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Europa set to beat Phoenix to signing their former striker Kike

According to Spanish media outlet EuropaSur, Europa look to have won the race to re-sign their former striker Enrique ‘Kike’ Gomez Bernal despite interest from Gibraltar Phoenix.

Balona cleared the way for Kike to rejoin on Wednesday but the deal has not been made public as of yet with both teams yet to agree on terms of his contract.

Kike has only made nine appearances this season, including only two starts, since joining the Albinegros and most recently, Balona’s head coach Jordi Roger said in a press conference “that he did not depend on him for ninety minutes.”

FG understands that Europa activated their buy-back clause which allowed them to fend off interest from Gibraltar Phoenix, a host of Spanish clubs and reportedly Lincoln Red Imps.

Photo – C Correa Photography


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Mons Calpe win inaugural Intermediate Cup

Mons Calpe won the inaugural Intermediate Cup by beating Manchester 62 4-1 courtesy of goals from Kelvin Morgan, Jaron Vinet, Kevagn Robba and Lautaro Fernandez.

Pedro Ezequiel Gonzalez stepped in as Mons Calpe boss for the Intermediate Cup Final and named a strong side including Kevagn Robba, Kevagn Ronco & Lautaro Fernandez.

Kelvin Morgan gave Mons Calpe the lead on his debut, while Jaron Vinet’s well driven shot from outside the box regained his side the lead after Alejandro Valero’s equaliser.

Kevagn Robba made it 3-1 when he dinked the ball over Michael Borge after being setup excellently by Luke Bautista, and Lautaro Fernandez’s header wrapped up the win in the second half.

Both sides started brightly, making some very fiery challenges early on. Mons defenders Juan Sosa & Isaac Vinet did a good job of keeping Toncheff quiet while on the other end, Ethan Santos put in an impressive display.

Morgan, Vinet and Robba put Mons in a good position coming up to half-time and it was nearly four but Kieron Garcia was on hand to clear Bautista’s shot off the line.

Red Devils midfield duo Ignacio Callejon and Alejandro Valero continuously tried to stir up some kind of attacking threat but the support just wasn’t there in the second half.

After Lautaro made it 4-1, Kieron Garcia was in the right place at the right time once again to prevent the Mons winger from bagging his second of the night.

Referee Yaro Borg blew the final whistle with Mons walking away 4-1 winners and with the Intermediate Cup trophy.

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Ronco: I feel that with every game I gain more confidence

We spoke to Mons Calpe & Gibraltar U21 international Kevagn Ronco about his return from long-term injury, life in Premier and much more.

After picking up a serious injury in 2015-16, Kevagn Ronco has drifted off the raider in Gibraltar with the odd appearance for Lincoln Red Imps in their reserve league. We asked how it feels to be back playing football, “After a whole year out due to my injury, it feels great to be back playing football. My goal being to recover fully and properly from my injury. I now feel rejuvenated and I’m determined to make my return to football a success. Leading a healthy lifestyle, keeping physically active and Football has always been crucial to me since a very young age , I must admit It was a difficult period for myself not being able to play football for a whole year. Nevertheless I tried to maintain a positive attitude as I knew I needed to be at my best mentally as well as physically. I continued overall conditioning, alternating forms of low intensity training such as swimming and light weight training. I’d set new goals within every session.”

Since joining Mons Calpe last summer; Kevagn has cemented his spot in the unfamiliar right-back position, the midfielder by trade, has started twelve games so far this season. Ronco reflected on life in Premier – “It took me a couple of matches to get the hang of the speed of the gameplay but I knew that within each full 90 minutes or so on the pitch I would gain progress, especially when I’d be on the starting 11 every game. Having represented Gibraltar abroad for the U19/U21, I could anticipate that a high level of responsibility and duty would be expected at Premier. ”

Kevagn’s performances have been very impressive and was re-called to the Gibraltar national team. We asked him about his goals for the season, “As a player my goal is to progress onto the Gibraltar Senior Team and be able to represent my country abroad at the highest level. Overall I hope to develop further as a player, I feel that with every game I gain more confidence. I give it my all in every single match and training session as a player for Mons Calpe and always push myself to the limit no matter how tough the challenge may be.”

Mons’ win over Phoenix last Monday leaves them eight points off leaders Europa and with teams around them all in action between themselves – we asked how important their next game is against Lions, “I believe it would be equally important to beat Lions as it would be to win any team we play against. It is crucial for us now to not lose any matches. However our current goal would be to win Lions as this will enable us to push higher up on the league and put pressure on the teams above us.”

Photo: Neil Wilson

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Boro: “Our goal is to win the league”

Following St Joseph’s 3-1 win over Lincoln Red Imps last night – we caught up with their striker ‘Boro’ Alegre Delgado as he reflected on the result, his partnership with Juanfri & goals for the season.

Goals from Ferrer, Soler OG and JP Duarte gave Saints a 3-0 lead at half-time and despite Joseph Chipolina pulling one back for Imps on the hour mark, it was not enough. Boro reflected on the team’s performance, “The game was very competitive from the start and I think we were very well organised and tactically brilliant. It was made very clear to us in the beginning what we had to do and we were able to achieve it which was winning the game and of course starting the year unbeaten.” 

Saints have now won four games on the bounce and haven’t lost since the end of October. We asked how important it is to keep up this motivation heading into their new game against Europa, “It is clear that the team is working well. Our goal is to win the league and to do that you have to win the maximum number of matches and points to get it since this is the most competitive league in recent years. That’s why myself and the team are motivated to face not only the next game but all the following matches until we reach the goal. I am sure that the team will give everything in all the remaining matches of the season.”

Boro leads the goalscoring charts with 11 goals and in second is his team-mate Juanfri on 10. We asked how it feels to play alongside someone like him, “Well, it’s true that I marvelous understanding with Juanfri and I believe that we match each other perfectly. For me it is easier and helps me to be more available during the game for the team – all my teammates are great players also and they improve everyone.”

Can St Joseph’s push on now and win the league? Boro replied, “I think we can be champions. St Joseph’s is a family and that helps you win things. We are on the right track and I am sure that we will achieve the goal.”

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Serra: “I knew that it was a tough challenge but I was definitely prepared”

At just 17 years old, Niall Serra has turned a few heads with some eye-catching performances – we spoke to the Glacis defender about life in the Premier Division, captaining Gibraltar U19’s and much more.  

Since coming onto the scene in late October, Niall Serra has made huge steps in his progression and certainly raised a few eyebrows along the way – we asked him how he has found life in the Premier Division, “After training with the premier squad, and being involved in matches and observing from the bench, I knew that it was a tough challenge but I was definitely prepared. After my debut, against Lions I felt a great amount of confidence and faith in myself to push even harder and earn my place. After 6 games now I’ve felt very comfortable and I’ve adapted quickly, the intensity is on another level compared to the intermediate league, however, I’ve found that I’ve asserted my position in the team.”

After losing Dani Guerrero to St Joseph’s – Glacis have struggled to find a good enough partner for Francisco Cano but over the last few games, Niall has shown great maturity and looks to be a real talent for the future. We asked him how he has found playing with the 27-year old, “I have developed great relationships and learned a lot from the players and coaching staff, they’ve surrounded me with nothing but positivity on the pitch. I’m constantly greeted with support on every action I take on and off the field. My footballing ability has undoubtedly increased due to all the experienced players’ remarks and I have only gratitude and appreciation towards them. Being partnered up with Fran Cano has given me the opportunity to witness and learn even further allowing me to play to the best of my ability.”

At 17 years old, Niall was appointed captain for Gibraltar’s recent U19 campaign – we asked him how it felt, “Being named captain of the Gibraltar U19s is such an incredible honour that I will cherish forever. Playing for my country is a feeling like no other, and captaining it is one that words cannot describe. I was given a huge responsibility and I was prepared to give my all for my team and my country and I’ll make sure I fight to keep my place in the next tournament to come. It was undeniably an experience like no other.”

Lastly, Niall gave us an insight into what he hopes to achieve in the future – “In terms of my footballing career, I aim to progress through the ranks of GFA and eventually break into the senior squad and represent my country at the highest level. I have also set a target of continuing to develop as a player and perhaps making my way to the highest rank of football in Gibraltar or perhaps elsewhere. The opportunity to show ones ability in the Gibraltar Premier Division is not very common for locals and the fact that I have been able to do so at such an early age, fighting for my spot has only triggered my desire to get to the top wherever that may be.”

Photo – Neil Wilson. 

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PREMIER DIVISION PLAYER AND MANAGER OF THE MONTH – NOVEMBER 2018

November saw a big gap due to the UEFA Nations League but congratulations to St Joseph’s duo Juanfri Peña Garcia & Raul Procopio on winning the FG Player & Manager of the month respectively. 

Player of the Month – Juanfri Peña Garcia (St Joseph’s) 

After a difficult October, Saints really upped their game in November and spearheading their success was striker Juanfri who scored three goals in three games and just edged his team-mate Boro who finished closely in second. Finishing off the top three is Phoenix defender Ezequiel Rojas Piner who has been instrumental in defence for his side. 

Manager of the Month – Raul Procopio (St Joseph’s)

Procopio can be very happy with his side, scoring nine goals and conceding none – it was very difficult to pick a winner due to the long break but we felt the Saints manager was the deserved winner. Phoenix’s Juan Maria Sanchez finished second with Lincoln’s Manolo Nunez Sanchez in third. 

Photos – C Correa Photography & Neil Wilson. 

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 10 results 

  • FC Boca Juniors 1-1 St Joseph’s (Santos; Boro)
  • Gibraltar Phoenix 2-0 Lynx (Labrador, Trujillo) 
  • Glacis United 1-2 Lincoln Red Imps (Luan; Falu x2) 
  • Lions Gibraltar 1-0 Gibraltar United (Morente)
  • Mons Calpe 1-2 Europa (Carboni; Arana x2) 

GOALKEEPER: Juan Mateo (Lions)

DEFENDER: Carlos Trujillo (Gib Phoenix)

DEFENDER: Niall Serra (Glacis) 

DEFENDER: James Parkinson (Lions)

DEFENDER: Kailan ‘Ping’ Perez (Lions)

DEFENDER: Antonio ‘Nito’ Jimenez Ramos (Gib Phoenix)

MIDFIELDER: Mustapha Yahaya (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Nathan Santos (Boca)

MIDFIELDER: Manuel Arana (Europa)

STRIKER: Salvador ‘Boro’ Delgado (St Joseph’s) 

STRIKER: Rafael ‘Falu’ Aranda (Lincoln)