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Zuniga: “It is going to be a hard game as they also want the Rock Cup like us”

We spoke to Mons Calpe defender Francisco Zuniga about beating St Joseph’s, drawing Gibraltar United in the Gibtelecom Rock Cup semi-final again and his sides season so far.

Zuniga scored the opening goal in Mons Calpe’s 4-1 win over St Joseph’s in the Gibtelecom Rock Cup quarter-final, we asked how he felt the team played, “It was a great game for me, to score and the team, to win. We knew from the beginning that it was going to be a tough game, I think we performed well and made the most of our opportunities.”

A repeat of last season’s semi-final draw sees Mons Calpe take on Gibraltar United – Pako reacted to the draw by saying, “It is going to be a hard game as they also want the Rock Cup like us. We have played them several times and they’ve always been a tough opponent so I think it’s going to be very interesting.”

Mons Calpe currently sit fourth in the Premier Division table, nine points behind St Joseph’s in third and level with Gibraltar Phoenix in fifth. Zuniga reflected on his sides season so far, “We lost some important points at the beginning of the season that we need now. Apart from that, I think we have had a good season but I feel we could have made it better.”

Lastly, Pako commented on whether he feels there’s added pressure on Mons Calpe to win the Rock Cup – he replied, “I don’t think that we have added pressure to win the Cup. Our goal is to finish in third place at least and I’m calm because I know the kind of players that I play with.”

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Labra: “There is no pressure”

We spoke to Phoenix striker Juanma Labrador about the Rock Cup win over Lions, drawing Europa in the semi-final and more.

Labra scored two goals in Phoenix’s 4-0 Gibtelecom Rock Cup quarter-final win over Lions last Wednesday. We asked how he felt the team played, “The team played very well, was focused and it was great to score two goals.”

We asked how Labra felt after Phoenix were pitted against Europa in the semi-final “I feel very motivated and eager to play the game.”

Labra joined Phoenix in the summer from Los Barrios, we asked the 23-year old how he has found his first season in GIbraltar – “I didn’t know the league very well before joining but there are many competitive teams and I’m happy to have scored nine goals so far in my first year.”

Phoenix currently sit fifth, nine points behind St Joseph’s in third and level with Mons in fourth. With only seven games remaining, we asked if there’s a lot of pressure on his side to win the Rock Cup, “There is no pressure. We have to do our job and try to win every game from now until the end of the season. We might be 9 points behind St Joseph’s but there’s still a lot of time left.

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 20 results

  • Glacis United 1-6 Europa (Maxime; Arroyo x2, Arana, Dimas, Walker, Iddrisu)
  • Gibraltar Phoenix 0-3 Lincoln Red Imps (Molina, J.Chipolina, Cabrera)
  • FC Boca Juniors 0-5 Mons Calpe (Carboni x3, Trecco, Morgan)
  • St Joseph’s 2-1 Gibraltar United (Boro, Juanfri; Chico Rubio)
  • Lions GIbraltar 0-3 Lynx (Gonzalez Garcia, Valdivia, Badr)

GOALKEEPER: Jaylan Hankins (Lincoln)

DEFENDER: Ibrahim Ayew (Europa)

DEFENDER: Brad Power (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Miguel Londero (Mons Calpe)

MIDFIELDER: Kamran Ahmed Tariq (Lynx)

MIDFIELDER: Anthony Hernandez (Lincoln)

MIDFIELDER: Manuel Arana (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Urko Arroyo (Europa)

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

STRIKER: Leonardo Carboni (Mons Calpe)

STRIKER: Chico Rubio (Gibraltar United)

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Gibtelecom Rock Cup Quarter Final: Predictions

The Gibtelecom Rock Cup quarter-finals kicks off tomorrow and here are our predictions.

Gibraltar United vs FC Olympique (Tuesday 12th March – 18:15)

After losing to St Joseph’s last weekend, Gib Utd’s only possible chance of getting into Europe would be winning this year’s Rock Cup. Olympique were unlucky in the final of the Second Division Cup, losing 2-1 to Magpies but with match fitness playing a major factor in their defeat then you’d expect the same to happen again.

Prediction: Gibraltar United win.

St Joseph’s vs Mons Calpe (Tuesday 12th March – 20:30)

A tasty fixture indeed, Saints flying while Mons’ victory over Boca would be a good confidence booster after a poor run of results. Mons have won three of their last five meeting against Saints but with Boro & Juanfri scoring 36 goals between them, you just feel that they’ll play a big part tomorrow night.

Prediction: St Joseph’s win.

Gibraltar Phoenix vs Lions Gibraltar (Wednesday 13th March – 18:15)

Like Gibraltar United, Phoenix’s defeat to Lincoln last weekend leaves them with winning the Rock Cup as their only chance of qualifying into Europe. You would expect Labra and co to sweep aside Lions and progress.

Prediction: Gibraltar Phoenix win.

Brunos Magpies vs Europa (Wednesday 13th March – 20:30)

In an interview with FG, Matheus Assumpcao spoke about how he wished to test himself against Europa and two days later, Magpies’ star-man got his wish. After going unbeaten in the Second Division and winning the Second Division Cup, Europa will be their biggest task this season. We’d be expecting a professional display from the holders as they can’t afford to switch off against Assumpcao, Wyatt and Cuesta.

Prediction: Europa win.

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Campus De Futbol on 2nd to 12th July of July

“El IV Campus De Futbol – Campo De Gibraltar” will be taking place from the 2nd to the 12th of July with Juan Jose Bezares. The two main venues to catch them will be in La Unión and Polideportivo Pueblo of Guadiaro.

Qualified coaches and their assistants will carry out specific sessions which are all designed so children can learn and enjoy the most of everything related to football.

You can also try beach football in Torreguadiaro Beach or head over to Trocadero Sotogrande as there will be other aquatic sports going on – you can even learn Kick-Boxing.

An Unforgettable Campus in unbeatable facilities – don’t miss out!

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 19 results

  • St Joseph’s 10-1 FC Boca Juniors (Cornejo x2, Juanfri x3, Boro x2, Reyes x2)
  • Europa 4-3 Mons Calpe (Walker, De Barr, Arana, Quillo; Londero, Pibe x2)
  • Lynx 1-2 Gibraltar Phoenix (Badr; JC Garcia, Consigliero)
  • Lincoln Red Imps 2-1 Glacis United (Falu, J.Chipolina; N.Serra)
  • Gibraltar United 4-1 Lions Gibraltar (Zapata x2, Mouelhi, Rubio; Lopez Luque)

GOALKEEPER: Victor Martin Fernandez (Glacis)

DEFENDER: Hector Antona (Gib Utd)

DEFENDER: Samuel Vermeeren (Glacis)

DEFENDER: Jean Carlos Garcia (Phoenix)

MIDFIELDER: Tjay De Barr (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Liam Walker (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Jose Antonio ‘Chico Rubio’ Quiros (Gib Utd)

MIDFIELDER: Mohamed Badr (Lynx)

STRIKER: Jose Luis Reyes (St Joseph’s)

STRIKER: Rafael ‘Falu’ Aranda (Lincoln)

STRIKER: Juanfri García Peña (St Joseph’s)

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Finnlay Wyatt’s winner seals Second Division Cup triumph

Finnlay Wyatt and Ross Gray scored in the second half to win the Second Division Cup as Brunos Magpies came from behind to beat Olympique 2-1.

Magpies had a major let-off early on as Angel Rojo Laguna found himself through on goal and instead of squaring the ball to his team-mate, took the shot on and missed.

Olympique kept pushing and broke the deadlock with 13 minutes played as Alejandro ‘Carenote’ Gonzalez Espinosa intercepted a poor back-pass, ran on goal and slotted the ball past Ryan MacArthur – his 14th goal of the tournament.

Carlos Gonzalez Espinosa was called into action just before the half time whistle, to keep out Brunos Magpies’ attacker Alexander Dimitriu’s effort on goal – Olympique went into the break leading 1-0.

After getting off to a slow second half, Magpies equalised on the 70th minute and it was their captain Ross Gray getting on the end of a cross to score.

With about 85 minutes gone, Magpies took the lead as Finnlay Wyatt fired in at the second attempt from inside the box. After withstanding the final few minutes, Magpies saw out the game 2-1 and were crowned Champions of the Second Division Cup.

Photo: Joel Orme.

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Ferro: “We set our minds out to win this game and we did”

After Lions Women’s win over Lincoln Women, we spoke to Kayleigh Ferro about her Rock Cup triumph, scoring four goals in the final and much more.

Lions beat Lincoln 6-0 to clinch this season’s Rock Cup, we asked Kayleigh how she felt the team played – “I think we all played well, we set our minds out to win this game and we did.”

Not only did Kayleigh win the Rock Cup with her team, she was also announced as the Player’s Player of the Season – we asked how it felt winning both accolades, “Its overwhelming to win the Rock Cup and Player’s Player. I think i’ve worked hard for the award and my team have worked hard for the Cup.”

A couple of weeks ago, Lincoln beat Lions on the final day of the season to win the Women’s Football League. Kayleigh reflected on how she felt the campaign went – “I feel that my team worked very hard and deserved to win the league but football is unfair. Well done to Lincoln though for winning it.”

At just 17 years old and plenty of years to improve – we asked what her goals for the future are, “My goals are to do well in future competitions with my team and the national squad. Also to win next years League & Cup and overall improve as a player.”

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FG partner up with DRN Sports Management

In association with Terrence Jolley, we are pleased to announce our partnership with DRN Sports director Kiko Rodriguez.

Who are DRN Sports Management?

DRN Sports Management is a sports management company with a difference. Created by the father of a Premier League player, a professional footballer and qualified lawyers, DRN Sports aims to work with players, their families and clubs in an open and transparent way.

What will he be doing?

Kiko will be holding a number of meetings and a private seminar during his three day stay which will include:

  • Talk about his company, how they look after the player and their interests.
  • Why he became an agent
  • How he works with the families
  • Not to promise or give hope to a player just to get them signed up.

and much more.

What does this mean?

FG and Terrence Jolley will be working together closely to source out the best young players which Gibraltar has to offer and create a pathway with Kiko to help them make it as a professional footballer.

Big thanks to Steven Brown who played a part in this partnership also.

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 18 results

  • Lynx 2-1 Glacis United (Valdivia, Power; Ferrer)
  • Gibraltar United 1-1 Gibraltar Phoenix (Negrette; Labrador)
  • FC Boca Juniors 0-9 Europa (Arana x2, De Barr x2, Yome x2, Ayew, Dimas, Urko)
  • St Joseph’s 3-1 Lions Gibraltar (Juanfri x2, Boro; Bado)
  • Lincoln 3-1 Mons Calpe (Rodriguez, L.Casciaro, Kike; Torrilla)

GOALKEEPER: Victor Martin Fernandez (Glacis)

DEFENDER: Juan Gabriel ‘Chuky’ Gonzalez (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Bernardo Lopes (Lincoln)

DEFENDER: Ezequiel Rojas (Phoenix)

DEFENDER: Samuel Fernandez (St Joseph’s)

MIDFIELDER: Federico Cataruozzolo (Lynx)

MIDFIELDER: Manuel Arana (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Guido Ratto (Gib Utd)

STRIKER: Javi Cantelmi (Lions)

STRIKER: Tjay De Barr (Europa)

STRIKER: Juanfri García Peña (St Joseph’s)