PREVIEW: XEWKIJA TIGERS VS ST.LAWRENCE SPURS

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After the last match’s drama, Xewkija Tigers will face again a relegation threatened squad; St.Lawrence Spurs. Xewkija must learn a lot from the game against Sannat and surely must commit to a different approach in order to escape any blushes. On the other hand, Xewkija have gathered four wins in a row and this will certainly help the team add to its momentum. This week defender Miroslav Gegic was released from the club while the return of Czech defender Martin Hrubsa is imminent. St.Lawrence aren’t new for Xewkija this season. Three encounters have been played already this season and in all three encounters Xewkija have managed to win with a big margin. In the first game of the new season Xewkija beat the Spurs 4-1; a game valid for the First Division KO.

 

In the league match of the first round, the Tigers ended up winners 5-1. The most recent match was that in the GFA Cup played a month ago where Xewkija emerged as winners 6 goals to 2. A win for the Tigers will put them on 22 points and will continue putting pressure on the Youngsters.

At the moment St.Lawrence are lying in 7th place, four points more than last-placed Sannat Lions and two points far from SK Victoria Wanderers. In the first round, the Spurs managed to win against SK Victoria Wanderers and draw against Sannat Lions and Oratory Youths. Obviously the thirst for points is there but their minds might be set for their encounter against fellow relegation battlers Sannat Lions which is due after the Xewkija match. In Sunday’s match, the Tigers will meet up against three of their players who are out on loan: Fabian Xuereb, Shaun Mizzi and goalie Joseph Grima. Apart those three, the Tigers’ main attention has to be given to Brazilian veteran William Barbosa. The Brazilian maestro has scored 5 goals this season although he rarely plays in the forward line. Besides he possesses vast experience where he played with Valletta FC and Tarxien Rainbows in Malta and Verona and Como in Italy, Barbosa has notable technical abilities which can cause problems to opposite teams. Matthias Michael Uzor is expected to take the other foreigner’s spot after featuring in the last game against Nadur Youngsters in place of Mambaye Boye.

The game will be played next Sunday 21st December 2014 at Sannat Ground. Kick-off time: 13:00.

Statistics

Games played against St.Lawrence Spurs: 34

Xewkija T. wins: 25

Draws: 1

St.Lawrence S. wins: 8

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 December 2014 20:30 )

 

GEGIC released from XEWKIJA TIGERS

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30 year old - Serbian central back, MIROSLAV GEGIC was released from Xewkija Tigers Football Club after both parties wished formally to terminate contract. No breach of contract was done by the player.

Gegic made four appearances in the Melita 1st Division League and scored one goal against St.Lawrence Spurs in the 1st Division KO. Xewkija Tigers Committee & Supporters wish MIRO the best of luck for his future.

 

 

Shields decisive in dying moments

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Once again Xewkija Tigers snatched a dramatic win, this time against Sannat Lions in the 88th minute. For the Tigers Scottish striker Dene Shields scored in the final minutes once again and decided the three points after the heroics in the league match against Victoria Hotspurs. Overall much more was expected from Xewkija while Sannat showed a great heart in this match and if they continue to build on this performance, they can regain ground in their fight for their Division I status. For this match Coach Alex Simoncic made some significant changes from the last outing. Dene Shields took back his place in the starting 11 after the last outing while Christ Camilleri and Paul Rapa were relegated to the bench. Young Joseph Mario Vella was chosen to partner Christian Bugeja in the midfield engine room. 

The match started in a negative way. Sannat’s Brazilian striker Fernando da Andrade suffered an injury in the first 5 minutes while jumping for the ball and had to be changed immediately. This was a big blow for Sannat as their attacking options relied a lot on the individuality of the Brazilian striker. As expected, the match took the shape of a David vs Goliath encounter. Xewkija had the majority of possession while Sannat tried to break on the counter-attack. Xewkija had the first chances with weak shots from Kenneth Mercieca and a header by Daniel Bogdanovic following a Dene Shields cross. Johnny Camilleri also had a golden chance when he dribbled past the Sannat defenders but his shot was too weak. In the meantime, Sannat had two good opportunities by Eric Nkwankwo and substitute Daniel Borg following a fast break. For the rest of the first half Xewkija didn’t manage to turn their possession into chances and therefore the first period ended without goals.

For the second half, Simoncic introduced Christ Camilleri instead of Joseph Mario Vella after a few minutes. This change seemed to work as Xewkija began to create valid chances. Christ Camilleri forced the best out of Brignoli with a solid left strike. Bogdanovic also had a header that glanced by the right post. Christian Bugeja also had two shots outside the box that went wide. On the other half, Xewkija had to pay attention not to alienate themselves and leave their defenders exposed for any Sannat counter-attacks. Infact, Parnis went out of his goal to clear a long ball from the back towards Nkwankwo. Parnis also had to save another shot by Nkwankwo. As Xewkija continued with their siege, Shields protested for a hands-ball in the box after a good shot but the referee signalled play on. Another episode happened in the box a few minutes later when Sannat’s Williams Akande seemed to jump all over Shields, leaving the Scottish with nothing to do except protest for the penalty but once again the referee saw nothing wrong in the action. The Tigers continued to push more and were dangerous with the runs and crosses coming from the flanks where Johnny Camilleri and Gennaro Hili operated tirelessly but all was in vain. Tension was evident in the ground and also on the stands. The struggling Lion in the league was about to tame the high-flying Tiger and give a big blow in the league challenge. Until the clock marked the 88th minute. Captain Joseph Cefai crossed from the right into the box, Bogdanovic with a cheeky feint left the ball for Shields who controlled the ball with his chest and slammed the ball in the corner of the goal with a low shot.  The importance of this goal was unimaginable and also brought back memories of another last minute goal by the same scorer against Xaghra United last season. The game saw another Shields shot in injury time but Brignoli punched the ball away.

 

Final Result: Xewkija Tigers   1     Sannat Lions   0

In the other game at Sannat Ground, Nadur Youngsters hit 3 past St.Lawrence Spurs to keep the 3 point gap from Xewkija Tigers. Xewkija will now face St.Lawrence Spurs while Nadur will play Sannat Lions.

 

Xewkija Tigers:- 1-Adrian Parnis, 20-Kenneth Mercieca, 27-Danjel Sakic, 5-Peter-Paul Buttigieg (4-Josmar Vella), 14-Joseph Cefai (C.), 16-Joseph Mario Vella (10-Christ Camilleri), 8-Christian Bugeja, 3-Gennaro Hili, 99-Dene Shields, 80-Daniel Bogdanovic, 9-Johnny Camilleri.

Sannat Lions:- 93-Angelo Brignoli, 5-Loran Pisani, 15-Williams Akande, 3-Patrick Camilleri, 18-Christian Azzopardi, 4-Mark Muscat (C.), 7-Nicholas Micallef (15-Eric Gauci), 8-Josiah Buttigeg, 9-Luke Attard, 11-Eric Nkwankwo, 10-Fernando da Andrade (13-Daniel Borg) (17-Isaac Debono).

 

Referee: Esther Azzopardi

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:34 )

 

Shields Decisive in Dying Moments

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Xewkija Tigers Sannat Lions
1 0

''90th minute DENE SHIELDS

Melita 1st. Division 

Ref. Esther Azzopardi
Sannat Stdaium 

* Full Match Report will follow soon.

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 December 2014 01:39 )

 

75th Anniversary Gathering

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On the Occassion of the 75th Anniversary from the foundation of the Xewkija Tigers Football Club as part of the celebrations a Gathering at the Clubhouse will be hosted where an Official Book reviewing the History of the same Club is going to be on sale for the 1st time for the price of €10 only.

This event is going to start with a Mass at 7:45PM at the Clubhouse, Ex-Presidents, Ex-Commitee Members, Ex-Players, Players, Staff and Supporters are all invited for Drinks and Finger Food afterwards.

 

Congratulations to Coach Fava

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Xewkija Tigers would like to congratulate Under 11's, Coach Chris Fava on the birth of his son Alessandro Gabriele. God Bless him.

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 December 2014 08:02 )

 

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Kercem Ajax Kercem Ajax 8 16
Oratory Youths Oratory Youths 8 11
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