Hamrun Spartans reached the fourth round of the FA Trophy, sponsored by Boost Diesel, after beating Gzira United after extra-time in one of the six matches from the third round which were in programme on Sunday. They were joined by Tarxien Rainbows, Gozitan duo Xewkija Tigers and Kercem Ajax and First Division sides Qrendi and Zejtun Corinthians who all emerged as winners in the other matches.
The other teams to qualify earlier were Hibernians, Valletta, Birkirkara, Balzan, Sliema Wanderers, Lija Athletic, Mosta, Pietà Hotspurs and San Gwann.
At the National Stadium, the clash between Gzira United and Hamrun Spartans went into extra-time after neither side managed to score. However ten minutes in the first half of extra-time, the Spartans broke the deadlock thanks to Tiago Souza da Silveira.
The Spartans face Sliema in the fourth round.
GZIRA Justin Haber, Roderick Briffa (113’ Luca Brincat), Andrew Cohen (85’ Gary Muir), Ndubuisi Okoye, Samba Tounkara, Amadou Samb, Antonio Orlando Macedo Neto (105’ Juan Corbalan), Souleymane Diamoutene, Sacha Borg, Zachary Scerri, Moises Avila Perez.
Subs not used: Anthony Curmi, Clifford Gatt Baldacchino, Nikolai Muscat, Christian Sammut.
Coach: Darren Abdilla
HAMRUN Steve Sultana, Tiago Souza da Silveira, Daniel Zerafa, Marco Criaco, Guilherme Felipe de Castro, Cristian Zaccardo, Davide Succi, Thiago Espindola de Paula (103’ Julian Galea), Triston Caruana, Francisco Manoel Marino Clavero (64’ Karl Micallef), Lydon Micallef (116’ Luke Sciberras).
Subs not used: Lyden Moore, Agatino Sicali, Jeremy Busuttil, Terence Agius.
Coach: Jacques Scerri
Referee: T. Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Sammy Attard, Dusan Petrovic
Fourth Official: Eman Grech
First Division side Zejtun Corinthians scored three in the first sixteen minutes to secure a place in the next round with a 3-0 win over Second Division side Marsaxlokk at the National Stadium.
Luis Andre de Melo Lima put Zejtun ahead on the 2nd minute and doubled the score on the 14th with substitute Miguel Ciantar scoring a third goal on the 16th minute.
In the fourth round, Zejtun face Mosta.
M’XLOKK Justin Spiteri, Andre Cassar, Pablo Cesar Doffo, Wail Rizgalla, Trevor Cilia, Matthew Bartolo (26′ Gary Caruana), Josef Cutajar (53′ Peter Chizoba Anizoba), Alan Tabone, Brendan Scerri, Clive Fenech, Kenneth Ekezie (78′ Antoine Barbara).
Subs not used: Clyde Xuereb, Clint Farrugia, Cleaven Jeffrey Zammit, Rio Micallef.
Coach: Sergio Soldano
ZEJTUN Dunstan Zarb, Elland Vella (89′ Manuel Marra), Kumpei Tanaka (76′ Paul Lapira), Yessous Camilleri, Ryan Cauchi, Clayton Giordimaina, Brooke Farrugia, Filippo Andrea Scozzese, Luis Andre Melo de Lima, Saturday Nanapere (11′ Miguel Ciantar), Margeith Scicluna.
Subs not used: Christian Camilleri, Emerson Vella, Kenny Spagnol, Josmar Galea.
Team Manager: Alan Mifsud
Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Thomas Debono
Fourth Official: Stefan Pace
At the Kercem Ajax Stadium, Xewkija Tigers defeated Vittoriosa Stars 4-0.
Following a goalless first half, Xewkija forged ahead on the 62nd minute thanks to Rodney Buttigieg. Claudio Antunes doubled the score on the 81st and two minutes later, the same player added another with Joseph Mario Vella scoring a fourth goal on the 90th.
Xewkija take on Hibernians in the next round.
XEWKIJA Franklin Ellul, Manuel Xerri (86′ Manuel Gauci), Joseph Azzopardi, Moussa Bamba, Martin Hrubsa, Joseph Mario Vella, Gennaro Hili (87′ Joseph George Vella), Milos Stojanovic, Thiago Melo dos Santos (89′ Luke Cilia), Rodney Buttigieg, Claudio Antunes.
Subs not used: Kyle Attard, Tristan Grech, Josmar Vella, Thomas Vella.
Coach: Jesmond Zammit
VITTORIOSA Dylan Galea, Jean Claude Galea, Cristian Suarez, Gaetano Adamo, Andre Farrugia, Dion Fava, Gianluca Sultana (64′ Irvin Abela), Ethan Goodman (76′ Emmanuel Mbong), Francisco Arriagada Mella, Obinna Obiefule, Armand Leilis (82′ Liam Gauci).
Subs not used: Karl Magri, Kearney Attard, Duncan Pisani, Clive Spiteri.
Coach: Robert Cassar
Referee: Matthew De Gabriele
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella, Duncan Spencer
Fourth Official: Daniel Casha
In another match at the Kercem Ajax Stadium, Kercem Ajax registered a fine 5-1 win over First Division side Zebbug Rangers.
Andrew Mizzi put Kercem ahead three minutes from the end of the first half and in less than three minutes, they added another two goals thanks to Jean Paul Mizzi on the 44th and Ognjen Rolovic on the 45th. Rafael da Silva Gomes pulled one back for the Rangers on the 59th but Andrew Mizzi made it 4-1 three minutes later and Aleksandar Komljenovic added another on the 71st.
In the fourth round, Kercem host First Division side Qrendi.
KERCEM Branco Vrndic (87′ John Paul Cassar), Phil Taylor, Joey Grech (92′ Daniel Cassar), Aleksandar Komljenovic, Petar Kyumyurdzhiev, Jean Paul Mizzi (59′ Manuel Tabone), Nathaniel Mercieca, Mario Mifsud, Andrew Mizzi, Ognjen Rolovic, Alen Haska.
Subs not used: Alex Attard, Gabriel Attard, Elton Vella, Anthony Zammit.
Coach: Aleksandar Simoncic
ZEBBUG Jeffrey Farrugia, Francesco Guzman, Rafael da Silva Gomes, Steve Schembri, Ayrton Micallef, Mauro Bonnici (57′ Aleksandar Kovacic), Shawn Borg, Clifford Gauci, Arilson Mello da Silva, Larson Mallia, Jurgen Suda.
Subs not used: Adam Benjelloun, Miguel Attard, Andrea Curmi, Luke Gatt, Kurt Zammit, Christian Pace.
Coach: Winston Muscat
Referee: Darko Stankovic
Assistant Referees: Ivan Galea, Luke Portelli
Fourth Official: Keith Montebello
Tarxien Rainbows defeated Second Division leaders Swieqi United 3-0 at the Victor Tedesco Stadium.
Matar Dieye put the Rainbows ahead seven minutes from the end of the first half. Matthew Brincat doubled the score ten minutes in the second half and on the hour, Matar Dieye sealed the issue with a third goal.
Two minutes in added time, Kyle Muscat was sent off for Swieqi.
In the fourth round, Tarxien Rainbows will be facing Lija Athletic.
SWIEQI Jean Claude Debattista, Luke Bianco, Stian Nilsen (55′ Ryan Cutajar), Dean Grech, Kyle Muscat, Kristian Sultana, Matthew Laferla, Mirco Vella (66′ Jake Scerri), Roderick Taliana, Nicholas Schembri (46′ Yusuf Isah Doma), Ion Alit Margarit.
Subs not used: Edward Gatt, Benjamin Frendo, Luke Scicluna, Dylan Gouder.
Coach: Billy Mock
TARXIEN Antonio Chetcuti, Artur Benes, Ebiabowei Baker, Sean Cipriott (78′ Eduard Calin), Andre Scicluna, Luke Grech (63′ Matthew Spiteri), Andrew Agius, Matthew Brincat, Ricardo Silva Faria, Matteo Desira Buttigieg (68′ James Brincat), Matar Dieye.
Subs not used: Kylix Calleja, Mamadou Traore, Godwin McKay, Arsene Rye Cilia Mumford.
Coach: Jose Borg
Referee: Jude Amin Utulu
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, William Debattista
Fourth Official: Philip Farrugia
In a clash between two First Division sides at the Victor Tedesco Stadium, Qrendi shocked leaders Qormi, beating them 2-0.
Dhonathan Santos da Hora put Qrendi ahead on the 15th minute and Petar Mrvic doubled the score on the hour.
In the fourth round, Qrendi will be facing Kercem Ajax.
QRENDI Julian Azzopardi, Mark Farrugia, Petar Mrvic, Davide Martini, Zach Bowman, Josuel Spiteri (62′ Mark Barbara), Emerson Amaira, Shunsuke Nakamura (81′ Aaron Agius), Dassier Sammut (86′ Dylan Zarb), Dhonathan Santos da Hora, Kenneth Abela.
Subs not used: James Borg, Bjorn Bondin, Andre Formosa, Tonio D’Amato.
Coach: Demis Scerri
QORMI Jamie Azzopardi, Alan Abela, Lubos Adamec (60′ Brandon Grech), Dejan Vukovic, Nick Ghio, Iven Zammit, Michael Camilleri, Julien Salaroli (73′ Yannick Yankam), Chris Matombo, Tensior Guzman (67′ Shamison Zammit), Jose Lucas Caetano da Silva.
Subs not used: Miguel Falzon, Isaac Mizzi, Immy Micallef, Alessio Cassar.
Coach: Brian Spiteri
Referee: Sandro Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Peter Abela, Chris Francalanza
Fourth Official: Ezekiel Barbara