As the preparation for the two-month extended winter break begins, we review how the Second Division season has panned out so far.
Cannons – 1st
The biggest surprise of the league, Cannons went into this season not expected to challenge the bigger teams in the league. However, they sit top at the break, albeit playing more than the two teams below them.
New manager Dani Gamez has done especially well since taking over in July with Samuel Mesca notching five goals to help fire Cannons to the top.
Europa Point – 2nd
Last season’s Premier Division relegated side, Europa Point weren’t expected at least by us to bounce back this well, but after seven games they remain the only unbeaten side in the division.
The appointment of former College 1975 manager Juanfran Molina in the summer has worked, and with recent American investment ploughed into the team, they may confound our pre-season prediction of sixth and go back up.
Boca – 3rd
We described Boca’s summer activity as “Quietly, and without too much fanfare”, but they had strengthened their team in key areas and are currently matching our prediction of third.
Key to this has been Alberto Valdivia’s goals, including a hat-trick vs Leo, but they are a strong team all round and should be up there come the season’s end.
Olympique – 4th
A quite spectacular transformation in the summer led to Olympique looking the favourites to win the league, but their season has been a bit hit-and-miss, and they currently find themselves in mid-table at the break.
Robert Montovio, as expected, has been firing in the goals at this level, and recent improvements point towards a strong second half of the season; presuming they keep their main stars in January.
Magpies – 5th
For Magpies; see Olympique. A team who should have been up there from the start instead find themselves mid-table after an indifferent start to the season.
They have keeper Tom Hull to thanks for even being fifth, while a recent upturn in form suggests, much like Olympique, they’ll be going upwards in the table after the break.
Angels – 6th
A topsy-turvy season for Angels saw them win their first four games and storm to the top. However, they have since lost three in a row as well as also being dumped out of the cup comfortably by Magpies, leaving them sixth.
A big winter lies ahead for Angels – will they recover and restart their push for the Premier, or will they fully implode as other teams before them have done?
College 1975 – 7th
The lack of any social media presence meant College were hard to predict going into the season, but our suggestion of eighth is largely intact after an indifferent season.
Wins against Hound Dogs and Angels are rays of positivity for a team who ended the year losing 8-1 to Magpies – we don’t expect them to challenge this season.
Hound Dogs – 8th
It was always going to be hard for Hound Dogs and their youthful squad, but they have fought hard this season and picked up their only point when drawing with Europa Point.
Narrow losses to Boca, Olympique and Cannons show this team can trouble bigger opponents; don’t be surprised if they take a few more points in the New Year.
Leo – 9th
The biggest disappointment by far; a lot was made of Leo’s big unveiling of former Spain striker Catanha as manager in the summer.
However, he left before the season started in order to continue playing football, and their team have fallen to pieces, losing all six games they have played. The only way surely is up for the bottom side.
Photo by Lisa Kilkenny.