Two goals from teenage striker Dylan Borge saw Europa beat Lynx 3-1 at a chilly Victoria Stadium last night.
Photo (C) David Roberts
Europa handed a start to Borge, in place of Mikey Yome in the Europa attack, while for Lynx Aidan Serra started at right-back and Jesse Victory dropped down to the bench.
Early in the first half, Juampe had a couple of decent chances to go ahead but was unable to take them, while in the windy conditions, Lynx were enjoying a level of success in playing the ball long and testing the somewhat make-shift centre-back partnership of midfielder David Polaco and full-back Ethan Jolley.
However, it was Polaco who should have put Europa ahead – after a deflected shot found him mere yards from goal, he somehow conspired to put the ball wide of goal and leave the scores goalless. It would mean little in the end, as minutes later Lynx handed an opener to Europa.
Bradley Banda played a short goal-kick to Soumaila Konare, despite the clear presence of both Borge, as well as Liam Walker – the Malian’s touch was poor and allowed Walker to rob the ball, which eventually saw Borge bundle the ball over the line despite Banda’s best attempts.
If the first goal was a gift, the second, just before half-time, was well-earned by Europa. After catching Lynx on the counter using the pace of Borge, his pass to Walker may have been slightly behind the Europa captain, however he was able to set up Willy to score the second of the game, and given Rafael Escobar, who had been noticeably unhappy with his team at times in the half, a slightly easier half-time team talk.
After a good double-save by Banda early in the second half, Europa wouldn’t have to wait too long to make it 3-0. Walker, who ended up with a hat-trick of assists, had a shot on goal, but Borge was clever enough to stick a foot out and divert it the other direction, leaving Banda completely unable to stop the effort going in. Immediately though, Lynx went up the other end and got one back through Dylan Hernandez – more concern for Europa saw Ibrahim Ayew limp off immediately after the goal, with Yome filling in as a make-shift right-back for the remainder of the game.
Lynx showed glimpses of being able to get back in the game, but Europa did waste countless chances to finally kill the match off, and in the end the game ended up 3-1. Europa go top, at least until St Joseph’s and Lincoln’s matches on Sunday, while Lynx remain fourth and won’t go any further down than that by the end of matchday 7.
Europa: Lopez; Jolley, Ayew (Yome, 59), Alvarez (Quillo, 77), Juampe, Walker, Olivero, Carrascal, Borge (Gallardo, 65), Polaco, Willy (Gibson, 77)
Unused Subs: Munoz, Moreno, Poku
Lynx: Banda; Serra, Power, Konare (Morente, 55), D. Hernandez, A. Hernandez, Parody (Ruiz, 69), Gonzalez (Torres, 79), Espinosa, Chuky (Huart, 79), Bauti
Unused Subs: Plantone, Damia, Victory
Yellow Cards: Alvarez; Konare, Parody, Chuky
Red Cards: None