Lincoln Red Imps remain top of the league after goals from Roy Chipolina & Kyle Casciaro secured a 2-0 victory over St Joseph’s.
The first half started with Lincoln on the attack and bringing out a number of saves from St Joseph’s keeper Jordan Perez. Lincoln had a great chance early on as Liam Walker played Lee Casciaro through on goal but the striker’s shot was excellently saved by Perez.
Lincoln broke the deadlock fifteen minutes in, Liam Walker delivered a corner which found Anthony Bardon on the edge of the area, the midfield picked out Roy Chipolina at the far post, the captain controlled and slotted his shot into the top corner. St Joseph’s players and fans were unhappy with the decision as they felt Roy Chipolina was offside but the goal stood.
Minutes later St Joseph’s had a great chance to equalise, Jose Luis Verdejo through ball sent Jorge Torres through on goal, the winger struck his effort wide. Three minutes later Lincoln made it 2-0, Daniel Cifuentes’ cross found Kyle Casciaro at the back post, the striker controlled and slotted his shot away.
St Joseph’s came battling back, Juan Carlos Polo’s free-kick found Jamie Contreras’ in the middle, the defenders shot was saved by Raul Navas and the rebound cleared off the line by Cifuentes. Just before half-time horror struck, Joseph Chipolina received a head injury and was knocked unconscious, thanks to some quick thinking of Jordan Perez and medical attention from Keith Ramirez, the full-back regained conscious and was able to walk off the pitch.
The second half started with Lincoln making a substitution, Joseph Chipolina was replaced by Yeray Blasco. Blasco got involved straight away, the midfielder latched onto a through ball and shot but his effort went wide. As the game went on the St Joseph’s fans started getting more frustrated with the refereeing decisions and they had a case as it wasn’t the great game from referee Glen Gilbert.
With less than five minutes remaining St Joseph’s went down to 10 men as Ivan Lobato was sent off for a second bookable offence. Just before full-time Saints stand-out player Juan Carlos Polo played the ball to Borja Gomez Torres, the striker’s shot was saved by Navas.
Lincoln were able to see out the four minutes of added time and walked away with a vital three points. This win sees Lincoln move top and play Angels next while St Joseph’s remain sixth and face Gibraltar United.