Malta Football Association
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Birkirkara, Mġarr girls face off in Super Cup clash
Dec 12, 2019
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Kailey Willis (left) and Haley Bugeja pose with the BOV Women's Super Cup trophy. PHOTO: Joe Borg/MFA
Kailey Willis (left) and Haley Bugeja pose with the BOV Women's Super Cup trophy. PHOTO: Joe Borg/MFA

The first honour of the 2019/2020 women’s football season will be up for grabs when 2018-19 double winners Birkirkara face Mġarr United, runners-up last season, at the National Stadium on Friday (kick-off 16.30).


It will be an important moment for the growth of the women’s game on the Maltese islands as the Super Cup clash is being played at the main stadium for the first time.

 

“Playing at the National Stadium is a step forward for the promotion of the women’s game on our shores,” Birkirkara player Kailey Willis told a news conference organised by the Malta FA on Thursday.


“As a team, we are determined to put on a positive display, not only to try and win the Super Cup but also to entertain the crowd that will come to watch us play this final at the National Stadium,” Willis added.

 

Mġarr United starlet Haley Bugeja echoed Willis’s thoughts.

 

“We are very excited to be part of this historic event and we hope that the game can be a massive showcase for the women’s game in Malta,” Bugeja said.

 

Birkirkara, winners of the last three championships and domestic cups, will be eager to make amends for last year’s Super Cup disappointment and win this trophy for the fifth time. Last season, Melania Bajada’s team suffered a 3-0 defeat against Hibernians who lead the all-time winners list with seven triumphs. Mosta are the other team to have won this cup since its inception in 2005. They won it on three occasions.

 

Mġarr, for their part, are still looking to claim their first major honour after coming close to winning the domestic cup twice in 2018 and 2019 only to lose to Birkirkara on both occasions.

 

‘DREAM GOAL'


Both Bugeja and Willis have been among the most prominent players in the early stages of the season.

 

While Bugeja is Mġarr’s leading scorer with 13 goals, Willis has scored six. Ethiopia forward Loza Abera is Birkirkara’s leading scorer with a staggering 17 goals, topping the league’s scorers chart in the process.

 

Bugeja and Willis are relishing the prospect of scoring in the Super Cup final to propel their respective teams to victory.

 

“To be honest, I have been dreaming of scoring in this game since the venue was announced,” Willis admitted.

 

“It is a big showcase for me personally and I’m very excited to be part of it.”

 

Bugeja is determined to add more goals to her tally even though this will be a much bigger game than the regular league matches.

 

“Goals are very important for me as a striker and I’m striving to keep on building on what I have been doing so far,” she explained.

 

“Obviously, scoring would represent a great moment for me but the most important thing is to do my best to help my team emerge victorious.” 

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