Matchday Four: Review

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The week started with St Joseph’s beating Phoenix 3-1, courtesy of goals from Fran Mejias, Jose Luis Reyes and JP Duarte, with sub keeper Jamie Robba also saving a penalty from Phoenix, who got a consolation through Salvador Carrasco. Sains are third in the league, while Phoenix, after a mixed start, are currently sixth – still a reasonable position for the newly-promoted side.

Lynx’s 4-0 defeat to Lincoln would prove to be the final straw for manager Allen Bula, who departed the club the next morning having overseen four defeats without scoring in four games. Lincoln went 3-0 up within 35 minutes through goals from Dieguito, JC Garcia and George Cabrera, before any minor chances of Lynx comeback were ended with a very poor red card shown to Lee Buhagiar – not what Lynx or Bula needed. A fourth goal, given to Roy Chipolina, wrapped the win up, and the current national captain’s goal would prove to be the last his former national manager conceded as Lynx manager.

Europa finally got their first win of the season, at the third attempt, but didn’t have it their own way in their 2-1 win against Glacis. An own goal, and a strike from Enrique Carreno seemed to put them in a strong position, but Alex Quillo’s missed penalty almost came to bite them. Mahamud Sidi got a goal back from the spot for Glacis, who then had Europa under intense pressure in a game which saw 10 yellow cards shown. Europa moved up to 7th after that win while Glacis find themselves second bottom, only above Lynx.

Mons Calpe eased to a 3-0 win over a Manchester team who weren’t at the races in truth. Rubo and Pibe, both in good form this season, got a goal each, before Nathan Santos wrapped up the game by ensuring Rubo’s fine chip over Manchester keeper Mateo went over the line. Mons, a game behind most of the games, are fifth with two wins from three – Manchester are eighth and without a win so far.

A game that showcased the best and worst of football ended the gameweek. Gib United went behind against Lions courtesy of a Juan Ayala goal, but fought back courtesy of an own goal, a good finish from Michael Negrette and a late penalty from Ayman Elghobashy to win 3-1 – the game was great for the neutral. However, it was marred though by accusations of racial abuse, with Gib United midfielder Yalany Baio the victim of the alleged abuse. The incident is currently under investigation, but if a player is found guilty of racism, hopefully they are dealt with an appropriately severe punishment. In terms of the table, Gib are 2nd after a strong start, while Lions dropped to 4th, still a good start for the team.

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