Futsal: Balzan retain Super Cup

Balzan are the winners of this year’s Super Cup after beating Luxol 3-1 to win the competition for the third consecutive time. The game was generally balanced with both teams producing a thrilling match.

In no time, Balzan broke the deadlock after 2 minutes 30 seconds as Croatian debutant Frane Despotovic directed a pass towards Nicola del Re down the left channel. The latter released a low drive to stab home and make 1-0. Two minutes later, Balzan doubled the score when Nicola del Re took advantage of a Luxol’s defensive frail and put the unmarked Boycho Marev ready to slot into the net.

Both teams brought more intensity to their game as the second half gathered momentum. With eight minutes remaining, Celino Alves swung in a dangerous lob that was diverted with difficulty by the inspiring Xerxen. One minute later, Luxol reduced the deficit when Celino Alves received Peter Pullicino’s corner and hammered past Matthew Xerxen to make it 2-1.

The Brazilian was then shown the red card after two successive yellow cards.

Again it was Boycho Marev who produced the show when he took advantage of a Luxol’s defensive blunder to deliver a stunning shot that finished inside the net and make it 3-1.

Balzan controlled the proceedings till the end to deservedly win the first trophy of the season.

FMA president Mark Borg presented the Super Cup to Balzan’s captain Carlo Scicluna.