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Serralvo brace helps Europa Point beat College 1975

Two goals from Alejandro Serralvo Gomez helped Europa Point beat 9-man College 1975 3-1 this afternoon.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Both teams went into today’s game with zero points on the board, and the game promised to be a tense affair. However, College 1975 took the lead after just five minutes, when Luis Manuel Gallardo Monje opened the scoring for his side.

Europa Point bounced back though, and they equalised after 28 minutes. John Stewart crossed in a chance for Serralvo Gomez, who managed to equalise for his side. Europa Point had two further chances to go ahead but the scores were level at the break.

The second half was unsurprisingly a tough affair, but College took things too far and earned themselves two red cards to Antonio Sanchez and Javier Cervino, which made their battle for points ultimately too hard – Europa Point manager Steve Cummings also saw red with the officials very busy in this basement match.

Europa Point would go on to secure all three points though – Dayan Torrilla would put his side away on a counter after 71 minutes, and eight minutes from time, Serralvo wrapped up all three points with a free kick. Europa Point stay 10th, and College remain on the bottom with zero points.

Lineups:

College 1975: Migge; Hughes, Matto, Pacheco, Ruh Dos Santos, Franco, Parragues, Urenda (Cervino, 24), Gallardo, Ruiz (Sanchez, 10), Gingell (Marrache, 60)

Unused Subs: Warwick, Jeffries

Europa Point: Tudela; Josef Webber (Jacob Webber, 62), Pomares (Martinez, 71), Serralvo, Bado, Torrilla, El Yettefti, Arjona, Stewart (Adams, 83), McCarthy, Chiles-Cowell

Unused Subs: Avellano, Brennan, Chrayeh

Yellow Cards: Hughes, Pacheco, Gallardo; Josef Webber, Bado, Stewart, McCarthy

Red Cards: Sanchez, Cervino

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Angel Guirado nets four goals as Saints romp to victory

Angel Guirado netted four goals in St Joseph’s 13-1 win over College 1975.


St Joseph’s saw Jamie Robba return in goal for them, while Jonathan Gingell was a starter for College 1975 this afternoon.

The game was a no-contest on paper, and proved to be so on the pitch. Angel Guirado notched his first after four minutes, followed by second on the 19th minute. Carlos Carrasco and a Juanfri penalty made it 4-0 on 26 minutes, then moments later Sykes Garro got Saints fifth.

After Juanfri got his second, College did get one back through Cristian Pacheco after 38 minutes, but it proved to be in vain. 6-1 up at the break, Saints would not relent, and two further goals from Guirado, a hat-trick from second half sub Boro, and further strikes from Garro and Kenneth Chipolina meant Saints racked up a 13-1 victory in a very one-sided contest.

Lineups

St Joseph’s – Robba; Chipolina, Rojas, Carrasco, Garro (Cano, 59), Guirado, Barnett (Serra, 45), Loren, Juanfri (Pishu, 45) , Ferrer (Boro, 45), Mouelhi (Pons, 59)

Unused subs: Pecci, Villar

College 1975 – Warwick (Migge, 45); Sanchez, Field, Matto, Pacheco (Ruh, 59), Franco, Rodriguez (Galan, 65), Urenda, Gallardo, Ruiz, Gingell (Negrette, 65)

Unused subs: Callejon

Yellow cards – Matto

Red cards – Field

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Wessel Witbreuk nets brace in Glacis win

Wessel Witbreuk netted a brace as Glacis beat College 1975 5-1 last night.

Kaydan Migge replacing Mark Warwick between the sticks is one of three changes College made from the side which lost to Manchester 62 while Glacis made four changes.

19-year old Hatim Smith put Glacis ahead after 27 minutes which was followed by Stefano Borghi doubling the lead a few minutes before half-time.

Two second-half goals by the Dutch midfielder Wessel Witbreuk and one from Salvatore Gallo had Glacis leading 5-0 by the 64th minute. College grabbed a consolation through Luis Manuel Gallardo in the 78th minute and saw their captain Nazim Hughes sent off.

An important three points for Glacis who move into sixth while College remain rooted to the bottom of the table.


Lineups

College 1975 – Migge; J.Field, Hughes, Matto, Ruh, Franco, Rodriguez (Sanchez 46), Da Costa, Urenda (Borrell 15), Gallardo, Ruiz

Unused subs: Warwick, Callejon, Pacheco, A.Field, Negrette

Glacis United – Zappacosta; Yeo, Londero, Brinkman (Peacock 79), Smith, Witbreuk (K.Castle 73), Borghi (Lamont 65), Byrne (Evans 70), Kaleba, J.Castle, Gallo

Unused subs: Fluxa, Pratts

Yellow cards: J.Field, Borrell; Londero, Witbreuk

Red cards: Hughes

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Mark Chichon seals points for Man62

Goals from Mariano Pereira, Matt Clenahan and Mark Chichon secured Manchester 62 an entertaining 3-2 victory over College 1975.

The Red Devils went behind to Luis Manuel Gallardo’s penalty but two goals before the interval turned the game on its head despite having Tom Farmer sent off.

Mariano Pereira equalised and then Matt Clenahan made it 2-1. 19-year old Zayne Da Costa put his side back on level terms, but Mark Chichon’s looping strike just a minute later sealed the points for Manchester 62.

Manchester 62 started on the front foot with Michael Negrette, Robert Montovio and Scott Ballantine linking up well. Despite controlling most of the first half, College was awarded a penalty which Gallardo dispatched and Farmer saw red for a handball.

42 minutes played and Manchester took advantage of some dawdling on the ball by Jonathan Rodriguez Parragues. He had his pocket picked in his own half and the ball fell to Pereira who fired past Warwick.

Man62 would then go on to lead the game just a minute later, Matt Clenahan rose highest in the College box and nodded the ball in to make it 2-1.

Zayne Da Costa, who was a constant threat all game, equalised for College after Chichon missed a one-on-one just second before. The Manchester 62 striker would make up for his miss just a minute later after his looping effort beat Warwick and sealed a 3-2 win.


Lineups

Manchester 62 – El Abd; Sardena, Pereira (Garcia 71), De Los Santos (Holland 57), Montovio (Chichon 57), Ballantine, Sanchez, Negrette, Edzes, Farmer, Clenahan

Unused subs: Borge, Mifsud

College 1975 – Warwick; J.Field (A.Field 60), Hughes, Callejon (Ruiz 27), Pacheco, Ruh, Franco, Rodriguez, Da Costa, Urenda (Sanchez 60), Gallardo (Matto 85)

Unused subs: Migge, Borrell, Gonzalez

Yellow cards – El Abd, Sardena, Edzes, J.Field, Pacheco, Franco, Rodriguez, Gallardo

Red cards – Farmer

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Dylan Hernandez scores two in Lynx victory

Dylan Hernandez scored two goals as Lynx beat College 1975 7-1 last night to remain the only team with a 100% record.

Gibraltar under 21 international Jaydan Parody marked his return from injury to give Lynx a 1-0 lead after twenty-two minutes. Dylan Hernandez, Estiven Morente and an own goal by Nazim Hughes saw Lynx lead 4-0 at half-time.

Jesse Victory continued his good start to the season by making it 5-0 in the 51st minute followed by Dylan Hernandez getting his second of the night and Lynx’s sixth just a minute later.

Second-half substitute Zayne Da Costa pulled a goal back for College 1975 before Antonio Gonzalez made it 7-1 for Lynx in the 78th minute.

Albert Parody’s men move two points clear of St Joseph’s and Europa while College sit bottom with a goal difference of minus twenty-five after four games.


Lineups

College 1975 – Migge; Sanchez (A.Field 45), J.Field, Hughes (c) (Ruiz Lopez 45 – Da Costa 45), Matto, Pacheco, Ruh (Gonzalez 45), Franco, Rodriguez (Borrell 45), Urenda, Gallardo

Unused subs: Callejon, Warwick

Lynx – Banda; Damia, Power, D.Hernandez, Parody (Ruiz 66), Gonzalez, Onate (Ruesca 61), Chuky (c) (Parody 56), Victory, Morente (Huart 66), Bauti (Konare 56)

Unused subs: Vinales, A.Hernandez

Yellow cards – J.Field

Red cards – None

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Diaz scores four in Mons 6-0 win

Diego Diaz scored four last night as Mons Calpe easily beat 10-man College 1975 6-0.

After a 5-0 loss to St Joseph’s last time out, Mons had the perfect fixture on paper to bounce back to winning ways, but it did take them 33 minutes to break down College – Diaz header beating Migge in the College goal. From there though, it became the usual story of conceding for College – four minutes later Diaz would lob the keeper and get his second to put Mons in a comfortable half-time lead.

There would be no holding off for Mons either – Diaz got his hat-trick after 56 minutes, heading in Naoufal El Andaloussi’s cross, before notching a fourth on the hour mark.

Three minutes later, Mark Ballester made it 5-0 with a shot into the top corner, and with 15 minutes left, College’s night got worse as Shaun Gonzalez was sent off, leaving 10-man College unable to stop Lee Muscat adding a sixth and final goal on the 82nd minute.

For Mons, they move up to 6th after the win, while College remain bottom, behind Europa Point on goal difference as the only two teams yet to take a point from the opening three fixtures.

Lineups:

College 1975: Migge; Sanchez (Ruiz, 45), Hughes, Matto, Callejon (Victor, 60), Pacheco (Ruh Dos Santos, 45), Franco, Parragues, Nito, Gonzalez, Gallardo (Da Costa, 80)

Unused Subs: Warwick, Field, Urenda

Mons Calpe: Fraiz (Perez, 62), Rodriguez, Bernardes, El Hmidi (Thorne, 83), N. El Andaloussi (Muscat, 77), Caballero, Ojeda, Ballester, Diaz, Sendin (M. El Andaloussi, 83), Ronco (Dos Santos, 63)

Unused Subs: Boulaich, Mallemaci

Yellow Cards: Franco, Parragues, Gonzalez, Gallardo, Ruiz; El Hmidi, Sendin, Ronco

Red Cards: Gonzalez

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Boca survive early scare to win comfortably

Despite a second minute goal from College 1975, a hat-trick from Luke Wall saw Boca win 6-1 in this evening’s match.

Photo (C) Black and Burst

Boca once again sat down in protest at the start of their game – the reasons for this are yet to be officially confirmed, but it is not believed to be due to unpaid wages. They were however caught out early by College, who scored through Luis Manuel Gallardo.

This seemed to wake up Boca, and after Mark Warwick saved from Motta and Perez, it would be Gib U21 international Didi Peacock who would equalise, with an acrobatic effort on the half-hour mark. Boca keeper Kieren Proctor was called into action to tip a shot wide, before Boca went ahead – Peacock the provider this time for Luke Wall to tap in.

The second half saw Boca take full control and add a further four goals to secure their first win of the season. Motta’s ball over the College defence was volleyed in by Wall, and three minute later Motta turned goalscorer, firing past Warwick to wrap up the three points in the 53rd minute.

Boca would go on to add a further two goals – Wall got his hat-trick after firing in a rebound from Peacock’s effort, before Nathan Santos got in on the act to notch a sixth for Boca – that would be it for the game.

Lineups:

Boca: Proctor; Gilbert (Marquez, 71), Perez, Parkinson (Cottrel, 45), Wall (Haddad, 85), Motta, Peacock, Clinton, Armstrong, Daniele

Unused Subs: Atkinson, Moreno, Burns, Drudi

College 1975: Warwick; Sanchez, Hughes, Ruiz (Urenda, 60), Ruh Dos Santos (Pacheco, 46), Franco, Parragues, Nito (Callejon, 70), Victor (Matto, 60), Gonzalez, Gallardo (Da Costa, 70)

Unused Subs: Migge, Field

Yellow Cards: Perez, Clinton; Gonzalez

Red Cards: None

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GNL 2020/21 Preview: Part One

Part One of our Gibraltar National League preview sees us take a look at College 1975, Europa, Europa Point and FC Boca Juniors.


  • Name: College 1975 FC
  • Next game: Lincoln Red Imps (19/10/2020)
  • 2019/20 League finish: 12th

It’s been a quiet summer for College as expected. Signings have been kept on the low and we will have to wait until their first game to see what type of team College bring out.

After only recording one point last season, drawing 5-5 against Europa Point, College can find positives in their Intermediate team which will hopefully be given a chance in the top flight.


  • Name: Europa FC
  • Next game: FCB Magpies (18/10/2020)
  • 2019/20 League finish: 1st

Dayle Coleing’s departure to Glentoran will be a huge loss to Europa. Javi Munoz had a good run-out during their European campaign but all eyes will now be on Jesús Romero Correa “Gato Romero” who was signed from Algeciras CF.

The only change in defence will be Ethan Jolley returning to the side following Sergeant’s move to Lincoln. The Greens defence only conceded eight goals last season and Escobar will be hoping for the same solidarity this season.

The Greens’ midfield was what made their season as good as it was. Carrascal, Walker, Rosa, Juampe just to name a new who stood-out through the season and new signing Polaco, Blas and Badr will give Rafa plenty of options this season.

Adrian Gallardo will hope to stay injury-free this season and Europa might need him to also with Manu Dimas and Labra departing the club.

The talk of the town is Europa’s lack of locals being an issue, with the club only have 5 seniors, but we could see other players like Evan De Haro, Dylan Borge and Mitch Gibson make a name for themselves.


  • Name: Europa Point FC
  • Next game: Lynx (17/10/2020)
  • 2019/20 League finish: 8th

After a positive start to 2019, Europa Point finished the league in a respected 8th position – a hard task for new manager Daniel Amaya who takes over from Ian Hendon.

Local players have been an issue for Europa Point over the years and losing Jason Pusey & Jeremy Lopez will hit the team hard. All eyes will be on Omar El Yettefti again as he pushes his side through on what could be a long season.


  • Name: FC Boca Juniors
  • Next game: St Joseph’s (18/10/2020)
  • 2019/20 League finish: 10th

A possible banana skin for many teams this season, Boca have upped their game on and off the pitch and will be interesting to see how they fare this season.

Stephen Vaughan and Luke Purcell have been very busy bringing in what looks to be a whole new squad – a mix of players known to them from their previously managed teams and young Gibraltarians like Max Cottrell, Didi Peacock and Leon Clinton.

Boca could definitely be a team to keep an eye out for this season.

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Gibraltar National League Challenge Group review

With the Gibraltar National League halted due to COVID with the Gibraltar FA’s decision to null and void the league after a 2-month suspension – here is our early review of the Challenge Group.


Mons Calpe – 1st

In truth, Mons would have found themselves very disappointed to end up in the Challenge Group in the first place – they must have fancied themselves to finish above Lions and enter the Championship Group.

However, a much-changed and improved Mons had a good 2020, which culminated in reaching the semi-finals of the Gibtelecom Cup and all but securing the top spot in the Challenge Group before the season terminated. The challenge for Mons is to try and settle some of their off-field issues and try to build on their progress in 2020.


Europa Point – 2nd

Compared to their 2016-17 season in the top flight, Europa Point can find plenty of positives especially from January onwards. Ian Hendon and his team hard work reaped its rewards but a 5-5 draw against College 1975 before the suspension, would have left a sour taste in their mouths.

Europa Point will be keeping hold of Hendon and his players but most importantly, finding a good nucleus of HGP’s, the lack of which let them down for most of the season.


Manchester 62 – 3rd

Things were always going to be hard for Manchester, but third in the Challenge Group perhaps reflects where they were in terms of strength in the league. They would have perhaps hoped for Jeff Wood to last longer in the job but struck well in getting David Wilson, another former national manager, as his replacement.

Their commitment to local talent showed in the HGP tally, and Kian Ronan especially impressed, even as a makeshift striker – however Manchester will hope an 11-1 loss to Mons Calpe in their final game was not a sign of things to come next season, and was merely a one-off.


FC Boca Juniors – 4th

An underachieving team, if you look at their squad in the summer. Their lack of funds was their main downfall with most of their players leaving as a result. Boca announced Juan Carlos Camacho as their new head coach in November which lasted until January and following him out the door was their technical team.

Credit to them, the changes made in January were swift and were a competitive side for their level. Europa’s loanees Daniel Tudela and Elias Juel-Saleh were ones which impressed us over a short period of time.


Glacis United – 5th

Glacis suffered from a very stunted start to the season, where they had issues getting players registered in time for the opening games – meaning their Intermediate squad had to fill a lot of the gaps especially against Magpies and Lincoln. This gave them no chance of finishing in the top six, but in the Challenge Group they at least showed they were on the level of the teams around them.

One of Gibraltar’s more well-known teams, Glacis will hope they can get off to a better start next season – as second-bottom of the league will no doubt disappoint them massively.


College 1975 – 6th

After 18 games, College managed to pick up one point in a 5-5 draw against Europa Point – a game which they led 4-0 at one point. 17 straight defeats came previously, a tough lesson learned.

A worrying stat would be finishing bottom and having the least amount of minutes given to HGP’s outside of the top three.

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Gibtelecom Rock Cup First Round Review

Brunos Magpies edged out Lynx in a fiery encounter while FG correctly predicted Europa Point, Europa, Lincoln Red Imps and Mons Calpe all qualifying for the quarter-final.


FC Hound Dogs 0-10 Europa Point

Maybe not the scoreline which many expected but Europa Point cruised through to the next round. Lukas Lindholm & Dean Dillion both got hat-tricks, Joshua Moody with a brace and a goal each from Cian Collins and Omar El Yettefti sealed the win for Ian Hendon’s side.

Europa Point will hope that the bizarre straight red card shown to Omar El Yettefti is received with the minimal suspension.


Europa FC 12-0 Glacis United

The holders made light work of their opponents with an easy win to progress into the quarter-finals. Team selection by Europa raised a few questions on whether such a strong team was needed, but the big guns came out all guns blazing with Labra scoring four goals.


Lincoln Red Imps 15-0 College 1975

Just like Europa – team selection was at full strength and against the opposition which they thrashed 9-1 in mid-September. With their Intermediate team undefeated, this could have been a chance to show off some of their excellent talents.

Emmanuel Sunday was on red hot form with the Nigerian scoring seven goals.


Manchester 62 1-2 Mons Calpe

Mons Calpe came from behind to secure a spot in the quarter-final thanks to a brace from Argentine striker Diego Diaz. Man62 captain Scott Ballantine put his side ahead but after Diaz’s first goal was adjudged to have crossed the line, he made no mistake when firing a shot past Tomizawa in the second half.

A disappointing result for Man62 who gave it a good fight but with Kian Ronan playing striker for the injured Robert Montovio – it never felt as they would get back into the game after the equaliser.


Lynx FC 0-1 Brunos Magpies

The main game of the round didn’t disappoint as Magpies got revenge for their league defeat to Lynx in January and eliminated them from the Gibtelecom Rock Cup.

An excellent through ball from Brian Perez found the feet of Jaron Vinet and his second-half goal secured a 1-0 win.

After some pushing and shoving at the end of the first half, you knew frustrations would boil over eventually and with 10 minutes remaining, it certainly did. An altercation between Mohamed Badr & Dan Bent ensued with a flurry of yellow cards being shown by the referee. Once everything calmed down, Lynx head coach Albert Parody was sent off which was quickly followed by the Magpies captain Brian Perez.


Europa Point, Europa, Lincoln, Mons Calpe, Magpies will join Boca, Lions & St Joseph’s in the pot for the Gibtelecom Rock Cup quarter-final draw.