27.09.13 A Positive start for the Minors Team
The inexhaustible amount of work undertaken by the club’s committee during the summer has certainly paid dividends as our minors have managed to start the season with a bang. Despite playing some difficult matches during the pre-season, the group managed to unite and produce a good performance against Dingli Swallows in a friendly held just before the start of the league campaign.
In this connection, Swieqi United met St. George’s FC on the 3rd of September at the Pembroke Ground. In a commendable and solid first outing, Swieqi managed to beat the Saints 3-0 with goals from Neil Farrugia, Kurt Giacchino and Luca Pandolfino. It was indeed a great start to the season and one which filled both Coach Mario Mifsud and the Committee with great conviction. The second test of the season was away against a plucky and stern Mtarfa side. Nevertheless, Swieqi ran out 3-0 winners with goals scored from Neil Farrugia, Thomas Sammut and Kurt Fenech. It was indeed another strong performance from the Minors who were no doubt stamping their authority on the Section.
In the third match of the campaign, the Orange welcomed Ghaxaq at Pembroke. No doubt buoyed by their recent results, the Orange quickly took the initiative and in very windy conditions managed to score twice in the first half courtesy once again of Neil Farrugia. Ghaxaq managed to pull a goal back in the second half and were somewhat unlucky not to get the draw after some incessant attacks on the Swieqi goal. Nevertheless, the Orange made sure of the points when Kurt Fenech’s wonder shot from outside the box sealed the victory for the orange!
Swieqi then took on Gharghur in Pembroke and a lacklustre performance led to a 1-2 loss against a solid blues outfit. Despite going in 1-0 at the break, the Orange conceded two sloppy goals right after half-time. Kyle Sciberras missed some good chances to level the contest and Kurt Giacchino’s rasping shot right at the death hit the Gharghur crossbar.
Games played so far:
Youths Under-19 League:
3rd September, 2013 (Pembroke Ground)
Swieqi United 3-0 St. George’s
(Goal scorers: Neil Farrugia, Kurt Giacchino, Luca Pandolfino)
Swieqi United: M. Schembri, F. Tanti, S. Vella, T. Sammut, N. Scerri, K. Fenech (K. Bonnici), J. Xuereb, M. Navarro (L. Pandolfino), N. Farrugia (A. Borg Costanzi), D. Cuschieri, K. Giacchino
11th September, 2013 (Rabat Ajax Ground)
Mtarfa 0-3 Swieqi United
(Goal scorers: Neil Farrugia, Thomas Sammut, Kurt Fenech)
Swieqi United: M. Schembri, F. Tanti, S. Vella, T. Sammut, N. Scerri, K. Fenech, J. Xuereb, M. Navarro, N. Farrugia, D. Cuschieri, S. Mangion (Subs: Karl Grech, Kyle Sciberras, Andrew Borg Costanzi)
16th September, 2013 (Rabat Ajax Ground)
Swieqi United 3-1 Ghaxaq
(Goal scorers: Neil Farrugia 2, Kurt Fenech)
Swieqi United: M. Schembri, F. Tanti, S. Vella, K. Giacchino, N. Scerri, K. Fenech, J. Xuereb, M. Navarro, N. Farrugia, D. Cuschieri, S. Mangion (Subs: Kyle Sciberras, Andrew Brincat Ruffini, Fernando Fenech).
7th September, 2013 (Pembroke Ground)
Swieqi United 1-2 Gharghur
(Goal scorer: Neil Farrugia)
Swieqi United: M. Schembri, F. Tanti, S. Vella, K. Giacchino, N. Scerri, T. Sammut, J. Xuereb, M. Navarro, N. Farrugia, D. Cuschieri (K. Sciberras), S. Mangion
Article: Dr. Michael Calleja