Month: January 2018

This time, it’s Luxol

The highlight of this week was the starting of the Elite Round with the big match between Luxol and Valletta. In contrast to what happened in the first round, Luxol determinantly won this match with the end result of 5-0.
During the first half Rogerio Dos Santos Filho, Frane Depotovic and Mark Zammit, gave a wide gap in favour of Luxol. In the second half, the Citizens sacrified themselves by pushing forward through Xavier Saliba as the flying keeper. This move paved way to Luxol to score two more goals in an empty net. Frane Depotovic together with their recent acquisition Maicon Da Silva Gaiewski, netted again for Luxol.
In another thrilling match, Hamrun Tre Angeli won against Swieqi United with the end result of 8-6.
Hamrun had braces by Frank Paul Azzopardi and Everton Da Silva Santos, a goal apiece for Manuel Jesus Cespedes Gallardo, Florin Anton and Aleksander Tomin, together with Boicho Marev’s own goal.
Swieqi United reduced the matters through a brace by Anderson Belarmino Da Silva, a goal apiece for Andre Cianco, Chris Cardona and Shota Chanukvadze, together with Jason Mifsud’s own goal.

In Division One, Pietà Nordiska, the University of Malta and Swieqi United U21, came out succesfully aganst Qormi, Marsascala and Junior College respectively.
Pietà Nordiska bagged an important win through a brace by Karl Sciortino and Kurt Bartolo’s goal. Qormi’s only goal was scored by Herbert Spiteri.
The Universitarians were initially on the lead with goals scored by Nermin Hasanbegovic, Jose Maria Aguilera Castellano and Gary Inguanez. Marsaskala ended the match positively as they managed to score twice when the Universitarians opted for the flying keeper. Marsascala’s goalkeeper Jean Paul Bianco scored from the other side and Antonio Fraschilla intercepted a dangerous pass and both scored in an empty net.
Finally, Swieqi United U21 white washed Junior College with the end result of 7-0.

Initiation of Futsal’s second round

The match between University of Malta and Swieqi United U21, kick started Futsal’s second round with the opening matches from Division One. University of Malta offered a tactically disciplined performance against the very energetic and spirited Swieqi United U21 team.

Nermin Hasanbegovic, Jose Maria Aguilera Castellano from the penalty spot, Gary Inguanez together with Neil Cauchi gave a 4-1 win to the Universitarians. On the other hand Swieqi’s youngsters scored through their captain Dylan Pace.

Following, Pietà Nordiska gave no chance to Marsaskala through a win of 8-3. Tarxien JMI had a tough struggle in order to manage to achieve the three points against Qormi; the end result being 4-3.

Valletta’s first defeat puts Universitarians in the semis

On its return from the festive season, futsal resumed this week with the Knock Out Quarter Final. At this stage occured the least unexpected; the elimination of Valletta from this competition by the University of Malta (UOM). Despite holding on to a perfect track record in the league, Valletta had to bow to the Universitarians’ determination which made them victorious with a win of 4-2.

UOM went on the lead through Nermin Hasanbegovic and Shawn Deguara. The Citizens replied through Mohammed Lamari’s brace, giving the momentarily equalizer. The Universitarians returned again on the lead through Gary Inguanez. In the last minute, when Valletta pushed everyting forward by utilizing Murtaz Kakabadze as the flying keeper, UOM’s goalkeeper Dylan Cacciatolo grasped the opportunity to score from the other side of the pitch in a clean net. This magnificent goal sealed UOM’s qualification to the semi final and filled them with joy and satisfaction.

Luxol also made it to the semi final, with an easy win of 11-1 against Marsaskala. Swieqi United also had a stunning outcome and ticketed a place in the semi final, winning 5-1 against Pietà Nordiska. Hamrun also joined the other three semi finalists, beating Tarxien JMI with the end result of 5-2.

Next week the First Division kicks off with the following matches:

Monday 15/1/18

8:00pm University of Malta vs Swieqi United U21

9:15 pm Pietà Nordiska vs Marsaskala

Thursday 18/1/18

8:00pm Tarxien JMI vs Qormi