The Premier Division returned last weekend, and 10 goals across the five weekend matches was not a bad start.
Lions Gibraltar FC left it late to draw against St Josephs, Lynx and Manchester 62 started with key wins, while Lincoln & Europa played out a 1-1 draw.
Premier Division new boys Angels FC suffered a defeat to Glacis, while Gib Utd won an admirable point against Britannia. Neither side had a player make the team of the week though.
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Goalkeeper – Javier Munoz (Europa FC)
The stop Javi Munoz made with his left boot to deny Lee Casciaro was important, but the save from Joseph Chipolina when the ball was on its way into the top corner was sublime.
It was from that save that Europa made sure they left the game with a point. Javi didn’t really have a lot to do throughout the game but when called upon, he made sure he was on hand to thwart the Lincoln attacks.
Defender – Ivan Lobato (St Joseph’s)
Lobato’s movement off the right flank is always great, and his hunger to get forward, as well as the stamina to be able to get back and help his team defend is nothing short of brilliant.
The full-back put in a great performance and got his reward after scoring a superb free-kick to give his side the lead.
Defender – Ryan Casciaro (Lincoln Red Imps)
This for us was the most impressive performance of the weekend. The Gibraltarian defender was at the heart of a great defensive display by Lincoln, who had to deal with the attacking threat of the likes of Antonio Trujillo for Europa.
Ryan played much of last season as a defensive midfielder, but with the inclusion of Nico Chietino, Ryan dropped to centre-back and now partners Roy Chipolina for club and country. His performance is something Jeff Wood can be happy about going into the next international double-header.
Defender – Francisco Sanchez Perez (Europa FC)
Perez has been one of the standout performers since arriving in the summer. The defender partnered Bezares in the 3-2 Pepe Reyes Cup defeat, but he partnered Merino on Monday night in the 2-2 draw.
Perez was solid yesterday and did enough to keep Lincoln striker Lee Casciaro quiet; not something a lot of defenders can say.
Defenders – Jayce Olivero (Lions Gibraltar FC)
Jayce is one of the hottest talents in GIbraltar. The defender was great last season, which earned him call-ups to both the Under 19 and senior national team.
Olivero proved he is eager to continue to develop, as the youngster had a solid game against St Joseph’s and hardly put a foot wrong throughout. We’re only one game into the new season and both Jonay Lopez Luque, as well as Olivero look imperious down Lions’ left-hand side.
Midfielder – Javi Martinez (Europa FC)
Javi Martinez was by far one of the best players for Europa on Monday. The winger would have been hoping for a better performance after his poor display in the Pepe Reyes Cup and he did just that.
The winger combined well with Morales to strike the post in the first five minutes, and after that had a solid game, creating problems for the Lincoln defence. Martinez was also good in his defensive work, as he had to mark arguably the best fullback in Gibraltar, Joseph Chipolina.
Midfielder – Carlos Sanchez (Lynx FC)
Carlos Sanchez is capable of producing a class goal, and he needed to against a very defensive Angels side. The Premier Division newcomers gave Lynx a terrible fright and it took a stunning free-kick to get Lynx out of a sticky situation.
The midfielder must now kick on this season if he intends to fulfill the promise he showed manager Albert Parody last season.
Midfielder – Tyson Ruiz (Manchester 62 FC)
We were surprised when Manchester 62 signed Ruiz. After leaving Lynx everyone thought this was it for the midfielder, but he has returned with a bang, producing a magnificent display against Glacis.
Tyson was Manchester’s best player in the 1-0 victory, as the midfielder’s aggression, speed and tactical awareness proved too much for Glacis, who struggled to create any chances. His partnership with former Gibraltar captain Daniel Duarte was a solid one in the heart of Manchester’s team.
Midfielder – Jonay Lopez Luque (Lions Gibraltar FC)
Jonay had a great game against St Joseph’s, with the winger’s skill, power and pace leading to a great battle against Ivan Lobato.
Lopez Luque produced a great first half display, creating problems and calling Jordan Perez into a few saves early on. The winger was great last season and will be hoping he can replicate his form in a much stronger Lions side.
Forward – Antonio Trujillo (Europa FC)
Trujillo was Lincoln’s worst nightmare on Monday; the striker’s pace, strength and skill created numerous problems for Ryan Casciaro and Roy Chipolina. Trujillo managed to bag a goal, capitalising on a defensive mistake and slotting it past Navas.
If the striker continues his great form, we could be looking at someone who could win the league for Europa and also walk away with the Top Goalscorer award.
Forward – Sergio Gines (Lions Gibraltar FC)
Lions signed Sergio late in the summer. The signing came as quite a shock as it seemed he had disappeared off the local footballing radar after leaving Manchester last season.
Lata, as Gines is known to his team-mates, was a handful for the St Joseph’s defender who just couldn’t keep him quiet. His speed, skill and technique were reminiscent of his Lynx days, and he capped off a great debut with a last minute goal to salvage a point for his team.