Two clubs from the BOV First Division, three from the BOV Second Division, one from the BOV Third Division and a Gozitan club qualified for the third round of the U*BET FA Trophy as they emerged as winners in the seven second round clashes which were played on Saturday.
At the Sirens Stadium, BOV Third Division leaders Sirens reached the next stage thanks to a 1-0 win over Second Division side Marsa. Giovanni Galea scored the all-important goal for the St. Paul’s Bay side.
In another match at the same venue, First Division side St. Andrews defeated Mgarr United from Division Three 3-0. Trayo Grozev put Luxol ahead after just ten minutes. Emiliano Lattes converted a penalty on 78 minutes to double the score and Clyde Cumbo sealed the issue with a third goal a minute later.
Another First Division side, Lija Athletic, who had reached the semi-finals last year, beat Gozitan First Division side Xewkija Tigers 4-0 at the Luxol Stadium thanks to goals by Kiril Aleksandrov on the 40th, Andre Grabowski on the 71st, Ryan Sell on the 79th and Dejan Vukovic on the 83rd.
Second Division sides Senglea Athletic and Siggiewi both needed extra-time to win and make it to the third round.
Senglea defeated another team from Division Two – Kirkop United 4-2 at the Charles Abela Stadium. Shawn Micallef put Kirkop ahead on the 7th, Marko Milutinovic equalised on the 26th but two minutes from the end of the first half, Kirkop regained the lead thanks to another goal by Micallef. Trevor Thomas forced extra-time with a goal on the 67th. Three minutes in the first half of extra-time, Glenn Brincat put Senglea ahead for the first time and three minutes in added time at the end of the first half of extra-time, Rennie Tanti sealed the issue with a fourth goal.
Siggiewi, on the other hand, defeated Third Division side Swieqi United 5-2 at the Luxol Stadium. Swieqi went two goals ahead but after reducing the gap and having a player sent off, Joey Falzon’s side still managed to equalise just before the final whistle to force extra-time. Siggiewi scored three in extra-time to reach the next stage.
Pembroke Athleta found no difficulty in beating Ta’ Xbiex from Division Three 6-0 at the Charles Abela Stadium. The score at the end of the first half was 2-0, courtesy of goals by Nicholas Schembri and Adrian Galea on 25 and 40 minutes respectively. Mark Borg (65′), Adrian Galea (74′), Nicholas Schembri (80′) and Carmelo Farrugia (85′) added another four after the break.
In an all-Gozitan clash, and also a Victoria derby, Victoria Hotspurs defeated Oratory Youths 3-0 at the Gozo Stadium. Jason Pace put the Hotspurs ahead on 24 minutes and a brace by Warren Chircop on 49 and 53 minutes handed them victory.
Sunday 27 October
16:00 Hamrun S. vs Pietà H. (Centenary Stadium)
18:00 Zurrieq vs Gzira U. (Centenary Stadium)
14:00 Kercem A. vs Luqa SA (Gozo Stadium)
16:00 Xaghra U. vs Mqabba (Gozo Stadium)
16:00 Fgura U. vs Mdina K. (Luxol Stadium)
18:15 Marsaxlokk vs San Gwann (Luxol Stadium)
16:00 Melita vs Nadur Y. (Sirens Stadium)
18:15 Marsaskala vs SK Victoria W. (Sirens Stadium)
The draws for the U*BET FA Trophy third round will be held on Thursday at noon.
MGARR Keane Cutajar, Clive Bugeja, Ian Darmanin (69′ Kevin Pace), Jonathan Ebejer, Sergio Licari, Daniel Axiaq, Merlin Mifsud, Stephen Camilleri (82′ Benoit Buhagiar), Matthew Muscat, Jonathan Muscat, Albert Aquilina (59′ Gabriel Vella).
ST. ANDREWS Matthew Towns, Neil Chetcuti (81′ Josh Parry), Dean Gera (87′ Michael Johnson), Brian Said, Emiliano Lattes, Jonathan Briscoe White, Clyde Cumbo, William Camilleri (66′ Nicky Vella Petroni), Andrew Amato, Alex Podda, Trayo Grozev.
Referee: Sebastiano Gambuzza
SENGLEA Luke Bonnici, Marko Milutinovic, Simon Aquilina, Julian Spiteri, Rodney Galea, Glenn Brincat (105′ Royter Degiorgio), Rennie Tanti, Mark Tanti, Kurt Formosa (105′ Brady Zerafa), Timmy Thomas, Trevor Thomas (107′ Tyrone Thomas).
KIRKOP Mark Sciberras Grungo, Chris Cutajar, Andrew Hili, Mark Muscat, Bryan Falzon, Dino Bonnici (12′ Matthew Caruana), Orianski Buhagiar, Jeffrey Zammit, Uchenna Anyanwu (61′ Albert Busuttil), Oznef Cassar, Shawn Micallef (80′ Fabian Caruana).
Referee: Darryl Agius
LIJA Noel Attard, Clayton Giordimaina (80′ Dylan Mintoff), Matthew Fleri Soler, Daniel Scerri, Dejan Vukovic, Andre Grabowski, Jean Paul Scerri, Predrag Babic (66′ Ryan Sell), Beppe Antingnolo, Kiril Aleksandrov (66′ Evano Briffa), Ige Abdullahi Adeshina.
XEWKIJA Lorjean Xuereb (87′ Luke Vella), Joseph Azzopardi, Ferdinando Apap, Josmar Vella, Joseph Cefai, Jason Portelli, Christian Bugeja, Gennaro Hili, Luke Portelli (75′ Manuel Xerri), Kenneth Mercieca, Mark Camilleri (87′ Johnnie Grech).
Referee: Matthew De Gabriele
SIRENS Gianni Spiteri, Adam Debattista, George Falzon, Giovanni Galea, Kristian Galea, Ricardo Severino Goncalves (62′ Ryan Sciberras), Adrian Neda (85′ Philip Camilleri), Daniel Sant, Lee Joe Schembri (80′ Calum Muscat), Ryan Theuma, Justin Zammit.
MARSA Keith Bricnat, Joseph Rizzo, Sean Cutajar (85′ Dylan Agius), Brian Zammit, Neil Curmi, Kevin Scerri, Clayton Caruana, Basil Chibueze, Jake Micallef (49′ Matthew Borg), Kirsten Brincat, Sufin Atomi (77′ Keith Darmanin).
Referee: Stefan Pace
TA’ XBIEX Cyril Coppini, Miguel Agius (46′ Matthias Micallef), Jeffrey Azzopardi, Jethron Azzopardi (79′ Claude Spiteri), Ryan D’Amato, Andrew Darmanin, Steve Hyzler (46′ Riccardo Napoli), Pedro Lemos, Anderson Meyar de Melo, Matthew Vassallo, Andrew Xuereb.
PEMBROKE Roberto Vella, David Mamo (46′ Lee Grech), Neil Grech, Carmelo Farrugia, Brandon Lee Bugeja (61′ Kristian Sultana), Russell Marmara (79′ Aleksandar Ribic), Adrian Caruana, Mark Borg, Adrian Galea, Jean Claude Borg, Nicholas Schembri.
Referee: Emmanuel Grech
ORATORY Franklin Vella, Marvin Grech, Michael Tabone, Gianluca Vella, Darko Stojanovic, Shaun Attard, Leandro Blanco de Castro (Keith Farrugia), Orlando Atzori (Andrea Debrincat), Oliver Farrugia, Martin Cremona (Alfred Mifsud), James Tabone.
HOTSPURS George Vella, Mark Muscat, David Camilleri, Warren Chircop, James Farrugia, Justin Agius, Daniel Farrugia, Dylan Mercieca, Jason Pace, Saturday Nanapere, Michael Bezzina (Dylan Bellotti).
Referee: Jules Ngangue