Birkirkara, Hamrun Spartans, Santa Lucia, Sliema Wanderers and Challenge League side Zejtun Corinthians joined Balzan, Floriana, Gudja United, Hibernians, Mosta, Valletta and Challenge League sides St. George’s and Tarxien Rainbows in the Round of 16 of the Izibet FA Trophy as another five matches from the Round of 32 were played on Thursday.
In the only clash between two Premier League sides, Santa Lucia defeated Sirens 4-1 at the Tony Bezzina Stadium.
In the next round, they will face the winners of the clash between Challenge League sides Zebbug Rangers and St,. Andrews.
Meghan Valpoort put Santa Lucia ahead on the 3rd minute and the same player doubled the score on the 20th. Five minutes from the end of the first half, Vito Plut made it 3-0.
Dexter Xuereb increased the lead on the 64th but Marios Lomis pulled one back four minutes later.
SANTA LUCIA Justin Haber, Andre Prates, Jurgen Pisani, Nicholas Pulis, Patrick Silva Mota (Emerson Camilleri), Vito Plut (Jan Tanti), Meghon Davidy Valpoort (Alan da Silva), Victor Luiz Prestes Filho (Brady Agius), Jamie Zerafa (Kieran Xuereb), Dexter Xuereb, Lorenzo Yoel Soares Fonseca.
SIRENS Sean Mintoff, Henrique Marcelino Motta, Alfred Effiong (Francis William Avoce), Adrian Borg, Timothy Tabone Desira (Carlo Zammit Lonardelli), Jacob Walker, Carlos Riascos, Degran Jackson, Vitor Vieira (Alexander Cini), Carlos Flores (Diego Albanese), Renato Cardoso Porto Neto (Marios Lomis).
Referee: Emanuel Grech
A goal by Faissal El Bakhtaoui on the 28th minute handed Hamrun Spartans a narrow win over Naxxar Lions at the Centenary Stadium.
In the next round, Hamrun will be facing Balzan.
HAMRUN Matthias Debono, Joseph Mbong, Christian Mercieca, Ailton Jorge Soares (Shaisen Attard), Arthur Oyama, Steve Borg, Matteo Fedele (Predrag Djordjevic), Karl Micallef, Claude Dielna (Luke Gambin), Emerson Marcelina, Faissal El Bakhtaoui.
NAXXAR Omar Borg, Ryan Mercieca, Jurgen Debono, Gabriel Xuereb (Edson Cerquiera Farias), Ayrton Senna Azzopardi, Ryan Gilmour Cassar, Joel Ellul (Gaston Poncet Otero), David Fenech (Duane Bonnici), Mark Fenech, Dimitri Christian Kassekar (Andreas Galea), Lee Joe Schembri (Gilberto Carrara Martins Leite)
Referee: Darryl Agius
In another match at the Centenary Stadium, Sliema Wanderers defeated Vittoriosa 3-0 to set up a clash with the winner of the match between Pembroke Athleta and Marsaxlokk.
Juan Pablo Morales Rengifo handed Sliema the lead on the 33rd and just before the end of the first half, Jake Engerer doubled the score.
Three minutes in added time, Omar Elouni sealed the issue with a third goal.
SLIEMA Timothy Aquilina, Juan Pablo Morales Rengifo (Amadou Pape Samb), Raffaele Schiavi, Kurt Shaw, Gabriel Aquilina, John Mintoff, Gui Inters (Danny Holla), Jake Engerer (Omar Elouni), Yuki Uchida (Ruslan Kisil), Jean Carlos Cloth Goncalves, Valmir Berisha (Luke Anthony Muscat).
VITTORIOSA Ryan Mercieca (Matthew Bonanno), Kyle Mercieca, Evair Grech, Tejumola Ebenezer Ayorinde, Ali Oularbi (Mattias Formosa), Ayrton Micallef, Joseph Farrugia, Daniel Sowatey (Glen Attard), Quincy Leslie Bregman (Adrian Cutajar), Erson Schembri, Freud Gnindokponou (Edward Falzon).
Referee: Philip Farrugia
At the Victor Tedesco Stadium, Zejtun Corinthians defeated Xewkija Tigers 7-1.
Renan Sgaria Farias handed Zejtun a three-goal lead as he scored three within the first twenty minutes with goals on the 7th, 11th and 20th. Gillmore Azzopardi made it 4-0 on the 29th.
Eleven minutes in the second half, Renan Sgaria Farias made it 5-0 with Panin Boakye Mensa adding another on the 68th. Haruna Shola Shodija pulled one back for Xewkija on the 79th but six minutes from time, Christian Grech made it 7-1.
In the next round, Zejtun will be facing Hibernians.
ZEJTUN Dylan Zarb, Alan Abela, Dylan Agius, Clyde Borg (David Xuereb), Panin Boakye Mensa, Renan Sgaria Farias (Bryan Andrew Aleme Ondua), Christian Grech, Claudio Henrique da Silva Barbosa (Gilbert Martin), Christian Degabriele, Samba Tounkara (Jake Bone), Gillmore Azzopardi (Jurgen Farrugia).
XEWKIJA Franklin Vella, Josmar Vella (John Axiak), Josiah Buttigieg (Mark Dingli), Rodney Buttigieg (Sylvan Xuereb), Dylan Mercieca (Matthias Mercieca), Martin Hrubsa, Emiliano Lattes, Joseph George Vella, Haruna Shola Shodija, Elton Alexandre da Silva (Joel Xuereb), Carlo Abela.
Referee: Slobodan Petrovic
Birkirkara defeated Fgura United 4-0 at the Centenary Stadium to set up a clash with Mosta in the Round of 16.
Luke Montebello put the Stripes ahead on the 12th minute and six minutes later, Jeferson Macedo doubled the score. Kilian Bevis made it 3-0 on the 26th.
Four minutes in the second half, Federico Falcone scored Birkirkara’s fourth.
B’KARA Julani Archibald, Enzo Ruiz, Enrico Pepe, Luke Montenbello (Paul Mbong), Kurt Zammit, Federico Falcone (Matteo Gambin), Ryan Scicluna (Owen Sciberras), Leandro Aguirre (Jed Valletta), Kilian Bevis, Jeferson Macedo, Diego Venancio (Claudio Bonanni).
FGURA Julian Azzopardi, Lee Pisani (Carl Ciantar), Dylan Caruana (Donys Quintero), Rafael Conrado Prudente (Jose Costa Silva Ewertton), Jeremy Micallef (Gabriel Borg), Matthew Brincat (Thomas Francis Grech), Jake Stensen, Kenny Gandini, Joey Reno Vella, Jeremy Cassar, Shawn Borg.
Referee: Andrea Sciriha