Malta Football Association
NEWS:
Mġarr, Luqa and Melita lead the way
Jan 14, 2021
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BOV Amateur League A
BOV Amateur League B
BOV Amateur League C
BOV AMATEUR LEAGUE C'SHIP PLAY-OFFS
BOV Amateur League Promotion Play-offs
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  • (c) Roberto Farrugia

GROUP A

Ghaxaq 0 Mgarr United 4

There is no doubt who is the best team in Group A as Mgarr obtained another emphatic victory, this time against bottom side Ghaxaq. However, the team of coach Mario Mifsud opened well as in the 11th minute, Clayton Abela beat the offsite trap but his attempt missed target. It was Joseph Paul Zammit who put Mgarr 1-0 up with a powerful header on 16 minutes and Lazar Doric doubled with a tap in from an inch perfect pass by Gordon Saliba on 27 minutes. Six minutes later, it was already game over thanks to a Matteo Di Vita header from an Aaron Sammut free-kick. On the stroke of half-time, Doric added his second and his side’s fourth after some good work on the right flank by captain Jamie Lee Micallef. After the break, Mgarr put their foot off the accelerator and in fact the best opportunity in the second half was from Ghaxaq’s Ian Calleja close to the hour, blasting the ball high from an ideal position. Mgarr remained in control without any problems and cruised to an easy win, their eight of the league.


Ta’ Xbiex 2 Gharghur 1

Għargħur ’s Play-Off hopes were put into place by lowly Ta’ Xbiex, who came from behind to obtain their second victory of the season. Għargħur started the game on a high as they opened the score through new recruit Michael Grima on 11 minutes. Ta' Xbiex kept their composure and levelled through Jurgen Scriha on 26 minutes. In the second half, just after the hour, Matthew Agius put Ta' Xbiex 2-1 up, a result that they kept till the end to clinch a very important victory. In the dying moments of the match, Għargħur had keeper Michael Cluett sent off.
 
 
Birzebbuga St Peter’s 0 Zurrieq 1
On Sunday at the Sirens Stadium, Zurrieq consolidated their second position in this group with a hard-earned win over Birzebbuga. An important win for the Reds, who are closing in on participation in the Promotion Play-Offs. The first half was characterized by a series of attempts from both sides but eventually it was Zurrieq who managed to find the net. Daniel Debono’s goal five minutes from half time proved to be the winner. Birzebbuga assaulted their opponents in the second half, but could not score in what would have been a deserved equaliser. In the end, Zurrieq survived and bagged a precious three points. 
 
 
Marsaskala 1 Mellieha 1
Stalemate in the second match at Sirens Stadium last Sunday as Marsaskala and Mellieha shared the spoils in an entertaining match. Mellieha opened the score on the 38 minute thanks to man of the match Justin Zammit, who was left unmarked on the right flank, beating Marsaskala goalkeeper Daniel Attard with an accurate strike. Late in the game, veteran Joseph Chetcuti equalized on 85 minutes, heading past Mellieha goalkeeper Mark Cutajar when the Mellieha rear-guard failed to clear the danger from a throw in action. Marsaskala remain third and Mellieha fourth in the standings, which means both teams are still in the race for the Promotion Play-Offs.
 
 
GROUP B
 
 
Rabat Ajax 1 Mtarfa 1
Despite parading four new Challenge League signings, Mtarfa failed to claim the three points in this derby match against Rabat Ajax. A win was necessary to put the pressure on the top 3 in this group, but both teams had to settle for a draw during last Friday’s weekend match day 9 opener. On the stroke of half-time, Mtarfa were awarded a penalty, cooly converted by the experienced Daniel Cremona. Rabat staged a rally towards the Mtarfa goal in the second half, which eventually resulted in the equaliser, scored by captain Neil Caruana in the 75th minute. Ten minutes before this goal, Max Borg-Bartolo marred his debut with collecting two yellow cards within the space on seven minutes, leaving Mtarfa to play with ten for the remaining time of the match.
 
 
Luqa St Andrew’s 4 Zabbar St Patrick 0
With Rabat failing to beat Mtarfa, Luqa St Andrew’s are the new league leaders in Group B. The team of coach Edmond Lufi played perhaps their best match of the season, beating a poor Zabbar St Patrick side 4-0. Defender Mark Farrugia put Luqa ahead two minutes before the half-time whistle and five minutes after the break, young Nigerian Lucky Nwaogu doubled the score. Mario Jude Domenicus, another young talent of Luqa, added another goal for his side on 55 minutes after a great solo effort by Luqa captain Lydon Sciberras. On the hour, Colombian St Patrick defender Rogger Sneider received his second caution and his marching orders. Nwaogu scored his second goal of the evening two minutes into added time. 
 
 
Msida St Joseph 1 Siggiewi 0
The ambitious St Joseph from Msida collected another three points in their bid to win the group, beating Siggiewi by a solitary goal scored midway during the first half. In this match, Msida paraded new signing Giovanni Galea, signed from Fgura. The all-important goal for Msida was scored by Mark Camilleri on 26 minutes, who ironically spent most of his career with the opposite team, after the Siggiewi defence did not manage to clear a dangerous cross inside the penalty area. The game developed slowly into a tensed affair with plenty of fouls from both sides. Just before the hour, Msida defender Agatino Sicali was shown a second yellow card and was sent off. There were various attempts on target by both teams during the second half. Siggiewi did not take advantage of their numerical advantage and in the 85th minute Aaron Agius was sent off from the bench for misconduct, rounding up an eventful afternoon at the Sirens Stadium last Saturday. 

 
GROUP C
Kirkop United 1 Attard 3
Last Saturday at the Luxol Stadium, Attard beat Kirkop handsomely with the score 3-1. The team of Charlie Caruana were clearly the better side and challenged Kirkops's defence on numerous occasions. Attard opened the scoring on 14 minutes, when powerhouse Nicholas Schembri placed the ball in the top left corner. The same Schembri scored again on the stroke of half-time, his 11th league goal of the season. On the resumption there was a positive reaction by Kirkop, who immediately managed to reduce the deficit with a header by Dylan Tanti on 49 minutes. Just after the hour however, it was Julien Iwueke who scored Attard’s third with a shot from inside the box after being served by Schembri. Attard remain second in the standings and, with four league matches to go, can prepare themselves slowly for the Promotion Play-Offs.
 
Melita 3 Santa Venera Lightnings 0
Melita remain the only team in Malta to win all their league matches so far, taking control of the game from the start against bottom side Santa Venera Lightnings. The best action of the first half arrived in the 20th minute when Melita displayed a series of one touch passes that led to powerful shot by Jean Pierre Attard, which forced Lightnings goalkeeper Dwayne Camilleri to make a good save. Somehow, Santa Venera managed to keep the Melita attacks at bay in the first half but just before the hour, Melita opened the scoring thanks to an opportunistic Antoine Attard goal. Six minutes later, Matteo Desira-Buttigieg doubled for the Amateurs with a header from a corner action. In the 69th minute, the yellows had to continue with ten, after Kayne Said was shown his second yellow card of the afternoon. Seven minutes before the final whistle, Michael Cachia scored his side’s third goal to put the outcome of the match beyond doubt. 
 
 
Xghajra Tornados 2 Kalkara United 0
After losing their four opening league games, Xghajra recorded their fourth consecutive win on the trot, overtaking both Kirkop and Kalkara in the standings. The team of coach Mercieca are in fine form but had to work hard to earn the points against a stubborn Kalkara side. Just after the half hour mark, Xghajra took a deserved lead. An inviting cross by Owen Anyaso was handled well by Reuter Degiorgio who, despite being tightly marked, fumbled the ball past Kalkara goalkeeper Clive Caruana. A memorable strike as this was Degiorgio’s 100th official career goal. Kalkara tried to get back into the match after the break and had their fair share of ball possession. However, with six minutes left to play, Glenn Brincat scored Xghajra’s second to hand his team another precious win in their search for participation in th
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