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Msida St Joseph and Żurrieq to contest Amateur Cup final
Feb 24, 2021
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Msida St Joseph and Żurrieq will contest the inaugural Amateur Cup final on 13th March, 2021 after overcoming Siġġiewi and  Birżebbuġa St Peter's respectively in the semi-finals. The Promotion Play-Offs also kicked off yesterday evening with Xgħajra Tornados beating Mellieħa.


NATIONAL AMATEUR CUP SEMI-FINALS


Żurrieq 2 Birżebbuġa St Peter’s 0
Żurrieq booked their spot in the very first final of the inaugural BOV Amateur Cup, beating Birżebbuġa 2-0 in an exciting semi-final tie.

 

The Reds fully deserved their win as they were in control of the match from the start, holding most of the possession and creating the best chances. They took the lead on 21 minutes when captain Mauro Bonnici headed the ball past Birżebbuġa goalkeeper Ristan Schembri from a free-kick action.

 

On the half-hour mark, veteran Claudio Calleja's powerful shot hit the woodwork for Żurrieq. Birżebbuġa missed a golden opportunity to level the score in first-half stoppage time as Keith Muscat missed the target from close range.

 

As expected, Birżebbuġa tried to get back into the match in the second half. Despite their efforts, Żurrieq remained the better team and doubled thir lead in the 81st minute. Initially, Schembri saved Calleja's goal attempt but Erik Pietribiasi profited, finding the net from the rebound to seal Żurrieq’s win. The southseasiders went down to ten men three minutes later as Jean Paul Formosa was fouled by goalkeeper Schembri.


Msida St Joseph 6 Siġġiewi 1

 

Neville Galea’s Msida St Joseph secured their place in the Amateur Cup final after emphatically beating Siġġiewi 6-1.

 

It was the match of Timmy Thomas who scored four of his side’s goals but Kurt Zahra also deserves credit as he was the driveing force behind his team’s five-star performance.

 

Initially, both defences were on top in the first half as they practically neutralised all attacks which game their way. Kurt Zahra was close for Msida with a free-kick on 33 minutes but his effort sailed inches over the crossbar. Five minutes later, a Julian Zammit header just missed target after a Zahra corner.

 

It was Siġġiewi who took the lead thanks to a wonderful long distance shot from Jacob Magri, which took Msida goalkeeper Justin Tonna by surprise.

 

On the stroke of half-time, Timmy Thomas equalised after the Siġġiewi defence failed to clear the ball in their own box. Twelve minutes into the second half, Msida took the lead thanks to Christian Caruana who headed home from a corner past Siġġiewi goalkeeper Ryan Micallef.

 

In the 64th minute, Thomas added his side’s third goal with a precise grounder after some good work by substitute Ciro Quaranta. Ten minutes later it was game over when Lian Xuereb rounded off a swift counter-attack of Msida after a perfect pass by Thomas. There was more misery in the latter part of the match for Siġġiewi as Thomas added two more on 77 and 84 minutes.


The final of the BOV Amateur Cup will be played on Saturday, 13th March at the Victor Tedesco Stadium in Ħamrun, kick off 14.00hrs. A week later, on Saturday 20 March, the winners of the BOV Amateur League Championship Play-Offs and the winner of the BOV Amateur Cup will contest he BOV Amateur Super Cup. This match will be played at the Centenary Stadium.


BOV AMATEUR LEAGUE PROMOTION PLAY-OFFS – PRELIMINARY ROUND

Mellieħa 1 Xgħajra Tornados 2

 

The 20/21 season for Mellieħa ended in the Preliminary round of the Promotion Play-Offs as they were beaten by Xgħajra Tornados by the odd goal in three.

 

The Tornados were the dominant side during the first half, opening their account in the ninth minute with a goal from defender Deemer Cutajar. Mellieħa were pushed back further into their defence and three minutes before half-time, the referee ordered a penalty in favour of Xgħajra with Julian Spiteri converting from the spot, to give Xgħajra a two-goal cushion at the start of the second half.

 

After the break, Mellieħa took control and managed to pull one back in the 59th minute by Jordan Debattista. However, Xgħajra managed to keep the Northerners at bay for the remaining time left to book their slot in the quarter-finals of the Play-Offs, where they will be facing Attard on Saturday.

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