Futsal: Balzan and Luxol ready for the challenge

futsal2014nfnfw3wtBalzan thumped Mosta 14-0 to maintain the challenge for the FXDD Premier League title ahead of next week’s clash against Luxol.

Gabriel Dobre’s boys dominated for long stretches of the match with Mosta offering little opposition. Todor Boicho Marev made his official debut for Balzan and contributed to this fine win with a hat-trick. Glenn Bonello notched another hat-trick, Emil Andrei Raducu scored four with Nicola Del Re, Carlos Scicluna, Jovica Milijic and Giancarlo Sammut scoring a goal each.

In another thrilling and more balanced match, Luxol continued their positive track at the top of the table after beating their neighbours Melita 9-3.

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Both teams played good futsal and the result was a fair picture of what happened during the match. Dean Gera, William Barbosa and George Frendo scored two goals each with the other three goals coming from Florin Anton, Eslam Kalifa and Karl Saliba. Michael Martin, Jean Debattista and Andre Mifsud replied for Melita.

Qrendi’s perfect record in the FXDD First Division came to an abrupt end against Fgura United as the two sides locked horns in the much awaited encounter last weekend. Fgura surprised all odds and won this match 5-4 to give the leaders their first defeat after thirteen matches.

It was not Qrendi’s day as they found themselves down after five minutes with Fgura operating some good attacking futsal. Qrendi’s late reaction was not enough to avoid defeat with Fgura rightly satisfied after clinching their fifth success of the season.

Kalkara surprised Gzira United, beating 5-0 to go fourth in the table. Two braces by Keith Attard and Claudio Camilleri and Duncan Bonello paved the way for Kalkara’s seventh success of the season.

Zebbug Rangers returned to winning ways thanks to a 2-0 win against Sirens to resurrect their ambitions to gain promotion next season. Alan Zammit and Matthew Agius scored the all-important goals for the Rangers.

Naxxar Lions dominated Marsaskala 6-1 to continue their challenge for promotion.

Valletta maintained their perfect patch after seeing off Marsaskala 8-3. After finding themselves 3-1 down, Xavier Saliba’s boys made a good reaction to turn the tables and score seven goals without reply. Dylan Agius proved to be the Citizens’ hero after hitting the target three times, Charlton Sciberras scored a brace while Ilija Milivjosa, Keiston Theuma and Aaron Agius scored a goal each.

Msida St. Joseph edged past Siggiewi 3-2 to stay in the middle of the table. They scored their goals through Andy Blundell, Darren Attard and Alan Micallef. A brace by Jean Marc Galea reduced the arrears for Siggiewi.

Santa Lucia started their second round commitments in style after winning 3-1 against Mqabba. Josef Balzan opened the score with a fine goal and Nicholas Abdilla made it 2-0 before the end of the first half. In the second half, Nicholas Abdilla scored his second goal and Mqabba reduced the score to 3-1 through Steve Pace.