Msida St Joseph stunned Gzira after outclassing their opponents 14-7 in the first leg of the Gatorade Futsal Play-Offs.
Serbian duo Zvezdan Vukovic and Aleksander Kristonijevic were the architects behind Msida’s success as they pushed forward their team and threatened their opponents’ defence who found it hard to stop them from scoring.
A goal after four minutes set the tone for a high-scoring match as goals were coming successively to keep the spectators present at the Corradino Pavillion really entertained.
The Maroons, on their part, produced a decent reaction scoring four goals to reduce the gap to 7-6 in one moment but after scoring their eighth goal, Msida again opened up their goal scoring flair.
Aleksandar Kristonijevic and Zvezdan Vukovic netted a poker, Marian Gologan notched a brace while Matthew Dingli, Noel Portelli, Ryan Xuereb and Chris Cutajar added more goals for the winning side.
Three braces by Alessio Restuccia, Josh Parry and Frankie Xerri together with a goal by Darren Agius were on the mark for Gzira.
The latter have a mountain to climb in the second leg as they need to score eight goals without reply to maintain their place in the Premier Division.
Meanwhile, Naxxar Lions built a narrow advantage for the second leg after struggling to beat a mighty Attard side 2-1.
The Lions managed to react well after going one goal down, notching the equaliser and gaining the final lead to take home a small advantage for next Monday.
An own goal after 18 miutes by Paul Bugeja broke the deadlock for Attard but Naxxar were quick to react as Daniel Brincat put his side level one minute later.
Attard were stunned as Ryan Mifsud found the winning goal on 20 minutes.
In the second half, Attard tried hard to level the matters but found an organized and disciplined Naxxar rearguard.
The latter missed two chances to extend their lead as they missed some consecutive free shots.