Futsal: Impressive win for Hamrun over champions Balzan

Balzan’s defence of the Futsal Premier Division title got an unexpected setback after they lost to an excellent Hamrun Spartans side 7-2 in a match full of excitement and adrenaline.

Hamrun stunned the champions when taking the lead inside the opening 30 seconds as debutant Rafinha beat Farrugia with a powerful shot 1-0. Despite the initial setback, Balzan reacted and managed to level matters when Italian Marco Conti found the net after a good counter-attack.
The champions were now pushing forward and forged ahead before the break through Glenn Bonello.

In the second half, Balzan tried to maintain their offensive plan but Hamrun managed to grab the equalizer and it was again Rafinha who gave Farrugia no chance with an inch-perfect lob. This goal turned the tide as Hamrun produced a remarkable reaction and substitute Mohammed Elamari netted his team’s third goal. Balzan were stunned and it was no surprise that Hamrun scored another one through Chris Cardona.

The champions opted for the flying keeper in order to instill pressure on the Spartans’ defensive department but Hamrun took full advantage and scored twice through Rafinha and Chris Cardona. Seconds from the end, Brazilian Rogerio sealed the issue from close range.

Meanwhile, leaders Luxol maintained their good form of late after thrashing Mosta 11-2.

Qormi had a positive week as they recorded two victories in three days when they first saw off Zebbug Rangers 12-6 in the derby and then beat Gzira United 7-4.

Valletta defeated Swieqi United 8-6 to join them on the 12 point mark and maintain the challenge for a place in the play-offs.

Mosta produced a stunning second-half display to see off Gzira United 4-3 to move three points away from them in the table.

In the First Division, Mellieħa clinched their 11th win in the First Division after dramatically seeing off Msida St Joseph 8-5.

Naxxar Lions moved third in the table after a convincing 4-1 victory against Luqa St Andrews while Mdina Knights bagged their third success of the season in style after having the better of Mqabba 4-1.