With the season moving closer to the business end at the top of the table, March sees a Europa duo win the Football Gibraltar Player and Manager of the Month awards in the Premier Division.
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Player of the Month – Alex Quillo (Europa FC)
This month proved to be quite hard, with a number of players catching the eye with their performances – however we’ve gone for a midfielder who scored in every game in March, all of which were important in their own way. The goals against Glacis, and especially Phoenix, ensured Europa could go on to secure comfortable victories as they look to chase after the title, while his screamer vs Mons Calpe, at the time making it 4-1, ended up being decisive with the game ending 4-3. Quillo quietly goes about his work for the side, but this season has contributed with a number of goals, and therefore is our player of the month. Leonardo Carboni came a close second this month after some impressive performances for Mons Calpe, while Chico Rubio, who has been consistently strong for Gib United in March, finishes third.
Manager of the Month – Rafael Escobar (Europa FC)
This one was a toss-up between the top three, who all won their three league matches in March, but given the opposition faced, and the manner of their wins, Europa’s Rafael Escobar just about edges out Raul Procopio in second, and Victor Afonso in third to Manager of the Month in March. In a title run-in where one slip could prove to be the end of a title run, both Lincoln and Europa have managed to be faultless in recent weeks, building up to what should be a blockbuster meeting on Matchday 26. For their part, the important wins vs Mons Calpe and Phoenix, as well as a comprehensive beating of Glacis which did their goal difference wonders means Europa have clawed back some of the gap between the two title-chasing sides in that department, while ensuring St Joseph’s don’t get a chance to join the race fully.