Birzebbuga St. Peter’s, Msida St. Joseph, Siggiewi and Zurrieq reached the semi-finals of the National Amateur Cup after emerging as winner in the quarter-finals on Saturday. The four teams also secured a place in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy since as from this season only the four semi-finalists of the National Amateur Cup will take part in the FA Trophy.
The draws of the National Amateur Cup semi-finals are yet to be held but in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy, Birzebbuga St. Peter’s were drawn with Siggiewi, Msida St. Joseph with Nadur Youngsters and Zurrieq with St. Andrews.
At the Luxol Stadium, Zurrieq came from behind to beat Mellieha 2-1.
Justin Zammit put the Blues ahead on the 32nd minute but goals by Erik Pietribiasi on the hour and Jean Paul Formosa five minutes later put Zurrieq into the next stage.
At the Sirens Stadium, Msida St. Joseph registered a most dramatic 3-2 win over Kalkara United.
Jurgen Gauci put Kalkara ahead on the 8th minute but Msida equalised thanks to a penalty by Timothy Thomas on the 17th. Kalkara regained the lead through Andrea Hammett eight minutes from time but Ciro Quaranta levelled matters on the 92nd minute and two minutes later, Mark Camilleri handed Msida a dramatic win.
Birzebbuga St. Peter’s defeated Melita 4-3 at the Luxol Stadium.
The Saints went two goals ahead thanks to Shawn Vella on the 9th and Vinicius de Souza Ferreira three minutes later. Keith Muscat increased the lead on the 38th with Noel Omondi reducing the gap on the 48th. Luke Joseph Sammut scored a second goal for the Amateurs on the 85th but Vinicius scored his second goal to put Birzebbuga 4-2 ahead. Two minutes in added time, Luke Mifsud narrowed the gap for Melita.
In the other quarter-final between Zabbar St. Patrick and Siggiewi, the penalty shoot-out had to determine the winner following a goalless draw at the end of the 90 minutes and extra-time. Siggiewi emerged as winners 8-7. Ian Darmanin, Alessandro Ebejer, Emmanuel Mbong, Gilbert Camilleri, Jascon Camilleri, Edward Bugeja, Jacob Vincent Magri and Neil Spiteri scored for Siggiewi; Anderjay Grech, Carl Magro Isaac Abela, Rogger Villada Patino, Evair Grech, Luke Sebastian Tovey and Jordan Debono for St. Patrick.