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Birkirkara face San Ġwann as new women’s league kicks off
Sep 28, 2021
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After the Malta women’s national’s heroics against Bosnia-Herzegovina which earned them a historic point in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifications, the attention will shift to domestic action as a new women’s league kicks-off this week.


Seven teams will participate in the 2021/2022 season with the season set to run until April 27. All teams will face each other on three occasions for a total of 18 games for each participant club.

 

The games will be played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with the venues used for this league being the Centenary Stadium, Dingli Ground and Mġarr Ground.

 

Birkirkara, winners of four consecutive titles since the 2016/2017 edition, start as favourites to lift the title once again.

 

Before last season was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Stripes were in the driving seat for a fifth straight title as they are looking to win their 10th women’s league overall.

 

During the summer, Birkirkara represented Malta in the UEFA Women’s Champions League where they met Scotland champions Glasgow City and Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia.

 

After their opening defeat to the Scottish side, Melania Bajada’s side suffered a heart-breaking defeat to Slovan Bratislava as they lost 1-0 in extra-time after holding the Slovak champions to a goalless stalemate in regular time.

 

Their opponents on the opening day will be San Ġwann who are this year’s new participants in the women’s league.

 

The Yellow Blues have launched their women’s football season as they made their debut in the U-20’s league, which commenced on Saturday. A brace from Fatma Algirbi earned them a 2-1 victory over Kirkop United. Algirbi is one of the several youth players who have joined the club ahead of the new season.

 

The senior team will be coached by Zejlko Ivanovic.

 

Mġarr United are expected to mount a challenge for this year’s title after their recent positive finishes in the women’s league. Last season, they were sitting third with 31 points after 14 games before the league came to a premature end.

 

The Greens will be under the new guidance of Michael Mangion, a UEFA B License coach. Mangion’s name is associated with Lija Athletic with whom he won no less than six promotions, including two as assistant coach of the men’s senior team.

 

Speaking of Lija, the latter have merged with Raiders to form Raiders Lija.

 

Raiders have been based in Għargħur for the past two seasons after their long spell as Raiders Luxol.Throughout the years, Raiders have established themselves as a hard-working and well-respected team in the women’s game, often producing positive results on the field in every category.Denis Guerra has remained part of the setup as he has been named Technical Director, besides being the senior team’s coach as well.


While Mġarr will face Kirkop United on the opening day, Raiders will meet Mtarfa. Kirkop have worked hard in recent seasons, cementing themselves as the fourth force of the league.

 

Led by coach Jochen Lenders, the Reds had scored 19 points and were sitting fourth last season, before it was shortened due to the pandemic.

 

Mtarfa will be making their second straight appearance in this league after making their debut last year. Coach Simon Spiteri will be replacing Shawn Meilak at the helm of the senior team as they will be looking to improve on last year’s tally of points.  Swieqi United will be serving a bye this week before they open their new season against Mtarfa, next week.

 

FIXTURES

 

TUESDAY – 20.45

Birkirkara vs San Ġwann, Mġarr Ground

Mġarr United vs Kirkop United, Centenary Stadium

 

WEDNESDAY – 20.45

Mtarfa vs Raiders Lija, Centenary Stadium

 

MD1 bye: Swieqi United.

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