Valletta and Hibernians have been drawn to face each other again, this time in one of the semi-finals of the U-Bet FA Trophy.
The two teams also faced off last Saturday, with the Hibs victory forcing a title decider with Birkirkara.
National Stadium: BOV Premier League 5 p.m. Valletta vs Hibernians.Centenary Stadium: BOV Division Three 2 p.m. Mdina Knights vs Kalkara; 4 p.m Mtarfa vs Luqa St Andrew’s; 6 p.m. Attard vs Qrendi.Luxol Stadium: BOV Division Three 3 p.m. Għaxaq vs Senglea Athletic; 5.15 p.m. Marsaskala vs Marsa.Sirens Stadium: BOV Division Three 3 p.m. Xgħajra Tornadoes vs Ta’ Xbiex; 5.15 p.m. Sirens vs Sta Luċija.Tedesco Stadium: Youth FA U-17 9 a.m. Luqa vs Kalkara. U-15 11 a.m. Ħamrun Spartans vs Mosta; 1 p.m. Sliema Wanderers vs St Andrew’s.Mellieħa: YFA U-17 9 a.m. Mellieħa vs Floriana; 11 a.m. Sirens vs Marsaxlokk; 1 p.m. Naxxar Lions vs Żejtun Corinthians.Rabat: YFA U-17 1 p.m. Qormi vs Pembroke; 3 p.m. Tarxien Rain-bows vs Balzan. U-15 5 p.m. Rabat Ajax vs San Ġwann.Melita Ground: Youth FA U-17 1 p.m. Melita vs Mosta; 3 p.m. St Patrick vs Ħamrun Spartans. U-15 5 p.m. Melita vs Gozo FC.Żebbuġ: Youth FA U-17 1 p.m. St Andrew’s vs Msida St Joseph; 3 p.m. Żebbuġ Rangers vs Rabat Ajax.Għargħur: Girls Under-16 KO QFs 10 a.m. Birkirkara vs Tarxien Rainbows; 11 a.m. Gozo FC vs Hiber-nians; noon Mosta vs Ħamrun Spartans.Tarxien: Swan KO SFs 1.45 p.m. Valletta St Pauli vs Żejtun; 3.15 p.m. Lija/Iklin…
Balzan FC 0Rabat Ajax 5Felice 45; Negrin 61, 65, 82, 87;
Rabat wrapped up their league commitments on a high as after having fulfilled their objective to prolong their stay in the top-flight, they managed to put their striker Josè Luis Armario Negrin in the driving seat to be crowned the new goal king in Malta in an emphatic win over a dejected Balzan.
The Spainard struck an impressive four-goal haul that lifted him above Tarxien forward Daniel Mariano Bueno in the goalscoring charts with 22 goals.
Negrin was Rabat’s major dangerman yesterday and after five minutes he burst clear of Matthew Mendy and Aaron Agius and the Spanish forward lifted the ball over the bar in an attempt to beat goalkeeper Frederick Tabone.
Balzan finally threatened on 27 minutes but Kevin Camilleri’s shot was cleared off the line by Joseph Caruana.
On 36 minutes Rabat were awarded a penalty when Caruana released Negrin who was brought down in the area by Tabone with the referee pointing to the spot.
Negrin picked himself up but his shot hit the bar.
But Rabat were not to be denied on the stroke of half-time when Justin Felice was first to Diego Carrillo Pendas’ free-kick and headed past Tabone.
Seven players will miss the final round of matches from the BOV Premier League to serve suspension imposed on them by the Malta FA Disciplinary Commissioner, yesterday.
Rabat Ajax midfielder Manuel Fuster picked the heftiest ban.
The Spaniard was dismissed in his team’s 4-1 defeat of Melita and was suspended for two matches. He will sit out his team’s final match against Balzan along with team-mate Clive Brincat was also banned for one match.
The other players handed a one-match ban yesterday were: Udo Nwoko (Floriana), Roderick Fenech (Ħamrun Spartans), Ivan Tufegdzic (Melita), Luke Sciberras (Qormi) and Andrew Agius (Tarxien Rainbows).
Gozo Stadium: GFA Super Cup 4 p.m. Nadur Youngsters vs Kerċem Ajax.Centenary Stadium: Youth League 3 p.m. Qormi vs Mosta; 5 p.m. San Ġwann vs Rabat Ajax.Luxol Stadium: Youth League 3 p.m. Birkirkara vs Floriana.Sirens Stadium: Youth League 3 p.m. St Patrick vs Hibernians; 5 p.m. Sliema Wanderers vs Naxxar Lions.Żebbuġ: Youth League 3 p.m. Melita vs Balzan.Mosta: Youth League 4 p.m. Sta Venera vs Msida.Għaxaq: Youth League 4 p.m. Tarxien vs Mġarr United.Pembroke: Youth League 4 p.m. Pembroke vs Gudja United.Rabat: Youth FA U-17 9 a.m. Balzan vs Qormi; 11 a.m. Rabat Ajax vs Mellieħa. Youth League 4 p.m. Dingli Swal-lows vs Mellieħa.Siġġiewi: Youth FA U-17 9 a.m. Floriana vs St Andrew’s; 11 a.m. Tarxien vs Żejtun. Youth League 4 p.m. Lija vs Żejtun.Tarxien: IASC KO, first round 8.15 a.m. Żabbar Crystal Blues vs Gżira United; 9.30 a.m. Senglea Youngsters vs Birżebbuġa Tigers; 10.45 a.m. Mġarr Falcons vs Birkirkara St Joseph.
St Martin’s: 42nd National Championships finals. First matches at 10 a.m.
Ta’ Qali: Women’s league final (game 4) 4.30 p.m. Depiro vs Luxol.
Marsa: 17th meeting of the season. First race at 2.30 p.m.
Floriana 3Coronado 19; Casha 54, 67;Ħamrun Spartans 1Grima 31;
The pressure was on Ħamrun Spartans.
They knew they had to collect all the points at the expense of Floriana to keep their slim hopes of staving off relegation.
Matters became complicated when they fell behind early in the match following a freak goal.
However, an almost immediate equaliser gave the Spartans a breather but then Floriana’s home-grown youngster Luca Casha, until then a virtually unknown pro-position, took Ħamrun apart with two second-half goals.
Casha’s brace sealed Ħamrun’s fate as the fallen giants of Maltese football were relegated to Division One, to the delight of Rabat Ajax who are now assured another season in the top flight as they have an unassailable four-point lead over the demoted Spartans.
Two of the three changes in Floriana’s team from the 2-1 defeat of Rabat Ajax were enforced upon coach Iain Brunskill by the suspensions of goalkeeper Tony Warner, who was replaced by Jonathan Debono, and Steve Pisani. The latter’s void was filled by Sacha Borg while Joseph Borg was preferred to Thomas Paris.
Already missing the services of Malta forward Terence Vella, Spartans coach Stefan Sultana left…
National Stadium: BOV Premier League 3 p.m. Floriana vs Ħamrun Spartans; 5 p.m. Hibernians vs Mosta.Centenary Stadium: BOV Division Two 3 p.m. St George’s vs Għargħur; 5 p.m. Żebbuġ Rangers vs Pembroke Athleta.Mosta: BOV Division Two 3 p.m. Żurrieq vs Siġġiewi; 5.15 p.m. St Patrick vs Fgura United.Luxol Stadium: BOV Division Three 3 p.m. San Ġwann vs Msida St Joseph; 5.15 p.m. Kirkop vs Mġarr United.Sirens Stadium: BOV Division Three 3 p.m. Qrendi vs Mtarfa; 5.15 p.m. Luqa SA vs Mdina Knights.Siġġiewi: Youth FA U-17 9 a.m. Balzan vs Msida St Joseph; 11 a.m. Qormi vs Tarxien Rainbows.Mellieħa: Youth FA U-17 9 a.m. Birkirkara vs Sliema Wanderers; 11 a.m. Mellieħa vs St Andrew’s.St Patrick Ground: Youth FA U-17 1 p.m. Żejtun vs Floriana; 3 p.m. Xgħajra vs Lija-Iklin.Pembroke: Youth FA U-17 1 p.m. Pembroke vs Żebbuġ Rangers; 3 p.m. Marsa vs Gudja.Mġarr: Youth FA U-17 1 p.m. Naxxar Lions vs Rabat Ajax; 3 p.m. Mġarr vs Żurrieq.Gozo Stadium: GFA Division Two Super Cup 2 p.m. Oratory Youths vs Għajnsielem. GFA Cup final 4 p.m. Nadur Youngsters vs Kerċem Ajax.Sannat: Youth FA U-15 1 p.m. Gozo FC vs St Andrew’s. BOV Women’s League 3 p.m. Gozo FC vs Birkirkara.Għargħur: Women’s U-16 league 9…
Melita 1Galea 48;Rabat Ajax 4Negrin 40 pen; Pendas 68, 85; Licari 89;
Seemingly down and out after a run of 21 games without a win, Rabat Ajax are now within touching distance from retaining their top-flight status after finally breaking their jinx against Melita who have now been condemned to relegation.
The Magpies’ strong second fightback, after Melita had partially drawn level, mirrored the collective resolve of their players shown throughout the season as Diego Carrillas Pendas put up a blistering performance that led the team to a crucial victory.
Rabat are now four points clear of second-from-bottom Ħamrun Spartans who face Floriana tomorrow. Should the Reds fail to pick up a point from the match, Rabat will be assured of prolonging their stay in the top flight for another season.
Both sides opted for a change between their respective goals as Melita’s Philip Schranz and Rabat’s Sean Mintoff were drafted back into the starting formation.
As expected Ivan Carapic replaced the suspended Justin Felice for the Magpies as Manuel Sierra Camacho and Karl Vella Petroni were given the nod to start after seeing out a one-match ban.
It was a fractious opening period with plenty of…
Melita 1 Rabat Ajax 4
Rabat Ajax are now a win away ( if Ħamrun beat Floriana on Sunday) from safeguarding their top-flight status after finally breaking their jinx against now-relegated Melita.
The Ajax served notice of their intent to attack, when inside the opening 10 minutes, Joseph Caruana’s effort did not find any takers as it flashed across the goal. Four minutes later, Negrin unleashed a dipping shot that sailed just over the bar.
But their best chance fell to the Spaniard after 25 minutes when Pendas’s surge into the box was halted by the sliding Alhinho. Negrin’s shot from the ensuing penalty but his tame shot was touched away by Schranz. Unperturbed by Negrin’s penalty miss, the Ajax kept pressing for the opener.
On the half hour mark, Negrin’s terrific effort finished just off the post. Moments later, Pendas’s low drive was pushed away by the diving Schranz. But Melita’s reprieve was temporary as Ivan Tufegzic got a slight touch on Pendas’s heel to block his run into the box, prompting Adrian Azzopardi to order a penalty, the second in the game for Rabat.
Few eyebrows were raised when Negrin went to assume responsibility of the second spot-kick but this time, the…
Nine BOV Premier League players were yesterday sanctioned by the MFA Disciplinary Com-missioner following last week’s programme of matches.
Danail Mitev’s season at Mosta is over after the Bulgarian striker was handed a two-match ban following the dismissal incurred in his team’s 0-0 draw against Birkirkara.
Mitev will now skip his team’s final two matches in the Championship Pool against Hibernians and Sliema Wanderers.
Melita will play their crucial Relegation Pool fixture against Rabat Ajax tomorrow without Nigel Rizzo and Jean Pierre Attard who were both handed a one-match ban while the Magpies will be without Justin Felice.
Floriana take on Ħamrun Spartans without goalkeeper Tony Warner and striker Steve Pisani who were also suspended for one match.
The other players sanctioned yesterday were Balzan’s Firas Aboulezz, Zach Muscat (Birkirkara) and Roderick Sammut (Qormi).