BOV Amateur League: Luqa St. Andrew’s secure promotion

Xghajra Tornados were the last team to secure a play-off spot from Group C of the BOV National Amateur League as the last two three matches were played on Saturday.

Xghajra Tornados, in fact, defeated Dingli Swallows 3-1 at the Victor Tedesco Stadium. Captain Christian Magro put Xghajra ahead on the 24th minute and Julian Spiteri doubled the score three minutes in the second half. Dario Borg reduced the gap for Dingli on the 61st but Spiteri made it 3-1 twelve minutes from time

A Nicholas Schembri hat-trick handed Attard a 3-1 win over Kalkara United at the Luxol Stadium. Schembri opened the score on the 15th but Alan Tabone equalised two minutes later. However Schembri restored the lead on the 37th and sealed the issue deep into stoppage time.

In another match at the Luxol Stadium, Kirkop United defeated Sta. Venera Lightnings 4-1. Darren Darmanin put Kirkop ahead after just nine minutes and although Kayne Said equalised on the 31st, two goals early in the second half by Ayrton Buhagiar on the 46th and Kenneth Ekezie on the 51st put Kirkop ahead once again. Karl Caruana made it 4-1 two minutes from time.

In Group A, group winners Mgarr United defeated Birzebbuga St. Peter’s 4-3 at the Sirens Stadium. Jamie Lee Micallef opened the score on the 21st and Jayden Aquilina doubled the score four minutes later. Matthew Agius scored a third goal on the 38th and Micallef added another two minutes in the second half. Birzebbuga reduced the gap with a Keith Muscat hat-trick on the 58th, 69th and 87th.

In another match at the Sirens Stadium, Zurrieq defeated Gharghur 2-0 courtesy of Daniel Debono on the 2nd and Ivan Bojovic on the 26th.

Meanwhile in Group B, Mdina Knights held group winners Luqa St. Andrew’s in a 1-1 draw. Dylan Grima put Luqa ahead on the 70th but Jamie Camilleri equalised six minutes from time.

While Mgarr United, Luqa St. Andrew’s and Melita won groups A, B and C respectively, Zurrieq, Marsaskala and Mellieha reach the play-offs from Group A, Attard, Kirkop United and Xghajra Tornados qualify from Group C, the three teams to make it to the play-offs will be determined on Sunday.

The Championship Play-Offs will be played on February 27, March 2 and March 6. On the other hand, the Promotion Play-Offs will kick-off on February 23 with the preliminary round, the quarter-finals are scheduled for February 27, the semi-finals on March 3 and final on March 6.