2015–16 Maltese FA Trophy

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2015–16 Maltese FA Trophy
Country Malta
Teams65
Defending championsBirkirkara
ChampionsSliema Wanderers (21 Times)
Runners-upBalzan

The 2015–16 Maltese FA Trophy was the 78th version of the knockout tournament. The competition started on 5 September 2015 and ended on 14 May 2016.[1]

Birkirkara were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the semi-finals by Sliema Wanderers.

Format[edit]

This version of the Maltese FA Trophy was a single elimination tournament contested by 65 teams. The winner, Sliema Wanderers, earned a spot in the Europa League. Sliema were unable to obtain a UEFA license. As a result, the berth was given to the fourth-placed team of the Premier League. Matches which were level after regulation went to extra time and then penalties to determine a winner.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Round Date(s) Number of fixtures Clubs
Preliminary round 5 September 2015 1 65 → 64
First round 11–13 September 2015 12 64 → 52
Second round 23–25 October 2015 20 52 → 32
Third round 1 December 2015 – 6 January 2016 16 32 → 16
Fourth round 19–20 January 2016 8 16 → 8
Quarter-finals 19–20 April 2016 4 8 → 4
Semi-finals 7–8 May 2016 2 4 → 2
Final 14 May 2016 1 2 → 1

Preliminary round[edit]

One preliminary match was played on 5 September 2015.[1] The draw for the preliminary, first, and second rounds was held 18 August 2015.[3]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Oratory Youths (1G)Gozo 5–1 Marsaskala (4)

First round[edit]

Twelve first round matches were played between 11–13 September 2015.[1] The draw for the preliminary, first, and second rounds was held 18 August 2015.[3]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Kerċem Ajax (1G)Gozo 6–0 Kalkara (4)
St. Venera Lightnings (4) 5–3 Gozo Xagħra United (2G)
Luqa St. Andrew's (4) 0–4 Gozo Xewkija Tigers (1G)
Ghaxaq (4) 1–2 (a.e.t.) Marsaxlokk (4)
Għarb Rangers (2G)Gozo 0–4 Ta' Xbiex (4)
Qala Saints (2G)Gozo 0–5 Gozo Victoria Hotspurs (1G)
Attard (4) 1–3 (a.e.t.) Gozo Victoria Wanderers (1G)
Mtarfa (4) 1–0 St. Lucia (4)
Nadur Youngsters (1G)Gozo 1–0 Mdina Knights (4)
St. Lawrence Spurs (1G)Gozo 1–0 (a.e.t.) Gozo Oratory Youths (1G)
Xghajra Tornadoes (4) 0–1 Gozo Għajnsielem (1G)
Dingli Swallows (4) 2–0 Gozo Munxar Falcons (2G)

Second round[edit]

Twenty second round matches were played between 23–25 October 2015.[1] The draw for the preliminary, first, and second rounds was held 18 August 2015.[3]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Zejtun (3) 1–0 Marsaxlokk (4)
Marsa (3) 2–4 Gozo Xewkija Tigers (1G)
Vittoriosa Stars (2) 2–0 Gozo Kerċem Ajax (1G)
St. Venera Lightnings (4) 2–1 Birżebbuġa (3)
Rabat Ajax (2) 4–1 Msida St. Joseph (3)
Kirkop United (3) 3–2 Mtarfa (4)
Ħamrun Spartans (2) 0–1 St. George's F.C. (2)
Lija Athletic (2) 2–1 Mellieħa (3)
Senglea Athletic (2) 1–2 Pietà Hotspurs (2)
Mqabba F.C. (2) 5–3 Gozo Victoria Hotspurs (1G)
Siggiewi (3) 0–3 Fgura United (2)
Swieqi United (3) 2–1 Ta' Xbiex (4)
Gżira United (2) 6–0 Sirens (3)
Żurrieq (3) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 p)
Għargħur(3)
Gudja United (2) 0–1 San Ġwann (2)
Għajnsielem (1G)Gozo 2–1 (a.e.t.) GozoDingli Swallows (4)
Melita (2) 3–1 Mġarr United (3)
Żabbar St. Patrick (3) 6–1 GozoNadur Youngsters (1G)
Victoria Wanderers (1G)Gozo 2–4 GozoSt. Lawrence Spurs (1G)
Żebbuġ Rangers (2) 4–1 Qrendi (3)

Third round[edit]

Sixteen third round matches were played between 1 December 2015 and 6 January 2016. The draws for the third and fourth round were held on 27 October 2015.[4]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Birkirkara (1) 6–0 Kirkop United (3)
Mosta (1) 1–2 Hibernians (1)
Balzan (1) 2–1 Fgura United (2)
Xewkija Tigers (1G) Gozo 1–3 Valletta (1)
Floriana (1) 3–0 Gozo St. Lawrence Spurs (1G)
Vittoriosa Stars (2) 0–1 Sliema Wanderers (1)
Swieqi United (3) 2–4 St. Andrews (1)
Qormi (1) 1–0 Gozo Għajnsielem (1G)
Naxxar Lions (1) 0–1 Lija Athletic (2)
Pietà Hotspurs (2) 4–1 Zejtun (3)
St. Venera Lightnings (4) 0–2 Għargħur (3)
Pembroke Athleta (1) 3–0 San Ġwann (2)
Rabat Ajax (2) 1–4 Melita (2)
Żabbar St. Patrick (3) 0–3 Gżira United (2)
Żebbuġ Rangers (2) 1–4 Tarxien Rainbows (1)
St. George's F.C. (2) 1–0 Mqabba F.C. (2)

Fourth round[edit]

Eight fourth round matches were played between 19–20 January 2016. The draws for the third and fourth round were held on 27 October 2015.[4]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Hibernians (1) 1–2 Pembroke Athleta (1)
Floriana (1) 2–1 Lija Athletic (2)
Qormi (1) 1–4 (a.e.t.) Tarxien Rainbows (1)
St. Andrews (1) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
Gżira United (2)
Balzan (1) 2–0 Melita (2)
Pietà Hotspurs (2) 3–2 St. George's F.C. (2)
Birkirkara (1) 1–0 Valletta (1)
Għargħur (3) 1–2 Sliema Wanderers (1)

Quarter-finals[edit]

Four quarter-final matches were played 19–20 April 2016. The draw for the quarter-final was held on 3 February 2016.[5]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Balzan (1) 1–0 (a.e.t.) Tarxien Rainbows (1)
Sliema Wanderers (1) 2–1 St. Andrews (1)
Pembroke Athleta (1) 3–1 (a.e.t.) Pietà Hotspurs (2)
Birkirkara (1) 2–0 Floriana (1)

Semi-finals[edit]

Two semi-final matches were played 7–8 May 2016. The draw for the semi-final was held on 27 April 2016.[6]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Sliema Wanderers (1) 1–0 Birkirkara (1)
Balzan (1) 3–1 (a.e.t.) Pembroke Athleta (1)

Final[edit]

The final was played 14 May 2016.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Balzan (1) 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 p)
Sliema Wanderers (1)

See also[edit]

2015–16 Maltese Premier League

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Malta FA Trpophy 2015/16". maltafootball.com. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  2. ^ "FA Trophy:Season Rules". scoresway.com. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "FA Trophy first and second round 2015/16 draws". maltafootball.com. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Holders Birkirkara drawn with Kirkop in FA Trophy third round". maltafootball.com. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Holders Birkirkara face Floriana in FA Trophy quarter-finals". maltafootball.com. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Holders Birkirkara paired with Sliema in FA Trophy semi-finals". maltafootball.com. Retrieved 28 February 2016.