Big guns off to fly­ing start

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Robert Busut­til

Ham­run, Luxol and Val­letta had a bright start in the Ga­torade Fut­sal League as they won their re­spec­tive en­coun­ters to bag their first three points of the sea­son.

Val­letta launched their ti­tle de­fence bid in a pos­i­tive way as they saw off Marsas­cala 7-1.

The Cit­i­zens didn’t find it easy against a ro­bust Marsas­cala side which de­fended boldly to avoid fur­ther dam­age.

The South Seasiders man­aged to take the lead through Franklin Abela but Val­letta turned the ta­bles as Raphinha was their inspirational player scor­ing five goals in the process while Xavier Sal­iba and Dy­lan Musu com­pleted the score for the Li­ly­whites.

Ham­run started their cam­paign in style as they crushed Qormi 14-4.

True to ex­pec­ta­tions, Ham­run were in a class of their own as they pro­duced a cat­a­logue of chances.

Their scor­ing spree fea­tured a poker from Ever­ton Veve, a hat­trick for Florin An­ton, and braces from Daniele De­gen­naro and Luke Sti­vala.

Ja­son Mif­sud, Daniel Mif­sud and Clint Cope com­pleted the rout for the dom­i­nant team.

Qormi re­duced the score through Miguel Al­caraz, Adrian Fenech, Luca Mal­lia and An­toine Galea.

Luxol started their com­mit­ments with a bang as they trounced Tarx­ien JML 15-0.

The St An­drews out­fit, who dom­i­nated the match with ef­fec­tive ball pos­ses­sion and fast at­tacks, had their tal­is­man player Celino Alves in fine form as he net­ted a hat-trick.

Mark Zam­mit, Zvez­dan Vukovic, Emil Ra­ducu and Karl Az­zopardi scored a brace while Matthew At­tard, Andy Man­gion, Ni­cola del Re and Gian­carlo Sam­mut com­pleted the rout for Despo­tovic’s side.

Swieqi United are also ex­pected to be among the chal­lengers for the ti­tle this sea­son after soundly beat­ing Univer­sity of Malta 6-2.

Boi­cho Marev scored a poker while Dim­i­tar Petev hit the tar­get twice as the Univer­sity stu­dents re­duced the ar­rears through Leo Mus­cat and Jean Carl Cuschieri.

Even Msida had a very pos­i­tive start of the sea­son as they dom­i­nated Swieqi Under 21 8-0 while Sliema didn’t find it easy to con­quer debu­tants Safi San Lorenzo de­spite win­ning 7-4.

Qrendi also started pos­i­tively as they edged Zur­rieq Wolves 10-9 in the derby.

Luxol ob­tained their first vic­tory of the sea­son. Photo: Joe Borg

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