Ahead of this weekend’s potential title-decider between Lincoln and Europa, we caught up with Europa top scorer, and current captain in the last few games, Tjay De Barr.
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The game is set to be massive, with a 99% chance that the winner would go on to lift the title – however Lincoln do have a two point lead. De Barr is feeling up for the game though: “Saturday is the decider. I’m feeling extremely positive about this game, it may seem weird for people but I could have signed a paper in the beginning of the season putting us 6 points in front now at this time of the season or being in the situation we are in, I’d choose this situation. If there’s a way to win the league I want it to be like this, versus Lincoln at the very end of the season.”
The youngster spent a long time at Lincoln before signing for Europa last season – but how much does he know about their strengths and potential weaknesses? “Yes we know them very well however they also know us just as good. Having played there basically all my life well it makes this a little special for me. I’ve grown up supporting Lincoln, watching the players I’m going to play on Saturday win leagues whilst I’ve been celebrating them in the stands. On Saturday I have the chance to win 99% of the league because we need to remember that there’s 1 more game after Lincoln. I know their weaknesses, strengths & what they’ll be trying to do on Saturdays game as they also know me very well. It will be a interesting game.”
Of course, Europa also have a Gibtelecom Rock Cup final to plan for against Gib United – for now it is one game at a time for De Barr: “I’m confident about Saturday, and also confident about the cup final but I don’t want to speak about that just yet, I’m focusing on our next game.”
Lincoln and Gibraltar captain Roy Chipolina may be tasked with stopping the teenager, who has 14 league goals this season – just how highly does De Barr rate his opposing captain? “Roy is a legend, he’s an idol. I’ve grown up watching Roy he has been my captain in Lincoln and he is my captain with the national squad and I have nothing but praise for him. He has been uncluky with some little injuries here and there throughout the season but there he is, back in the team and ready for Saturdays game I’m sure. For the national team he is always exceptional, and everyone who watches from the outside should always be proud because he is a true professional of the game.”