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Rock Cup final player ratings: Kike wins it for Europa

Europa beat Mons Calpe 2-1 to win the Gibtelecom Rock Cup for a second consecutive time this evening after a Kike brace. 

We were watching the game and rated each players’ performance at the Victoria Stadium. 


Europa

Javi Munoz – 7

Confident on the ball but largely untroubled. 

Ibrahim Ayew – 9

Good industry and overlapping, a very solid all-round game.

Alberto Merino – 8

Kept Pibe relatively quiet in the first half but his pace was too much for the equaliser. 

Martin Belfortti – 7 

Dealt with Rubo well but was caught out for the equaliser. 

Antonio Garcia – 7

Caught out of position for the equaliser – most of Mons attacks came through his side.  

Guillermo Roldan – 8

A constant threat on the wing but his crossing was below par. 

Mustapha Yahaya – 9

Mopped up anything in front of the back four in his role as a defensive midfielder.

Ivan Moya – 8

A few eyebrows raised at his yellow card but was too strong for the opposition midfield. 

Alex Quillo – 7

Didn’t get involved in the game as much as he would have liked and should have scored. 

Mikey Yome – 7

Started well but found it difficult to match the pace of Andre Dos Santos. 

Kike – 9

Showed glimpses of last season’s form, scoring two goals – an all-round great performance.


Mons Calpe 

Mateo Grasso – 6

Didn’t have much to do for large parts of the game but you shouldn’t concede at your near-post. 

Andre Dos Santos – 5

Dealt with Yome & Toni well but his sending off was out of pure frustration.

Federico Villar – 4

Looked lost after failing to stop Kike from scoring the opening goal.

Francisco Zuniga – 7

Great performance and kept Kike quiet for large parts of the game. 

Renan Bernardes – 6

Had a hard time keeping up with Ayew, especially after the first red card. 

Jonathan Di Toro – 5

Struggled with the power of Yahaya & Moya – chasing shadows for the majority of the game. 

Graeme Torrilla – 7

For his first taste of a Cup final at a young age, he can be proud of his performance. 

Manuel Onega – 3

Got given the runaround from Ayew and let his team down when he got sent off at 1-1. 

Facundo Cascio – 6

Looked threatening from set pieces but couldn’t match the physicality of Europa. 

Pibe – 7

His goal gave him & his team-mates a huge rise in confidence but his team never recovered when he went off injured.

Rubo Blanco – 7

Was very quiet in the first half but assisted the equaliser and then tried his best as the lone striker but to no avail.


Photo by C Correa Photography. 

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Europa v Mons Calpe preview: Rock Cup final sees Mons face holders

Mons Calpe face holders Europa in the Gibtelecom Rock Cup final in the Victoria Stadium today (kick-off 6:00pm), looking to secure a Europa League spot. 

Luis Manuel Blanco’s side, who saw off Gibraltar United 5-0 in the semi-final, face champions Europa, who were winners last year under Juanjo Gallardo, beating Lincoln Red Imps. Continue reading

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 25 results

Gibraltar Phoenix 2-0 Manchester 62

(German Cortes Narvaez & Antonio JImenez Ramos) 

Europa 1-2 Lynx 

(Nito; Raul Fernandez, Facundo Pumetti) 

Glacis United 0-3 Gibraltar United 

(Dani Ponce x2, Ayman Elghobashy) 

Mons Calpe 2-4 St Joseph’s 

(Pibe x2; Pedro Munoz, Pedro Martinez, Jose Luis Reyes & Boro) 

Lincoln Red Imps 7-1 Lions 

(Lee Casciaro x2, Pedro Merida x2, Anthony Hernandez, Omar Monterde & George Cabrera; Jayce Consigliero)  Continue reading

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Second Division: the moments that shaped how the title was decided

As Boca lifted the Second Division shield after a 1-1 draw in the title decider vs Brunos, one of the most exciting Second Division title races in recent years drew to a close. With the dust slowly settling, and only the small matter of a playoff between Olympique and either Lynx or Lions to come, we take a look at some of the key moments that helped shape this season’s title race, which at times had up to six teams in with a chance.

Photo (C) William F Gracia

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