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Lincoln end on a high

Lincoln ended their first round of fixtures with a 4-2 victory over St Joseph’s yesterday.

McElwee made three changes to the side that beat Glacis last week with Sunny Omoregie, Jamie Coombes and Ethan Britto being replaced by Kike, Carlos Martinez and Jesus Toscano.

Several injuries meant the former Imps boss Raul Procopio had to make four changes to his team with Domingo Ferrer Lopez, Jamie Serra, Boro and Federico Villar all missing out.

Despite earlier claims for a St Joseph’s penalty, it was Lincoln who took the lead. Fernando Carralero’s well-worked free-kick caught out the Saints defence and Bernardo Lopes was unmarked to head the ball past Jamie Robba after 27 minutes.

All the action was left for the final ten minutes when Lincoln made it 2-0 in the 80th minute when Mustapha Yahaya picked up a loose ball in the box and fired it past Robba which was shortly followed by a red card to St Joseph’s defender Aymen Mouelhi.

Lincoln had thought they put the game to bed five minutes later when Fernando Carralero danced through three defenders in the box and dinked the ball over Robba to make it 3-0.

Two goals in as many minutes saw St Joseph’s bring the score to 3-2 but Lincoln eventually put the game to bed in the 94th minute when Carralero sent Kike through on goal and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Important win for Lincoln as they move up to second, three points behind leaders Europa. For St Joseph’s, this is not the result they would have been hoping for and leaves them in a complicated situation heading into the league split.

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Lynx return to winning ways against Lions

Lynx bounced back from two losses on the spin to record a comfortable 3-0 win against Lions yesterday.

Photo (C) Black and Burst

Ivan Ruiz Pecino and Kadrian Verjaque were replaced by Antonio Cintas and Guillermo Jimenez for Lions, while Lynx handed a start in goal to Bradley Avellano, on loan from Lincoln, while former Lions captain Alberto Caravaca starter against his former club.

In a balanced opening half, both teams traded chances, but it would be a moment of skill from Aritz Hernandez in the box which created the space for the attacker to finish past Borja Valades and open the lead just before the break.

Lynx weren’t done there either, and managed to double their lead moments later. Bauti’s free kick appeared to be touched on by Brad Power and found its way into the net – the goal has been officially credited to Bauti by the officials but either way it meant Lynx turned the game completely on its head going into the break.

Lions were not able to fight back enough in the second half despite a string of subs, and with 15 minutes to go, Alberto Valdivia, in only his second appearance since recovering from a bad injury, ended the game as a contest from close range.

Lynx maintain fourth spot, with a 3 point lead from Mons Calpe who play tomorrow, while Lions will stay in sixth and know they will need to catch up points in the Championship Group if they want to keep their hopes of a Europa Conference League spot alive.

Lineups:

Lions: Valades; Jimenez (Verjaque, 72), Tovar, Bosio (Mkerreff, 46), Breakspear, Cintas, Pomares (Prescott, 63), Peacock, Buhagiar, Cortes, Hastings

Unused Subs: Victor, Rumbo, Bossano-Anes, Gaivizo

Lynx FC: Avellano; Serra (Hanglin, 79), Som (Morente, 68), Power (Parkinson, 79), Caravaca, Hernandez (Valdivia, 60), Espinosa, Valarino, Santos (Parody, 68), Victory, Bauti

Unused Subs: Banda, Gonzalez

Yellow Cards: Tovar, Bosio, Breakspear, Buhagiar, Hastings, Mkerreff; Caravaca

Red Cards: None

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Europa maintain unbeaten record at College’s expense

Liam Walker and new signing Chico Diaz both grabbed braces in Europa’s comfortable 9-0 win over College 1975 yesterday.

Photo (C) Black and Burst

Europa saw Christian Lopez return in goal, while Dylan Borge dropped to the bench, while Adam Gracia, on loan at College from Europa, was not in the squad to face his parent club, presumably part of the terms of his loan deal.

Europa asserted their dominance from the start, scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes. Sergio Sanchez opened the scoring when he headed in off the woodwork from Liam Walker’s corner, and a minute later Adrian Gallardo made it two, also with a header.

After 20 minutes, Alex Quillo extended his sides lead with a very good free kick which left Kaydan Migge with no chance in the College goal. Alejandro Carrascal made it 4-0, heading in from another Walker corner, and it was the Europa captain who made it 5-0 with a thumping effort after the College defence failed to clear their lines.

The second half saw both sides utilise all five of their subs, with Europa using the lead to give minutes to the likes of Mitch Gibson and Blas Alvarez, while College gave 17-year-old keeper Mark Warwick 45 minutes in goal against the league leaders.

On the hour mark, it would be one of the subs, Alvarez, who got on the scoresheet with a finessed effort from outside the box, before new signing Diaz, who was a second half sub himself, grabbed two in two minutes – first heading in from Willy’s cross, before taking advantage of poor defending from College to make it 8-0. Walker wrapped up proceedings with his second goal of the night just over 10 minutes before full time.

Europa stay top and will eagerly await the result of Lincoln v St Joseph’s tomorrow – the loser of that game will be six points behind the current table-toppers, while College move on to the Challenge Group with the hope of picking up results.

Lineups:

Europa: Lopez; Jolley, Ayew, Juampe (Willy, 62), Quillo, Gallardo (Diaz, 62), Walker, Yome (Gibson, 45), Olivero (Borge, 70), Sanchez, Carrascal (Alvarez, 45)

Unused Subs: Munoz, Polaco

College 1975: Migge (Warwick, 45), Hughes, Sanchez, Matto, Victory (Thorne, 65), Ruh Dos Santos, Franco, Parragues (Pacheco, 55), Gallardo (Wahnon, 77), Ruiz (Marin, 65), Molina

Unused Subs: Galan, Parkinson

Yellow Cards: Perez, Ruiz

Red Cards: None

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FG Team of the Week: Matchday 10

Matchday 10 results

  • Europa Point 0-1 Lions Gibraltar (Pecino)
  • Lynx 0-1 Mons Calpe (Power OG)
  • Glacis United 0-3 Lincoln Red Imps (De Barr, Martinez, Kike)
  • St Joseph’s 1-4 Europa (Juanfri, Walker x2, Juanfri OG, Borge)
  • College 1975 0-3 Magpies (Rubo, Casares, Morgan)

Team

  1. Daniel Tudela (Europa Point)
  2. Ethan Santos (Mons Calpe)
  3. Bernardo Lopes (Lincoln)
  4. Job Derksen (Glacis)
  5. Liam Walker (Europa)
  6. Ivan Ruiz Pecino (Lions)
  7. Emanuel Ojeda (Mons Calpe)
  8. Mikey Yome (Europa)
  9. Shay Jones (Magpies)
  10. Dylan Borge (Europa)
  11. Javi Casares (Magpies)
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Yome: “winning that game meant a lot to us”

FG caught up with Mikey Yome to talk about Europa’s win over St Joseph’s, what he hopes to achieve this season and more.

Two penalties and two assists from Liam Walker helped Europa to a 4-1 win over St Joseph’s last week – Mikey reflected on the result, “I think we played very well considering, as a team, we had only trained for a little more than 2 weeks before the game. We all kept in touch during the lockdown training hard and posting videos of our workouts on our WhatsApp group to keep us motivated for this game. We had a game plan and we stuck to it throughout the game.

Yome’s been a regular figure for Europa this season, starting eight of their nine games – we asked Mikey how it feels to be back playing regularly, “It feels good, to be honest. I used last years lockdown to train as much as possible to get back to my best physically and be ready for anything during the season. Luckily, I’ve had no major injury setbacks and the manager as well as my teammates have shown a lot of confidence in me.

The win over Saints leaves Europa three points clear at the top with only College 1975 left to play – we asked how important last week’s win was as Europa head towards the league split, “I won’t sugarcoat it, winning that game meant a lot to us and we knew it would be a massive boost to our title hopes. Once we left that changing room after the game, we were already focusing on our next opponent. We still have one more game against College before the league splits and ultimately we take each game as they come and plan every week without looking onto the next.

Mikey told us what he hopes to achieve this season, “Nothing would make me happier than winning every trophy possible with this team. That’s the goal. We have an incredible group of lads and we deserve it after last season.

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Brad Power own goal hands Mons victory

Mons Calpe secured a top-six finish after Brad Power’s spectacular first-half own goal sealed a 1-0 win over Lynx.

Mons, now level on points with Lynx in fourth, took an 33rd-minute lead when defender Brad Power massively over-hit a back-pass and the ball flew past a helpless Bradley Banda.

Seven minutes later Christian Fraiz denied Lynx forward Aritz Hernandez with a neat stop. Mons went into the break with a 1-0 lead.

Mons Calpe had a goal disallowed for offside near the end of the game but Cesar Vegas’ men were able to hold onto the lead and qualify in the top-six alongside Lions, Lynx, Lincoln, St Joseph’s and Europa.

Lynx take on Lions next Wednesday, a defeat and Mons Calpe beat Manchester 62 would leave them in 4th at the end of round one.


Lineups

Lynx – Banda; Som, Power, Caravaca, Hernandez, Parody (Serra 61), Gonzalez (Santos 61), Onate, Chuky (Valarino 46), Victory, Bauti (Valdivia 72)

Unused subs: Avellano, Ruesca, Morente

Mons Calpe – Fraiz; Dos Santos, E.Santos, Rodriguez, Bernardes (Caballero 53), El Hmidi (N.Santos 77), Ojeda, Ballester, Diaz, Ronco, Mallemaci (Musoni 53)

Unused subs: Montano, Moreno, El Andaloussi, De Los Santos

Yellow cards: Rodriguez, Mallemaci

Red cards: None

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Morgan on target in Magpies win

Rubo, Javi Casares and Kelvin Morgan were all on target for Magpies in a comfortable 3-0 win over College 1975.

Johnny Parrado was hoping for a response from his players after their 4-1 defeat to Mons Calpe earlier in the week and his wishes were answered when Rubo put Magpies ahead after 15 minutes.

Javi Casares doubled Magpies lead from the penalty spot in the 27th minute and put the game beyond reach for College. No further goals in the first half but College were dealt a blow when Stefan Thorne and Jemar Matto were forced off with injuries.

Magpies controlled the game from start to finish and made it 3-0 after 85 minutes when Kelvin Morgan original penalty was poorly taken and saved but the referee ordered for it to be retaken.

Morgan stepped up again with a bit more power behind his shot and hit the post but the 23-year old reacted quickest to tap in the rebound.

Questions will now be raised about this Magpies squad and coaching team on how such a promising season has ended so disappointingly.


Lineups

College 1975 – Oliva; Mendez (Ruiz Lopez 6), Perez, Matto (Parkinson 45), Victory, Franco, Gracia, Marin (Pacheco 64), Thorne (Hughes 45), Gallardo, Molina

Unused subs: Warwick, Rodriguez, Wahnon

Magpies – Zamora; Garcia, Zuniga, Jones, Fernandez, Vinet, Coombes, De Haro (Morgan 58), Bent, Casares (Consigliero 65), Rubo (Parker 74)

Unused subs: Perez, Gallardo, Cataruozzolo, Perez

Yellow cards: Oliva, Franco, Gallardo, Hughes; Bent, Casares, Rubo, Morgan

Red cards: None

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Lions qualify for Championship Group

A second late winner in as many games saw Lions secure their Championship Group place in a 1-0 win over Europa Point yesterday.

Photo (C) Black & Burst

Europa Point saw debuts from the start handed out to Kailan ‘Ping’ Perez, Luke Evans, Louis Parral and Andrew Lopez, with teenagers Kyron McGrail and Ellis Wilson appearing off the bench, while Lions bought Borja Valades back into the starting lineup and started Didi Peacock – between the two sides 13 HGP’s started the fixture.

In a first half of few chances, Lions were the more active of the two sides, with Europa Point keeper Daniel Tudela kept busy by the likes of Peacock and Ivan Ruiz, although Ping, who was playing against his former club, did have a chance to put Europa Point ahead just before the break which he headed wide.

The second half went much the same way as the first, with Tudela pulling off some very good saves to keep the scores level. However, Europa Point had a glorious chance to go ahead just before the hour mark, and despite a brilliant team move, John Stewart squandered the chance to put his side in the lead.

Ruiz was pulling all the string and coming closer with each effort to scoring, including hitting the post in the 87th minute with a free kick, and the former Glacis and Gib Phoenix midfielder would have the final say. After Lions won an 89th minute penalty, the 30-year-old coolly finished with a Panenka penalty to send Lions into the Championship Group with a game to spare. Ping, who had limped off injured with no subs available to replace him, was sent off soon after, and the game drew to a conclusion. Europa Point remain 10th, but will have taken some confidence from the performance of their strengthened team.

Lineups:

Europa Point: Tudela; Ping, Evans (Jac. Webber, 33), Jos. Webber, Hayes, Martinez (Wilson, 65), El Yettefti (McGrail, 67), Parral, Stewart, Lopez, McCarthy

Unused Subs: Garcia, Juel-Saleh, Chiles-Cowell, Torrilla

Lions: Valades; Tovar, Bosio, Breakspear (Prescott, 82), Cintas, Peacock, Buhagiar, Ruiz (Jimenez, 90), Verjaque (Pomares, 45), Cortes, Hastings

Unused Subs: Victor, Rumbo, Gaivizo, Dobinson

Yellow Cards: Ping, Hayes, El Yettefti, Stewart, Lopez, Wilson; Breakspear

Red Cards: Ping

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Glacis pay the penalty in Lincoln defeat

After a goalless first half, Glacis were left to rue two second-half penalties given away in an eventual 3-0 defeat to Lincoln yesterday.

Photo (C) Elton Duarte / Lincoln Red Imps

Glacis saw debuts handed out to Jamie Bosio, Alessandro Borghi (brother of Stefano who left the club for St Joseph’s) and Lython Marquez from the start, while Lincoln welcomed back Lee Casciaro and Roy Chipolina to the starting eleven, with the veteran duo both getting 90 important minutes ahead of the upcoming internationals.

Both teams were dealt a first half blow when Ethan Britto and Salvatore Gallo came off early into the game, replaced by Jesus Toscano and Michele Di Piedi respectively. Otherwise, it was a half where neither keeper was overly tested, and the scores were goalless at the break.

Lincoln found the breakthrough they were looking for just before the hour mark – Julian Brinkman fouled Casciaro in the box and Tjay De Barr, who had been featuring in midfield, stepped up to put Mick McElwee’s side ahead. They then grabbed a second five minutes later as Carlos Martinez, who had just come off the bench, doubled the lead – the perfect start for the former Recreativo winger who signed in February.

While Glacis battled until the end, Lincoln would get the icing on the cake of their victory when they gained a second penalty – this time Kike stepped up and made the final score 3-0. The win keeps Lincoln in third ahead of their game vs second place St Joseph’s next week, while Glacis’ first round is now over and they will be preparing for the Challenge Group which is upcoming, a group they’ll fancy their chances of doing well in.

Lineups:

Glacis: Zappacosta; Smith, N. Castle (Ramos, 80), Derksen, Brinkman, Bosio, Borghi, Witbreuk, Marquez (Currer, 73), Gallo (Di Piedi 28 – Galliano, 80), Londero

Unused Subs: Fluka, Brennan, Kaleba

Lincoln: Chino; Wiseman, Lopes, L. Casciaro, De Barr, R. Chipolina, Omoregie (Kike, 60), Carralero (Ronan, 72), Yahaya, Coombes (Martinez, 60), Britto (Toscano, 8)

Unused Subs: Soler, K. Casciaro, Wall

Yellow Cards: Bosio, Ramos

Red Cards: None

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Liam Walker scores twice to maintain Europa’s unbeaten run

Liam Walker scored twice and assisted twice as Europa maintained their unbeaten run this season with a 4-1 win over St Joseph’s last night.

Walker had Europa after 17 minutes, firing in a penalty after Dylan Borge was fouled. Saints equalised ten minutes later when Juanfri got on the end of Nano’s cross to guide the ball past Jesus Romero.

Europa had a goal disallowed for offside just after the half-hour mark before Saints were dealt a big blow when captain Boro was forced off with an injury.

Stefano Borghi made his St Joseph’s debut in the 65th minute replacing the injured Domingo Ferrer Lopez. Europa regained the lead six minutes later when Liam Walker dispatched another penalty after Mikey Yome was brought down by Jamie Robba – a dubious decision.

Four minutes later and Europa were 3-1 up after Liam Walker’s corner was put into his own net by Juanfri then 17-year old Dylan Borge got his ninth of the season in the 89th minute to put the game to bed at 4-1.


Lineups

St Joseph’s – Robba; Serra (Garro 77), Boro (Juanma 45), Nano, Barnett, Pecci, Juanfri, Villar, Pons, Domingo (Borghi 66), Mouelhi

Unused subs: Hernandez, Rojas, Carrasco, Pishu

Europa – Romero; Jolley, Olmo, Juampe (Quillo 87), Walker, Yome, Olivero, Sanchez, Carrascal (Gallardo 90), Rosa (Polaco 83), Borge (Gibson 90)

Unused subs: Lopez, Alvarez, Diaz

Yellow cards: Robba, Barnett, Villar, Rojas; Sanchez, Borge

Red cards: None