Month: October 2017

Ready for the clash of the titans

Both Luxol and Vallletta are geared up for their clash, scheduled for Friday night. Valletta won all the five matches so far, while Luxol won three as they have two matches in arrears during their participation in the UEFA Futsal Cup’s Main Round. All futsal enthusiasts are predicting a very entertaining match between these two futsal titans.
Luxol bagged another three points winning against Mriehel ESS with the end result of 9-3. In the first half Luxol had a more comfortable advantage, as they lead 7-0. In the second half Mriehel ESS came back and manged to reduce the score three times. In the end, Luxol sealed the result by scoring two more goals. Andy Mangion and Emil Andrei Raducu had a hat-trick apiece, Zvezdan Vukovic scored twice and George Frendo also put his name in Luxol’s scorers’ list. Mriehel ESS’ goals came from Eslam Khalifa, Ayoub Ahmad and Daniel Mifsud.
Valletta made it five wins out of five as they beat Swieqi United for 6-4. Valletta saw another great debut of another Georgian player Buta Kakabadze who scored three times. Mohamed Lamari, Dylan Musu and Xavier Saliba scored a goal apiece for the Lillywhites. Swieqi United’s goals came from Shota Chanukvadze, Erick Vinicius Crispim better known as Pitoko a brace from Zuka Lukava.
In the meantime Junior College can’t get their first win as they lost against Pietà for 16-3. The Universitarians came back to the winning trend as they beat Swieqi United U21 14-2. Likewise Hamrun Tre Angeli bagged another three points against Qormi as they won for 5-1. Marsaskala are still struggling for a positve result as they lost 8-2 against Tarxien JMI.

Brave Universitarians step down to the unbeatable Citizens

This week of futsal ended up with an amazing challenge between the two top rivals. Both the University of Malta and Valletta were coming from a winning track and they crossed swords to maintain their place on top. Even though the Universitarians stepped down to the second place, they showed great determination as a very organised team.
The Universitarians ended the first half 3-1 ahead of Valletta. Their French debutant Mamad Diab, who played with Etoile Lavalloise Futsal and with the French U21, bagged his first goal in our domestic league. The University’s scoresheet included also goals from Joselito Aguilera, Alex Ellul and an autogoal.
Valletta proudly introduced the Georgian international player Gia Nikvashvili who scored a hat-trick. Denis Di Maio and Shawn Vella sealed Valletta’s fourth consecutive win with the end result of 5-4.
In other matches, Hamrun Tre Angeli were beaten 5-2 by Swieqi United. Pietà maintained their second place in the league, winning 5-3 at Tarxien JMI’s expense. Mriehel ESS grabbed their three points against Swieqi United U21 winning 11-4. Qormi returned to the winning trend beating Junior College with the end result of 9-3. While Champions Luxol who returned from their motivational experience in the Uefa Futsal Cup’s Main Round, thrashed Marsaskala for 18-0.

Futsal mourns Leonard Zammit

We are all shocked for the loss of futsal player Leonard Zammit. Zammit aged 29 played football for Zurrieq and Kirkop United. He also played futsal for 3 years with Sirens before joining Safi San Lorenzo in last January. For this season he was part of Mriehel ESS’ squad.
All the local futsal family expresses the deepest condolences to all Leonard’s family and friends.

Luxol ended with a win and avoided the last place

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI
Luxol St. Andrews ended their historic presence in Group 8 of the UEFA Futsal Cup’s main round, with a positive win of 5-2 against Mostar from Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Mostar broke the deadlock after 13 minutes of play through Marijo Aladžić. A few minutes later Luxol’s Romanian Emil Raducu levelled the matters. Despite having more chances to score, Luxol didn’t manage to change the result before the half time.
Luxol started very well in the second half but Mostar gained again the advantage through Mirko Hrkač’s goal in the 26th minute. Following this goal, Luxol didn’t look back anymore and levelled again the score. On the 29th minute, from a corner taken by Celino Alves, Zvezdan Vukovic didn’t miss the target. Around two minutes later Aladžić was given the red card, for a foul committed on Hrvoje Penava. On the 34th minute Luxol scored twice through Hrvoje Penava and Panu Autio. Luxol continued offensively but unfortunately on the 35th minute, Raducu missed the brace from the penalty spot. Player coach Frane Despotovic’s sealed this well deserved win from the second penalty spot.
This result gave Luxol their first three points in the Main Round and managed to avoid the last place in the group. In fact Mostar came last, with the same amount of points but were surpassed with the goals’ difference.

Valletta and University of Malta heading towards their first clash

STEPHEN AZZOPARDI
The University of Malta and former Mdina Knights appear to be on an increasing progressive mode during their fourth consecutive season. Similar to Valletta, they managed to make a win of the first three consecutive league matches.
This week Valletta cruised over Swieqi U21 with Denis Di Maio’s brace, a goal apiece for Melvin Borg, Shawn Vella and Jovica Milijic, together with an own goal.
On the other hand the Universitarians were again successful, bagging another three points against Marsaskala. Nermin Hasanbegovic was in a fantastic form as he scored five goals. Jose Maria Aguillera Castellano was also in top notch as he had a hat-trick. We cannot forget to mention Rodney Debono who worked a lot throughout the whole game and scored the final goal for the University of Malta.
Marsaskala reduced the score through their youngest player Charlo Buttigieg, who also was injured later in the second half, Alessio Restuccia and Antonio Fraschilla.
Both Valletta and the University of Malta will face each other late Friday evening, for a top of the table clash.
This week also saw Pieta Hotspurs returning to the winning trend as they grabbed an 8-5 win against Qormi. Hamrun Tre Angeli made a come back by beating Mriehel ESS 7-2. Swieqi had their second consecutive win, this time against Tarxien JMI 6-3.
These are next week’s fixtures at the Corradino Sport Pavillion:
Monday 16/10/17
8:00 pm – Hamrun Tre Angeli vs Swieqi
9:15 pm – Pieta vs Tarxien JMI
Thursday 19/10/17
8:00 pm – Mriehel vs Swieqi U21
9:15 pm – Qormi vs Junior College
Friday 20/10/17
8:00 pm – Luxol vs Marsaskala
9:15 pm – Valletta vs University of Malta

A thrilling game ending with an unfortunate loss

In their second appearance in the UEFA Futsal Cup’s Main Round, despite their stunning performance, Luxol had to bow to Araz Naxcivan in the last 90 seconds.

The first half proved to be very balanced, with Luxol going twice on the lead through Hrvoje Penava and Panu Autio. Six minutes before the break, the outstanding Brazilian Maicon Da Silva Gaiewski reduced the score for Araz.

From the first instances, the second half showed to have quite a lot of challenges in store for both teams. In the third minute, Da Silva Gaiewski levelled the matters with his second personal goal. Only two minutes later, Luxol’s Brazilian proliphic scorer Rogerio dos Santos Filho, put again Luxol on the lead.

Luxol’s Emil Raducu and Hrvoje Penava lost their scoring opportunity, thus did not manage to widen the margin. After testing Luxol’s goalkeeper Kenneth Rakvaag, the unstoppable Da Silva Gaiewski netted his third goal.

In the twelfth minute of the second half, Gabriel Nascimento Bastos fouled Luxol’s Autio. Celino Alves took the free kick and paved way to Penava to score his second goal, putting Luxol again on the lead.

Six minutes from the end, Rafael Carvalho Vilela Dos Santos levelled the score again from an assist by Da Silva Gaiewski.

In the dying minutes, the high dominating levels of adrenaline of both teams led them to remain implanting excitement in the spectators of this game, as they continuously exchanged with the flying keeper. Araz missed a golden opportunity from Carvalho Vilela Dos Santos who hit the woodwork. Luxol also lost their last chance through Penava. Finally, against all odds, Da Silva Gaeiwski imprinted his fourth personal goal and a minute later Bolinha made the final score of 6-4.

Difficult start for Luxol

Luxol found a difficult opponent to start their first ever presence as a Maltese futsal club in the UEFA Futsal Cup Main Round. In Group 8 Luxol were given little chance from the Romanian champions and host team FC Deva.

FC Deva took a three-goal advantage from Dumitru Stoika, Florin Matei and Marius Matei. In the opening of the second half, Alpar Csoma added another goal for the hosts. Luxol had a more balanced approach in the second half as Rogerio dos Santos Filho scored twice. Romanian goalkeeper Toni Tonita scored the fifth goal and Marius Matei missed to score the sixth one from the penalty spot.

Luxol will be again in action, today at 15:30 against Araz Naxcivan (Azerbaijan) and on Saturday at 15:30 against Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina).