Hibernians moved to just one point behind joint-leaders Birkirkara and Mosta as the latter two shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw in this week’s big match at the Luxol Stadium on Tuesday.
The Stripes took the lead after just eight minutes through Rachael Cuschieri but the Blues’ reaction was immediate and they levelled matters four minutes later with a goal by Jade Flask. Twelve minutes in the second half, Mosta took the lead through Dorianne Theuma but two minutes from time, Kelly Agius Pace notched the equaliser.
B’KARA Janice Xuereb, Yasmeen Vella, Stephania Farrugia, Kirstie Vella, Kim Parnis, Gabriella Zahra, Maryrose Cardona (85′ Simone Buttigieg), Rachel Cuschieri, Isabelle Mazzitelli (80′ Kelly Groves), Kelly Agius Pace, Alishia Sultana (75′ Raina Giusti).
Coach: Johann Scicluna
MOSTA Sharon Costantino, Oriana Bedingfield, Nicole Buttigieg, Rebecca D’Agostino, Yanice Fenech, Jade Flask, Karen Lia, Annemarie Muscat, Natasha Pace, Dorianne Theuma, Shona Zammit.
Coach: Kenneth Costantino
Scorers: Rachel Cuschieri 8’ (B), Jade Flask 12’ (M), Dorianne Theuma 57’ (M), Kelly Agius Pace 88’ (B)
In a match from the Championship Pool on Sunday, Hibernians defeated Gozo 4-0 at the Sannat Ground.
Ylenia Carabott and Ruth Steer Chetham scored two goals each to hand the Paolites the three points. Carabott’s first goal was her 200th goal for Hibernians
GOZO Fabiann Vella, Ann-Marie Said, Rita Azzopardi (Samantha Vella 70’), Michelle Zuber, Rebecca Bajadam Felicienne Mercieca, Melania Bajada, Julia Vella, Michelle Pace, Emma Xuereb, Moddyann Refalo.
Coach: Melania Bajada
HIBS Keoney Demicoli, Claire Sciberras, Rosalie Cauchi (Michaela Camilleri), Sherianne Zammit, Francesca Chircop, Ylenia Carabott (Nicole Borg), Dionne Tonna, Charlene Zammit, Ruth Steerchetam, Marie Clarie Aquilina, Rebecca Vella (Gabriella Tonna).
Coach: Keith Gouder
In a match from the Relegation Pool, Mgarr United defeated Hamrun Spartans 2-1 at the Mgarr Ground.
Although Mgarr held the initiative right from the start, Hamrun managed to take the lead thanks to a long-distance shot by Amanda Atkins after just four minutes. Daniela Ebejer levelled matters on the 22nd minute and former Hamrun player Claudette Xuereb notched the winner for Mgarr eleven minutes in the second half.
MGARR Ruth Debono, Debbie Pisani, Claudette Xuereb, Abigail Camilleri, Tiziana Fenech (Chantelle Bezzina), Antoinette Sammut, Mariana Vella, Maria Mizzi (Stephanie Mamo), Daniela Ebejer, Jasmine Vella Turner, Brenda Borg.
Coach: Ray Vella
HAMRUN Christine Galea, Zuleika Azzopardi, Nikita Agius, Shana Zerafa, Amanda Atkins, Amanda Buhagiar, Kimberly Micallef, Christabelle Bonello (Gabriella Calleja Cremona 60’), Nicole Cutajar, Shaya Ciantar (Tedia Attard 46’) Lilian Cremona.
Coach: Sean Scicluna
Referee: Daniel Portelli
Scorers: Amanda Atkins 4’ (H), Daniela Ebejer 22’, Claudette Xuereb 56’ (M)
In another match, Tarxien Rainbows held Pembroke Athleta in a 1-1 draw at the Tarxien Ground.
Pembroke were the better side throughout the ninety minutes, taking the lead thanks to Thresa Scicluna on 61 minutes. However Francesca Cauchi notched the equaliser on the 90th to earn a point for Tarxien.
TARXIEN Grech Dorienne, Abela Elise, Cachia Cheryl (Plumpton Amy 80’), Vella Antoinette, Meyer Yolanda, Camilleri Naomi (Attard Roxanne 75’), Camilleri Kristine (Coleiro KellyAnne 80’), Bonello Diane, Senecal Lisa (Chetcuti Joanne 83’), Magro Kim, Pisani Leah Marie (Cauchi Francesca 56’).
Coach: Norbert Bugeja
PEMBROKE RoseMarie Baldacchino, Sarah Cassar Dymond, Sarah Caruana, Thresa Scicluna, Monique Sultana (Nicole Vermeulen 58’), Cassandra Camilleri, Amber Grech, Darya Attard, Annabelle Rapa (Denyse Scerri 84’), Martina Borg (Leanne Micallef 72’), Ottilia Debattista (Sonia Schembri 66’).
Coach: Rikky Pace.
Referee: Daniel Portelli
Scorers: Thresa Scicluna 61’ (P), Francesca Cauchi 90’ (T)
Raiders (Luxol) kept marching on in the BOV Women’s Second Division after defeating Fgura United 3-1 at the Fgura Ground.
Following a goalless first half, Raiders managed to break the deadlock on the 49th thanks to Rodianne Zerafa. Two minutes later, Rodianne Borg doubled the score. Fgura pulled one back on 53 minutes but Rodianne Zerafa scored again for Fgura on the 79th to seal the issue.
FGURA Marieclaire Polidano, Analisa Farrugia, Eliana Gialanze, Shana Debono, Veronica Juste (Claire Gerada 82’), Alberta Cassar, Leona Tabone (Alysa Cachia 69’), Jackie Abdilla, Kareb Schembri, Eva Jansson, Vicky Sciberras.
Coach: Tony Muscat
RAIDERS Sonia Farrugia, Therese Briffa (Andy Mifsud Zammit 29’), Francesca Gatt, Nicole Micallef, Amanda Mifsud (Katleen Mangion 46’), Rodienne Borg, Nadine Agius, Rodienne Zerafa, Davinia Pomroy (Faith Spiteri 46’), Justine Barthet, Naomi Van Erd.
Coach: Mimmo Vella
Referee: Sean Calleja
Scorers: Rodianne Zerafa 49’, Rodianne Borg 51’ (R), Karen Schembri 53’ (F), Rodianne Zerafa 79’ (R)
Kirkop United came back from one goal down to beat St. Venera Yellow Blues 2-1 at the Zebbug Ground.
Orianne Cassar put the Saints ahead thanks to a direct freekick seven minutes from the end of the first half. After the break, Kirkop showed greater determination and levelled matters through Emma Moore on the 73rd. Ten minutes later, Emma Moore was on target again to put Kirkop 2-1 ahead. Yanika Debono was unlucky to hit the crossbar for St. Venera on the 90th and therefore Kirkop took the three points home.
KIRKOP Stefania Ruggier, Angele Farrugia, Roxanne Galea, Elaine Bonnici (Demi Psaila 80’), Stacie Cassar (Dorianne Bonello 68’), Alexia Baldacchino, Martina Bonello, Tara Attard (Angelica Tanti 89’), Donnalise Xerri, Emma Moore, Krystle Attard.
Coach: Vince Galea.
ST. VENERA Rodene Ghirxi, Audrey Ann Attard, Yanika Debono, Annelise Abela, Emily Pace, Nathalie Grima, Anna Marie Vella, Orianne Cassar, Daniela Farrugia, Brenda Borg, Laura Caruana.
Coach: Joe Carbonaro
Referee: Andre Psaila
Scorers: Orianne Cassar 38’ (S), Emma Moore 73’ 83’ (K)
In another match, Lija / Iklin registered their first win as they beat Vittoriosa Stars 1-0 at the Charles Abela Stadium.
Chanelle Sciberras scored the all-important goal two minutes from the end of the first half.