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Easy wins for Luxol, Valletta

Everton Veve, of Ħamrun, grounded after a tackle in the match against UOM. Photo: Wally Galea

Everton Veve, of Ħamrun, grounded after a tackle in the match against UOM. Photo: Wally Galea

Luxol extended their positive run in the Gatorade Futsal League following a 12-1 win over Swieqi Under 21 to open a five-point lead over champions Valletta at the top of the standings.

The St Andrews side were too strong for the Swieqi boys as the scoreline amply illustrates. They attacked relentlessly from the word go as Karl Azzopardi scored a hat-trick while Emil Raducu, Andy Mangion, Dejan Bizjak and Zvezdan Vukovic each hit a double.

Celino Alves sealed the scoring for Luxol while Darryl Schembri was the Swieqi goal-getter.

Valletta maintained the challenge with a 16-1 romp over lowly Żurrieq Wolves.

The Citizens opened a comfortable 7-1 lead in the first half and continued to press the accelerator after the break, scoring more goals in the process.

Raphinha signed off with six goals and Jovica Milijic netted a hat-trick.

Unlike Luxol and Valletta, Ħamrun didn’t find it so easy to claim all three points at stake and only succeeded in securing victory in the last part of the match when the battling University of Malta side succumbed to a 10-4 defeat.

Ħamrun scored three goals in succession early on but the ‘students’ regrouped and soon got back into the game.

At one juncture, soon after the break, the University side were only trailing 3-5.

But then they had two players sent off as Ħamrun mounted an attacking rally with Brazilian Everton Veve a continuous threat to their rearguard.

The Brazilian once again proved his worth after netting a poker while former University player Cleaven Portelli was twice on the mark.

The championship resumes today with the match between Msida and Qormi. In the late kick-off, Sliema will look to clinch a second consecutive victory if they beat Tarxien JMI.

Standings
Luxol 36, Valletta 31, Ħamrun 30, Swieqi, UOM 21, Msida 16, Safi, Qormi Futsal 15, Mrieħel ESS, Sliema 14, Qrendi 9, Marsascala 6, Tarxien JMI, Swieqi U-21 3, Żurrieq 0.

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