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2007–08 Maltese FA Trophy

The Maltese Cup 2007-08 (known as U*BET Fa Trophy for sponsorship reasons) was the 71st season since its establishment.It features 20 teams from Maltese Premier League and First Division.The competition started on 3 November 2007 and ended on 24 May 2008 with the final,which Birkirkara F.C. won 2-1 against Hamrun Spartans.The defending champions were Hibernians F.C..

Calendar

Round Date Matches Clubs New entries this round
First Round 3,4,10,11 November 2007 8 20 → 12 16
Second Round 1 March 2008 4 12 → 8 none
Quarter Finals 12 April 2008 4 8 → 4 4
Semi Finals 19 May 2008 2 4 → 2 none
Final 24 May 2008 1 2 → 1 none

Results

When the draw was conducted four teams received a bye to the Quarterfinals. Hibernians received a bye because they won the 2006–07 Maltese Cup. Other three teams who received a bye directly to the Quarterfinals were Birkirkara, Marsaxlokk and Sliema Wanderers, for being three best-placed teams in previous year's Premier League.

First Round

In the First Round entered Premier League teams placed 4th to 10th and 10 First Division teams. The matches were played on 3, 4, 10 and 11 November 2007.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Valletta 4–0 St. Patrick
St. Georges 2–3 Pieta Hotspurs
Mqabba 3–2 Vittoriosa
Mosta 0–2 Hamrun
Qormi 1–5 Tarxien
Marsa 0–7 Dingli Swallows
Floriana 7–1 Mellieha
Senglea Athletics 4–3 (aet) Msida St.Joseph

Second Round

In this round entered winners from the previous round. The matches were played on 1 and 2 March 2008

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Valletta 5–0 Tarxien Rainbows
Hamrun Spartans 1–0 Pieta Hotspurs
Mqabba 0–1 Dingli Swallows
Floriana 3–2 (aet) Senglea Athletics

Quarterfinals

In this round entered the winners from the previous round and the four teams that had received a bye. The matches were played on 12 and 13 April 2008.

Dingli Swallows was the only team from the First Division.They played against Hamrun Spartans and lost 3-1.The other 3 ties were all contested between Premier League teams.They all finished 2-1 in favour of Valletta, Floriana and Birkirkara who beat Hibernians, Sliema Wanderers and Marsaxlokk respectively.Hibernians were the defending champions.

2008-04-12
15:00
Hamrun Spartans 3 – 1 Dingli Swallows
Spiteri Goal 30' Goal 53' Goal 90' (Report) J.Agius Goal 19'
Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali
Referee: Anton Zammit (MFA)

2008-04-12
17:00
Hibernians 1 – 2 Valletta
Scerri Goal 67' (Report) Temile Goal 45'
G.Agius Goal 87'
Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali
Referee: Adrian Azzopardi (MFA)

2008-04-13
15:00
Floriana 2 – 1 Sliema Wanderers
R.Darmanin Goal 61'
M.Micallef Goal 65'
(Report) E.Barbara Goal 51'
Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali
Referee: Adrian Casha (MFA)

2008-04-13
17:00
Marsaxlokk 1 – 2 Birkirkara
C.Mamo Goal 1' (Report) Sylla Goal 52'
Mifsud Triganza Goal 70'
Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali
Referee: Marco Borg (MFA)

Semifinals

The winners from the Quarterfinals entered the Semifinals.The matches were played on 19 and 20 May 2008

Both semi-finals finished 4-2 in favour of Hamrun Spartans,who beat Floriana,and Birkirkara who beat Valletta.

2008-05-19
17:00
Hamrun Spartans 4 – 2 Floriana
S.Meilak Goal 25'
A.Effiong Goal 29'
Spiteri Goal 33'
R.Fenech Goal 75' (pen.)
(Report) M.Brincat Goal 45'
R.Darmanin Goal 64'
Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali
Referee: Chris Lautier (MFA)

2008-05-20
17:00
Birkirkara 4 – 2 Valletta
Sylla Goal 42' Goal 51'
A.Tabone Goal 61'
G.Mallia Goal 68'
(Report) Monesterolo Goal 19'
J.Mifsud Goal 73'
Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali
Referee: Joe Attard (MFA)

Final

The Final was played on 24 May and was contested between Birkirkara and Hamrun Spartans.Michael Galea opened the scoring for Birkirkara but Hamrun Spartans levelled matters through Ryan Fenech but Michael Galea scored his 2nd to give Birkirkara the trophy.

2008-05-24
17:00
Birkirkara 2 – 1 Hamrun
M.Galea Goal 58' Goal 90' (Report) R.Fenech Goal 65'
Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali
Referee: Anton Zammit (MFA)
Birkirkara
Hamrun Spartans

Top scorers

Scorer Goals Team
Malta Gaetan Spiteri 5 Hamrun Spartans
Nigeria Uchenna Anyanwu 4 Dingli Swallows
Republic of the Congo Yala Bolasie Floriana
Ivory Coast Amed Davy Sylla 3 Birkirkara
Nigeria Anthony Ewurum Senglea Athletics
Nigeria Frank Temile Valletta
Argentina Omar Sebastián Monesterolo Valletta

External links

  • Official site
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