16th September 2019

MFA FA Trophy: Preliminary Round & First Round

The fourteen teams from the Gozo Football leagues of the first and second division practically started their commitments in the football season 2019/2020 with the participation in the first rounds of the MFA FA Trophy.  In some cases, Gozitan teams were drawn against other opponents from Gozo, but in most matches, the Gozitan teams were drawn to face opponents from the Third Division of the MFA, so that the matches were also played in different venues in Malta and Gozo.

The outcome of these first two rounds of the second most important competition in Malta shows that only five teams from the Gozitan leagues earned qualification to the second round.

MFA FA Trophy Preliminary Round

In the first matches played at the Gozo Stadium XGHRA United obtained a deserved win over St Venera Lightnings with two goals that arrived during the early stages of the second period, while Gozitan champions Victoria Hotspurs registered a win with a large score in their match against Mdina Knights.  The Hotspurs ended the first half with just a one-goal lead but the hoist increased pressure after the break and expressed their superiority by scoring six goals.

In the meantime, Gozo’s Zebbug Rovers remained in contention for qualification in the match against Ghaxaq, that was played at Victor Tedesco Stadium, until the end of the first half but found it extremely difficult to remain competitive after the break and ended conceding two goals that placed Ghaxaq in the first round.  Two other matches, that were both played at Sirens Stadium, saw two Gozitan teams win qualification to the first round. The two matches turned up to be very well contested and victory could have gone either way. Munxar Falcons registered a win with the odd goal from three in their match against Ta’ Xbiex, while Kercem Ajax obtained a 3-2 win over Kirkop United despite the fact that they ended the encounter with ten players.

In the match from the preliminary round between two teams from the top fight of Gozitan football, Ghajnsielem obtained qualification with a 3-2 win over SK Victoria wanderers after extra time.  The Wanderers scored two early goals but Ghajnsielem recovered the deficit before the end of the first half. For the rest of the encounter, victory could have gone either way. The Wanderers had two attempts on separate occasions that were stopped by the woodwork but Ghajnsielem scored the goal that decided the qualification during the first half of extra time.  The last match from the preliminary round of the competition was between teams from each category of Gozitan football. Xewkija Tigers as expected obtain a handsome win against second division side St Lawrence Spurs. The Tigers paved the way to the qualification by scoring four goals during the first half and sealed the win with another goal that arrived on the hour mark of the encounter.

MFA The Malta FA Trophy Prel. Rd. – Fri 6 Sept 2019 – Gozo Stadium

Xaghra United FC – FT (2-0) – Sta. Venera Lightnings FC

Referee: Andrew James Sammut

49’ (1-0) Rafael Rennardy De Souza Ferreira

66’ (2-0) Rafael Rennardy De Souza Ferreira

MFA The Malta FA Trophy Prel. Rd. – Fri 6 Sept 2019 – Gozo Stadium

Victoria Hotspurs FC – FT (7-0) – Mdina Knights FC

Referee: Daniel Portelli

23’ (1-0) Elton Da Silva

48’ (2-0) Elton Da Silva

59’ (3-0) Elton Da Silva

61’ (4-0) Emiliano Lattes

72’ (5-0) Dylan Bellotti

76’ (6-0) Henrique Maciel

87’ (7-0) Emiliano Lattes

 

MFA The Malta FA Trophy Prel. Rd. – Sat 7 Sept 2019 – Victor Tedesco Stadium

Ghaxaq FC – FT (4-1) – Zebbug Rovers FC

Referee: Kurt Saliba

22’ (1-0) penalty Jurgen Gerada

36’ (1-1) penalty Philco Helleson Honorato

45’ (2-1) Dean Agius

79’ (3-1) Uros Markovic

83’ (4-1) Neil Brownrigg

 

MFA The Malta FA Trophy Prel. Rd. – Sat 7 Sept 2019 – Sirens Stadium

Ta’ Xbiex FC – FT (1-2) – Munxar Falcons FC

Referee: Mehmet Oral

15’ (0-1) Jose Hinrichs Cleiton

31’ (1-1) Matthew Fenech

69’ (red card) Mark Debrincat (MF)

77’ (1-2) o.g. Roberto Buttigieg

 

MFA The Malta FA Trophy Prel. Rd. – Sat 7 Sept 2019 – Sirens Stadium

Kirkop United FC – FT (2-3) – Kercem Ajax FC

Referee: Emanuel Grech

4’ (0-1) Borja Polo Longarela

21’ (1-1) Ayrton Buhagiar

30’ (1-2) penalty Sergio Martinez

35’ (1-3) penalty Ali Oularbi

58’ (2-3) Ayrton Buhagiar

87’ (red card) Sergio Martinez (KA)

Photo: Paul Scicluna

MFA The Malta FA Trophy Prel. Rd. – Mon 9 Sept 2019 – Gozo Stadium

SK Victoria Wanderers – FT a.e.t. (2-3)  – Ghajnsielem FC

Referee: Ishmael Barbara

5’ (1-0) Igor Misan

13’ (2-0) Igor Misan

24’ (2-1) Michael Bezzina

35’ (2-2) penalty Igor Nedeljkovic

98’ (2-3) Jhon Arboleda Valencia

Photo: Paul Scicluna

MFA The Malta FA Trophy Prel. Rd. – Mon 9 Sept 2019 – Gozo Stadium

St Lawrence Spurs FC – FT (0-5)  – Xewkija Tigers FC

Referee: Sabri Goctu

6’ (0-1) Jackson De Lima

14’ (0-2) Rodney Buttigieg

40’ (0-3) Rodney Buttigieg

45’ (0-4) Claudio Daniel Frances

60’ (0-5) Rodney Buttigieg

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Photo: Paul Scicluna

MFA FA Trophy First Round

The first matches from the first round of the FA Trophy were both played at the Gozo Stadium.  These two matches saw two teams form the first division of Gozitan football obtaining wins with a large score against teams from the second division of the GFA.  In the first match Kercem against registered a 5-0 win over Munxar Falcons where Kercem made sure of the qualification with four goals scored during the second period.  In the other match Nadur Youngsters obtained a 4-0 win over Oratory Youths with all the four goals scored after the break.

Two other matches were played at the Kercem Ajax Stadium between teams from the second division of the GFA and teams from the third division of the MFA.  In the first of these two matches, Sannat Lions were eliminated by Gharghur who registered a 1-0 win through a penalty converted five minutes away from the end of regular time.  In the other match Dingli Swallows obtained a dramatic 3-2 win over Qala Saints so that the visitors moved to the next round of the competition. Dingli scored two goals during the first half but Qala had an impressive reaction and recovered the deficit with two goals scored during the last stages of the encounter.  However, Dingli managed to score the goal that decided the issue four minutes from the end of regular time and defended the lead until the final whistle.

Gozitan champions Victoria Hotspurs booked a place in the second round of the competition with a 4-0 win over Siggiewi at Sirens Stadium.  Victoria Hotspurs practically made sure of the win with three goals scored during the final stages of the first half and made sure of the win with a fourth goal scored minutes away from the end of the encounter.

Two other matches from the first round of the competition were contested by four teams from the first division of Gozitan football.  In the first match Xewkija Tigers obtained 2-0 win over Gharb Rangers with two goals scored during the dying moments of the encounter.  In the other match Xaghra United obtained a 3-1 win over Ghajnsielem following another interesting match where the qualification remained uncertain until the last phases of the match.

Photo: Paul Scicluna

MFA The Malta FA Trophy. Rd. I – Fri 13 Sept 2019 – Gozo Stadium

Kercem Ajax FC – FT (5-0) – Munxar Falcons FC

Referee: Joseph Scerri

13’ (1-0) Milos Perisic

63’ (2-0) Thomas Vella

70’ (3-0) Borja Polo Longarela

86’ (4-0) Borja Polo Longarela

90’ (5-0) Milos Perisic

Photo: Paul Scicluna

MFA The Malta FA Trophy Rd. I – Fri 13 Sept 2019 – Gozo Stadium

Nadur Youngsters FC – FT (4-0) – Oratory Youths FC

Referee: Aleksandar Jovanovic

48’ (1-0) Johan Alberto Castano

71’ (2-0) Predrag Dordevic

74’ (3-0) Brandon Said

89’ (4-0) Marcelo Barbosa

 

MFA The Malta FA Trophy Rd.I – Sat 14 Sept 2019 – Kercem Ajax Stadium

Sannat Lions – FT (0-1)  – Gharghur FC

Referee: Kurt Saliba

85’ (0-1) penalty Allan Fernandes Moreira

 

MFA The Malta FA Trophy Rd. I – Sat 14 Sept 2019 – Kercem Ajax Stadium

Qala Saints FC – FT (2-3)  – Dingli Swallows FC

Referee: Ezekiel Barbara

11’ (0-1) Gianluca Theuma

27’ (0-2) Daniel Cilia

79’ (1-2) Joseph Owen Borg

82’ (red card) Etienne Farrugia (DS)

83’ (2-2) penalty Frank Azzopardi

86’ (2-3) Dylan Mercieca

 

MFA The Malta FA Trophy Prel. Rd. – Sat 14 Sept 2019 – Sirens Stadium

Siggiewi FC – FT (0-4) – Victoria Hotspurs FC

Referee: Slawomir Olucha

39’ (0-1) Henrique Maciel

43’ (0-2) Emiliano Lattes

45’ (0-3) Emiliano Lattes

84’ (0-4) Elton Da Silva

 

MFA The Malta FA Trophy Rd. I – Sun 15 Sept 2019 – Gozo Stadium

Gharb Rangers FC – FT (0-2)  – Xewkija Tigers FC

Referee: Aleksandar Jovanovic

78’ (0-1) Claudio Antunes Pavlidis

90’+3 (0-2) Johnny Camilleri

 

MFA The Malta FA Trophy Rd. I – Sun 15 Sept 2019 – Gozo Stadium

Xaghra United FC – FT (3-1)  – Ghajnsielem FC

Referee: Darryl Agius

11’ (1-0) Raffael De Souza Ferreira

34’ (2-0) Rodrigo Ost Dos Santos

36’ (2-1) penalty Igor Nedeljkovic

67’ (3-1) Lago Ander Gonzalo

MFA FA Trophy Second Round

The matches form the second round of the competition will be played on Sunday 27 October 2019.  The fixtures for the five teams from the Gozitan first division championship who earned qualification are as follows:

Kercem Ajax Stadium:

13:30 Kercem Ajax vs Fgura United

15:45 Xaghra United vs Victoria Hotspurs

 

Sirens Stadium:

15:00 Birzebbuga St Peter;s vs Xewkija Tigers

17:15 Vittoriosa Stars vs Nadur Youngsters

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