Condolences to Family Xuereb

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Xewkija Tigers FC offer their most sincere condolences to Xewkija Tigers ex-Goalkeeper Jonathan and Family Xuereb, for the loss of his daughter Leah Xuereb. May God fill you with strength and peace during this hard time.

May she Rest in Peace.

 

Staunch Xewkija leave it for late

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GFA Melita 1st Division – Round 3 – Game 17

Sunday, 22nd March 2015

15:30

Gozo Stadium

Xewkija Tigers vs Nadur Youngsters

Probably being one of the best Xewkija Tigers performance this season, the Tigers won yet another direct clash against rivals Nadur Youngsters so that now the Yellows have consolidated their leadership with a 4 point gap over the same Youngsters with only 3 games left to play. As was the case in the past Xewkija Tigers v Nadur Youngsters encounters, this match gave a lot of entertainment to the attending supporters. As previewed, both teams had their problems. Xewkija Tigers had to cope without top goal-scorer Dene Shields and defender Peter Buttigieg. Therefore Alex Simoncic fielded a 3-5-2 formation with Danjel Sakic taking his place at the back with Martin Hrubsa and Josmar Vella. Kenneth Mercieca and Joseph Cefai played on the flanks while Christian Bugeja, Christ Camilleri and Daniel Bogdanovic formed a trident in the middle. Johnny Camilleri returned to the starting line-up to form the attacking couple with Eric Nwankwo. Nadur Youngsters were without injured goalkeeper Mark Grima and young Charlon Muscat took Grima’s place. Gotthard Conti kept faith in the usual 4-4-2 formation with Milos Stojanovic being the non-stop engine pushing forward to serve Claudio Antunes and Joseph Vella.

Nadur could have taken the lead in the first 5 minutes after Danjel Sakic gave a short back-pass with Milos Stojanovic stealing the ball and shooting immediately but Adrian Parnis blocked magnificently. This was the only chance Nadur created in the first half as Xewkija were brilliant to block any danger from the Whites and created some good offensive actions in the other side of the pitch. Daniel Bogdanovic and Christ Camilleri tried their luck with shots from outside the box but all of them went wide. Eric Nwankwo had the chance to open the score after being served with a good cross from Daniel Bogdanovic but his header was weak and Charlon Muscat saved without difficulty. Another golden chance fell to Daniel Bogdanovic who claimed the ball from the half pitch, advanced from the left but as he came face to face with the goalkeeper his last touch was heavy and Charlon Muscat grabbed the ball on time. Xewkija opened the score in the 34th minute when a free-kick by Christ Camilleri from half pitch was spilled by the goalkeeper and Johnny Camilleri scored one of the easiest goals of his career after shooting in an open goal. This goal pumped the Yellows with more confidence as they managed to create another good chance by Johnny Camilleri who hit weak in front of goal with Charlon Muscat saving the ball with ease.

For the 2nd half, Nadur showed their intentions from the beginning and began to take possession of the ball more often than in the first period and started to be more effective. Infact, in came striker Brandon Said and Milos Stojanovic was advanced to a more attacking position. At the back, Ramon dos Santos also became more adventurous in leaving the defence and giving a helping hand to the attackers. This put pressure on Xewkija with the result that the Yellows were put more back in the defence. Claudio Antunes had a shot which went wide in the 50th minute while Milos Stojanovic also tried his luck from outside the box with no danger resulting. Later, Nadur were given a free-kick from an insidious position which was taken by Claudio Antunes but was eventually blocked by the wall.  Nadur drew level on the 64th minute when Joseph Vella exchanged the ball with Claudio Antunes, Vella’s shot was saved by Adrian Parnis and from the rebound Brandon Said tipped into goal. This goal gave an injection to Nadur who continued to persist with their play but infront of them found an organised defence which let no leaks and consequently kept the Nadur attacks at bay. Nadur had another free-kick by Claudio Antunes which was once again blocked by the wall and also had a series of corners which were all neutralised. When the two teams seemed to start to wear down Xewkija took the lead. It was the 82nd minute when a fast action between Christ Camilleri, Alex Simoncic and Kenneth Mercieca in which they exchanged some rapid passes, the ball ended up in Daniel Bogdanovic’s feet in the box who coolly dribbled Ramon dos Santos and slotted the ball in the low right corner of the goal. This goal demoralised Nadur and 5 minutes later conceded another goal which confirmed where the 3 points were heading. Daniel Bogdanovic picked up another ball in the box in the same position where he scored just minutes before but this time was altruistic in passing to Christ Camilleri who finished in an open goal. This goal sealed the encounter and gave a huge 3 points to the Tigers who now just need 2 wins to retain the Championship won last season.

Final Result: Xewkija Tigers   3     Nadur Youngsters   1

Scorers:

Xewkija T. – 9.J.Camilleri (34’), 80.D.Bogdanovic (82’), 10.C.Camilleri (87’).

Kercem A. – 14.B.Said (64’)

        

            From the weekend’s other matches, Sannat Lions have been relegated after losing 1-0 against SK Victoria Wanderers while also from the Relegation Pool, St.Lawrence Spurs beat Oratory Youths 2-1. The other match from the Championship Pool saw Kercem Ajax and Victoria Hotspurs finish the game in a 1-1 draw. As mentioned, Sannat Lions will play 2nd Division football next season while Ghajnsielem FC won promotion to 1st Division after beating Qala Saints 3-1. 

Xewkija Tigers:- 1-Adrian Parnis, 14-Joseph Cefai (C.), 6-Martin Hrubsa, 4-Josmar Vella, 27-Danjel Sakic, 20-Kenneth Mercieca, 8-Christian Bugeja, 10-Christ Camilleri, 80-Daniel Bogdanovic, 23-Eric Chidi Nwankwo (3-Gennaro Hili), 9-Johnny Camilleri (55-Alex Simoncic).

Nadur Youngsters:- 23-Charlon Muscat, 13-Josef Buttigeg, 3-Charles Mercieca, 4-Charles Mercieca, 16-Frankie Camilleri, 8-Charles Hili (C.), 22-Milos Stojanovic, 20-Mark Hyzler (14-Brandon Said), 10-Joseph Grima, 11-Joseph Vella, 9-Claudio Antunes. 

Referee: Mario Apap

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:44 )

 

Message from Secretary Joseph Attard

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I would like to Thank Xewkija Tigers F.C. for the Respect shown towards Me and my Family, We appreciate the sincere Condolences during this hard time after the loss of my Father,Thank You.
 

Condolences to Family Attard

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Xewkija Tigers FC offer their most sincere condolences to Secretary of Xewkija Tigers Joseph Attard and family, for the loss of his father Frangisku Attard. May God fill you with strength and peace during this hard time

Rest in Peace Frangisku.

 

Comeback Gives Tigers the 3 Points

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GFA Melita 1st Division – Round 3 – Game 16

Sunday, 15th March 2015

13:00

Gozo Stadium

Xewkija Tigers vs Kercem Ajax

Xewkija Tigers showed their strong character and never give up mentality with an important win against Kercem Ajax. The Tigers had to recover from a goal down in order to win the 3 points with Johnny Camilleri scoring the winner in the last 10 minutes of the game. The build-up to the game wasn’t a favourable one. Defender Peter Buttigieg was temporarily suspended from the MFA and midfielder Christ Camilleri had a niggling injury which kept him from starting with the first 11. Therefore, Josmar Vella paired with Martin Hrubsa at the back while Paul Rapa started in the middle to complete a 4-2-3-1 formation. Kercem Ajax fielded a similar 4-2-3-1 formation with Anderson Ribeiro being backed in attack by former Xewkija Tigers player Elton Vella. Owen Spiteri was shifted on the left side to try to stop Dene Shields while Mario Mifsud was put in the midfield with Aaron Butttigeg taking his place at the back.

The match started in an interesting way when Anderson Ribeiro’s cross shot found Omar Xuereb connecting badly to miss a good chance. Xewkija Tigers began to gain more possession in the game and created their first chance when Dene Shields and Joseph Cefai exchanged balls on the flank, the latter entered inside the box, gave an inviting back pass inside but the Kercem defence managed to block on time. Eric Nwankwo missed a good chance later when heading high. Xewkija had a series of corners which tested their opponent. The best of them was when the ball dropped to Paul Rapa who shot from outside the box with Eric Nwankwo flicking inside goal finding the goalkeeper saving the ball and the Assistant Referee waving offside. On the half hour mark, Kercem operated with a counter-attack but were stopped by Christian Bugeja who fouled Anderson Ribeiro and earned himself a yellow card. From the resulting free-kick, Mario Mifsud surprised goalkeeper Adrian Parnis with a swerving free-kick. The Tigers made a reaction immediately and 5 minutes later drew level when Daniel Bogdanovic gave a long pass from the middle and Dene Shields intercepted the ball before the goalkeeper and cooly finishing it off inside the net. Xewkija could have taken the lead when Daniel Bogdanovic hit the post from an angled position after dribbling the goalkeeper. 

For the second half, Xewkija began to dare more and consequently left the defence exposed during certain periods. Xewkija had the first chance when Eric Nwankwo headed high from an inviting cross from the left. Christ Camilleri also hit the bar with an effort from outside the box. Xewkija protested for a penalty when Aaron Buttigieg tried to clear the ball but instead it seemed to hit his arm but the referee waved played on. Another good chance fell to Dene Shields when after exchanging the ball with Daniel Bogdanovic, his shot missed the target. As Xewkija grew frustrated, Kercem could have taken the lead. First Anderson Ribeiro missed the target after stealing the ball from Martin Hrubsa. Later Adrian Parnis made a fantastic save after a shot from the usual Anderson Ribeiro. Now the tempo of the game was high with the ball going up and down with chances created on both sides. Unfortunately, Xewkija Tigers took a big blow with 20 minutes remaining when Dene Shields had to be substituted after picking up an injury. Kercem persisted on counter-attacks as John Paul Mizzi also missed the target after trying his luck from outside the box. On the other side of the pitch Alex Simoncic’s free-kick was parried by Lenard Camilleri. Finally, Xewkija Tigers scored the winner on the 80th minute. A fast action on the left resulted in a cross and Johnny Camilleri with a magnificent header put the goal in the net. That goal seemed to demoralise the Ajax as later the Tigers could have scored another goal which would have sealed the game but Johnny Camilleri missed the target. Xewkija managed to see off the remaining minutes and therefore claimed invaluable 3 points which will see them holding 1st place before the important match against Nadur Youngsters next week.  

Final Result: Xewkija Tigers   2     Kercem Ajax   1

Scorers:

Xewkija T. – 99.D.Shields (36’), 9.J.Camilleri (80’).

Kercem A. – 18.M.Mifsud (31’)        

            From the other matches, Sannat Lions and Oratory Youths ended the match 0-0 and SK Victoria Wanderers registered a win against St.Lawrence Spurs. Nadur Youngsters kept pressure on the Tigers after picking an easy win of 4-0 against a weak Victoria Hotspurs side.

 

Xewkija Tigers:- 1-Adrian Parnis, 14-Joseph Cefai (C.), 6-Martin Hrubsa, 4-Josmar Vella, 3-Gennaro Hili, 8-Christian Bugeja (10-Christ Camilleri), 11-Paul Rapa (9-Johnny Camilleri), 80-Daniel Bogdanovic, 20-Kenneth Mercieca, 23-Eric Chidi Nwankwo, 99-Dene Shields (55-Alex Simoncic).

Kercem Ajax:- 1-Lenard Camilleri, 6-Joseph Azzopardi, 11-Petar Kyumyurdzhiev, 18-Mario Mifsud, 3-Aaron Buttigieg, 2-Owen Spiteri, 19-John Paul Mizzi (C.), 8-Luke Meilak (21-Steve Dimech),, 16-Omar Xuereb (14-Sabri Rais), 10-Elton Vella, 77-Anderson Ribeiro.

 

Referee: Glenn Tonna

 

 

Preview: Xewkija Tigers vs Kercem Ajax

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Xewkija Tigers head into this weekend’s match still in 1st place and with more confidence after the 6-1 win against 3rd placed Victoria Hotspurs. This win confirms the strength in the Tigers’ squad and the great form they are in. In fact the Tigers are unbeaten in 11 matches winning 10 of them and drawing only 1. Alex Simoncic also has a clean slate regarding injuries and suspensions and his headache is definitely which players to start with. For this match, Simoncic may choose to revert to the 4-2-3-1 formation which saw the Yellows play an impeccable second half against the Hotspurs. With most probability, Simoncic will also keep the same players that were fielded last game and therefore Johnny Camilleri and Josmar Vella may be benched once again. Eric Nwankwo will do his best to prolong his goal scoring moment while Dene Shields will also try to consolidate the top scorer spot which at this moment stands at 14 goals.

In Kercem Ajax, the Yellows will find a team that is capable of giving the team a hard time especially after the Greens created a mental superiority over Xewkija during these last years after a good run throughout the last seasons were the Tigers didn’t manage to win a game against Kercem. This hoodoo ended this season where last match Xewkija Tigers managed to beat Kercem Ajax 3-1 after the 1st round’s 1-1 draw. The Tigers are obvious favourites for the 3 points once again because of the poor form the Greens are in. From their last 6 matches, Kercem have lost 5 and only drew 1 against last placed Sannat Lions. The Greens are also yet to register a win in 2015 and face problems regarding injuries and suspensions. Ian Xuereb is ruled out after getting sent off in the last match with goalkeeper Damien Spiteri, Karol Mifsud, Malcolm Vella and Andrew Mizzi completing the list of injured players. Kercem Ajax Anderson Ribeiro is the threat that Xewkija have to contain after scoring in both games against the champions. 

The game will be played next Sunday 15th March 2015 at the Gozo Stadium. Kick-off time: 13:00.

Statistics

Games played against Kercem Ajax: 73

Xewkija T. wins: 38

Draws: 16

Kercem A. wins: 19

 

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Nadur Nadur Youngsters 16 40
victoria_hotspurs Victoria Hotspurs 16 22
Kercem Ajax Kercem Ajax 16 21
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Munxar Falcons Munxar Falcons 12 23
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