A brace from Guillermo Roldan helped Europa secure their place at the top of the league going into the Christmas break as they beat Europa Point 4-1 in the first game this evening.
Roldan’s brace, along with goals from Joselinho and 17-year old Yeray Romero eventually sealed all three points, with Europa Point bringing it back to 2-1 thanks to Marek Albert.
The match became newsworthy even before kick off, as former Glacis manager Daniel Amaya was in charge of Europa Point, an appointment that had not been made public by the club prior to the game.
Meanwhile Europa, who were without Ivan Moya and star striker Kike through suspension, took until the stroke of half time to take the lead. Youngster Romero chested in Roldan’s cross and the ball found its way past Canadian keeper Will Sykes to give the league leaders the perfect ending to the half.
Without Kike Europa were not as good in the final third as they tend to be, and Europa Point almost equalised; Ibrahim Ayew had to clear off the line after Javi Munoz originally saved Adam Spinks shot.
Soon after, Joselinho doubled Europa’s lead with a drilled effort from just outside the box, and it looked like last season’s runners-up would stroll to victory. However, the newly-promoted Europa Point, bottom of the league, showed the sort of fight that could serve them well in the new year, made it 2-1 with 12 minutes to go as American striker Marek Albert fired in a long range effort past Munoz to give his side what appeared to be hope going into the final minutes of the game.
Roldan saw that their hope was short-lived with a quick-fire brace though; the first a shot that he fired in from a tight angle in the 80th minute, while three minutes later Romero set up the former Albacete, Eibar and Melilla winger to wrap up the three points and guarantee the perfect Christmas present of being top, with the league wrapping up after this week until January 6th, when Europa Point face Lions in what is shaping up to be a massive encounter at the wrong end of the table.