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University of Malta hand first defeat to champions Luxol St Andrew’s

The University of Malta finished the first round of the futsal league with maximum points. Photo: Joe Borg

University of Malta ACJ Group finished the first round of the Enemed Futsal League with maximum points when they beat the champions Luxol St Andrew’s 2-1.

The University side were in a class of their own throughout the game with Luxol having several players missing and were time and again caught by their opponents’ counterattacks.

The University of Malta surged ahead when Melvin Borg received the ball from Guillherme Fonseca and beat Clint Mifsud with a powerful low shot.

Luxol tied the score when Andre Ciancio beat keeper Ryan Scerri.

In the second half, the game continued to maintain its intensity with the University players scoring what should have been the winning goal when it was Guillherme Fonseca who took the ball and advanced well to fire a strong shot that went under Mifsed.

Thus, the University of Malta ACJ Group finished the first phase of this league with maximum points from ten games with Luxol who suffered their first defeat of the season.

Meanwhile, the preliminary round of the E&L Futsal Trophy was played.

The biggest victory was achieved by the Malta U-19 team as they beat Sliema Wanderers 10-5.

Mason Agius, Nathan David Balzan, and Jamie Sultana scored two each with the other goals coming from Collin Sammut, Miguel Camilleri, Alex Sheldon Bellizzi and an own goal.

The Blues stayed in the game with a hat-trick by Kevin Sammut and a double by Juan Poveda Morales.

Birżebbuġa St Peter’s beat Gżira United Santa Margerita 4-1. The Saints’ goals came from Hamza Harrat, Armando Gjepali, Daniel Abdilla, and an own goal while Christian Cutajar pulled one back for the Maroons.

ŽRQ Bormla fended off the challenge of Marsaskala Futsal 6-1.

Italo Jose dos Santos scored a hat-trick with Dylan Musu adding two more for the Cospicua side and Chris Cardona sealing the win for his team.

Craig Pickard scored the only goal for Marsaskala.

ENEMED FUTSAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

University of Malta ACJ Group 30; Luxol St Andrew’s, ŻRQ Bormla 25; Swieqi United FC Futsal 21; Birżebbuġa St Peter’s 18; Ta’ Xbiex Futsal Izola Bank 12; Selezzjoni Maltija U19; Marsaskala Futsal 10; Selezzjoni Maltija U-18 3; Gżira United Santa Margherita 3; Sliema Wanderers FC Futsal 2.

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