University of Malta ACJ Group and Luxol St Andrew’s win first leg

University of Malta ACJ Group and Luxol St Andrew’s registered wins in the first legs of the Enemed Futsal League play-offs semi-finals after defeating their respective opponents.

The most balanced encounter was the one between University of Malta ACJ Group and Swieqi United with the former winning 2-1. Despite the defeat, Swieqi were very good especially in their fast counter attacks.

Raimundo Da Silva Nonato put University of Malta ahead with Swieqi equalizing through Marcelo Alarcon. In the second half, the game remained a balanced affair but David Bobokhidze’s boys scored the winning goal through Steven Camilleri.

On the other hand, champions Luxol St Andrew’s overcame the tough challenge offered by ŽRQ Bormla, winning 9-6.

Gabriel Dobre’s troops had an initial 5-1 lead but the Cottonera side kept reduced the arrears although they could do little to avoid the defeat.

Celino Alves, Mark Zammit and Andy Mangion scored twice each with Everton da Silva Santos, Maicon and Michael Borg adding more goals for their team. ŽRQ Bormla had Rodrigo da Silva notching a hat-trick while Mohammed Elamari scored two goals with Karl Luke Schembri who also added his name among the scorers.

Meanwhile in the Enemed Challenger League, the Maltese Under-19 team and Marsaskala Legends Futsal got a place in the semi-finals of this competition after achieving some positive results.

The Under-19s beat Gżira United Santa Margerita 4-2. Collin Sammut scored twice while Benjamin Bonello Ghio and Neil Gauci also found the net. Yessous Camilleri scored a double for Gzira.

Marsaskala Legends Futsal, on the other hand, defeated Sliema Wanderers Futsal 7-5. Bertram Azzopardi and Amir Ashtiyani notched a brace apiece with Craig Pickard, Pavlo Bekesha and Josef Balzan also on target.

Andre Joe Cutajar nptched a hat-trick for Sliema with James Brincat and Jean Leite Lopes also reducing the score for their team.