Month: March 2018

Valletta and Mriehel ESS crowned as Champions

Valletta accomplished the Elite title in the second leg final against Luxol. After a goalless first half, the match continued to a much more entertaining second half, the end of which was a penalty shootout.

Valletta broke the deadlock in the fourth minute of the second half, from an inviting cross to Jovica Milijic who put the ball at the back of the net. Five minutes later, Luxol’s Zvezdan Vukovic levelled the matters. With less than two minutes of play, Dylan Musu regained advantage for the Citizens and put their supporters on celebration mode. In the last second Luxol’s Emil Andrei Raducu tested his luck and shot to goal against all odds. This 2-2 tie meant that the winner had to be decided after a penalty shootout.

Valletta’s Gia Nikvashvili missed the first penalty as he was denied by Luxol’s goalkeeper Christian Cassar. Celino Alves who returned from an injury, scored Luxol’s first penalty. Valletta’s Camilo Andres Gomez Vanegas scored the equalizer, while Luxol’s Andy Mangion missed the target. Meanwhile Milijic and Raducu netted their respective shots. Finally the Lillywhites shortly resumed their celebrations as Musu scored with Maicon Silva missing the target for Luxol.

It was then time for Valletta’s jubilation which was apexed with their captain Melvin Borg being presented with the trophy by FMA Honorary President Mark Borg and Treasurer Mireille Vella.

Mriehel ESS were declared Division One Champions after beating Tarxien JMI with the end result of 8-7. Mriehel ESS made it through Faisal Alnakuoo’s brace, a goal apiece for Victor Diego Viera Marinho, Essa Benatiya u Ayoub Ahmad and own goals by Radovan Duric, Uros Markovic and Craig Pickard. Tarxien JMI’s scoresheet included braces from Radovan Duric, Armando Djepali and William Barbosa, together with Craig Pickard’s goal.

After the final whistle, Mriehel ESS’ captain Marwan Tellisi was presented with the trophy by FMA Honorary President Mark Borg and Treasurer Mireille Vella.

Valletta keep title hopes alive in a dominant win

A very determined and united squad gave Valletta a dominant win against the other title contenders Luxol. The stunning performance throughout the whole season of both teams reached its peak, turning the game into a very entertaining match.

In the twelfth minute Georgian Gia Nikvashvili broke the deadlock and put the Citizens on the lead. A minute later Andy Mangion levelled matters till the end of the first half.

Two minutes from the beginning of the second half, Valletta’s Nikvasvili found the net again. Columbian Camilo Andres Gomez Vanegas added another one for the Lillywhites and made them 3-1. It was again Nikvashvili’s turn to add another one for Valletta and mark his personal hat-trick. After various dangerous opportunities from both sides, Dylan Musu sealed the end result of 5-1.

Next week both teams will have to confront each other with either Valletta confirming themselves as Elite Champions, or with Luxol winning the next match. If the latter be the winners, the title will be given in the third and final match.

Mriehel ESS and Tarxien JMI will be Division One finalists, afer respectively beating Pietà Nordiska and University of Malta.

In the first semi final Mriehel ESS had their match winner in the last 30 seconds. Pietà’s Nikolay Filipov opened the score just 20 seconds from the first half whistle. In the second half Mriehel ESS had their equalizer through Christian Micallef. Finally Faisal Alnakoo’s goal ticketed Mriehel ESS’ presence in the final with the end result of 2-1.

The other semi final was a short breathening encounter in which Tarxien JMI won 7-5 after the penalty shoot out. The Universitarians were leading 3-0 with Shawn Deguara’s brace and Jose Maria Aguilera Castellano’s goal.

In the second half Tarxien JMI were transformed completely and reduced the score through Craig Pickard’s and Dylan Cacciatolo’s own goal. Dusan Rakic momemtarily gave hope to his fellow Universitarians. Tarxien JMI levelled the score to 4-4 through Manuel Caruana and Claudio Venuto.

In the penalty shoot out, Radovan Duric, Uros Markovic and Armando Djepali scored for Tarxien JMI. Dusan Rakic found the net for the Universitarians but earlier Jose Maria Aguilera Castellano missed the target from the penalty spot.

Coming fixtures:

Division One Play Offs Final

Thursday 22/3/18

8:00 pm Mriehel ESS vs Tarxien JMI

Elite Play Offs Final Leg 2

Friday 23/3/18

8:00 pm Valletta vs Luxol

Valletta and Luxol confirmed as Elite Finalists

Valletta and Luxol confirmed again their presence in the Elite Final, after passing by Hamrun Tre Angeli and Swieqi United respectively.

Valletta initially moved forward and scored through Columbian Camilo Andres Gomez Vanegas and Melvin Borg. During the second half the Citizens didn’t cease from scoring and found again the net through Redeemer Borg and Melvin Borg. Two minutes towards the end, Hamrun reduced the matters through Stefan Camilleri and Daniel Mifsud. This led Valletta to ticket their place in the final with an end result of 4-2 and an aggregate of 9-3.

Luxol ascertained their place in the final against Valletta, after beating Swieqi United with 4-1 and an aggregate of 10-2. Zvezdan Vukovic put Luxol on the lead through a sole goal in the first half. Swieqi United made a positive start of the second half as their youngest player Aidan Micallef, son of Christian Micallef who plays Mriehel ESS, levelled the result. Luxol wanted to make sure of being winners of this match, and sealed the result through Andy Mangion’s brace Gian Carlo Sammut’s goal.

Valletta and Luxol will again be contesting the Elite title as from next week in the final played on the best of three matches.

Division One saw the University of Malta playing twice this week against Pietà Nordiska and Qormi.

In their first match the Universitarians consolidated their leadership beating Pietà Nordiska for 7-2. This important victory came from a hat-trick by Jose Maria Aguilera Castallano, Nermin Hasanbegovic’s brace and a goal apiece for Shawn Deguara and Rodney Debono. Meanwhile Sean Vella and Ricardo Ortega Toro scored for Pietà Nordiska.

However in the second match the Universitarians who were leading 3-0, couldn’t make it to beat Qormi. For Qormi this was the fourth consecutive win in their last period. Antoine Galea was Qormi’s main protagonist scoring three times together with a goal apiece for Miguel Alcaraz, Patrick Barbara and Bertram Azzopardi. The Universitarians’ score sheet was made up of Jose Maria Aguilera Castellano’s hat-trick and a goal apiece for Nermin Hasanbegovic and Daniel Zahra.

Division One Standings:

University of Malta 32;Tarxien JMI 30; Pietà Nordiska 27; Qormi 21; Swieqi United U21 & Marsaskala 9; Junior College 0.

Coming fixtures:

Division One Play Offs Semi Final

Thursday 15/3/18

8:00 pm Mriehel ESS vs Pietà Nordiska

9:15 pm University of Malta vs Tarxien JMI

Elite Play Offs Final – Leg 1

Friday 16/3/18

8:00 pm Luxol vs Valletta

Luxol and Valletta win the semi finals’ first leg

In the first Play Offs Semi Final, Luxol continued the winning trend, as they managed to win the first leg against Swieqi United with the end result of 6-1. In the first half Luxol found the net three times, through player coach Frane Despotovic, captain Mark Zammit and Andy Mangion.

In the opening of the second half, Luxol kept their rhythm high with Maicon Da Silva Gaiewski who had a quick fire brace. In a short period of time, Swieqi United reduced the gap through their veteran player coach Boicho Marev. Luxol put their mind at rest in the dying seconds with Andy Mangion’ second personal goal.

In the second Play Offs Semi Final, Valletta and Hamrun offered a very entertaining match, giving the Citizens a win of 5-1. After only 39 seconds Valletta’s Denis Di Maio broke the deadlock and Hamrun managed to keep this result till the end of the first half.

Hamrun’s positive attitude gave Daniel Mifsud the opportunity to level the matters. From that point in time, there was no look back for Valletta and took full control of the match, in order to win this first leg. Denis  Di Maio marked a hat-trick, together with a goal apiece for Camilo Andres Gomez Vanegas and Gia Nikvasvili.

Marsaskala ended positively their appearance in Division One, as they won 7-2 against Junior College. This result increased the gap they had with the same Junior College and finished with nine points like Swieqi United U21.

Junior College had a good start, as they had a double advantage through Fabio Miguel Fama Gaspar and Arturo Garcia de Haro. Unexpectedly, Marsaskala came back fiercely through Alessio Restuccia’s brace and a goal from Joseph Mifsud.

In the second half Marsaskala took control of the situation and continued to score more goals through Robert Zammit’s brace and a goal apiece for Josef Balzan and Bernard Sciberras.

Tarxien JMI went up momentarily on top of Division One, after beating Pietà Nordiska 4-2. Tarxien’s goals from Uros Markovic brace together with Raodavan Duric’s goal and an own goal scored by Claude Debono. Sean Vella and karl Sciortino scored for Pietà.

Junior College also ended their first experience in the local futsal scenario but without earning any points at all. They lost their last Division One match against Qormi, with the end result of 4-1. Antoine Galea had a hat-trick and Clayton Borg added another one for Qormi. Junior College’s sole goal was scored by Paul Farrugia.


Luxol wins decider against Valletta

Luxol ended on top of the Elite’s table after beating Valletta 2-1 in the Pre-Play Offs Decider.

It was quite a balanced game and extremely tactical with both teams utilising the flying keeper. Luxol started immediately with Mark Zammit as the flying keeper and in the second half Dylan Musu took the same role for Valletta.

All goals came in the first half, starting with Valletta’s Shawn Vella who broke the deadlock, Zvezdan Vukovic scored the equalizer and Gian Carlo Sammut put Luxol on the lead.

Tomorrow the Play Offs get started with Luxol playing against Swieqi United and Valletta will face off Hamrun Tre Angeli.