A Goal in Each Half Gives Spartans a Merited Win

The Spartans march on to a perfect record, registering their 5th win out of 5 matches. This match showed that the Spartans were superior in ball possession, and apart from some very short spells, Floriana found it hard to play organised football. The 2-0 win came as a result from goals by Matthew Guillaumier and Elvis Mashike. However, it was the collective display and flowing football that caught the eye of all those present at the stadium or watching it live on TV. Hamrun started off with a blast and it was evident that our players were creating space and quickly attacking the available space. This immediately unsettle the Floriana defence and Guillaumier concluded a fantastic move to make the score 1-0 after less than 3 minutes. The fans were ecstatic not only for the goal but for the way it was created, as this showed how well knit our team currently is, with Jonny and Prsa contributing in no small way to the goal. It only took another 2 minutes for Hamrun to be dangerous once again, as Kitanov had to turn Dodo’s effort into a corner with difficulty.

The dominance continued throughout the game with the Spartans having two goals disallowed for close call offside positions, as well as shouts for a penalty that seemed rather legitimate. On the other hand, Floriana were more than lucky not to finish the 1st half in 10 men when Juarez could have easily collected a total of 3 yellow cards but the referee decided to grace him. Although the Spartans continued to dominate possession in the 2nd half, with Jonny making some incisive runs on the right, goal opportunities were rather scarce. In fact the most noticeable moments were Kitanov’s on attempts by Montebello and Camenzuli. However, the Spartans made sure of the 3 points when Montebello and Mashike took advantage of a Floriana rearguard blunder. Magri Overend was under pressure from Montebello, and the former passed the ball to Kitanov. Mashike intercepted the ball which fell into Montebello’s feet who tried to round Kitanov who partially saved. At this stage, Mashike took the loose ball, rounded Kitanov, and put the ball at the back of the net to send the Spartan fans into ruptures, while Mashike sported a new celebration.

This was a great game that augurs well for the coming game against our rivals. Well done boys!!

Karl Attard

Bonello, Borg, Bjelicic, Marcelina, Camenzuli, Corbalan (90’ Xerri), Prsa, Guillaumier (82’ Vinicius),
Jonny (68’ Mashike), Dodo (68’ Eder), Montebello

Club Statement – 31st August 2022

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Math Report: Hamrun Spartans FC vs Hibernians


Degabriele 73



Marcelina 6

Jonny 20

Mashike 90, 90+


HIBERNIANS I. Kone-6, F. Apap-5, G. Llerna-5, Thaylor-5.5, J. Grech-5, J. Degabriele-6, B.

Kristensen-5.5, A. Agius-5 (90 G. Mensah), G. Artiles-6 (82 J. Zerafa), Y. Muritala-5.5 (66 J.

Murillas-5), A. Diakite-6.

ĦAMRUN SPARTANS H. Bonello-6.5 (66 S. Sultana-6), S. Borg-7, M. Guillaumier-6.5, E. Mashike-7

(90 S. Attard), J. Ailton-6.5 (80 Eder), R. Prsa-7, O. Bjelicic-6.5, J. Corbalan-6 (66 M. Sowe-6),

Jonny-7 (80 L. Montebello), E. Marcelina-7, R. Camenzuli-6.

Referee Ishmael Barbara.

Yellow cards Llerna, Prsa, Marcelina.

BOV Player of the Match Emerson Marcelina (Ħamrun Spartans).


Ħamrun Spartans kickstarted their league campaign in style when they cruised past champions Hibernians at the National Stadium.

Two goals in the opening 20 minutes put the Spartans on their way as they outplayed the Paolites for long stretches of the match. However, their inability to take the chances that came their way almost cost them dearly when Jurgen Degabriele put Hibernians back in the match.

But the Spartans quickly recovered their poise and finally sealed the points with a well-taken brace from Elvis Mashike to secure an impressive victory.

Ħamrun Spartans were off to a storming start as inside the first five minutes they were already a goal ahead.

Steve Borg won a free-kick on the edge of the area and Roko Prsa’s delivery was met by Emerson Marcelina who headed the ball past a stranded Ibrahim Kone.

Hibs looked on the ropes and three minutes later from a quick transition Elvis Mashike found Jonny but the Brazilian was anticipated by Ferdinando Apap.

At the other end, Degabriele latched onto Kone’s clearance but his shot was pushed away by Bonello. From the ensuing corner, Artiles picked Andrei Agius who saw his header saved by Bonello.

Elvis Mashike was a very hardworking figure in the Spartans’ attack and on 20 minutes he played a key role as the team doubled their lead.

The forward dispossessed Ali Diakhite in mid-pitch and surged forward before picking up Jonny who beat Kone with a firm drive.

The woodwork denied the Spartans a third goal on 28 minutes.

In another counter-attack, Guillaumier put Dodo in space and the Cape Verde forward sped inside the area but saw his shot hit the bar with Kone beaten.

On 33 minutes, Jonny again sped towards the Hibs goal but instead of serving Mashike he went for goal but Kone was on hand to block.

Hibs should have pulled a goal back on 38 minutes when Jake Grech sped inside the area and served Degabriele who blasted the ball over.

A minute into the second half, Ryan Camenzuli could have all but wrapped up the points when he turned past Thaylor but he fired over with only Kone to beat.

Play stopped for several minutes on 55 minutes when Bonello, in an attempt to take a high ball, collided with Muritala with both players receiving treatment for several minutes. Muritala was stretchered off and replaced by while Steve Sultana came on for the Ħamrun goalkeeper.

Jonny should have killed off the Paolites on 71 minutes when in another quick break he shot just past the upright with only Kone to beat.

That turned out costly as Hibs pulled a goal back on 73 minutes when Degabriele beat Sultana from close in to reopen the match.

Eleven minutes from time, Ħamrun had another chance when Steve Borg was denied by Kone.

The woodwork denied Ħamrun again on 83 minutes when substitute Luke Montebello saw his shot hit the upright.

Ħamrun sealed the points in stoppage time when Eder put Mashike clear and the Spartans forward rounded Kone and put the ball into the net.

Mashike was not finished yet as two minutes from time Guillaumier found Mashike who fired home.


Congratulations from Malta FA

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Press Release - Alashkert July 2022

Contract Termination with Coach Mark Buttigieg

Ħamrun Spartans Football Club have reached an agreement for the consensual termination of Club Coach Mark Buttigieg.

New Manager

Hamrun Spartans Football Club can confirm the appointment of Branko Nisevic as the Club’s new Manager.