The final eight teams to reach the third round of the U*BET FA Trophy were Pietà Hotspurs, Gzira United, Melita, Mdina Knights, San Gwann, Mqabba, Kercem Ajax and SK Victoria Wanderers as they emerged as winners in the second round clashes in programme on Sunday.
The Centenary Stadium features two clashes between teams from the BOV First Division. Pietà Hotspurs defeated neighbours Hamrun Spartans 1-0 courtesy of a Quilin Refalo goal six minutes from time.
In another match, Gzira United defeated Zurrieq 5-1. Martin Kotyza put Gzira ahead on the 3rd minute and doubled the score four minutes from the end of the first half. Just before half-time, Bjorn Bondin scored a third goal and one minute in the second half, Joseph JoJo Ogunuppe made it 4-0. An own goal by Nicholas Abdilla put the Maroons five goals ahead before Daniel Zammit scored a consolation goal for Zurrieq on 89 minutes.
First Division side Melita defeated Gozitan side Nadur Youngsters 3-0 at the Sirens Stadium. Finnish striker Markko Hovi Kimmo put the Amateurs ahead on 35 minutes and doubled the score on the 77th. Mark Hyzler made it 3-0 three minutes in added time.
On the other hand, Gozitans SK Victoria Wanderers defeated Second Division side Marsaskala 1-0 thanks to a goal by Joel Xuereb after just three minutes.
Mdina Knights came from behind to beat Fgura United 2-1 in a clash between two Second Division sides at the Luxol Stadium. Abeeb Abiodun Williams put Fgura ahead after just five minutes but second-half goals by Andrea Muscat and Mark Cremona on 63 and 75 minutes.
In another match, San Gwann from Division Two beat Third Division side Marsaxlokk 4-0. Peter Xuereb put San Gwann ahead on the 5th minute. Shaun Vella scored twice on 34 and 43 minutes to increase the lead further and nine minutes in the second half, Nicky Muscat sealed the issue with a fourth goal.
At the Gozo Stadium, Kercem Ajax defeated Division Three side Luqa St. Andrew’s 2-1. Nikolai Slavtchev put Luqa ahead on 14 minutes but a minute later, John Camilleri equalised. Jean Paul Mizzi notched the winner on 63 minutes.
In another match, Second Division side Mqabba beat Gozitans Xaghra United 1-0 thanks to a goal by Clayton Micallef on 27 minutes.
The teams to reach the third round are therefore Birzebbuga St. Peter’s, Gudja United, St. George’s, Zebbug Rangers, St. Andrews, Lija Athletic, Pietà Hotspurs, Melita and Gzira United from the BOV First Division; Mellieha, Siggiewi, Senglea Athletic, Pembroke Athleta, Mdina Knights, Mqabba and San Gwann from the BOV Second Division; Sirens from the BOV Third Division and Gozitan sides Victoria Hotspurs, Kercem Ajax and SK Victoria Wanderers.
They will be joined by the twelve Premier League clubs. The draws will be held on Thursday with the games scheduled between the 22nd and 27th November.
KERCEM Leonard Camilleri, Petar Kyumyurdzhiev, Keith Bonello, Mario Mifsud, Aaron Buttigieg, Ian Xuereb, Jean Paul Mizzi, Andrew Mizzi, John Camilleri, Joseph Chetcuti, Karol Mifsud (86′ Sabri Rais).
LUQA Paul Psaila, Glenn Azzopardi (66′ Jeffrey Fenech), Wayne Cuschieri, Colin Gatt, Nikolai Slavtchev, Adrian Psaila, Lee Baldacchino, Jason Good, Charlie Camilleri (60′ Greg Marney), Justin Muscat, Diansand Brincat.
Referee: Shaun Calleja
ZURRIEQ Reuben Debono, Joris Garnier, Karl Sacco, Stephen Wellman (46′ Stefan Giglio), Nicholas Abdilla, Matthew Cocks, Zvezdan Vukovic (64′ Dylan Darmanin), Johan Briffa (75′ Chris Farrugia), Daniel Zammit, Stephen Azzopardi, Osi Lucky Agboebina.
GZIRA Fredrick Tabone, Emiliano Polanco, Rennie Forace, Sharlon Pace (71′ Andre White), Nikola Tasic, Bjorn Bondin (75′ Neil Gatt Coleiro), Ryan Deguara, Christian Cassar, Joseph JoJo Ogunuppe (62′ Simon Shead), Steve Meilak, Martin Kotyza.
Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
XAGHRA Daniel Galea, Arthur Farrugia, Ivan Borg, Joseph Buhagiar, Joseph Bartolo (90′ Simon Galea), Sunday Baala, Joseph Chidi Achokwu, Josef Galea, Juan Manuel Ruiz Perez, Mark Buhagiar, Manuel Galea (92′ Joseph Azzopardi).
MQABBA Jonathan Debono, Michael Abdilla (73′ Omar Farrugia), Andre Cassar, David Azzoparid, Mauro Bonnici, Ryan Schembri (78′ George Frendo), Andrew Caligari, Yusaku Wasaki, Didier Tayou, Clayton Micallef, Mark Anthony Psaila.
Referee: Mario Apap
M’XLOKK Ryan Cilia, Jean Claude Vella, Darren Tabone, Paul Paris (65′ Karl Gafa), Steven Sammut, Dylan Attard, Thomas Grech, Manuel Caruana, Saviour Bonnici (50′ Marlon Grech), Steve Scicluna, Aboussala Mohammed Alamani (56′ Fabian Baldacchino).
SAN GWANN Claude Carbonaro, Zach Bowman, Glen Fenech, Roderick Briffa, Marco Mercieca, Alan Borg (54′ Nickolai Bickle), Peter Xuereb (93′ Roberto Pisani), Chris Cuschieri, Nicky Muscat, Shaun Vella (66′ Abouaisha Nezar), Kurt Zahra.
Referee: Jude Amin Utulu
HAMRUN Jean Claude Debattista, Melvin Busuttil (77′ Gilbert Scerri), Luke Grech, Adrian Borg, Denny Nazari, Rupert Mangion, Jake Grech, Ryan Spiteri, Antonio Pignataro, Gabriel Formosa, Ayrton Micallef (62′ Mauro Busuttil).
PIETÀ Miguel Montfort, Luciano Mutasi, Matthew Borg, Quelin Refalo, Terence Agius (85′ Christian Grech), Larson Mallia (68′ Ricardo Costa), Kyle Cesare, Cain Attard, Andrew Spiteri, Cleaven Frendo (89′ Cleaven Cassar), Orosco Anonam.
Referee: Clayton Pisani
MELITA James Mercieca, Malcolm Mamo, Ivan Tufegdzic, George Gribbon (75′ Marc Attard), Manuel Ramon Sierra Camacho, Jean Pierre Attard, Matthias Fenech (62′ Nigel Rizzo), Kane Micallef, Luke Sammut, Mark Hyzler, Markko Hovi Kimmo (79′ Antoine Attard).
NADUR Mark Grima, Brian Meilaq (77′ Saviour Attard), Paul Camilleri, Adrian Pulis, Alex Simoncic (46′ Brandon Said), Charles Mercieca, Josef Buttigieg, Milos Stojanovic, David Fenech, Anthony Portelli, Charles Hili.
Referee: Andre Arciola
FGURA Brandon Bartolo, Quincy Bregman, Rene Duca, Jonathan Bugeja, Glen Micallef (84′ Darren Attard), Matthew Spiteri, Iro Curmi, Nicholas Fenech (90′ Dylon Grech), Joseph Okonkwo, Lydon Vella (84′ Redeemer Briffa), Abeeb Abiodun Williams.
MDINA Wallace Galea, Jean Claude Cachia, Kurt Farrugia (46′ Mark Cremona), Gilbert Camilleri, Dalton Caruana, Eric Sciberras, Emilio Cornago San Pedro, Ayrton Buhagiar, Ben Camilleri (80′ Karl Grech), Andrea Muscat (90′ Cachel Vella), Stephen Place.
Referee: Paul Caruana
M’SKALA Renald Attard, Sinclair Camilleri, Heathcliff Schembri, Clive Fenech, Nicola Del Re, Juan Galdes, Melvin Pisani, Ryan Cauchi, Chistopher Zammit (70′ Karl Vassallo), Marlon Farrugia (46′ Toraino Singleton)(59′ Andre Joe Cutajar), Andrey Capella dos Santos.
SKVW Simon Agius, Eman Bugeja, David Udo Monday, John Paul Grima, Ajibade Adeshina, Chris Sciortino, Matthew Zammit, Fernando Giarrizzo, Simon Sultana (65′ Nicholas Vella), Joel Xuereb, Ejiofor Okuacidi Nwocha.
Referee: Keith Buhagiar