Month: February 2017

Determined Swieqi youngsters break their duck

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
Swieqi Under 21 registered their first win of the season when they brushed aside Zurrieq Wolves 5-3 yesterday.
It was a strong performance by the Swieqi youngsters who showed determination and persistence to achieve their first three points of the season.
On the other hand, Zurrieq’s disappointing start to the season continues. In fact they are still looking for their first victory after nine matches and are currently rooted to the bottom of the standings.
The initial stages of the game saw both teams studying each other even though Swieqi looked more organised than their opponents
The pattern of the game was established as the youth team from Swieqi started enjoying more possession and Zurrieq breaking on the counter.
Dylan Pace was twice on the mark as Jurgen Ciantar, Karl Sciortino and Dale Vella netted the other goals for Swieqi.
The Wolves tried to produce a reaction and had Christian Bezzina notching a brace with Steve Sadowski adding another one.

Safi San Lorenzo returned to winning ways after seeing off Qrendi 7-4 to consolidate their mid-table position in the standings.
This was a balanced match but, in the end, Safi proved to be the better side.
They played a possession game with the experienced Clive Calleja and Sean Vella an inspiration for Safi.
Calleja and Vella were twice on the mark for San Lorenzo with the other goals coming from Mauro Damato, Franklin Seisun and Reuben Vella.
Antonello Brincat grabbed a hat-trick while Bertram Azzopardi scored another consolation goal for Qrendi.

Title Contenders keep marching on

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
Valletta and Luxol kept marching on in the Gatorade Futsal League after obtaining straightforward wins in their respective encounters.
The Citizens recorded the biggest victory after crushing Qormi Futsal 14-2.
It was another positive display by Clayton Felice’s boys who had their new recruits, Daniel Aguilera and Rodrigo creating a constant threat for the Qormi defence.
Despite all this, Qormi managed to surge ahead through Andrew Catania who found the net from close range.
However the latter’s joy was short-lived as two minutes later the Lilywhites managed to turn the tables and score at regular intervals through two hat-tricks from Daniel Aguilera and Rodrigo Ticz Patricio and doubles from Raphinha and Melvin Borg.
Xavier Saliba, Jovica Milijic and two own-goals completed the score for the Citizens who are now three points behind leaders Luxol.
In fact the St Andrews side had another important performance in their match against Sliema after beating them 8-1.
They dominated the first half scoring eight goals in the process through Zvezdan Vukovic, Karl Azzopardi and Andy Mangion who scored a brace a piece.
Celino Alves and William Barbosa found the net before the interval to rubberstamp their team’s victory.
On the other hand, Nikolay Filipov reduced the arrears for the Wanderers.
Hamrun Tre Angeli maintained their objective for a place in the play-offs after seeing off Tarxien JMI 13-2.
Mrieħel ESS registered their third victory of the season after sweeping aside Marsascala Construct Furniture 8-1.
Mrieħel held the initiative for most of the match with the South Seasiders operating some swift counter attacks.
The winners had their inspirational player Faisal Alnakua netting a poker while Marwan Terlisi, Wisam El Zaredei, Eslam Khalifa and Emanuel Muscat were also on the mark.
Marsascala, who are still lying at the bottom part of the table, could only answer back through a goal from Franklin Abela.

Fifth placed UOM obtain the fifth win in a row

The Universitarians seem to have made it a point to keep the good times rolling on smoothly, as they kept their fifth place through their fifth consecutive win.
Highly spirited and motivated with last week’s win of 6-5 against Msida, they came up against Qrendi 5-1. Qrendi were missing Craig Pickard, while Freddie Mifsud made his fine debut being the first Gozitan goalscorer for UOM Futsal. Leo Muscat broke the deadlock from an assist by Rodney Debono. Consequently Qrendi had an incredible counter attacking opportunity which they failed to capitalize. Later in the first half UOM missed their second goal opportunity from the second penalty spot through Shaun Deguara.
The second half was meant to be the continuation of events for the UOM’s side. It was the time for Andrew Camilleri to make it 2-0 after a splendid assist by Leo Muscat. Djordje Maksimovic increased the winning gap and made it 3-0, after receiving an assist from Rodney Debono. Qrendi came one goal back. Leo Muscat marked his personal brace with a striking goal coming from an assist by Dalziel Bugeja. In the remaining 50 seconds debuttant Freddie Mifsud found the net and sealed the result on 5-1 for the UOM Futsal team.
After securing a significant and consecutive morale-boosting victory, UOM can now focus on their upcoming fixtures with confidence and full of optimism. Despite the fact that this win must be treated as a marker for the club’s success, still the coming fixtures should not be taken for granted.

Swieqi FC back in the fray after resounding win

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
Swieqi FC resumed their chase for a play-off spot after a resounding 13-0 win over lowly Zurrieq Wolves.
They managed to return to winning ways after dominating the proceedings for the entire match and scoring goals at regular intervals.
Their attacking trio Marev-Johansson-Petev was a constant menace for the Zurrieq rearguard who found it hard to contain their attacking flurry.
Boicho Marev was inspirational for the Swieqi outfit after hitting a poker while Dimitar Petev and Fredrik Johansson were twice on the mark.
Andre Ciancio, Christian Wismayer, Redeemer Borg, Jason Gauci and Dexter O’Brien also put their names on the score sheet for Swieqi.
Meanwhile Msida St Joseph and University of Malta produced an electrifying encounter with the latter having the last laugh after winning 6-5.
It was an evenly contested match with both sides producing a good level of futsal.
This was the students’ fourth consecutive win that puts them on the 15-point mark with Hamrun Tre Angeli.
Djordje Maksimovic and Leo Muscat scored a brace apiece while Rodney Debono and Andrea Farrugia added more goals for University of Malta.
Msida, who gave a good account of themselves, had Liam Cachia and George Frendo scoring a brace apiece while Armando Gjepali also found the net.
Finally Sliema registered their third victory of the season after seeing off Swieqi Under 21 12-4.
As the score clearly indicates, Sliema had more possession of the ball and managed to establish a 10-2 advantage before the break.
In the second half, Kevin Loughborough’s boys scored four more goals to rubberstamp their result with the youngsters from Swieqi hitting some consolation goals.
Darren Agius was in fine form for Sliema as he netted six goals. Nikolay Filipov and Aleksandar Ribic scored a brace while Sean Kean Degabriele and Leandros Calleja were also among the scorers.
Swieqi Under 21, who are still searching to break their duck, had a brace from Dean Bonello and other goals from Timmy Gingell and Daryl Schembri.