Goals in either half from Roy Chipolina and Kike saw Lincoln deservedly beat Europa 2-0 this evening, and lift the Premier Division shield for a 24th time.
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The game, billed as the Title Decider, saw a packed Main Stand split in half between both sets of fans, who all knew of the importance of the match. A win for Lincoln guaranteed them the trophy, while a Europa win would have all but done the same for them, as they had Boca on the last day.
The players appeared to know that too with the match being a frantic, 100 mile an hour affair with a lot of nervy mistakes creeping in early doors. Both teams have changed a lot in recent years, but it was one of the so-called old guard who broke the deadlock, as Lincoln captain Roy Chipolina stepped up to the mark and put his side in the lead.
The goal appeared to shock Europa, who in truth looked bereft of ideas and couldn’t seem to find any way to break Lincoln down – one of their brightest talents, Tjay De Barr, seemed to be carrying the effects of his leg injury that had seen him strapped up in recent games – the striker looks set to miss the Gibtelecom Rock Cup final having picked up a 10th booking and a two-game ban.
The killer blow for Europa came in the second half, as a lack of communication saw a poor backpass pounced upon by Lincoln, and former Europa striker Kike was on hand to finish into an empty net and send them on the way to another league title.
Europa had a couple of chances to perhaps get one goal back, but wasted them, and in truth Lincoln were hungrier, sharper and simply better on the day as they comfortably saw out the 2-0 victory.
Lincoln can now sit back and enjoy their final game vs Mons Calpe, while Europa will need to get over this disappointment before their Gibtelecom Rock Cup final against Gibraltar United.