Swieqi win to join Birkirkara, Mgarr on top

Swieqi United joined Birkirkara and Mgarr United on top the BOV Women’s League thanks to a 2-0 win over Mgarr at the Mgarr Ground on Wednesday.

Led by coach Keith Gouder, Swieqi looked more organised and disciplined on the field and they made their pressure count on the 11th minute when youth Demi Magrin surprised goalkeeper Rachel Borg from a tight angle to hand the Oranges the lead.

As the half wore on, Swieqi intensified their pressure and they could have added more goals with clear-cut chances dropping on the feet of the likes of Dorianne Theuma and Kayleigh Chetcuti.

After the change of ends, Mġarr were looking to inch their way up on the field but instead it was Magrin again who doubled the lead on the 61st minute when her shot slipped from Borg’s hands and rolled into the back of the net.

Raymond Vella, Mġarr’s coach, made changes to his team in search for a goal back as the Greens started to mount the pressure on their opponents.

However, the Swieqi backline and goalkeeper were on an inspiring night as their resiliency denied Mġarr from finding the net to secure their first win over the Greens in the history of the club.

MGARR Rachelle Borg; Haley Bugeja, Abigail Camilleri (Leanne Cefai 86’), Maia Debono, Jasmine Vella Turner, Francesca Chircop, Rebecca Bajada, Brenda Borg ©, Amber Grech, Roxanne Micallef (Charlene Cassia 63’), Claudette Xuereb (Yolande Attard 72’).

SWIEQI Vesna Vitanova; Sonia Schembri, Dorianne Theuma, Celeste Grech, Jade Flask, Emma Xuereb, Demi Magrin (Chloe Ann Ellul 90’), Kayleigh Chetcuti, Charlene Zammit, Jade Schembri, Ruth Steer-Chetham (Aleksandra Georgieva 69’).

Referee: Daniel Casha

Raiders Għargħur defeated Hibernians 9-0 at the Charles Abela Stadium on Tuesday to chalk up their first win of the season after four games played.

Maya Lucia was on a fine form as she found the net four times on the 34th, 35th, 53rd and 56th. The other goals were scored by Rohanne Zahra on teh 43rd, Leanne Micallef on the 57th and 75th, former Hibernians forward Keeva Camilleri on the 63rd and Rebecca Naudi on the 69th.

HIBS Aimee Chetcuti; Lorna Cassar ©, Julia Winkler, Sarah Cassar (Julianne Camilleri 59’), Kirsty Paris (Chanelle Sciberras 70’), Alessia Abela (Larissa Debono 63’), Elian Canon Pineda (Elaina Vella 60’), Shakira Bugeja (Jasmine Camilleri 11’), Kelsey Ann Vella, Manuela Bogdanovic, Whitney Bajada.

RAIDERS Jodie Attard; Michela Bonello Ghio, Rosalie Borg Cauchi (Cherise Zammit 82’), Andrea Zammit Mizzi ©, Emma Ciantar Piccinino (Laura Muscat 82’), Maya Lucia (Keeva Camilleri 59’), Rebecca Naudi, Rohanne Zahra (Leanne Micallef 46’), Sarah Caruana, Anna Aloisio (Laura Chetcuti Dimech 46’), Monique Sultana.

Referee: Slawomir Olucha

The match between Kirkop United and Mosta at the Dingli Ground, on the other hand, was abandoned on the 60th minute after Laura Muscat of Kirkop suffered a serious injury and had to be hospitalised. The match will resume on January 14 at the Mgarr Ground.

Meanwhile in the Women’s Under-19 League, Mgarr United are the new leaders as they defeated Swieqi United 6-2 in a top-of-the-table clash. Raiders Gharghur and Mosta closed in on Swieqi as they beat Hibernians 5-0 and Birkirkara 1-0 respectively while Kirkop United registered their first win thanks to a 3-1 victory over Mtarfa.

On the other hand, in the Women’s Under-15 League, Swieqi United continue to lead the way after defeating Birkirkara 5-3 and Zebbug Rangers 2-0 to be the only team with maximum points from four matches.

Raiders Gharghur are second on ten points after defeating Mosta 8-1. Zebbug Rangers defeated Mgarr United 2-0 and are now third. Kirkop United claimed six points after beating Mtarfa 5-0 and Mgarr United 1-0. Birkirkara bounced back from the defeat to Swieqi with a 10-0 win over Senglea. Mosta, on the other hand, earned their first three points thanks to a 3-0 win over Senglea Athletic.