Futsal:Hamrun beat Swieqi to close in on Luxol ahead of Tuesday’s clash

Hamrun Spartans eased past Swieqi United 9-3 to maintain their good form of late in the Gatorade Futsal League and prepare in a perfect way for their clash against Champions Luxol.

The Spartans produced another polished display to overcome Swieqi’s challenge.

Hamrun had Brazilian lateral Madson Caetano de Abreu making his official debut with a bang as he signed off with a brace.

His compatriot Michel Melo Jose was four times on the mark as Jason Mifsud, George Frendo and Juan Manuel Losada Teruel scored more goals for the Red/Blacks.

Swieqi reduced the gap thanks to a Boicho Marev’s brace and a Diego Gomes de Mello goal.

Lija Athletic emulated their rivals’ feats as they saw off Mdina Knights 13-1.

Endrit Kaca was Lija’s inspirational player as he netted six of his team’s goals.

Gary Inguanez, Chris Cardona, Andre Enrique de Souza, Nikolay Filipov and Redeemer Borg added more goals for Kevin Mifsud’s side.

Neil Cauchi hit the target for Mdina Knights.


Futsal:Cantering wins for Valletta and Hamrun

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 goals together with Ryan Micallef to close the gap to a final 18-2 scoreline.

Valletta recorded a 13-0 win against Marsascala.
There was no doubt about the potent play of the team guided from the bench by Clayton Felice.
The Citizens were in uncompromising mood and judging from the 12-0 scoreline before the break, they cantered away to an emphatic victory.

In the second half, Valletta lowered their tempo as they managed to score one more goal to return to winning ways and maintain the third spot in the table.
The Lilywhites’ goals came from four braces by Denis di Maio, Mohammed Elamari, Jurgen Pace and Xavier Saliba as Dylan Musu, Melvin Borg, Ricardo Ortega Toro, Jovica Milijic and Daniel Brincat were also on the mark.


Futsal:Sliema’s Ribic stole the show, Swieqi high up with style

In a very hard fought encounter, Sliema came over Mqabba winning 5-3.
The Wanderers started dictating the game but Mqabba’s reaction put them back into the game. Mqabba opened the score, when Borja Lopez Fernandez received the ball from a corner and netted his first goal of the match for Mqabba.
Aleksander Ribic who was left alone in the penalty area, leveled the matters with a power-shot from a short distance. Sliema had another scoring opportunity from a free kick outside the penalty area, which went up high.
Mqabba missed to score a kick from the second penalty spot when Etienne Rodo hit the post. Mqabba had another kick from the second penalty spot scored from Borja Lopez Fernandez.
In the second half Sliema took over and Ribic scored three more goals and missed a kick from the second penalty spot.
Two minutes from the end, Miguel Alcaraz reduced the arrears for Mqabba.
In the last minute Ribic missed another kick from the second penalty spot, which was well saved by goalkeeper Schembri.
In the remainig sixteen seconds Frankie Xerri scored Sliema’s final goal again from a kick from the second penalty spot.

In the second match of the day Swieqi had another stunning performance, resulting in another important win against Msida.
After 15 minutes of play, Gabor Balan opened the score for Swieqi from a direct free kick.
Diego Gomes de Mello doubled the score from the kick from the second penalty spot.
Msida reduced the score through Ryan Xuereb’s goal. Swieqi were immediately given a foul and Boicho Marev was denied from the goalkeeper from the second penalty spot.
In the beginning of the second half, Herbert Spiteri leveled the matters.
Msida were awarded a penalty, taken by Paulo Mendes da Silva and well saved by Swieqi’s goalkeeper Keith Cassar Jackson.
Omar Toutoungi put again Swieqi on the lead. Few minutes later, Msida lost the chance to level again the matters, when Matthew Dingli was denied by the woodwork.
Diego Gomez de Mello scored another goal for Swieqi and for the last five minutes Msida opted for Matthew Dingli as their fying keeper.
In the dying minutes Boicho Marev caught Dingli out of place and scored into an empty net. The same Marev came face to face with the goalkeeper and put the ball at the back of the net, sealing the end result of 6-2.


Futsal:Zebbug climb up, after a superb balanced encounter

Both Zebbug and Qrendi gave a fascinating balanced performance, in a game which was decided in the second half.

It was after only four minutes of play that Qrendi went on the lead through Alan Spiteri’s goal. Zebbug Rangers gave a prompt response through Anton Novoa Perez, who definitely turned out to be the man of the match.

Qrendi was leading the first half of the game with another goal from Alan Spiteri and more goals from Ronald Spina, Morad El-Torshi, Jonathan Xerri and Craig Pickard’s first goal. Ricky Zammit, debutant Radnor Farrugia and Jamie Portelli continued to deduct the score line for Zebbug.

During the second half, the Rangers gave a boost and Novoa Perez’s help to his team mates resulted in the fourth win of the season. This Spanish player scored three more goals, together with Jamie Portelli and Radnor Farrugia who scored their second goal in the match.

Meanwhile Antonello Brincat and once again Craig Pickard scored for Qrendi.