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Birkirkara return in action, trio eye third place in women’s league

The Assikura Women’s League continues this week with the penultimate slate of fixtures before April’s international window.

Pacesetters Birkirkara will return into action following last week’s bye when they will rub shoulders with old foes Hibernians at the Centenary Stadium.

In another highlight clash this week, Raiders Lija and Mġarr United will cross swords as the race for a top-three finish continues to heats up.

The Stripes are on the brink of their 11th domestic title with 38 points after 14 points, enjoying a six-point lead above Swieqi United.

With four games left, Jose Borg’s side are in the driving seat to wrap up another memorable season but first they have to overcome the Hibernians’ hurdle.

In the previous two games, Birkirkara emerged winners with the identical scoreline of 2-0. Now, with Argentine forward Brisa Campos – author of eight goals already since joining in January – they will be eyeing a third straight win over the Paolites.

In 14 league outings, Birkirkara conceded just two goals as their championship’s best defensive record continues to pay dividends in their charge towards another domestic title.

Meanwhile, Hibernians are embroiled in a tight battle for third place. Keith Gouder’s team is at the back of a narrow defeat at the hands of Mġarr United which saw their gap from the Greens being cut to just two points.

The Greens, who have one game in hand, are looking to pip Hibernians for a third place finish. However, Raiders Lija are trying to keep the heat on this race as they sit fourth with 22 points – also with a game in hand.

Raiders had defeated Mġarr in the first round game while the Greens had the better off the Lija-based side in their second round matchup.

Elsewhere, second place Swieqi United will face San Ġwann as they look to keep their slim title hopes alive.

The Owls are at the back of a comfortable victory over lowly Mtarfa with newcomer Salamatu Abdulai scoring twice.

The Ghana international was also on the scoresheet for Swieqi U-21’s side in the latest two outings as she looks to have adapted quickly to the local game.

Swieqi boast the best offensive record with 66 goals and conceded just on four occasions.

San Ġwann, on their part, are coached by Raymond Sant who replaced Jean Paul Attard in January and have picked up only three points so far.



Raiders Lija vs Mġarr United – Centenary Stadium, 20.00


Birkirkara vs Hibernians – Centenary Stadium, 20.00

Swieqi United vs San Ġwann – Mġarr Ground, 20.30

MD18: Mtarfa.

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