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Kike nets brace in Gibtelecom Rock Cup final

Enrique ‘Kike’ Gomez Bernal netted a brace as Europa retained the Gibtelecom Rock Cup after beating Mons Calpe 2-1 in the final. 

Europa got off to a fast start and opening the scoring thanks to Kike, the Spaniard did well to turn away from Federico Villar and calmly lobbed the ball over Mateo Grasso. Tensions grew as the game went on and Ivan Moya was the first player in the referees book after a suspected elbow on Graeme Torrilla – a decision which angered Mons Calpe players and fans. 

Mons kept pushing for an equaliser but were restricted to long range attempts, none which troubled the Europa keeper Javi Munoz. The half-time whistle came and Europa went into the break with a slim 1-0 lead. 

Whatever Luis Manuel Blanco said to his players worked as Mons equalised just a few minutes after kick-off as Rubo Blanco got in behind Martin Belfortti and squared the ball for Pibe to fire in from close. Five minutes later Europa nearly regained the lead as Ayew dribbled past two players and crossed a dangerous ball which was just out of the reach of Mikey Yome.

Just before the hour mark disaster struck for Mons Calpe as winger Manuel Onega was sent off for a second bookable offence and was joined by goalscorer Pibe who came off injured. On the 71st minute, Europa made it 2-1 as Kike received the ball in the box and fired a shot past Grasso at his near post. 

Quillo squandered a great chance to extend Europa’s lead and Enrique Carreno had a goal disallowed as the holders saw out the final few minutes which saw Mons reduced to nine-men as Andre Dos Santos received a straight red card for a two-footed challenge on Guillermo Roldan. 

The final whistle went and Europa retained the Cup which will now see them play in the Europa League next season. Commiserations to Mons who put up a real good fight this afternoon but the experience of Europa saw them over the line in the end. 


Photo by William Gracia. 

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