Glacis and Manchester secure wins in Challenge Group double-header

Glacis and Manchester 62, both Rock Cup semi-finalists last week, both won in yesterday’s Challenge Group double-header, beating College 1975 and Europa Point 2-0 and 4-0 respectively.

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The first game saw Glacis come up against College, knowing they needed a win to keep their Challenge Group aims intact – it took them time to eventually break through College though, needing a 68th minute penalty from Craig Galliano to open the scoring. Lython Marquez, who scored the winner in midweek, made it 2-0 with just over 10 minutes to go and wrapped up the points for his side.

For Manchester 62, they confirmed their final position of ninth place with a comfortable 4-0 victory against Europa Point in the evening. Manchester controlled the game from start to finish, and raced to a 3-0 half time lead courtesy of goals from Robert Montovio, Michael Negrette and Scott Ballantine. They were only to get one more goal though in the second half, with Mariano Pereira scoring five minutes from time to complete the four-goal victory.

This week’s Challenge Group fixtures see Manchester and Glacis face off once again, on Thursday night, before Bruno’s Magpies take on Europa Point in Friday night’s fixture at the Victoria Stadium.


Magpies earn all 3 points vs College

Goals from Evan De Haro, Javi Casares and Rubo saw Bruno’s Magpies win 3-0 against College 1975 last night at the Victoria Stadium.

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Magpies saw Jordan Perez return in goal, Kelvin Morgan returned after serving a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation, and there was also a start for 18-year-old Kye Livingstone. Meanwhile, for College, they made two changes from the side that beat Europa Point 6-0 last weekend – Mark Warwick and Cristian Pacheco replaced Edu Oliva and Etien Victory respectively.

After having lost 8-1 to Magpies earlier this month, this game was perhaps expected to go down a similar route, and after both De Haro and Casares scored in the opening 20 minutes, College may have feared the worst. However, Magpies were to only score once more, as Rubo kept up his goalscoring streak to add a third for manager Johny’s side – they are seven points clear of Glacis having played two games more, while College are now very likely to finish 10th, with only two games left in their season.


Bruno’s Magpies: J. Perez; Gallardo, Zuniga, Cataruozzolo (Fernandez, 66), Morgan, Coombes, De Haro, Livingstone (Parker, 51), Bent, Casares, Rubo (Assumpcao, 53)

Unused Subs: Zamora, Diaz, Lopez, Consigliero

College 1975: Warwick; Ramundo, Mendez (Ruiz, 50), Perez, Matto (Hughes, 56), Pacheco (Valero, 63), Franco, Gracia, Thorne, Gallardo, Molina

Unused Subs: Ruh Dos Santos, Galan, Parragues, Parkinson

Yellow Cards: De Haro, Bent; Ramundo, Perez, Gallardo

Red Cards: None


Gracia scores four in College 1975 win

On-loan striker Adam Gracia scored four as College 1975 beat 9-man Europa Point 6-0 last night at the Victoria Stadium

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College, who had beaten Europa Point 4-1 when the two sides met last month, came into this game knowing that a win would all but ensure they would not finish last for the season, and after the disappointment of losing on penalties to Manchester 62 in the Rock Cup in midweek, they took advantage of Europa Point having John Stewart and Jacob Webber sent off to secure a comprehensive victory.

Adam Gracia, who has now scored seven goals in as many league games since his loan spell from Europa in the winter, opened the scoring after 13 minutes, before Luis Manuel Gallardo doubled their lead on the half hour mark. Gracia completed his hat-trick with goals in the 58th and 67th minute, 19-year-old Kaylan Franco scored in back-to-back games to make it 5, and Gracia wrapped up the scoring with four minutes to go to secure a 6-0 victory.

Europa Point, who only had 15 players in their squad, will no doubt be concerned at the two sending offs depleting their squad further, as well as the performance, and after the game they tweeted the following:


Europa Point: Tudela; Wilson, Parral, Jos. Webber, McGrail (El Yettefti, 66), Martin, Martinez, Jac. Webber, Stewart, Chiles-Cowell (Juel-Saleh, 76), McCarthy (Acharki, 59)

Unused Subs: Victor

College 1975: Oliva (Warwick, 82); Ramundo (Valero, 59), Mendez, Perez, Matto (Parkinson, 45), Victory, Franco, Gracia, Thorne, Gallardo (Pacheco, 59), Molina (Ruiz, 77)

Unused Subs: Parragues, Marin

Yellow Cards: Jos. Webber, Jac. Webber, Stewart; Gallardo

Red Cards: Jac. Webber, Stewart


Manchester and College share the spoils in six-goal encounter

Two goals from Robert Guiling were not enough to secure Manchester 62 all three points as College 1975 battled back to draw 3-3 yesterday afternoon.

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Robert Montovio started and captained Manchester 62, while for College 1975, Jemar Matto and Adam Gracia came back into the starting eleven from their last match vs Glacis.

Manchester started the faster of the two and went ahead early on, as Guiling was set up by Carl Thomas, before the veteran local lobbed the ball over Mark Warwick in the College goal to put his side ahead. College equalised on the half hour mark, punishing Manchester’s failure to clear the ball with a goal by Luis Gallardo on the volley.

Just before half time, Mariano Pereira put Manchester back in front, after some more good play from Thomas who got his second assist of the afternoon, and five minutes after the break, Guiling got his second to put David Wilson’s side in a seemingly comfortable position.

College would fight back though, and reduced the arrears on 74 minutes through substitute Jose Marin – the sub would prove to be an inspired one as he grabbed College’s equaliser 10 minutes from time to ensure the points were shared. College move a point clear of the bottom now, albeit playing a game more than Europa Point, while Manchester sit in 9th, six points above College but eight behind Glacis.


Manchester 62: Vinales; Pereira (Zammitt, 71), Montovio (Thorne, 71), Negrette, Mifsud (Pizarro, 45), Thomas (Asquez, 78), De Los Santos, Guiling, Edzes, Clenahan, Garcia

Unused Subs: Borge, Moir, McCarthy

College 1975: Warwick; Ramundo (Valero, 89), Mendez, Perez, Matto, Victory (Thorne, 61), Pacheco (Marin, 61), Franco (Hughes, 71), Gracia, Gallardo, Molina

Unused Subs: Migge, Galan, Wahnon

Yellow Cards: Thomas, Clenahan; Mendez, Matto, Gallardo, Hughes

Red Cards: None


Chibuike Nwosu hat-trick seals win for Glacis

Glacis United returned to winning ways as a hat-trick from Nigerian striker Chibuike Darlington Nwosu saw them sweep College 1975 aside 4-1.

Nwosu got his first after 20 minutes when he got on the end of Wessel Witbreuk’s cross to guide the ball past Warwick. The 20-year old then made it 2-0 for Glacis just two minutes later and they looked well on their way to secure the three points.

Glacis continued to dominate and went into the break holding a two goal lead.

College was given a lifeline when Adam Gracia pulled a goal back just two minutes into the second half but Glacis’ two-goal lead was restored in the 55th minute through Samson Bolaji Ajayi.

Nwosu completed his hat-trick in the 58th minute to make it 4-1 to Glacis before they found themselves with 10 men after Lython Marquez was sent off for a second bookable offence.

This win sees Glacis closes the gap to Challenge Group leaders Magpies to five points while College 1975 remain tenth.


Glacis United – Zappacosta; Smith, Thorne-Llambias, Derksen, Brinkman (Castle 79), Bosio, Witbreuk (Galliano 67), Marquez, Ajayi, Nwosu (Kaleba 90), Londero

Unused subs: Fluxa, Andrulli, Borghi, Currer

College 1975 – Warwick; Ramundo, Hughes (Gracia 46), Perez, Victory (Parkinson 46), Pacheco (Marin 65), Ruh (Galan 88), Franco, Parragues (Ruiz 69), Thorne, Molina

Unused subs: Migge, Valero

Yellow cards: Zappacosta, Brinkman, Marquez, Kaleba; Warwick, Ramundo, Hughes, Ruiz

Red cards: Marquez


Adam Gracia nets in College win

Adam Gracia scored one of the quickest goals of the season as College 1975 secured their first-ever National League win by beating Europa Point 4-1 last night.

Europa loanee Adam Gracia opened his account for College in an emphatic fashion by scoring in the first 60 seconds to give his side a 1-0 lead. It didn’t last for long tho as 9 minutes later Europa Point equalised through an own goal by Guillermo Perez Sanchez.

Luis Manuel Gallardo Monje got his 7th of the season in the 37th minute before Guillermo Perez Sanchez made up for his earlier error by scoring in the right net to make it 3-1 at half-time.

An own goal by Jamie McCarthy just after the hour mark made it 4-1 to College and moves them off the bottom of the table.

Many football fans still don’t agree with the league split but last night’s result is a prime example of the importance it has on the lower teams, games like these are confidence boosters and ones for younger players to be able to gain valuable experience.


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.

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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.


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


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.


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


Lions leave it late to beat College

An injury time goal from Antonio Cintas spared Lions’ blushes as they beat College 1975 3-2 yesterday evening.

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In the first game back after the resumption of football on the Rock, Lions saw Lewis Victor make his debut in goal, while new signings Didi Peacock and Cecil Prescott were among the subs. For College, there were first appearances for Adam Gracia and Etien Victory in the starting eleven.

Lions started off the stronger and had chances through German Cortes and Cintas, but it was College who would take a surprise lead, as Luis Manuel Gallardo scored off the back of a counter-attack from his side. It took time for Lions to get back in the game, but on the half-hour mark Guillermo Jimenez’ cross was turned in by Cortes to level the scores, and seemingly resume the expected pattern of the game.

College were having none of that though, and just three minutes later they regained the lead, with Gallardo notching his second goal, and fifth goal in as many games for College, with a drilled shot into the corner. That lead did not last as long though, and Cortes got his second from the penalty spot just over five minutes before the break.

Lions bought on Peacock at half-time for Kadrian Verjaque, and soon after Albert Ferri’s side had a goal disallowed for offside. However, College remained on the right path in their quest for a first point of the season, and looked on course for it until Cintas got the winner in the final minute of injury time to take a massive three points for Lions.

College remain bottom but will no doubt see signs of encouragement for the Challenge Group, while the three points for Lions moves them up to fifth, above Mons Calpe who face Bruno’s Magpies, another top six challenger, in tonight’s fixture.


Lions: Victor; Jimenez (Prescott, 60), Tovar, Bosio, Breakspear, Cintas, Pomares (Buhagiar, 85), Ruiz, Verjaque (Peacock, 45), Cortes, Hastings

Unused Subs: Valades, Rumbo, Bossano-Anes, Grech

College 1975: Oliva; Hughes (Thorne, 76), Perez, Matto, Victory, Franco, Gracia, Marin (Pacheco, 62), Gallardo, Ruiz (Ruh Dos Santos, 74), Molina

Unused Subs: Warwick, Mendez, Wahnon, Parkinson

Yellow Cards: Victor, Bosio, Cintas, Pomares, Peacock; Matto, Victory, Franco, Molina

Red Cards: None


Espinosa: “This club has the ability to be much higher than where it is now”

FG caught up with College 1975 manager Angel Espinosa to talk about his sides season so far, the new signings the club have made, and more.

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College 1975 sit bottom of the league, and are looking for their first points of the season, so how does Espinosa rate how his club have done? “The season is being a bit expected both due to the circumstances of COVID and the results.

When my coaching staff and I signed at the club, we knew what we were going to find and where we were coming from. The team was very young in almost all positions and today with young players and with little experience it is difficult to compete in this League.

However, it is true that we expected to be able to score and we should have done so had it not been for reasons beyond our control. Our intention is to try to reverse the image of the club in the competition. This club has the ability to be much higher than where it is now, it only takes a little time, because the work has been done since we arrived and the board is helping us a lot in all the needs that we have.”

College have made a number of signings this winter, including Etien Victory, former Boca duo Mattia Ramundo and Guillermo Perez, as well as the loan signing of Adam Gracia from Europa – are these areas Espinosa felt needed strengthening in particular? “As I have said before, we knew where we were starting from when we joined the team, and well, we already had in mind and we knew that we should strengthen ourselves in this winter window.”

College are confirmed to be in the Challenge Group, a group they ended last season with a 5-5 draw vs Europa Point in – is the La Linea-born manager targeting this stage again for positive results? “In this first round, we hoped that we could try to achieve 2 or 3 victories and a draw, which unfortunately could not be the case, but now I hope the forecasts are fulfilled and we hope to see a much more competitive team that will not go out to field to hold goals against, if not a team that will try to compete in all the games and win as many games as possible.”

Finally, we asked Espinosa how the current lockdowns experienced in Gibraltar and Spain have affected preparations for upcoming games: “It has been quite negative for everyone. We haven’t been able to touch the ball since mid-December. It is true that the kids are making an effort with the work our physical trainer sends them but we all know that doing work at home is not the same as doing it on the field with the rest of the team.

However, the rest of the teams have been the same, so we cannot make excuses and we will try to make sure that this affects us as little as possible on the return from the competition.”