Malta Football Association
Hibs girls fend off Mġarr challenge to win U-19 title
May 2, 2019
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The Hibs U-19 team celebrate their success. Photo: Stephen Gatt
The Hibs U-19 team celebrate their success. Photo: Stephen Gatt

  • The Hibs U-19 team celebrate their success. Photo: Stephen Gatt
  • Mosta – Winners of Section B of the Women's U-19 League

Hibernians claimed the spoils in the two-way race for the U-19 championship crown after topping Section A on 30 points, four points ahead of second-placed Mġarr United.

The two title contenders crossed swords on the final day of the season with the Greens holding the Paolites to a goalless stalemate, a fitting end to a hard-fought campaign for Hibs and Mġarr. 


Hibs completed the job unbeaten in 12 outings, winning nine and drawing just on three occasions. While Mġarr outscored them 60-36, with 41 of those 60 goals for the Greens coming from the impressive Haley Bugeja, the Paolites hold the record for the best defensive line as they let in only nine goals.


While the Hibernians girls were confirmed champions following their 2-0 defeat of Raiders (Luxol), the game-changing moment for them was their dramatic 3-2 win over Gozo when they hit back to overcome a two-goal deficit and take victory home in the final stages of the game. That league appointment underlined their grit and determination to maintain their leadership and march on towards the title. 


The top scorer for the Paolites was versatile player Chloe Ann Ellul who found the net eight times with Elena Sissons and Kayleigh Chetcuti following her on six goals. These players also managed to find playing time at senior level, in particular Chetcuti who also made her national team debut in the Aphrodite Cup last March. 


Meanwhile, despite not winning the championship, it was a satisfying campaign for Mġarr who had the opportunity to witness a clinical striker in Bugeja flourishing to their favour. The 15-year-old has topped both the U-19 and seniors top-scorers list, and has already donned the Malta shirt during the training camp in Romania, in April.


Their chances of winning the title were dashed in a drama-filled game against Birkirkara where the latter imposed themselves with a 6-3 victory, despite the Greens holding the lead at one point during the game. 




Elsewhere, Mosta finished on top of Section B with 18 points to show after 11 outings. They had to fend off Kirkop United's challenge who finished two points behind them in the league, making sure of the title in the final game as they defeated the Reds 2-0. 


Leah Alice Ayres made a huge contribution in Mosta's successful campaign as her 11 goals propelled the Blues to the top the standings. 

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