Appreciation Letter from Hibernians F.C.

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Today, Xewkija Tigers FC received a letter of appreciation from Hibernians FC. In this letter, Hibernians thanked our club for welcoming the players and staff on the 21st of January. Precisely, on that day the Hibernians FC clan took lunch at our clubhouse prior to their FA Trophy encounter against Nadur Youngsters.

President Mr. Jeffrey Farrugia, committe members and supporters welcomed the team together with some committe members at our club. The President also presented a club member with the 75th anniversary book the club published last year.

We are delighted that Hibernians FC enjoyed their visited at our Club and we hope to continue strengthening the close ties Xewkija Tigers FC and Hibernians FC have together

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 January 2015 18:23 )

 

Tigers extend positive run

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GFA Melita 1st Division – Round 2 – Game 11

Sun 18th Jan2015

15:00

Gozo Stadium

Xewkija Tigers vs Oratory Youths

 

Xewkija Tigers started the year as they ended the previous one by scoring four goals and claiming the three points at stake. The match proved to be an entertaining one especially in the second half where Oratory Youths showed they are no pushovers and battled it out till the end to at least grab a point. But the Tigers’ strength especially in the offensive area proved too much for the Youths and therefore the three points were well deserved to the Tigers. Alex Simoncic had much to think about before the match as it wasn’t an easy task to replace the suspended Christian Bugeja. Simoncic chose Christ Camilleri to play in an offensive midfield role while Joseph Mario Vella had to play the defensive role in midfield. Oratory’s Coach Ruben Mercieca opted to utilise James Tabone in midfield while Keith Borg played beside Darko Stojanovic at the back. Keith Farrugia was missing for the Youths while Kevin Farrugia completed a move to his former club Victoria Hotspurs.  

Xewkija took the initiative from the first minute where they started to press their opponent and push them further back into their box. In fact the first chance of the match fell in Xewkija’s favour where an unusual right-footed shot from Christ Camilleri passed inches away from the crossbar. Daniel Bogdanovic had another good chance that ended in corner after a Johnny Camilleri pass. In the 14th minute Oratory had a penalty shout. Thiago dos Santos advanced with the ball inside the box, Joseph Cefai tried to clear the ball away from the Brazilian while the latter went down on the floor in an exaggerated form. The referee stopped play and showed the yellow card to Thiago dos Santos for simulation. On the 20th minute Xewkija opened the score. It was a Christ Camilleri corner from the right destined to the second post which found Dene Shields who rose above everyone and headed into goal. The Youths reacted immediately and began to share play with the Tigers and win territorial possession in the midfield. In one instance Oratory nearly opened their score when Adrian Parnis saved a Thiago dos Santos shot and from the rebound the Yellows’ goalkeeper reacted quickly to further the danger. Oratory continued to put more pressure on Xewkija but the defence kept solid enough to ensure the score remained 1-0 until the break. 

The second half started in a frantic way with five goals in 20 minutes. In the 47th minute Oratory levelled the score when Johann Attard won the ball from the left flank, advanced and passed to Shaun Attard who with a low placed shot from outside the box beat Adrian Parnis. Shaun Attard could have put Oratory in front when Joseph Cefai lost the ball to Thiago dos Santos, the Brazilian gave an inviting through pass to Attard who shot the ball high when coming face to face with the goalkeeper. This was the wakeup call Xewkija needed and in the 52ndminute Xewkija went ahead again. Johnny Camilleri received the ball outside the box and with an intelligent back-heel brought his brother Christ Camilleri against the goalkeeper who made no mistake from that position and scored the second goal for the Tigers. 

Xewkija didn’t stop there and five minutes later won a penalty when Christ Camilleri arrived once again one against one with the goalkeeper Franklin Vella who brought Camilleri down leaving the referee Marco Borg with no other choice except to signal the penalty and show him the yellow card. From the spot kick Daniel Bogdanovic increased the lead. Oratory reacted again and in the 61st minute decreased the lead. The referee awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box; Thiago dos Santos picked up Shaun Attard’s run around the wall with a good weighed pass and the latter scored his 6th goal against the Tigers this season. Minutes later, Adrian Parnis made a good save from a Shaun Attard shot. Attard continued to pull the strings in the midfield darting forward in another couple occasions causing problems to the Xewkija defence which was being exposed.

But Xewkija increased the score in the 68th minute when Kenneth Mercieca crossed from the left and Dene Shields headed the ball into the net to score the 12th goal in the league and confirming his top scorer status until now. From then on Xewkija administered the game in a better way, being less adventurous and more cautious especially in midfield. Oratory didn’t have any particular danger except for a free-kick from the edge of the box which went off mark.  

Final Result: Xewkija Tigers   4     Oratory Youths   2

Scorers:

Xewkija T. – 99.D.Shields (20’, 68’), 10.C.Camilleri (52’), 80.D.Bogdanovic (57’ p.).

Oratory Y. – 10.S.Attard (47’, 61’).

                     In the other game at the Gozo Stadium, Nadur Youngsters won 2-0 against a depleted Kercem Ajax side to go with 31 points in 1st place. Xewkija Tigers are in 2nd place with 28 points and Kercem Ajax remain in 3rd place with 19 points. 

Xewkija Tigers:- 1-Adrian Parnis, 14-Joseph Cefai (C.), 6-Martin Hrubsa, 4-Josmar Vella, 3-Gennaro Hili, 16-Joseph Mario Vella (55-Alex Simoncic), 10-Christ Camilleri, 20-Kenneth Mercieca, 9-Johnny Camilleri (4-Peter Paul Buttigieg), 80-Daniel Bogdanovic, 99-Dene Shields.

Oratory Youths:- 12-Franklin Vella, 14-Jurgen Attard, 6-Darko Stojanovic, 2-Keith Borg, 5-Manuel Gauci, 23-James Tabone, 3-Michael Mumford, 8-Johann Attard (C.), 10-Shaun Attard (15-Anthony Attard), 20-Mark Camilleri, 9-Thiago dos Santos (11-Andrea Debrincat). 

Referee: Marco Borg

 

 

Preview: Xewkija Tigers vs Oratory Youths

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Three weeks after Xewkija Tigers’ last league match, the Yellows return facing Oratory Youths next Sunday. Undoubtedly the break gave a much needed breathe before the team heads into the most crucial period in the season. At the moment Xewkija are in a rich form collecting six straight wins in the league and GFA Cup and also managed to not concede a goal in over 400 minutes in the league. Xewkija will try to keep momentum and maintain this positive defensive record during the coming games. For Sunday’s match, the Tigers will face a worthy opponent and like every other match attention has to be kept from minute 1 till the end in order to get the 3 points.



This will be the third encounter of the season against the Youths. In the first match, a Semi-Final encounter from the First Division KO, Oratory managed to beat a much more quoted Xewkija 2-0. On the other hand, in the second encounter valid for the First Division League, the Tigers took revenge and won 6-2. Dene Shields, Daniel Bogdanovic and Johnny Camilleri scored a brace each on that day. For this match Coach Alex Simoncic has a full squad except for the suspended midfield engine Christian Bugeja. 

 

This match will also signal the return of Noel Cardona as Team Manager for Xewkija. Cardona is not new in the Xewkija setup. Previous to this season, Cardona spent three seasons as Assistant Coach with Xewkija Tigers gathering a total of six medals: 2 League Titles, GFA Cup, Super Cup, Independence Cup and Freedom Cup. This season he started the season as Assistant Coach to Josef Vella with Victoria Hotspurs but stepped down in October after Josef Vella quit from the Hotspurs job.  

At the moment Oratory Youths are in 5th place with 11 points. With a game in hand, they are 6 points far from 4th placed Victoria Hotspurs and just 2 points and 3 points above relegation play-off challengers St. Lawrence Spurs and SK Victoria Wanderers respectively. Oratory seem safe from direct relegation as they have a comfortable advantage of 9 points above Sannat Lions. The positive start for their season seems a long time memory as the Citizens haven’t won a league match since October but on the other hand can positively reflect on their last outing against Nadur Youngsters. In this match they gave a hard time to the favourites as they were a continuous threat up front and conceded the two goals in the final minutes of both halves.

 

One has to mention the return from injury of their Serb defender Darko Stojanovic. It was a well-timed boost for Oratory and will help significantly to increase confidence in their defensive department. On the other side of the pitch, Xewkija have to deal with two former players: Mark Camilleri and Brazilian striker Thiago dos Santos. To add to Oratory’s rich attacking prowess is Shaun Attard. These three players combined scored an incredible 88% of the Youths goals in all competitions this season (21 goals from 24 in total). Therefore, Xewkija have to be at their best to keep the Greens’ offensive threat to a low and seek to score early goals if possible in order to win the important 3 points.  

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The game will be played next Sunday 18th January 2015 at the Gozo Stadium. Kick-off time: 15:00.

Statistics

Games played against Oratory Youths: 90

Xewkija T. wins: 46

Draws: 17

Oratory Y. wins: 27


 

Dinner at the Clubhouse

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In preparation of another important match next Sunday at 3PM against Oratory Youths, a gathering dinner is going to be held next Friday at 8PM at X.T. Sports Cafe'. Those interested can choose either Pork, Chicken or Fish and book a table with any Committee Member. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
 

Official: Cardona back with the Tigers

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Noel Cardona 50, who have already won two Championships with Xewkija Tigers in the seasons of 2011/2012 and 2013/2014 as an Assistant Manager have accepted another offer from this Club as a Team Manager until the end of the season.

Noel Cardona started the 2014/2015 GFA 1st Division season as an Assistant Coach at Victoria Hotspurs. 

We wish Noel the best of luck and achieve more medals at this Club.

 

1000th Game Anniversary Gear

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All matches are important at this stage of the league campaign but the 1st match of the 3rd Round will also be a special occasion for our club - the club's 1000th official match. For this match our players will wear an occassional gear that will be also launched for our supporters. 

But attention! Only a limited number will be for sale on a first come first served basis. So hurry up and book your 1000th official match gear. Special occassions come by once in a lifetime.

 

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