Lincoln Red Imps re-established their place at the top of the Premier Division with a decisive 3-1 victory against Europa.
Despite Europa starting the better side, it was Lincoln who had the first chance of the game as Kenneth Chipolina’s shot from a tight angle was saved by Javi Munoz. Lincoln kept pressing and nearly got their noses infront a few minutes later when Kyle Casciaro’s cross was cleared to Yeray Blasco on the edge of the box whose shot was drilled inches wide.
Lincoln broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute as Jean Carlos Garcia’s cross found Lee Casciaro who nodded the ball past Javi Munoz. Six minutes later Lincoln nearly doubled their lead but this time Lee Casciaro’s header hit the post and the rebound was cleared.
Just before half-time Lincoln had another chance, Kyle Casciaro beat the offside trap and ran on goal, rounded the keeper and tapped the ball towards goal but Munoz pulled off a terrific save to keep it out. As a result of the save, Javi Munoz broke his collarbone and was replaced by Matt Cafer, whose move to Manchester 62 could be on hold depending the seriousness of Munoz’s injury.
Referee blew for half-time with Lincoln leading 1-0. Europa came racing out the blocks in the second half and had a chance to equalise but Kike headed the ball over from a Liam Walker corner. 55 minutes in and Lincoln made it 2-0, Antonio Calderon curled in a long range free-kick which went over Cafer and into the top corner.
Two minutes later Lincoln made it 3-0 as Lee Casciaro latched onto a through ball from his brother Ryan, rounded Cafer and rolled the ball into an empty net. The scoreline could have been higher but Cafer pulled off two excellent saves from Lee Casciaro to keep it to a minimal.
In added time Europa got themselves a consolation when substitute Mustapha Yahaya picked up a loose ball in the box and toe-poked it past Navas from close. Shortly after referee Jason Barcelo blew the final whistle and Lincoln walked away deserved winners.
Lincoln leapfrog Europa and now sit two points clear at the top of the Premier Division.
Photo by C Correa Photography.