Are rock-bottom Marsaxlokk doomed to First Division?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 17:02
Better days for Marsaxlokk under presidency of Victor Sciriha

Better days for Marsaxlokk under the presidency of Victor Sciriha

by Joshua Cacciattolo

About 5 years ago, in 2006/2007, Marsaxlokk were celebrating their only Premier league title.

A few years later they were relegated to the First Division due to match fixing, but then once they got back, they had a wonderful season last year.

But things change fast in Maltese football, and they change mostly during November.

Valletta are enjoying their top position in January because if you go by the record books, most teams who are leading the title race in December, usually end up winning the title.

But when you look down the table, Marsaxlokk are bearing the brunt of the rest of the teams. Sitting down there, looking up at the rest of the sides from a position which is best described as rock-bottom, they are worried that Febuary will not be a good time to party this season.

When Patick Curmi took over the club, things were as bright as the golden star which sits on top of Christmas tree… an unbeaten run gave them a solid foundation and Curmi quickly became the fans’ favourite, after the departure of Brian Talbot.

Last season was even better as they went unbeaten against the so-called ‘Big Four’ in the Premier League. They drew twice against champions Valletta and beat second place Floriana twice, while trouncing Birkirara.

Then came the committee change as president Robert Micallef was fired, with Renato Attard claiming the club’s presidency.

That could well have been the beginning of a long journey down a dark tunnel from which even the best clubs find it hard to emerge. Such was the case of clubs like Marsa and Xaghajra, who went down and never recovered.

The statistics of the last two months make Marsaxlokk’s position look even more ominous, not that it can actually do that, because the south siders are in a place and it could get worse.

In the history of the Premier League, only once have the bottom team at the end of the second round managed to avoid relegation.

Only Tarxien Rainbows beat the drop after what is remembered in history as ‘The Great Escape” when they stayed in the Premier League at the cost of Hamrun Spartans and Msida St Joseph, who went down.

The total points that Tarxien Rainbows had gathered (16), is one of the lowest ever for a club who survived the cruel final day of Maltese football.

The only way Marsaxlokk can survive is to make the most of every match and grind out the draws and wins. They have just three victories so far. But in their current condition, all they can do is treat every game  as a final that could keep them in the Premier League.


  1. city boys says:




    Sportinmalta Reply:

    Last season

    Valletta 2-0 Marsaxlokk (Kevin Sammut, Dyson Falzon)
    Valletta 0-0 Marsaxlokk (Ryan Darmanin hit the woodwork in the last minute)
    Valletta 1-1 Marsaxlokk (Ryan Fenech equalized in the 85th minute)
    Valletta 1-0 Marsaxlokk (Roderick Briffa scored the championship goal)

    ok city boys?


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