Mgarr return to winning ways

Leading scorer Haley Bugeja further rubberstamped her reputation when she netted four goals in Mġarr’s crushing 8-0 win over Hibernians as they returned to winning ways at the Dingli Ground on Wednesday. Bugeja, last year’s top scorer, has now scored 12 of Mġarr’s 28 goals.

Bugeja scored on the 17th and 37th with Brenda Borg adding another four minutes from the end of the first half. Bugeja scored another two goals in the 48th and 51st with Francesca Chircop scoring Mgarr’s sixth on the 62nd before former Swieqi duo Yolande Attard and Emma Zammit scored on the 79th and 89th respectively.

HIBS Aimee Chetcuti; Larissa Debono (Alessia Abela 69’), Lorna Cassar ©, Julia Winkler, Shakira Bugeja (Maxine Spagnol 87’), Kirsty Paris (Jasmine Camilleri 65’) Sarah Grech, Pineda Canon (Elaina Vella 46’), Whitney Bajada (Francesca Borg 78’), Kelsey Vella, Manuela Bogdanovic.

MGARR Rachelle Lynn Borg; Haley Bugeja (Kylie Pantalleresco 66’), Mirayah Aquilina, Emma Zammit, Maria Mizzi, Yolande Attard, Alexandra Gatt (Claudette Xuereb 80’), Jasmine Vella Turner (Maia Debono 66’), Leanne Cefai, Brenda Borg (Angelique Schembri 56’), Roxanne Micallef (Francesca Chircop 46’).

Referee: Paul Apap

Mosta defeated Mosta 5-1 at the Charles Abela Stadium on Tuesday.

Birkirkara coach Melania Bajada handed a rare start to young goalkeeper Maya Cachia as well as Samantha Zarb, Valentina Rapa and Simone Buttigieg.

Birkirkara dominated possession and created several scoring opportunities but struggled to find a way past Mosta goalkeeper Giulia D’Antuono, who kept the Stripes at bay for long spells during the game. Nonetheless, Birkirkara managed to open the score on the 38th minute through Loza Abera.

After the change of ends, Birkirkara continued to press forward and found a second goal through Tracy Theuma on the 54th. The match looked heading towards another comfortable win for Birkirkara but Mosta pulled one back through Leah Alice Ayres on the 69th.

Yet, the Stripes managed to restore their two-goal lead through Abera on the 75th before the Ethiopian and Esther Anu added two more goals on the 76th and 79th respectively to wrap up a 5-1 win. After this hat-trick, Abera has now moved to second place in the scorers’ list on eight goals.

MOSTA Giulia D’Antuono; Lynn Fenech (Dijana Hristovska 80’), Lara Vella (Theresa Briffa 32’), Megan Cauchi (Leah Ayres 46’), Rhea Borg, Annabelle Rapa (Janice Pace 51’), Jade Kemper, Rossella D’Antuono © (Shania Borg 76’), Simona Krstanoska, Natasha Pace, Rebecca D’Agostino.

B’KARA Maya Cachia; Gabriella Zahra, Ann-Marie Said, Stephania Farrugia ©, Samantha Zarb (Mariah Sciberras 61’), Loza Abera, Raina Giusti (Alishia Sultana 57’), Veronique Mifsud (Michela Felice 61’), Valentina Rapa (Jelena Sakic 70’), Esther Douye, Simone Buttigieg (Tracy Teuma 32’).

Referee: Stefan Minic

In another match on Tuesday, Kirkop United secured their first win of the season after beating Raiders Għargħur 2-1 at the Mgarr Ground.

Emily Pace put Kirkop ahead on the 20th and Kathryn Ellul doubled the score on the 70th with Leanne Micallef reducing the gap for Raiders on the 84th.

RAIDERS Jodie Attard; Michela Bonello Ghio, Rosalie Borg Cauchi, Andy Zammit Mizzi, Keeva Camilleri (Miriana Conti 61’), Maya Lucia, Rebecca Naudi (Laura Muscat 69’), Leanne Micallef, Sarah Caruana, Anna Aloisio (Laura Chetcuti Dimech 61’), Monique Sultana ©.

KIRKOP Sharon Costantino ©; Emily Pace, Celine Galea (Ingrid Psaila 75’), Sarah Urpani, Jasmine Grech, Liivi Sormus, Kathryn Ellul, Isabelle Mazzitelli, Alessia Caschetto, Mirea Ellul (Eliana Gialanze 80’), Marie Claire Cilia.

Referee: Matthias Buttigieg

Meanwhile in the Women’s Under-19 League, Swieqi United returned to winning ways as they defeated Mosta 4-0 to move back on top as Mgarr United were held in a 2-2 draw by Raiders Gharghur. Birkirkara also returned to winning ways thanks to an impressive 13-0 win over Kirkop United while Hibernians registered their first win, defeating Mgarr United 5-1.

On the other hand, in the Women’s Under-15 League, Swieqi United made it five wins in a row thanks to a 2-0 win over Zebbug Rangers. Raiders Gharghur kept the pace with the leaders with an 8-1 win over Mosta. Birkirkara bounced back from the defeat to Swieqi with a 10-0 win over Senglea while Kirkop United join the Stripes in third place as they beat Mgarr United 1-0.

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