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Msida, Żurrieq, Birżebbuġa and Siġġiewi in semi-finals
Dec 17, 2020
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NATIONAL AMATEUR CUP 2020/21

QUARTER-FINALS


Kalkara 2 Msida St Joseph 3

 

Msida St Joseph advanced to the semi-finals in dramatic fashion in a real knock out thriller. When the clock marked 90 minutes, Kalkara were 2-1 up but two added-time goals by Ciro Quaranta and Mark Camilleri sent Msida through, an outcome not many expected. 


Kalkara played a good game, taking an early lead thanks to Jurgen Gauci on seven minutes. Former Kalkara striker Timmy Thomas equalised from the penalty spot on 16 minutes. Kalkara were also the better side in the second half and deservedly forged ahead on 82 minutes thanks to an opportunistic Andrea Hammett goal.

 

Kalkara sensed victory but Quaranta’s 92nd minute free-kick beat Clive Caruana handsomely. When all expected extra time to be played, Camilleri was released on the left and beat Caruana once more to send his team to the Semi-Finals of the Amateur Cup.

 

Mellieħa 1 Żurrieq 2

 

Żurrieq also progrressed to the semi-finals after beating a stubborn Mellieħa side by the odd goal in three. 

 

It was Mellieħa who were the better team, going forward in the first half as they attacked continuously and created many chances. They managed to open the scoring in the 31st minute thanks a powerful shot from Justin Zammit.

 

In the second half, Żurrieq recovered to level the score on the hour. Jean Paul Formosa's through-pass found Erik Pietribiasi in the penalty area who shot accurately past Mellieħa goalkeeper James Abela.

 

Six minutes later, Claudio Calleja crossed for Formosa who turned swiftly and slotted the ball home into the far corner. Mellieħa went down to 10 men when Daniel Saliba was sent off in the 85th minute. The Blues kept pushing for an equaliser but Żurrieq comfortably controlled the game until the end.

 

Melita 3 Birżebbuġa St Peter’s 4

 

Birżebbuġa edged Melita 4-3 to go through to the last four of the National Amateur Cup.

 

The Southseasiders showed the brighter ideas in the first 45 minutes as they established a three-goal advantage through Shawn Vella on nine minutes, Vinicius (12’) and a Keith Muscat strike on 37 minutes.

 

Melita raised their game after the change of ends and managed to score two goals courtesy of Noel Omondi on 48 minutes and Luke Sammut in the 85th minute to set up a dramatic finale. As Birżebbuġa keeper Kyle Gerada was sent off, Vinicius scored a double to make it 4-2 for his team on the stroke of full-time before Luke Mifsud grabbed another one for Melita deep into added time. It was however too little to late for Melita who conceded their first defeat of the season and bowed out of the Cup.

 

Żabbar St Patrick 0 Siġġiewi 0 – AET
(Siġġiewi win 8-7 on pens)

 

The quarter-final weekend came to a close with the St Patrick and Siġġiewi encounter, who needed 120 minutes and penalties to decide the outcome.

 

It could have gone either way with both set of players cancelling each other out in a balanced match.

 

Siġġiewi received an early setback when playmaker Aaron Agius had to retired injured early in the match. Rogger Sneider’s free-kick for Żabbar on 16 minutes just missed target while Gabriel Bonavia had another goalscoring opportunity for Dennis Apap’s team closer to the half-time whistle.

 

The second half prpduced more of the same with Żabbar showing the better ideas and Siġġiewi, led by an excellent Kurt Magro, mainly depending on counter-attacks. No goals during the extra 30 minutes as well and the penalty shoot-out needed to be extended to 10 kicks each with Richard Galea missing the decisive penalty for Żabbar which sent Siġġiewi through to the semi-finals and an FA Trophy berth. 

 

AMATEUR LEAGUE

SECTION A

 

Birżebbuġa St Peter’s 1 Marsaskala 1

Stalemate at Ħamrun yesterday evening in an interesting encounter which could have gone either way.

 

Birżebbuġa started well and dominated the first half. Shawn Vella hit the post on six minutes with an angled shot from the edge of the box. On 33 minutes however, St Peter’s were reduced to ten players as Aaron Dalli was dismissed for dissent.

 

Five minutes later, Birżebbuġa took the lead thanks to a Vinicius header from a free-kick. On the stroke of half-time, Marsaskala equalised thanks to Justin Cilia who beat Schembri from close range after a corner action.

 

On 66 minutes, a scorcher by Marsaskala captain Joseph Chetcuti sailed inches over the crossbar. Barely a minute later, Marsaskala midfielder Adrian Bonavia was also giving his marching orders. Birżebbuġa continued to create the better chances as Daniel Mallia and Brendan Scerri were close to hit the winner for the Southseasiders but failed.

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