The BOV Women’s First Division and the BOV Women’s Second Division Leagues kicked-off on Monday with three matches from the First Division and two from the Second Division.
Gozo FC kicked-off their commitments with a 4-2 win over Mgarr United in a balanced encounter at the Mgarr Ground.
The Gozitans were more agressive in the early stages, taking the lead thanks to Emma Xuereb on the 10th. Mgarr levelled matters on the 25th thanks to Daniela Ebejer and Alice Stanton made it 2-1 seven minutes later. Mgarr now held the initiative but the Gozitan rear-guard led by goalkeeper Dorianne Grech controlled well their opponents. However just before half-time, Melania Bajada scored from a direct freekick to restore equilibrium. Six minutes in the second half, Nicole Buttigieg made it 3-2 for Gozo and Joselene Gafa sealed the issue with a fourth goal on 63 minutes.
MGARR Marie Claire Tabone, Tasha Pace, Rebecca D’Agostino, Abigail Camilleri, Yanika Buhagiar, Antionette Sammut, Nicole Cutajar, Brenda Borg, Daniela Ebejer, Alice Stanton, Jasmine Vella Turner.
Coach: Ray Vella
GOZO Dorianne Grech, Felicienne Mercieca, Rita Azzopardi, Annmarie Said, Nicole Buttigieg, Melania Bajada, Joslene Gafa, Chantelle Grech (35’ Michelle Pace), Modyann Refalo (90’ Julia Vella), Rebecca Vella, Emma Xuereb.
Coach: Jose Borg
Scorers: Emma Xuereb 10’, Melania Bajada 45’, Nikki Buttigieg 51’, Joslene Gafa 63’(G), Daniela Ebejer 25’, Alice Stanton 32’ (M)
Champions Birkirkara defeated Pembroke Athleta 3-0 at the Charles Abela Stadium.
Although the Stripes held the initiative during the first half, it was only three minutes in the second half that they managed to break the deadlock thaks to a goal by Rachel Cuschieri. Martina Cilia doubled the score on 73 minutes and Rachel Cuschieri sealed the issue with a third goal seven minutes from time.
BIRKIRKARA Janice Xuereb, Stephania Farrugia, Kim Parnis, Rachel Cuschieri, Kelly Agius Pace (Alexia Scicluna 81’), Alishia Sultana (35′ Raina Giusti), Tara Jade Attard, Charlene Schembri (Gabriella Zahra 35’), Sacha Camilleri (Simone Buttigieg 61’), Rebecca Chircop (Maryrose Cardona 46’), Martina Cilia.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
PEMBROKE RoseMarie Baldacchino, Annabelle Rapa (Martha Sammut 70’), Monique Sultana, Leanne Micallef, Amber Grech, Lorna Cassar (Ilenia Navarro 80’), Rodianne Borg (Darya Attard 60’), Sonia Schembri, Sarah Caruana, Ottilia Debattista (Thresa
Scicluna 51’), Sarah Cassar Dymond.
Coach: Rikky Pace
Referee: Stefan Pace
Scorers: Rachel Cuschieri 48′, 83′; Martina Cilia 73′
Hibernians dound no difficulty in beating newly-promoted Kirkop United 8-0 at the Mgarr Ground.
Despite having several new signings in squad, Kirkop could only keep their opponents at bay for just over thirty minutes as Charlene Zammit put the Paolites ahead on 36 minutes. Four minutes later, AnnMarie Muscat doubled the score and just before half-time Francesca Chircop made it 4-0. Dionne Tonan scored on the 57th and 62nd to increase the lead further. Francesca Chircop made it 6-0 on 63 minutes before Kathleen Saliba and Dorianne Theuma added another two goals on the 82nd and 89th.
HIBS Keoney Demicoli, Claire Sciberras (Marieclaire Aquilina 78’), Charlene Zammit (Laura Caruana 64’), Sheriane Zammit, Martina Borg (Ruth Steer Chetham 64’), Mandy Debono, Annemarie Muscat (Kathleen Saliba 58’), Dorianne Theuma, Dionne Tonna, Francesca Chircop (Rebecca Vella 76’), Ylenia Carabott.
Coach: Keith Gouder.
KIRKOP Sharon Costantino, Donnalise Xerri (Kim Simler 52’), Emilie Pace, Shona Zammit (Sarah Cassar 85’), Oriana Bedingfield, Jade Flask, Krystle Attard (Martina Bonello 63’), Alessia Caschetto, Celine Galea (Angele Farrugia 81’), Alexia Baldacchino, Charlene Cassia.
Coach: Vince Galea
Referee: David Castillo
Scorers: Charlene Zammit 36’, AnnMarie Muscat 40’, Francesca Chircop 44’ 63’, Dionne Tonna 57’ 62’, Kathleen Saliba 82’, Dorianne Theuma 89’
In the BOV Women’s Second Division, Tarxien Rainbows beat neighbours Fgura United 3-0 at the Tarxien Ground.
Janice Zahra put the Rainbows ahead on 39 minutes. Three minutes in the second half, Francesca Cauchi doubled the score and Kim Magro sealed the issue with a third goal five minutes from time.
At the Zebbug Ground, Lija / Iklin and Vittoriosa Stars shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
Jessica Cardona put Vittoriosa ahead on 15 minutes and the same player doubled the score on the 26th. Francesca Bartolo pulled one back on 37 minutes and five minutes later, Antoinette Cachia levelled matters.