Mons Calpe’s promotion hopes suffered a setback as goals from Reece Placid and Max Bothen gave Bruno’s Magpies a 2-0 victory.
Magpies started the first half the much stronger side and took the lead in the 4th minute, Nick Dembele made a great run down the wing and whipped in a low cross which found Reece Placid on the edge of the area, the winger drilled his effort into the bottom corner to give his side the perfect start.
Seven minutes later Mons Calpe had the ball in the back of the net but was ruled out for offside. Mons Calpe started to get into their rhythm as the game went on, Ruben Fernandez skipped past Michael Macias and rifled a shot towards goal which went inches wide of the post.
Midway through the half Soufian Hanafi made a great run down the wing and whipped in a cross which found Ruben Fernandez on the edge of the box, his curling effort was tipped over by Fernando Sanchez. Minutes later Mons Calpe had a glorious chance to equalise, Sergio Vazquez whipped in a cross which found the unmarked Hanafi at the back post, the winger smashed his effort wide from close range.
Just before half-time Magpies made it 2-0, a cross from Sam Whelan found Max Bothen at the back post, the striker’s shot squeezed under the body of Jimenez and rolled in. Magpies went into the break with a shock lead.
The second half got underway with Mons Calpe on the attack, Sergio Vazquez skipped past his marker and and tried his luck from range which skimmed the crossbar. Just before the hour mark Magpies were reduced to 10 men in bizarre circumstances. A mix up in the official Magpies team-sheet saw the planned substitution of Luke Watts subbed. Watts proceeded to take his shirt off while still an active player, which saw the referee deem it fit to send off the Magpies midfielder.
This decision infuriated Magpies manager Joel Williams as he tried to explain to the referee that the linesman had the team sheets of Mons Calpe & Gib Phoenix instead of his own side. Nevertheless play resumed and twelve minutes later Mons Calpe went down to ten men as defender Scott Kelly was sent off for the second yellow.
Magpies were able to see out the last few minutes and walk away with three important points in their search for promotion. This result sees Magpies move three points behind the league leaders Mons Calpe who remain top on goal difference.