 2-2 draw by visitors San Marino in the second international friendly match played at the Corradino Pavillion yesterday.
After grabbing a handsome 4-0 victory in the first match, the Maltese national team had to endure a tough San Marino side who were miles away from the team that was dominated barely 24 hours before.
After almost a tight affair in the first 16 minutes, Peter Pullicino’s side missed the opportunity to surge ahead when Dylan Musu’s shot from the second penalty mark was well blocked by San Marino’s keeper Michele Bollini.
However Malta soon broke the deadlock through a well-taken goal by Xavier Saliba who connected a Giancarlo Sammut’s pass to slot behind San Marino’s keeper.
The latter, however, regained composure to get more into the picture and levelled the score just before half-time through Fabio Gasperoni, who surprised the Maltese rearguard and put the ball at the back of the net..
The equilibrium was maintained throughout the second half with both teams cancelling each other out. Malta then regained the lead through Xavier Saliba who completed his personal brace when he unleashed a piledriver that gave Bollini no chance.
Despite this blow, San Marino refused to throw in the towel as in the dying minutes of the game, Federico Macino sent a low pass that completely caught the Maltese defence unaware and in came Fabio Belloni who stabbed the ball home to the delight of the San Marino clan.
The game finished 2-2, with Malta retaining their unbeaten record against their opponents and San Marino tired but satisfied that they have gained a positive result on away soil.