Month: May 2017

Mriehel ESS, Msida, Qrendi and Sliema prolong their winning run

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI
The Gatorade Futsal League’s Division One continued with more matches, where Sliema Wanderers retained their lead on top of the table while Mriehel ESS, Msida SJ and Qrendi also showed positive outcomes in their respective matches.
While last Thursday night, Claudio Faniello was singing Breathlessly in the Eurovision Song Contest, both teams of Sliema Wanderers and Safi San Lorenzo were out of breath doing their utmost to achieve the best results. The game was very tight and both teams showed what real pleasurable futsal actually is. Sliema managed to win the game through goals scored by Mauro Busuttil, Christian Micallef, Aleksander Ribic and Christian Lia’s own goal. For Safi San Lorenzo Alexei Saliba and Clive Calleja were on the mark.
Mriehel ESS white washed Marsascala Construct Furniture with the final score of 7-0. Ayoub Ahmed was twice on the mark, together with goals from Eslam Khalifa, Fabio Grech, Marwan Telisi and Essa Benatiya. Unfortunately Marsascala’s Matthew Grima committed also an autogoal.
Msida SJ effortlessly acquired another 3 points, this time against Zurrieq Wolves, with the end result of 19-2. Msida’s George Frendo and Armando Gjepali were at their best, when they scored six and four goals respectively. For Msida three hat-tricks by Mohammed Lamari, Ryan Xuereb and Chris Cutajar need to be added. Both Zurrieq’s goals were scored by Russell Camilleri.
Qrendi’s Craig Pickard and Antonello Brincat were again the main protagonists in a 6-4 win against Tarxien JMI. Pickard scored twice, together with more goals by Antonello Brincat, Clayton Borg, Bertram Azzopardi and Ronald Spina. Leonard Alla, Lawrence Buhagiar, Silio Saliba and Vince Camilleri scored for Tarxien JMI.
Standings:
Sliema Wanderers 42; Msida SJ 37; Mriehel ESS 32; Qormi 25; Safi San Lorenzo 24, Qrendi 22, Tarxien JMI 15; Marsascala Construct Furniture & Swieqi U21 12; Zurrieq Wolves 3.

ELITE SEMI FINAL PLAYOFFS

Just a few hours away from the first kick off the Elite Semi Final Playoff, this site managed to make contact with Everton Da Silva Santos from Hamrun Tre Angeli, Valletta’s Xavier Saliba, Swieqi’s Boicho Marev and Luxol’s Celino Alves:


“I hope that the coming matches will be entertaining and increase the development of futsal in Malta, without any unnecessary injuries. I also would like to thank FMA and ask all futsal lovers to come over to the Corradino Pavillion and follow these important matches. I would like to extend my wishes to all players from Luxol, Swieqi and Valletta to play the game and respect each other. Before being futsal players we are all human beings after all.”
Everton Da Silva Santos – Hamrun Tre Angeli


“The playoffs are always exciting and when you have Valletta playing against Hamrun, it’s always a thrilling and balanced encounter. Regarding the Elite Semi Final Playoffs, we are all aware that the first leg is always a delicate one. We are preparing for it very well, keeping in mind that these coming matches are difficult and we need to be 100% concentrated till the final whistle of the second game. Our team is potentially able to make it to the final but we still need to be prepared for the eventuality of any result.”
Xavier Saliba – Valletta FC

“First of all I would like to thank all the Swieqi United Club, both the 11 a side and futsal commitee members for the professional attitude and for their belief in the futsal team. This was a very successful year for our futsal team as we reached the club’s objectives, which means the Elite Round and participating in the playoffs. We trained hard a lot, we were disciplined and we rised up every year.
About the playoffs, it will be a great experience for all players and we need to give everything, especially against Luxol which are two difficult matches. Our opponent is a strong team with players who are used to play together for some years now. On the other hand Swieqi brought eight or even nine new players who needed time to settle in. In the meantime I believe in Swieqi United because this team has a future, passion and ambition to continue succeeding.”
Boicho Marev – Swieqi United


“Finally the best part of the season has come. We are used to work hard and prepare for these kind of matches. I believe that we are on the good track for the coming Elite Semi Finals Playoffs. We have a lot of respect to Swieqi because they did a very good season. Definitely our matches against Swieqi are not easy and we need to be focused.”
Celino Alves – Luxol St. Andrews

UPDATED: Match abandoned after two players were expelled

What appeared to be a normal and pleasant match between Qormi and Swieqi U21, ended up in the least expected way. Swieqi’s youngsters opened the score and Qormi replied back and equalised the score. In the last playing minute of the first half, a normal foul led to unexpected excessive behaviour. Consequently the referee showed the second yellow card to Swieqi’s Lydon Baldacchino, while Qormi’s George Chircop was given a straight red card. Having these players expelled led to an escalation of tension resulting in the referees abandoning the match with only 47 seconds left to be played in the first half, with the score of 1-1.
In the meantime according to the referee’s report, he was physically attacked and intimidated by George Chircop. Thus the discipline board decided to suspend with immediate effect Qormi’s player George Chircop till the 9th May 2018. Qormi are going to appeal this decision as they are saying that this report is inflated.

Mriehel back to winning ways

ROBERT BUSUTTIL
Mriehel ESS were back to winning ways when they came from behind to beat Qormi Futsal 8-2 after another round of matches from the Gatorade First Division was played at the Corradino Pavillion.

This was Mriehel’s first win after a barren run of three matches which had seen them suffer back-to-back defeats to Sliema, Qrendi and Msida.
The match turned out to be highly entertaining with both teams playing attacking futsal with Mriehel easily administrating a late lead till the end.
Ayoub Ahmad helped himself with a brace while Kenneth Bonanno,Essa Benatiya, Marwan Telisi, Faisal Alnakua, Kamal Edgeli and Eslam Khalifa were also on target for Mriehel.
James Tabone was twice on the mark for Qormi.

Tarxien JMI and Swieqi Under 21, two sides struggling to move away from the basement zone, produced an exciting match. Neither team will have been satisfied with the drawn outcome as Tarxien edged Swieqi 5-4.
Tarxien were by far the better side in the first part of the match, during which they stormed into a three-goal lead with strikes from Ruben Sanchez, Joseph Meilak and Mark Galea.
Just after the break, Jurgen Ciantar pulled one back for the youths but Tarxien extended their lead as Ruben Sanchez and Michele Bucciano were also on the mark.
Swieqi tried to make a late comeback as goals from Timmy Gingell, Karl Sciortino and Darryl Schembri were not enough to salvage them a point.
The same score was registered in another evenly contested match as Marsascala overcame the stiff opposition of Safi San Lorenzo.
The Southseasiders came from behind to beat a mighty Safi side who got the upperhand in the first part of the match.
However Marsascala quickly levelled the matters to hit back and also managing to turn the tables in the process.
The match continued to be a rollercoaster of emotions even in the second half as both teams produced attacking futsal.
However it was Marsascala who applied the killer touch seconds from the end of the match.
Johann Callus was twice on the mark for Marsascala while Reuben Degabriele, Steve Gambin and Franklin Abela added to their tally.
Safi had Clive Calleja netting a brace as Alexei Saliba and Mauro Damato also put their names on the score sheet.