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The Second Division starts today, and with it shaping up to be a very competitive league as teams push for the Premier Division, we take a look at the nine teams in the division for 2017/18.
We’ll look at the nine teams, how they’ve done over the summer and try to predict where they may finish this season.
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Opening Second Division Fixtures
The fixture of the week could arguably be the very first one as last season’s runners up Brunos Magpies take on relegated Europa Point tonight.
Thursday sees Cannons and Hound Dogs face off before one of the overhauled teams, Leo, take on a Boca team who look much stronger on paper.
Finally, Olympique get their season underway on Sunday and with a team boasting Gibraltar internationals of recent seasons, they’ll be favourites against College 1975
Angels have a bye week due to the fact there’s nine teams in the league and wait until October 7th to start their season, against Magpies.
A nightmare season after being relegated from the Premier saw Angels come 8th last season, and losing manager Lewis Fraser will be a big issue for the team this time out. A year on, we see the team doing better but with so much competition around them in the league, a mid-table finish is likely – still an improvement on last season and they may be a nuisance to the teams above them.
Quitely, and without too much fanfare, Boca have improved their team a fair bit in the summer, with signings such as Liam Clarke and Estiven likely to prove key in their battle this season. They managed a third place finish last season and pushed Brunos for most of the season – we can see them repeating that feat this time out and who knows, maybe even sneak into second if they win key games against the likes of Magpies and Olympique. If their team is as good as their social media updates, they’ll be ones to watch this year.
The once-whipping boys of the league, Cannons have become a much better team in recent seasons. They’ve strengthened in the summer but they may find it half to replicate their 4th place finish of last season which was arguably a massive over-achievement for the team. 7th may be a little harsh and they could just as easily finish 5th if one or two games go their way over the course of the season against teams around them.
College 1975 (8th)
College improved last season after a largely shambolic start to their career as a club, however very little is known about what the club have done over the summer, and as such our prediction of 8th may turn out to look foolish after a couple of games. It doesn’t seem likely they’ll have strengthened enough compared to the other teams in the league.
Europa Point (6th)
It is far from easy for teams who have been relegated to go straight back up, and Europa Point enter the second division knowing they’ve a massive battle on their hand to do just that. Key for them is keeping the core of a team together for the whole season, but ultimately we feel they’ll come up short when it matters, especially as any key players in the first half of the season will likely leave as per the club’s ‘stepping stone’ policy.
Hound Dogs (9th)
While their commitment to develop local talent can only be applauded, it may not get them very far in the league this season, and unfortunately for Hound Dogs we feel they’ll come bottom in what will be a highly competitive league. Should some of their youngsters shine though, expect Hound Dogs to upset a few teams along the way especially later in the season.
They were arguably unlucky not to win their playoff match vs Manchester last season, but Magpies have to settle for another crack at going up. Another team doing a lot off the pitch to improve themselves, they have built a good team in the summer and it will be interesting to see who starts for them against Europa Point.
In David Wilson they have one of the best managers across both divisions, and much like Olympique they have a strong core of locals making up their team. Expect them to push Olympique all the way but just finish second – we do expect them to be playing Premier Division football next season whether they finish second or first.
Another team who had a major overhaul in the summer, Leo hired former Spain striker Catanha to manage them in the summer – his first job in management after retiring from football as a player. They’ve bought in a number of players too, largely from the Campo region, utilising the contacts their manager no doubt has.
Our prediction of fourth takes into account the team largely staying together all season – as is often the case teams can fall apart during the season and Leo must avoid that at all costs or else they’ll find themselves in bother pretty quickly.
Our favourites to win the league, Olympique have transformed spectacularly both on and off the pitch in the summer, with new investor Sunday Adeleye helping the team get in the likes of Jordan Perez and Robert Montovio who have both played for Gibraltar; Perez notably was Gibraltar’s first-choice keeper and has experience playing against teams such as Germany and Poland.
They also appointed Lewis Fraser as manager, and off the pitch they are arguably as good as any team at the moment in the division. Big things are expected of Olympique.
With the start of the new Premier Division kicking off today, we have got you covered with everything you need to know ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
From team previews to our league views and analysis of the summer signings, there’s plenty to get stuck into before St Joseph’s face Manchester 62.
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Lincoln beat Europa 3-1 on penalties to win the Pepe Reyes Cup but how did both sets of players fare this evening?
Tjay De Barr scored the winning penalty as goalkeeping heroics from Imps keeper Lolo Soler saved three of Europa’s four penalties.
After the game, we gave our assessment of each player who featured.. Continue reading
Lincoln keeper Lolo Soler made three saves in a dramatic penalty shootout as last season’s runners up beat Europa FC 3-1 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in 120 minutes.
Football is finally back on the Rock with Lincoln Red Imps taking on holders Europa in the traditional “curtain-raiser” which is the Pepe Reyes Cup.
The Imps will be hoping to put last season behind them and win the first piece of silverware and take an added boost over their title rivals Europa. Following Yeray Blasco‘s departure to Olímpic Xàtiva, we expect Anthony Hernandez to start after a good performance in the Europa League and strike up a good midfield partnership with Antonio Calderon & Dieguito.
Despite their best efforts to sign Pibe on a permanent deal from Mons Calpe, which ultimately failed, Imps did manage to bring in Falu Arenda from CD El Palo who has had a good preseason while he fills in for George Cabrera, who is still returning from an injury he picked up last season.
This is newly appointed Europa manager Jonathan Parrado‘s first competitive game in charge and he’ll be hoping to get onto the right foot as he tries to replicate the success Juanjo Gallardo has last season. Parrado isn’t the only one who will be feeling the pressure on Sunday; new signing Jorge Pina Roldán has been given the task of playing as much of a vital role as Liam Walker did last season, something which won’t be easy.
Walker’s departure also frees up a HGP position on the pitch which will be battled between Sykes Garro and new signings Mikey Yome & Ethan Jolley with George Wink still recovering from a long-term injury. That will also be an interesting battle to see who starts.
The Pepe Reyes Cup gets underway this Sunday and kicks off at 19:00 with live coverage on our Twitter accounts.
After a long and busy summer, the opening day fixtures for the Premier & Second Division have been announced. Continue reading