Msida’s second half surge stuns Wanderers, Unstoppable Luxol win again

February 5, 2016 Fixtures
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A second-half onslaught earned Msida the most precious three points as they came from behind to see off Sliema Wanderers 7-4 in their direct clash for the sixth place. An own goal by Herbert Spiteri opened the scoring for the Wanderers as Frankie Xerri and Aleksandar Ribic added more goals. Chris Cutajar reduced the scoreline for Msida until Ribic scored his side’s fourth goal before the break. It could have been even worse for Msida at the break as Ribic and Xerri struck the post. But the Seasiders emerged from the tunnel with renewed vigour and managed to turn the tables after hitting the target six times through a brace by Herbert Spiteri and goals from Milan Balovic, Diones Mendes da Silva, Ryan Xuereb and Ivan Cassar. Meanwhile, leaders Luxol cruised to a resounding 13-0 win over Qrendi to maintain their season’s perfect stretch. The experienced St Andrew’s side were Read the full article…


Valletta hit 18 past Gozo, Mqabba fight back from two-goal deficit

February 3, 2016 Fixtures
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Valletta obtained a win with a bang yesterday as they thrashed Gozo FC 18-0. The technical skills and attacking prowess of Valletta’s forwards, the likes of Mohammed Elamari, Xavier Saliba and Jovica Milijic, proved too much for a toothless Gozo team. Elamari hit the target seven times, again taking centre-stage with a masterful performance. Jovica Milijic notched a hat-trick, Jurgen Pace and Dylan Musu hit a brace while Xavier Saliba, Cristian Cuadros Silva, Melvin Borg and an own goal added the tally for the Citizens. This was Gozo’s eleventh straight defeat of the season as they are still in search of their first points. Valletta managed to maintain a clean sheet for the third consecutive game. In another match played at the Corradino Pavillion, Mqabba battled back from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw against Marsascala in another thrilling game. Marsascala raced ahead through a brace from Andre Read the full article…


Spartans land Brazilian lateral, Msida and Valletta bolster squad

February 2, 2016 News
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At the end of the January transfer window, local clubs intensified their efforts to further strengthen their squads ahead of the second part of the season. Hamrun Spartans, second in the standings of the Gatorade Futsal League, yesterday completed the signing of Brazilian lateral player Madson Caetano. The latter has played for Qatar Sport Club and Sripatum / Sisaket in Thailand. His last club was Futsal Umuarama (PR), where he played the Liga Futsal 2015 and was vice champion of the Liga Paranaense Gold League. Caetano is the fourth player to join Spartans this month after acquiring keeper Neil Mifsud, Peter Pullicino and Juan Losada Teruel. Even Valletta made headlines after finalising the signing of Slovenian player Dejan Bizjak, who has great experience in this game having played with native club KMN Sevnica. He also had some spells with Serbian Ekonomac Futsal, Slovenian club Puntar, French club Toulon and Italian Read the full article…


Rangers back to winning ways

February 1, 2016 Fixtures
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The opening match from match day 11 of the Gatorade Futsal League saw Zebbug Rangers return to winning ways as they overcame Sirens 5-3. Both teams were after the points from this encounter for different reasons but in the end Zebbug’s superiority told. Their efforts produced a comeback in the second half, after being 2-1 down before the break. two goals. Sirens tried to make a reaction but failed to penetrate the Rangers’ defence, although they went close twice with some attempts at goal. Zebbug captain Jamie Portelli and Claudio Venuto hit a brace while Anton Novoa Perez added another one. On the other hand, Ryan Gilmour Cassar struck a hat-trick for Sirens. This win kept alive Zebbug’s hopes for a top six placing in the table as they join Sliema Wanderers on 15 points, one point behind sixth placed Msida St Joseph who however have a game in hand. Read the full article…


Title rivals stay on winning path

January 30, 2016 Fixtures
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Title challengers Luxol St Andrews and Hamrun Spartans ended matchday 10 of the Gatorade Futsal League on a high note after deserved wins over Swieqi and Msida St Joseph respectively. Both teams have another match to play before their direct clash on February 9. Leaders Luxol beat Swieqi United 6-0 to maintain their two-point lead over second-placed Hamrun. The St Andrews side hit the ground running and managed to score six times from Zvezdan Vukovic, Frane Despotovic, Mark Zammit, Carl Azzopardi, William Barbosa and an own goal. This was Luxol’s tenth victory of the season as they continued to maintain their perfect record. In an interesting clash Hamrun Spartans had the better of Msida as they beat them 9-4 to keep up the chase behind leaders Luxol. Msida gave a good account of themselves as in one moment they were on level terms 3-3. Hamrun reacted fiercely and managed to Read the full article…


Superb second half earns Lilywhites great win

January 28, 2016 Fixtures
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A superb second-half performance from the Citizens earned them a 9-0 win over Zebbug Rangers in another match played from the Gatorade Futsal League. Valletta battled all over the court and thoroughly deserved all three points to register their eighth success of the season. Jovica Milijic surged Valletta ahead on 3:50 minutes while Spanish Cristian Cuadros Silva doubled the score one minute later. The Lilywhites were unlucky not to score more goals as they hit the post twice through Musu and Milijic. Zebbug pressed forward and had Anton Novoa Perez hitting the woodwork on 12 minutes. After a 2-0 advantage before the break, Valletta were in devastating mode in the second half as they were on target three times in two minutes through a Denis di Maio double and Mohammed Elamari . Valletta looked in the mood and added four more goals as Dylan Musu netted a brace while Jurgen Read the full article…


Lija still in the title race, the Knights keep on struggling for a win

January 27, 2016 Fixtures
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The village of Lija, which is a locality with close connections with citrus fruits, had his futsal team introducing a white and orange away kit. For Lija Athletic it was an important win against Mqabba, which was confirmed in the second half. In the first half Lija pushed forward, hit the post twice and faced Mqabba’s goal keeper Malcolm Schembri who did all kind of saves. Nevertheless Lija broke the deadlock through Nicola Del Re. From a Lija’s defensive mistake, Borja Lopez Fernandez stole the ball, ran along the whole touchline and scored for Mqabba. In the last 30 seconds, Lija were again on the lead through Ebrahim Massoudi’s goal. In the second half, Lija Athletic took over and Endrit Kaca scored three goals in a short period of time. Lydon Baldacchino scored the second and final goal for Mqabba. Lija sealed their win with braces for Nicola Del Re Read the full article…


So close and yet so far for Gozo FC

January 26, 2016 Fixtures
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In yesterday’s battle of the basement between Qrendi and Gozo, both teams were looking to bag the three important points in the league. Gozo were very near to obtain the first winning match but in the second half Qrendi came back positively. The Gozitans broke the deadlock through Godwin Buttigieg, while Antonello Brincat levelled the matters. Two minutes from the end of the first half, Buttigieg scored his second goal, putting the Gozitans on the lead. The second half started off with both sets of teams having their chances to take the lead, with Qrendi coming closer to score.  Unfortunately Marvin Cucciardi deflected an own goal which faded Gozo’s hope of having their first win against Qrendi. Alan Spiteri and Craig Pickard were absolutely at their best and netted the important goals of the match. Both teams had a player sent off, as Qrendi’s Alan Spiteri was shown a red Read the full article…


Cantering wins for Valletta and Hamrun

January 23, 2016 Fixtures
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There were expected wins for the big teams as the Gatorade League resumed yesterday. A twelve-goal spurt in the second half, after they had led 6-1 at the end of the opening 20 minutes, laid the basis for a comfortable Hamrun Spartans victory over Mdina Knights in the first match of the programme. As was expected, the Spartans possessed superior qualities, translated in speed and scoring power. To this, Mdina had no answer, despite their battling disposition. A leeway of eighteen goals were scored by the Spartans for whom top scorer Raphinha was the author of six goals. On the other hand, Michel Melo Jose hit a treble, George Frendo and Andy Mangion scored a brace while Joan Losada Teruel, Peter Pullicino, Rodrigo Ticz Patricio and Robert Fenech also participated in Hamrun’s goal scoring spree. Kurt Drackard, after netting an own goal, found the time to score the Knights’ consolation Read the full article…


Mammoth win for Luxol, Lija maintain pace

January 22, 2016 Fixtures
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Luxol scored very much at will to dump Gozo FC 24-0 , thus keeping up the usual one-sided affairs in the first phase of the competition. A dominant approach heralded Luxol’s whitewashing victory as they opened their goal-scoring spree very early in the match. The Gozitans had no option but to play out their possession game. They were already 12 goals down by the time the teams shifted sides. For statistical purposes, Luxol registered the biggest win of the season so far and in so doing they had a total of 9 names in the scorers’ list. William Barbosa alone scored 8 goals, Carl Azzopardi hit the target six times, Clint Cope, Mark Zammit and Zvezdan Vukovic marked a brace while Celino Alves, Florin Anton, Glenn Bonello, Matthew Attard added more goals for the St Andrews side. Lija Athletics continued their positive track as they saw off Sirens 9-2. Despite Read the full article…