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Super Cup winners Birkirkara, leaders Hibernians to meet in women’s league

Veronique Mifsud of Birkirkara letting fly a shot against Swieqi United in the Assikura Women's Super Cup. Photo: Dominic Borg

Stripes joined Paolites with seventh Super Cup title.

Fresh from their triumph in the Assikura Women’s Super Cup, Birkirkara will have to immediately shift their focus on this weekend’s big game in the Assikura Women’s League.

The Stripes, who defeated Swieqi United to lift the Super Cup, will face Hibernians who are currently the pacesetters of the national championship.

Last Wednesday, thanks to Arianna Del Moral’s brace against Swieqi, Birkirkara joined Hibernians as the all-time winners of the Super Cup with seven triumphs.

Now, the Stripes will be looking to pip the Paolites to first place in the league with a victory.

Hibernians, led by coach Keith Gouder, are on top with 26 points with Birkirkara trailing them by just a single point and with a game in hand – a rescheduled fixture against Mtarfa on December 19.

Before the Super Cup match, the Stripes broke little sweat to beat San Ġwann in a match where they lost Uruguayan player Edith Garcia due to an injury.

The summer signing missed the Super Cup and it is yet to be known whether she can face Hibernians.

On the other hand though, they can bank on the return of Sara Saliba who made her first club appearance this season in the second half against Swieqi United, coming close to find the net on a couple of occasions.

The Paolites, on their part, are at the back of a goalless draw against Swieqi United which allowed them to stay at the top.

Swieqi, coached by Saviour Darmanin, will be looking to bounce back to winning ways as they face Valletta.

The Owls sit third on 24 points while Valletta are fifth with 15 points after beating Lija Athletic in their latest outing.

Lija Athletic, on the other hand, face an Mġarr United side that will be eyeing another victory to keep their title hopes on track.

Led by coach Michael Mangion, the Greens are fourth on 23 points and they are on the tail of a comfortable win over Mtarfa.

Elsewhere, Mtarfa and San Ġwann will take on each other in Friday’s game.

Simon Spiteri’s Mtarfa are still anchored at the bottom without a single point while San Ġwann, coached by Julian Camilleri, have scored seven points so far.

FIXTURES

THURSDAY
Lija Athletic vs Mġarr United – 8.15pm, Centenary Stadium.

FRIDAY
Mtarfa vs San Ġwann – 6.30pm, Victor Tedesco Stadium.

SATURDAY
Birkirkara vs Hibernians – 2pm, Dingli Ground.
Swieqi United vs Valletta – 4.30pm, Dingli Ground.

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