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Birkirkara women move seven points clear after Swieqi slip against Mġarr

Rebecca Bajada (left) of Mġarr United vying for the ball against Swieqi United's Jessica Dimech. Photo: Michael Azzopardi

Stripes hit three past Hibernians to take advantage of Swieqi’s defeat.

TOP FOUR RESULTS

HIBERNIANS 0-3 BIRKIRKARA
Alexis Espitia 42 og., Stephania Farrugia 80, Alishia Sultana

Champions Birkirkara made a big step towards defending their Assikura Women’s League title successfully after beating Hibernians 3-0, moving seven points clear of Swieqi United.

Jose Borg’s Stripes scored a late first-half goal through an Alexis Espitia’s own goal which put them in the driving seat to secure this much-needed victory.

Birkirkara made sure of the win with late goals from Stephania Farrugia and Alishia Sultana with the latter now scoring nine goals in this campaign.

HIBERNIANS
Z. Jivraj; N. Geren, C. Ellul (60 L. Ayres), A. Busuttil, K. Chetcuti, S. Urpani (75 N. Celeste), M. Borg, Y. Attard, K. Norkus, N. Sciberras (55 A. Galea), A. Espitia.

BIRKIRKARA
J. Xuereb; A. Said, S. Farrugia, A. Sultana, V. Mifsud, C. Zammit, M. Grosso (62 G. Zahra), A. Del Moral (80 R. Giusti), C. Rogers, V. Rapa (80 R. Giusti), S. Saliba (70 F. Chircop).

MĠARR UNITED 3-2 SWIEQI UNITED
Yulya Carella 18, 84; Fernanda Peinado 66 (M); Jade Flask 4, Salamatu Abdulai 90 (S).

Swieqi United’s title hopes were handed a heavy blow after falling to Mġarr United in a five-goal thriller.

For the Greens, this is their first win in this Top Four phase as they cut the gap to six points from third-placed Hibernians.

It was Swieqi who took the lead when Jade Flask found the net just after four minutes.

However, Mġarr managed to turn around the score through Yulya Carella twice and Fernanda Peinado.

Late in the game, Salamatu Abdulai pulled one back for Swieqi but it was too little to late to salvage at least a point.

MĠARR UNITED
P. Ebejer; Luana, M. Debono, Joelma (58 F. Peinado), Y. Carella, K. Sciberras (90 D. Ebejer), L. Cefai, A. Sivolobova, R. Bajada, C. Grech, B. Borg.

SWIEQI UNITED
P. Araujo; J. Dimech, M. Sciberras, J. Flask, S. Abdulai, K. Abdulai, S. Zammit, Rafanny, J. Schembri (46 K. Micallef), M. Cachia.

BOTTOM FOUR RESULTS

LIJA ATHLETIC 2-0 MTARFA
Leanne Micallef 55, Edera Marmara 68.

SAN ĠWANN 0-1 VALLETTA
Laura Muscat 16.

STANDINGS

TOP FOUR: Birkirkara 44, Swieqi United 37, Hibernians 35, Mġarr United 29.

BOTTOM FOUR: Valletta 27, San Ġwann, Lija 13, Mtarfa 0.

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