Premier League sides Floriana and Tarxien Rainbows both registered comfortable wins as another four matches from the third round of the FA Trophy were played on Tuesday. Mqabba and Qrendi also reached the next stage to join St. Andrews, Senglea Athletic, SK Victoria Wanderers, Marsa and Sliema Wanderers in the fourth round.
Floriana found no difficulty in beating Second Division side Birzebbuga St. Peter’s at the Centenary Stadium.
Nicolas Chiesa converted a penalty on the 10th minute and ten minutes later, Maurizio Vella doubled the score. Substitute Mario Fontanella scored twice on the 49th and 65th with Ignacio Varela scoring a fifth goal twelve minutes from time.
The Greens will be facing Victoria Hotspurs or Ghajnsielem in the next round.
FLORIANA Matthew Grech, Andre Scicluna, Enzo Ruiz, Steve Pisani (46′ Gustavo Amadio), Clyde Borg, Ignacio Varela, Maurizio Vella, Jurgen Pisani, Amadou Samb (46′ Mario Fontanella), Nicolas Chiesa, Ryan Camenzuli (51′ Daniel Agius).
Coach: Giovanni Tedesco
BIRZEBBUGA Levi Saliba, Christopher Cutajar, John Micallef, Lesley Cassar Jackson, Shawn Darmanin, Damon Grima, Rene Duca, Luca Santoiemma (72′ Jean Claude Cassar), Andrea Cutajar (58′ Joseph Mercieca), Keith Muscat, Ronnie Celeste (86′ Larson Abela).
Coach: Kenneth Costantino
Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Christopher Francalanza, Martin Borg
Fourth Official: Sandro Spiteri
Tarxien Rainbows defeated First Division side Gharghur 6-0 in another match at the Centenary Stadium.
Matthew Tabone put the Rainbows ahead on the half-hour and seven minutes later, Alex da Paixao Alves doubled the score. Seven minutes in the second half, Julian Galea made it 3-0 and Alex Nilsson 4-0 on the 61st. An own goal on the 71st increased the lead for Tarxien with Alex da Paixao Alves scoring the sixth and final goal three minutes from time.
The Rainbows will be facing First Division side Lija Athletic in the fourth round.
GHARGHUR Ryan Micallef, Julio Cesar Sousa Martins da Silva (61′ Muda Fagbeja), Eduardo de Lima Nicolau, Karl Conti (78′ Mark Spiteri), Keith Fedele, Jesmar Briffa (46′ Lydon Vella), Carlo Gie, Josuel Azzopardi, William Barbosa, Luke Busuttil, Gordon Saliba.
Coach: Borislav Giorev
TARXIEN Philip Schranz, Emerson Marcelina, Julian Galea (64′ Dylan Micallef), Triston Caruana, Alex Nilsson, Andrew Agius, Sergio Fernandez Prendes (68′ Matthew Brincat), Alex da Paixa Alves, Matthew Tabone, Kurt Zammit, Sacha Borg (56′ Luke Zahra).
Coach: Jesmond Zerafa
Referee: Fyodor Zammit
Assistant Referees: William Debattista, Sammy Attard
Fourth Official: Mario Apap
A goal by Dhonatan Santos da Hora on the 77th minute gave Qrendi a narrow win over Swieqi United in a clash between two Second Division sides at the Luxol Stadium.
Qrendi, who had eliminated Oratory Youths in the previous round, will be facing Sliema Wanderers in the next round.
SWIEQI Edward Gatt, Glendon Refalo, Stian Nilsen (70′ Dean Grech), Benjamin Frendo, Luke Scicluna, Dylan Gouder (60′ Dean Grech), Thomas Philip Debono, Bruno Menezes (77′ Alan Schembri Wismayer), Roderick Taliana, Kenneth Ekezie, Ion-Alin Margarit.
Coach: William Mock
QRENDI James Borg, Kristian Galea, Joseph Fenech, Ranier Buhagiar, Mark Farrugia (67′ Tonio Damato), Dylan Zarb Josuel Spiteri, Ryan Schembri (84′ Robert Darmanin), Dhonatan Santos da Hora, Ian Montanaro, Bjorn Bondin (58′ Clayton Caruana).
Coach: Demi Scerri
Referee: Darko Stankovic
Assistant Referees: Shaun Calleja, Robert Curtis
A brace by Paul Chimezie in the final six minutes gave First Division side Mqabba a 2-0 win over Second Division side Siggiewi in another match at the Luxol Stadium.
In the fourth round, Mqabba, who had defeated Msida St. Joseph 1-0 in the second round, will be facing Nadur Youngsters or Hamrun Spartans.
SIGGIEWI Clyde Xuereb, Kim Buhagiar, Jason Camilleri, Edward Bugeja, Shaun Bugeja, Andre Farrugia, Samuel Vella, Karl Mizzi, Nathan Caruana (89′ Gary Bugeja), Eman Ciappara (79′ Luke Cassar), Julian Fenech Adami.
Coach: Saviour Debono Grech
MQABBA Jonathan Debono, Gaetano Gesualdi, Mauro Bonnici, Arilson Mello da Silva, Karl Cutajar, Paul Chimezie, Quincy Bregman (55′ Luke Vella Critien), David Azzopardi, Leontiev Konda (68′ Luca Casha), Joey Reno Vella (88′ Goran Adamovic), Jaisen Jaren Clifford.
Coach: Clive Mizzi
Referee: Matthew De Gabriele
Assistant Referees: Darko Stankovic, David Castillo