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Women’s league big guns target win before international break

Birkirkara, Mġarr United (picture) and Swieqi United will be all eyeing a victory to wrap up the first part of the domestic campaign before the upcoming international break during which Mark Gatt’s Malta will face Russia and Azerbaijan in the 2023 Women’s World Cup qualifications.

In the previous week of fixtures, where 16 goals were scored, Birkirkara defeated Kirkop United 2-0 as this week they will take on Raiders Lija.

The Stripes, under the guidance of Melania Bajada, have so far found the net 11 times in two games with Alishia Sultana topping their top scorers list with three goals. One of the remaining seven goals was grabbed by youngster Sara Saliba who found the net on her senior league’s debut, last week.

Raiders, on their part, are at the back of a 2-0 defeat against Mġarr. They have already secured a win this season after launching their campaign with a victory over Mtarfa.

Newly-signed forward Leah Ayres, who last season was on the books of Mosta, has already found the net for her new club in that Mtarfa victory.

Under the new guidance of coach Michael Mangion, Mġarr have won their opening two games with last week’s victory over Kirkop seeing the goals of key players Amber Grech and Brenda Borg.

The Greens will face Mtarfa who are still looking for their first points of the season after losing to Raiders Lija and Swieqi so far.

In the other game of the week, Swieqi will take on newcomers San Ġwann as they look to secure their second win of the season.

Last week, they opened their commitments with a 12-0 victory over Mtarfa with Dorianne Theuma grabbing a hat-trick and Kelly Agius scoring twice. The Oranges are led by Nenad Tomic this season.

On the other hand, this will be San Ġwann’s second game in this season as well after their opening defeat to Birkirkara.

FIXTURES

TUESDAY – 20.30
Mtarfa vs Mġarr United, Centenary Stadium
San Ġwann vs Swieqi United, Mġarr Ground

WEDNESDAY – 20.30
Birkirkara vs Raiders Lija, Centenary Stadium

STANDINGS (after two games played)

Birkirkara, 6 points
Mġarr United, 6 points
Swieqi United, 3 points (1 game played)
Raiders Lija, 3 points
Kirkop United, 0 points
San Ġwann, 0 points  (1 game played)
Mtarfa, 0 points

MD3 bye: Kirkop United.

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