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Premier Division: Team of the Week

  • Matchday 26 results
  • St Joseph’s 3-0 Gibraltar Phoenix (Duarte, Juanfri, Boro)
  • FC Boca Juniors 0-7 Lions (Caravaca x3, Cantelmi, Funes, Parral, Buhagiar)
  • Lincoln Red Imps 2-0 Europa (R.Chipolina, Kike)
  • Lynx 2-1 Mons Calpe (Sekou, Valdivia; Incorvaia)
  • Gibraltar United 2-0 Glacis United (Zapata, Antona)

GOALKEEPER: Alejandro Caro (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Courtney Lewis (Glacis)

DEFENDER: Nicolas Marquez (Gib Utd)

DEFENDER: Olmo Gonzalez (Europa)

DEFENDER: Jared Buhagiar (Lions)

MIDFIELDER: Borja Gil (Lincoln)

MIDFIELDER: David Gomez Prieto (Gib Utd)

STRIKER: Javier Cantelmi (Lions)

STRIKER: Hector Figueroa (Lincoln)

STRIKER: Alberto Caravaca (Lions)

STRIKER: John Paul Duarte (St Joseph’s)

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Yahaya: “We are not satisfied as a team”

We caught up with Europa midfielder Mustapha Yahaya to get his reaction to yesterday’s defeat to Lincoln, the Gibtelecom Rock Cup and more.

Yahaya reflected on Europa’s 2-0 defeat to Lincoln yesterday, “Yesterday was much of a disappointment for us but not just for losing the league or the game to Lincoln but because we didn’t play to our standard. We came on the field for a win but things didn’t go as we planned and the day became one of those bad days in football.”

Defeat to Lincoln meant the Imps would clinch the Premier Division shield, Yahaya gave his view on how Europa’s season has gone – “Losing to Lincoln yesterday makes them champions but our season so far , personally, has not been a failure considering all the obstacles. Not many can face what we have been through and keep to the standard we have but it’s not to deny the fact that we wanted to win the league and we were up there for it until the very end. For sure we are not satisfied as a team and family because we always want more and demand more but we are proud. Our next focus is to have Rock up and get results in Europe.”

After their final game against Boca next week, all eyes turn to the Gibtelecom Rock Cup final against Gibraltar United – we asked about the importance of the Cup after missing out on the league, “Every title is important regardless of losing or winning the league. Europa FC is going to do everything to win the Rock Cup and make it a second title this season.”

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Lincoln and Europa battle for Premier Division title

Gibraltar football’s top two collide on Saturday night, with Lincoln hoping to retain the Premier Division shield – but rivals Europa stand in their way in what would most likely be a title decider.

Reigning champions Lincoln have a two point lead in the table heading into Saturday’s game and have scored eleven more goals than their opponents Europa.

Even though both teams will be desperate for a win, drawing could be a risk that Lincoln may not want to take. Depending on results elsewhere, Mons Calpe, who face Lincoln on the final day, could still be in with a chance of qualifying for the Europa League, while Europa take on FC Boca Juniors.

Since taking over in mid-December, Victor Afonso has recorded eight straight wins, since a draw against Europa on the 16th February, and will be hoping to continue the run this Saturday.

Joseph Chipolina is one player which Victor will be hoping is fully fit. Lincoln’s top goalscorer this season hasn’t featured since scoring in their 3-0 win over Gibraltar Phoenix on the 8th March, while Lolo Soler will be expected to return between the sticks with Jaylan Hankins moving to the bench despite a very successful couple of months.

Their opponents Europa have also been on an excellent run of form; you need to date back to the 25th of November 2018 for their last defeat and it was against none other than Lincoln.

After losing five of arguably their best players and their manager in the betting scandal, Europa have still managed to turn their season into a positive one with a title decider on Saturday and facing Gibraltar United in the Gibtelecom Rock Cup final.

They needed players to step up and it would be their locals players which would steer the ship to Christmas. The club would go on to sign five players in January and announce a new coach in Rafael Escobar in February.

Escobar waltzed into Gibraltar football with a debut win over Lincoln in the Rock Cup and since then has gone undefeated with ten wins and two draws. Javi Munoz will be expected to return as Europa’s number one with Coleing making his way to the bench, who just like Hankins, has had a very successful couple of months.

We, just like everyone else, hope that Saturday’s game can live up the hype and provide the fans with a great spectacle. Entrance to the match is free, and if you can’t make it to the Victoria Stadium, you can follow it live on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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Chipolina: “The team is feeling confident”

We spoke to Lincoln captain Roy Chipolina about his sides league campaign, Tjay De Barr and more.

Lincoln go into Saturday’s game two points clear of their opponents Europa with two games remaining. Roy reflects on his sides campaign so far, “We have had our ups and downs this season. Starting in our European campaign, I felt we were unlucky not to progress in both our Champions league and Europa league ties but that’s football. Investment was made in strengthening our squad but the chopping and changing of managers hasn’t helped in settling and gelling what has been a new look Lincoln side. At Lincoln, standards and expectations are very high and though we have had some excellent results we have had some disappointing ones too. Since Victor took over just before Christmas I do feel the team has been progressing well and is looking the best it has been all season which is perfect timing as we will need to be at our very best if we are to come away with a victory on Saturday.”

We asked the Lincoln captain how his side are feeling going into Saturday’s title decider, “The team is feeling confident. I believe recently we have seen this on the field with some very good performances such as our recent wins versus St Joseph’s and Gibraltar United. We know Europa is a fantastic team and there are very fine margins between us, as recent results suggest. We are ready and are very much looking forward to Saturday’s battle with only one thing on our mind and that is to win and retain our title.”

One player Roy will have to keep an eye out on is in-form Tjay De Barr who he knows very well from club and country. We asked Roy what he has made of the newly appointed Europa captain’s season, “What can i say about Tjay that hasn’t been said already? Apart from being a great lad, he is a fantastic player with so much potential. He has had a great season and even at his tender age has been mature enough to carry the responsibility of being such an important and reliable player for Europa and the national team. Nothing seems to faze him. With his explosive power and pace he will be a real danger.”

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

  • Matchday 25
  • Glacis United 0-1 St Joseph’s (Juanfri)
  • Europa 5-0 Lynx (Arroyo x3, Dimas, De Barr)
  • Mons Calpe 5-2 Gibraltar United (Carboni x3, Fernandez, Trecco; Mouelhi, Nait)
  • Lincoln 10-0 FC Boca (Figueroa x3, Cabrera x2, Oli x2, Peacock x2, OG)
  • Phoenix 1-0 Lions (Labra)

GOALKEEPER: Francisco Pichardo (Lions)

DEFENDER: Alvaro ‘Oli’ (Lincoln)

DEFENDER: Cristian Pecci (St Joseph’s)

DEFENDER: Antonio Jimenez (Phoenix)

MIDFIELDER: Lautaro Fernandez (Mons Calpe)

MIDFIELDER: Nacho Fernandez (Glacis)

MIDFIELDER: Liam Walker (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Urko Arroyo (Europa)

STRIKER: Leonardo Carboni (Mons Calpe)

STRIKER: George Cabrera (Lincoln)

STRIKER: Hector Figueroa (Lincoln)

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Premier Division Player and Manager of the Month – April 2019

As Lincoln managed to grow a two point lead over Europa in the title race, the current league leaders have won both the Football Gibraltar Player of the Month and Manager of the Month awards for April

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Player of the Month – Sergio Molina Rivero (Lincoln Red Imps)

Lincoln, as mentioned above, are now two points clear in the title race with just three games to go, and key to their 100% record last month was Sergio Molina really stepping up for his side and adding yet another goalscoring threat to Lincoln’s potent attack force. The ex-Balona man scored twice, including a world class free kick vs Lynx, and has now made himself an integral part of the first eleven, having played the full 90 in five of his last six matches.

Closely behind him this month in second place was his teammate, Marcos Perez, who has arguably gone under the radar with his performances and his part in helping Lincoln towards a potential league title, while Europa’s Tjay De Barr, who was instrumental in wins vs Lions and St Joseph’s, but couldn’t repeat the feat against Gib United, is third in this months award – all three will no doubt be very important in the title race.

Manager of the Month – Victor Manuel Afonso Mateo (Lincoln Red Imps)

The only manager with a 100% record last month, Afonso has kept his Lincoln side both fresh and consistent, no mean feat considering we are in the business end of the season, and he should be credited for that. The win vs Lions may have been expected, but Lincoln still had to navigate what were potentially tricky matches vs Gib United and Lynx – something they managed successfully to put themselves in pole position ahead of next weekend’s potential title decider vs Europa.

Perhaps unlucky to finish second is Glacis manager Jesus Napolitano, who managed to steer his side to two wins and a creditable draw vs Phoenix in April – ending a run of six straight defeats from the start of February to the end of March. Napolitano has seemingly steadied the Glacis ship for now – Europa manager Rafael Escobar finishes third this month in this award.

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

  • Matchday 24 results
  • FC Boca Juniors 0-8 Gibraltar Phoenix
  • Lynx 1-4 Lincoln Red Imps
  • Lions 1-2 Glacis United
  • St Joseph’s 1-1 Mons Calpe
  • Gibraltar United 1-1 Europa

GOALKEEPER: Javi Munoz (Europa)

DEFENDER: Jean Carlos Garcia (Phoenix)

DEFENDER: Samuel Fernandez (St Joseph’s)

DEFENDER: Aymen Mouelhi (Gib Utd)

DEFENDER: Jamie Bosio (Lions)

DEFENDER: Miguel Londero (Mons Calpe)

MIDFIELDER: Alan Parker (Glacis)

MIDFIELDER: Jayce Consigliero (Phoenix)

MIDFIELDER: Nacho Fernandez (Glacis)

MIDFIELDER: Sergio Molina (Lincoln)

STRIKER: Enrique ‘Kike’ Gomez Bernal (Lincoln)

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 23 results

  • Glacis United 1-1 Gibraltar Phoenix (Novello; Segura)
  • Mons Calpe 6-0 Lions Gibraltar (Pibe x3, Morgan, Di Toro, Trecco)
  • Europa 2-0 St Joseph’s (Dimas, De Barr)
  • Lynx 1-0 Boca (Ruesca)
  • Lincoln Red Imps 2-0 Gibraltar United (Figueroa, Del Rio)

GOALKEEPER: Jamie Robba (St Joseph’s)

DEFENDER: Ibrahim Ayew (Europa)

DEFENDER: Mario Ruesca Torres (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Olmo Gonzalez (Europa)

DEFENDER: Bernardo Lopes (Lincoln)

DEFENDER: Alain Pons (Lincoln)

MIDFIELDER: David Gomez Prieto (Gibraltar United)

MIDFIELDER: Raul Segura (Gibraltar Phoenix)

MIDFIELDER: Nahuel Pereyra (Mons Calpe)

STRIKER: Juan Pablo ‘Pibe’ Pereira (Mons Calpe)

STRIKER: Gabriele Novello (Glacis)