Three teams claimed maximum points from the first two matches in the BOV Women’s First Division as focus turned once again on the domestic competitions following the Women’s Under-19 national team’s commitments in the UEFA Under-19 Championship mini-tournament in Serbia.
Champions Birkirkara, Hibernians and Gozo registered wins to move on the six-point mark, leaving the other four teams without any points.
At the Pembroke Ground, Gozo defeated Pembroke Athleta 3-1.
Pembroke were the better side during the first half but goalkeeper Dorienne Grech was hardly tested. Against the run of play, the Gozitans managed to take the lead on the 27th minute when Moddyann Refalo sent Joslyn Gafa through and the latter beat Baldacchino.
Gozo doubled the score on 66 minutes when a Joslyn Gafa freekick was partially saved by substitute goalie Nicole Mifsud, aided by the posts and off the rebound, Felicienne Mercieca placed the ball at the back of the net. Pembroke pulled one back on 73 minutes when Leanne Micallef won the ball in midfield, advanced on the right and beat Grech with a shot from inside the area. They pushed for the equaliser but on the 90th, Gozo sealed the issue with a third goal thanks to a solo effort by Emma Xuereb who advanced on the left before beating the Pembroke goalkeeper with a shot from inside the area.
PEMBROKE RoseMarie Baldacchino (Nicole Mifsud 46’), Annabelle Rapa, Leanne Micallef, Amber Grech (Ilenia Navarro 58’), Sonia Schembri, Sarah Caruana, Thresa Scicluna (Nicole Vermeulen 83’), Sarah Cassar Dymond (Amy Abdilla 70’), Martha Sammut, Cassandra Camilleri, Rodiana Borg (Ottilia Debattista 70’).
Coach: Rikky Pace.
GOZO Dorienne Grech, Rebecca Bajada, Rita Azzopardi (Samantha Vella 60’), Moddyann Refalo, Emma Xuereb, Nicole Buttigieg, Felicienne Mercieca, Chantelle Grech (Julia Vella 43’), Michelle Pace, Stephanie Debono, Joslyn Gafa.
Coach: Jose Borg
Referee: Rick Heckenlaible
Scorers: Leanne Micallef 73’ (P), Joslyn Gafa 27’, Felicienne Mercieca 66’, Emma Xuereb 90’ (G)
Photos: Copyright © Joe Borg
Champions Birkirkara defeated Kirkop United 3-0 in another match at the same venue.
Kirkop did a good job in controlling their opponents during the first half and went close to taking the lead early after the break through Alessia Caschetto whose attempt was cleared off the goal line by Tara Attard. The Stripes managed to break the deadlock on the hour thanks to Rachel Cuschieri. Cuschieri doubled the score three minutes later, before Alishia Sultana sealed the issue with a third goal.
KIRKOP Sharon Costantino, Angele Farrugia, Emilie Pace, Oriana Bedingfield, Jade Flask (Alexia Baldacchino 83’), Stacie Caruana, Alessia Caschetto, Celine Galea, Rachel Caruana (Donnalise Xerri 75’), Kim Simler (Krystle Attard 52’), Charlene Cassia (Sarah Cassar 68’).
Coach: Vince Galea
BIRKIRKARA Janice Xuereb, Tara Attard, Maryrose Cardona (48′ Kelly Agius Pace), Isabelle Mazzitelli (78′ Charlene Schembri), Stephania Farrugia, Yasmeen Vella, Rebecca Chircop, Kim Parnis, Gabriella Zahra, Martina Cilia (46′ Alishia Sultana), Rachel Cuschieri.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
Scorers: 60′ Rachel Cuschieri, 63′ Rachel Cuschieri, 70′ Alishia Sultana
Super Cup winners Hibernians registered another comfortable win, beating Raiders (Luxol) 10-0 at the Luxol Stadium.
The Paolites dominated from start to finish, taking the lead after just six minutes thanks to Nicole Borg. Ylenia Carabott scored three in ten minutes – on the 16th, 22nd and 26th to put Hibs 4-0 ahead. Francesca Chircop added another on the half-hour before Dionne Tonna and Dorianne Theuma scored another two goals on the 39th and 40th. In the second half, Hibernians added another three goals through Dorianne Theuma on the 48th and a brace by Corissa Vella on the 82nd and 88th.
RAIDERS Sonia Farrugia, Eleonora Agliano, Amanda Atkins, Therese Briffa, Katie Gribbon, Kathleen Mangion, Nicole Micallef, Amanda Mifsud (Andrea Zammit Mizzi 19’), Alison Patiniott, Faith Spiteri (Justine Baldacchino Barthet 19’)(Janice Spiteri 83’), Rodianne Zerafa
Coach: Kent Njoko
HIBS Rita Tagliaferro, Laura Caruana, Claire Sciberras, Charlene Zammit (Martina Borg 58’), Francesca Chircop (Rebecca Vella 46’), Dorianne Theuma, Dione
Tonna, Nicole Borg (Kathleen Saliba 46’), Ylenia Carabott (Corissa Vella 63’), Ruth Steer Chetham (Michaela Camilleri 72’).
Coach: Keith Gouder.
Referee: Darryl Agius
Scorers: Nicole Borg 6’, Ylenia Carabott 16’ 22’ 26’, Francesca Chircop 30’, Dionne Tonna 39’, Dorianne Theuma 40’ 48’, Corissa Vella 82’ 88’
In the BOV Women’s Second Division, Tarxien Rainbows registered their second win, defeating Vittoriosa Stars 5-0 at the Fgura Ground.
Kristine Camilleri put Tarxien ahead after just 55 seconds. Francesca Cauchi doubled the score on 35 minutes and Kim Magro made it 3-0 three minutes from the end of the first half. Dianne Bonello added another on 67 minutes and four minutes from time, Francesca Cauchi sealed the issue with a fifth goal four minutes from time.
VITTORIOSA Rendee Zerafa, Roberta Lia, Venice Castro Giovanni, Leanne Attard, Charlene Schembri (Sibyelle Cherrett 80’), Annice Chetcuti, Gabriella Attard, Kylie Monaco, Sarah Pace (Sasha Cini 75’), Joanna Agius, Jessica Cardona (Charmaine Cilia 75’).
Coach: Andrew Bugeja
TARXIEN Maria Ellul (Amy Plumpton 80’), Roxanne Busuttil (KellyAnne Coleiro 78’), Leanne Mifsud, Cherryl Cachia (Brooke Zarb 78’), Diane Bonello, Janice Zahra (Michelle Camilleri 84’), Kristine Camilleri, Chantel Spiteri, Kim Magro, Francesca Cauchi, Stephanie Cutajar (Elise Abela 75’).
Coach: Louis Cutajar
Referee: Sean Calleja
Scorers: Kristine Camilleri 1’, Francesca Cauchi 35’ 86’, Kim Magro 42’, Diane Bonello 67’ (T)
In their first outing following the amalgamation of Hamrun Spartans and St. Venera Yellow Blues, the Spartans registered an impressive 9-0 win over Lija / Iklin.
Lija/Iklin managed to hold on up to the 16th when Amanda Muscat put Hamrun ahead. Claudette Xuereb doubled the score on 26 minutes and Amanda Muscat added another two goals on 33 and 38 minutes. Five minutes in the second half, Xuereb made it 5-0. A minute later, Roxanne Micallef scored added another goal. Daniela Farrugia scored the seventh goal on 56 minutes and nine minutes later, Roxanne Micallef made it 8-0. Raissa Grixti scored the ninth and final goal seven minutes from time.
HAMRUN Ghirxi Rodene, Abela Annelise (Gatt Raissa 50′), Azzopardi Zulejka (Attard Audrey Ann 65′), Buhagiar Amanada, Cassar Orianne, Micallef Kim, Farrugia Daniela (Pace Christine 65′), Xuereb Claudette, Borg Brenda (Grixti Raissa 46′), Micallef Roxanne, Muscat Amanda, (Muscat Chantelle 71′).
Coach: Joe Carbonaro
LIJA/IKLIN Fiona Ellul Bonici, Nadia Micallef Falzon, Lorraine Abela (Maria Cefai 46’), Sharon Cassar (Jessica Fenech Adami 46’), Norelle Galea (Natasha Gauci 75’), Claire Vella, Antionette Cachia (Chanelle Sciberras 61’), Francesca Bartolo, April Tinio (Rachel Curmi 53’), Morgan Carabott, Esther Schembri (Chanelle Sciberras 76’).
Coach: Ray Formosa
Referee: Roderick Sciberras
Scorers: Muscat Amanda 16, 33, 38; Xuereb Claudette 26, 50; Micallef Roxanne 51, 65; Farrugia Daniela 56; Grixti Raissa 83