The “magic” of the Cup takes over this weekend as eight teams will be hoping to move one step closer to Europa League qualification. Friday 10th March, 20:30 – Lincoln Red Imps vs Manchester 62.
Old time rivals get the Gibtelecom Rock Cup underway with reigning champions Lincoln Red Imps looking strong favourites to progress. Both sides have met twice this season with Lincoln victorious on both occasions, scoring eight and conceding one. The only absentee for the Imps was striker Tulio Etchemaite in their slender 1-0 win over Lynx while the Red Devils have a number of players missing, most notably their January signing Matt Cafer who is recovering from an injury sustained in their 5-0 loss to Lynx. Despite picking up a morale boosting victory against Gibraltar United last weekend, the Red Devils will be hoping for some Cup magic against Lincoln.
Saturday 11th March, 18:15 – Europa vs Europa Point
It’s been a season to forget for newly-promoted Europa Point; one season they were winning the league and next they find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Premier Division. Not all hope has been lost though, as their win against College 1975 in the second round of the Cup was followed a few weeks later with an important three points against Gibraltar United, that saw them cut the gap between themselves and safety to five points. Europa Point could see this game as a distraction and even a loss could be seen as a blessing in disguise so they can fully concentrate on avoiding relegation this season. Europa should stroll past their opponents on Saturday and progress into the next round.
Saturday 11th March, 20:30 – Gibraltar Phoenix vs Lions Gibraltar Phoenix have dominated the Second Division so far and have been crying out for some strong opposition this season and they got it in the form of Lions. It’s been tough for Lions this season, with their previous investors going bankrupt and manager David Wilson leaving the club on the last day of the summer transfer window which left a bad taste in the Lions mouths. After a poor first half of the season, performances have slowly started to improve and they nearly got themselves a point against Europa last weekend if it wasn’t for a last minute winner from Liam Walker. Lions will find it tough against a side who are banging in goals for fun right now. Luisma Casas Dominguez is the top goalscorer in the Cup with three goals and has 27 in all competitions, partnered by ex Glacis star German Cortes Narvaez who has 15. The game is expected to be a tight encounter and we predict it to be decided on penalties.
Sunday 12th March, 16:30 – Lynx vs St Joseph’s
A rejuvenated Lynx side take on inform St Joseph’s with both teams looking to continue their fine form in 2017. Lynx were in the relegation zone over Christmas and now sit a respectable sixth in the league with eight games left. The introduction of Dany Fernandes & Elkin Mosquera filled the holes which were a major problem for them in the first half of the season but one name who stands out so far is Charlie Mitchell. The 19 year old has been superb since January with his pace and trickery terrorising defenders and his form has caught the eye of many teams, fans and journalists. He is currently Lynx’s top goalscorer with seven goals. Despite many thinking St Joseph’s would struggle following the departure of manager Alfonso Cortijo, the Saints have gone from strength to strength under Raul Procopio and currently sit eight points clear in third, looking destined for European football next season. A draw against Procopio’s former club Lincoln followed by a late win over Mons Calpe last week puts their confidence levels sky high heading into the game. Saints should progress but it won’t be easy.