Futsal is back with a bang

Friday, September 16, 2011, 17:22

White Eagles Mosta FC led by President-Coach Mario Gaffiero prepare to set a final four finish

Back at Corradino and everyone’s buzzword is “Futsal” – fast indoor football played with a low bounce ball and followed by dedicated and enthusiastic people today numbering in the hundreds. Divisions One and Two alone total twenty teams, and with a maximum of twenty players a team this means there are four hundred players competing.

Futsal in Malta has practically no coverage with only maltafutsal.com showing the results and covering all the leagues, from First to Fourth Division.

Sportinmalta.com now has for the second consecutive season embarked on a sponsorship of a Second Division team, Sportinmalta.com Melita FC. This website has pledged since day one to cover as much sports as possible and Futsal is an developing sport which cannot be left out.

The Second Division was first to start last Friday and is being played at the Corradino Sports Pavilion on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays whilst First Division matches are scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Initially the two matches planned for last Friday were Todos against Zurrieq FC and Bianco’s against newly promoted Luqa St. Andrew’s FC. Todos had three players involved in the Fourth International Malta Futsal Tournament and having played last Wednesday it would have been inhumanly impossible to recover on time for Friday. Thus the match was re-scheduled for Sunday morning at eleven.

Bianco’s kicked off where they left off last year and won their game but their opponents were a tough nut to crack and came back in the match drawing 1-1. From there on Bianco’s switched to a higher gear and went on to win 4-2 wrapping up three precious points at the start of the season.

Exiles had a practically unchanged line up from last year whilst City Boys had a couple of new players as they too have been promoted from Third Division. The latter started off with a bang by going 2 goals up but Exiles, last year’s Urban Sports, came back into the match and drew 2-2. From then on City Boys scored two well taken goals to win with an identical scoreline to that of the first match, 4-2.

Hamrun were up against experienced Kerygma on Saturday and Stefan Sultana scored immediately. Graham Bencini starring for Kerygma left no space to Sultana from then on and his team came back into the match first drawing and then going two up. In the last ten playing minutes Hamrun pinned Kerygma in their own half but they held on to win 3-2.

Todos showed no mercy in the first half against Zurrieq on Sunday and went in at half time with a three nil scoreline which could have been easily more. Zurrieq FC though were undone and through sheer persistence managed to score their first goal in the ninth minute of the second half. This goal spurred them on and from down and doomed they were soon winning 4-3. This sparked a five minutes of intense futsal with both teams risking their all to secure a result. At a point in the match Melvin Xuereb got yellow carded for a foul just outside the D with the attacker going on in a 2vs1 situation which could have easily resulted in another important chance for Zurrieq. This was not meant to be as Leandros Calleja, Todos’ coach and player picked up a short kick in from the national team player Chris Brincat and blasted it in the net for a last minute thriller.

This season Division Two is being played on two rounds with ten teams instead of the Championship and Relegation method with twelve teams. The league promises to be a well balanced affair and will surely provide a lot of exciting Futsal. Vic Hermans, the national team coach and his assisstant Kevin Mifsud will surely be kept busy this year in analysing the matches and players and reshuffling the team with new young faces to continue and enhance this fast evolving sport on our islands.

Refereeing at Futsal this year has also started on the right track with a course a weekend before the competitions started and improvement was evident in the weekend’s matches. One hopes that the level being achieved will continue all throughout the year.

Futsal is Corradino and this year more than ever, all those involved are guaranteed pure fun and loads of competition at any level.

1 Comment

  1. todod futsal says:

    Nice article.. keep it up with the website.. best website for all the sports… prosit sandro…. http://www.maltafutsal.com


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