Futsal: Winning start for Luxol

Champions Luxol opened their Gatorade Futsal League campaign with an easy 7-0 win over Sliema Wanderers to launch their title defence for this season.

Luxol, under the guidance of coach Frane Despotovic, fielded a strong side that gave Sliema no chance to penetrate their solid defence. William Barbosa, Matthew Attard, Mark Zammit, Florin Anton, Zvezdan Vukovic, Carl Azzopardi, Glenn Bonello scored a goal each to give the St Andrews outfit a perfect start to their campaign.

In the match of the week, Hamrun Spartans made a positive debut as they defeated Lija Athletic 4-1. The first half was a cagey affair with both teams content to let each other have possession and with the defences absorbing most of their respective attacks. After Hamrun’s advantage before the break, Lija reacted swiftly as they restored parity.

The Athletic found themselves playing some minutes with a man less as Iranian international Ebrahim Massoudi was sent off after collecting the second yellow card. The Spartans took advantage of this situation and managed to restore their advantage. Two braces by Brazilian striker Raphinha and George Frendo paved the way for the Spartans victory. Iranian international Ebrahim Massoudi temporarily reduced the arrears for the Athletics.

Valletta enjoyed an imperious debut in the Gatorade Futsal League after capping a dynamic performance and crush Sirens 11-0. True to expectations, Valletta were in a class of their own as they produced a catalogue of chances and opened up their scoring spree through braces from Daniel Brincat, Dylan Musu, Denis di Maio and Liam Cachia while Cristian Cuadros Silva, Jurgen Pace and Melvin Borg completed the rout for the Citizens.

In other top-flight matches, Msida St Joseph cruised to a straightforward 9-2 victory over Zebbug to make sure of a positive debut as Mqabba picked their first three points of the season after an 8-7 win over neighbours Qrendi.

Mdina Knights kicked off their commitments with a sound 5-0 win over Gozo FC while Swieqi kicked off their campaign in style as they eased past Marsaskala 6-4.