Borge brace helps Europa down Lynx

Two goals from teenage striker Dylan Borge saw Europa beat Lynx 3-1 at a chilly Victoria Stadium last night.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Europa handed a start to Borge, in place of Mikey Yome in the Europa attack, while for Lynx Aidan Serra started at right-back and Jesse Victory dropped down to the bench.

Early in the first half, Juampe had a couple of decent chances to go ahead but was unable to take them, while in the windy conditions, Lynx were enjoying a level of success in playing the ball long and testing the somewhat make-shift centre-back partnership of midfielder David Polaco and full-back Ethan Jolley.

However, it was Polaco who should have put Europa ahead – after a deflected shot found him mere yards from goal, he somehow conspired to put the ball wide of goal and leave the scores goalless. It would mean little in the end, as minutes later Lynx handed an opener to Europa.

Bradley Banda played a short goal-kick to Soumaila Konare, despite the clear presence of both Borge, as well as Liam Walker – the Malian’s touch was poor and allowed Walker to rob the ball, which eventually saw Borge bundle the ball over the line despite Banda’s best attempts.

If the first goal was a gift, the second, just before half-time, was well-earned by Europa. After catching Lynx on the counter using the pace of Borge, his pass to Walker may have been slightly behind the Europa captain, however he was able to set up Willy to score the second of the game, and given Rafael Escobar, who had been noticeably unhappy with his team at times in the half, a slightly easier half-time team talk.

After a good double-save by Banda early in the second half, Europa wouldn’t have to wait too long to make it 3-0. Walker, who ended up with a hat-trick of assists, had a shot on goal, but Borge was clever enough to stick a foot out and divert it the other direction, leaving Banda completely unable to stop the effort going in. Immediately though, Lynx went up the other end and got one back through Dylan Hernandez – more concern for Europa saw Ibrahim Ayew limp off immediately after the goal, with Yome filling in as a make-shift right-back for the remainder of the game.

Lynx showed glimpses of being able to get back in the game, but Europa did waste countless chances to finally kill the match off, and in the end the game ended up 3-1. Europa go top, at least until St Joseph’s and Lincoln’s matches on Sunday, while Lynx remain fourth and won’t go any further down than that by the end of matchday 7.


Europa: Lopez; Jolley, Ayew (Yome, 59), Alvarez (Quillo, 77), Juampe, Walker, Olivero, Carrascal, Borge (Gallardo, 65), Polaco, Willy (Gibson, 77)

Unused Subs: Munoz, Moreno, Poku

Lynx: Banda; Serra, Power, Konare (Morente, 55), D. Hernandez, A. Hernandez, Parody (Ruiz, 69), Gonzalez (Torres, 79), Espinosa, Chuky (Huart, 79), Bauti

Unused Subs: Plantone, Damia, Victory

Yellow Cards: Alvarez; Konare, Parody, Chuky

Red Cards: None


Last-minute penalty takes all three points for Europa

A 95th minute penalty scored by Liam Walker ensured Europa took all three points in a 1-0 victory over Lions last night.

Photo (C) David Roberts

The match, which saw two of the then-unbeaten teams this season go head-to-head, saw Lions manager Albert Ferri once again get his team to defend admirably against what was the best attacking side last season. A back six, which even adapted to a back seven when needed, proved not for the first time that they will be making life incredibly difficult for the top three this season.

For Lions, there was a start for Craig Bossano-Anes, after Jared Buhagiar missed out, while for Europa, Evan De Haro was on the bench after his summer move from Algeciras Cantera.

Lions fashioned the first chance in the first minute – German Cortes spotted Christian Lopez off his line and tried to lob him from 45 yards, but it went wide of the mark. From that point, Europa went out to try and break down the ‘orange wall’ so to speak, but found chances few and far between. They weren’t helped by Marco Rosa pulling up injured after 20 minutes, and not long after that Lions had a chance of their own – a free kick going just over the bar from distance.

A recurring theme of the game, as it would turn out at the end, was Lions dissatisfaction with the decision-making of referee Jason Barcelo, starting with him missing an accidental head injury to Cortes – one of their technical team would be booked for dissent after that.

At the half-time break, both teams made subs – Bossano-Anes came off for Kaylan Rumbo, and Mikey Yome came off for Dylan Borge, who was looking to keep up his scoring form. The second half largely went to the same pattern as the first – Europa attacking but Lions shutting them out comprehensively. Rafael Escobar’s team started resorting to long-distance efforts as their frustrations grew – they knew after Lincoln’s 0-0 draw with Boca last weekend, they could not afford to waste the two point advantage given to them.

As the game went on, and after Europa had a goal disallowed, tempers started to fray on the Lions side, mainly off the pitch though – club President Alex Grech was the unlikely recipient of a yellow card as the minutes ticked down. Lions did have a chance to potentially nick a win, as Kadrian Verjaque’s effort from 25 yards went narrowly over the bar, but it would be at the end that the moment of controversy happened.

As Europa were piling on the pressure trying to get a winner, what looked like a soft penalty was awarded by Barcelo, much to Lions clear frustration. Walker stepped up and dispatched the penalty down the middle, sparking celebrations and a bit of handbags, which ended up seeing another member of Lions bench booked – in the end they had as many non-players booked as players.

Despite the two minutes wasted from the penalty, there was to be no time added to the six given, which Lions at the time felt was too generous to their opponents, in order for them to launch one final attack – the final whistle went and Europa, for the time being at least, go to the top of the league. Lions tasted defeat for the first time this season, but will once again take heart from their incredibly disciplined performance against one of Gib’s so-called ‘Top 3’.


Lions: Valades; Jimenez, Tovar, Bosio, Breakspear, Cintas, Caravaca (Pomares, 70), Bossano-Anes (Rumbo, 45), Verjaque, Cortes (Ruiz, 67), Hastings

Unused Subs: Victor, Morales, Thorne, Grech

Europa: Lopez; Jolley, Ayew (Gallardo, 60), Juampe, Walker, Yome (Borge, 45), Olivero, Aviles, Rosa (Poku, 24), Polaco, Juanlu (Quillo, 75)

Unused Subs: Romero, Alvarez, De Haro

Yellow Cards: Bosio, Breakspear, Cintas; Walker, Quillo, Poku

Red Cards: None


Walker penalty helps Europa beat 10-man Mons

Goals from Liam Walker, Juampe and Dylan Borge helped Europa on their way to a 3-0 victory over a Mons Calpe side who had 10 men for more than half the game.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Europa handed a first league start to Mitch Gibson, while Jesus Romero started in goal ahead of Christian Lopez – there was also notably no place in the squad for Gib international Mohamed Badr. Meanwhile, Mons Calpe welcomed Ethan Santos back from suspension to start in their eleven.

From the get go, Europa were the more dominant side, and Christian Fraiz was kept busy in the Mons goals by saving efforts twice from Juampe as well as Liam Walker. Ethan Jolley came closest to scoring when his shot hit the bar, but five minutes before the break came the turning point. Mons Calpe defender Mark Ballester was penalised for handball in the box and was sent off – Walker stepped up and scored his penalty to put Europa 1-0 up. Of note, Mons took their time to get back to 5 HGP’s and may be investigated for that, much like Boca and Glacis were before the international break.

1 became 2 just before the break, as Juampe found a way past Fraiz – a blow which Mons were not able to come back from. To their credit, the 10 men battled hard in the second half, and Romero had to make a great save to stop Mons getting one back. Gibson hit the post for Europa, but his replacement, Dylan Borge, would wrap up the three points by rifling his effort into the top corner – his fourth goal in as many games this season.


Europa: Romero; Jolley, Ayew (Becerra, 69), Juampe (Bautista, 80), Walker, Yome, Olivero, Aviles, Rosa (Alvarez, 69), Polaco (Quillo, 69), Gibson (Borge, 69)

Unused Subs: Lopez, Poku

Mons Calpe: Fraiz; Dos Santos, Santos, Rodriguez (Muscat, 72), El Hmidi, Caballero (Mallemaci, 62), Ojeda, Ballester, Diaz, Sendin (N. El Andaloussi, 45), Ronco

Unused Subs: Perez, Bernardes, Boulaich, M. El Andaloussi

Yellow Cards: Juampe, Polaco; Ojeda, Diaz

Red Cards: Ballester


Borge: “I felt like it was the perfect move for me”

FG caught up with Dylan Borge to talk about life at his new club Europa, making his U21 debut against the Netherlands at just 16-years old and more.

Borge explained the decision which saw him leave Lincoln Red Imps for rivals Europa last summer, “Honestly, I was happy at Lincoln and the way they’ve treated me over the years but I was ready for a new challenge. I felt that Europa was a perfect move for me and the right club to sign for.”

We asked Borge how he’s found life at his new club, “I feel like I’ve settled in perfectly. I really can’t thank my teammates and the coaching staff enough for how they’ve welcomed me into the squad from day one. From the first training session, I felt like I was part of the team and it’s a great atmosphere around the club which I enjoy being a part of.”

At just 16-years old, Dylan Borge came off the bench to make his debut for Gibraltar U21’s against the Netherlands in November 2019 – we asked him how it felt, “At the time I had just turned 16 and had never been involved with the U21’s. When the manager called me up to the squad, I knew I had to be ready to prove to him that he was right to give me the chance to be in the squad. It felt great stepping out on to the pitch that day and it was an incredible moment, but it just feels amazing every time I get the chance to play for Gibraltar at any age group.”

Borge reflected on the Gibraltar U21’s campaign so far, “We have improved massively not just the results have been better but also the performances. It’s been a great experience and hopefully, we will keep on improving game by game until we get where we want to be. We’re looking forward to the next game against Cyprus at home.”

Lastly, we asked Dylan what he hopes to achieve this season – “This season I hope to win the league with Europa and play in the Champions League again. With the U21’s, I hope to take as much of the experience that I get every game with me as that will only improve me as a player and also hopefully try and win a game for our country which would be an incredible achievement. I’m also looking forward to hopefully scoring more goals and helping my team as much as possible to achieve our goals and give 110% in every game I play.”


Rosa salvages point for Europa

A last minute goal from Marco Rosa Blanco saw Europa take a 2-2 draw against Lincoln this afternoon.

Photo (c) David Roberts

In a game where about 30 people watched sitting on the wall, Europa had the better of the early exchanges – Anthony Hernandez injury did not help Lincoln either. With both Liam Walker and Tjay De Barr booked, this was a scrappy game.

Just before half-time, Europa went ahead as Alejandro Carrascal cntrol Walker’s long ball and scored past Lolo Soler. Things got more dramatic, as with the last kick before half-time, Ethan Britto’s free kick was deflected in by his teammate Kike Gomez to equalise for Lincoln.

In the second half, Lincoln took the upper hand as Kike scored from the penalty spot against his former club to put Lincoln 2-1 up, and potentially see them towards three big points.

However, Walker and Europa had other ideas – in injury time, his cross found Rosa who headed past Soler and rescued a point for Europa in the first of Gib’s ‘El Clasico’ – a result which will also be well received by St Joseph’s who drew with Lions yesterday.


Europa: Lopez; Jolley, Alvarez (Rosa, 71), Juampe (Gibson, 81), Walker, Yome (Borge, 58), Olivero, Sanchez, Carrascal, Polaco (Poku, 71), Becerra

Unused Subs: Romero, Olmo, Badr

Lincoln: Soler; Lopes, Torrilla, Hernandez (Britto, 17 – Gamiz, 81), De Barr, R. Chipolina, Toscano, Moreno (L. Casciaro, 66), Sergeant, Yahaya, Kike (Ronan, 81)

Yellow Cards: Alvarez, Walker, Olivero, Carrascal; Torrilla, De Barr, Toscano, Ronan, Britto

Red Cards: None


Walker grabs hat-trick as Europa breeze past Europa Point

A hat-trick from Liam Walker helped along Europa as they comfortably put aside Europa Point 9-0 earlier today.

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After beating Magpies 3-1 last weekend, this proved to be a much easier encounter for Rafael Escobar’s side, who handed a start to Gib U21 keeper Christian Lopez in goal, while highly-rated Ghanaian Poku also started for his side. After a 3-0 loss last week to Lynx, Europa Point started Swedish keeper San Mustafa in between the sticks.

It took Europa 31 minutes to break through Europa Point, as Liam Walker’s free kick left Mustafa with no chance. From there though, it was purely one-way traffic, and goals from Adrian Gallardo, Juampe and a Walker penalty sent the ‘Greens’, playing in pink this month to raise awareness for breast cancer, 4-0 up at the break.

There was no respite for Europa Point in the second half either, with Europa adamant in racking up the goals. Juampe notched his second after 54 minutes, before substitute Blas Alvarez headed in from Walker’s cross. Walker would get his hat-trick on the 73rd minute, followed by another assist for Alejandro Carrascal’s goal – and much like the win vs Magpies, 17-year-old local Dylan Borge was on hand to wrap up the scoring in injury time – this time to make it 9-0 in an easy win.


Europa Point: Mustafa; McCarthy, Hammond, Moulds, Pomares, Ramirez, Brennan (El Yettefti, 38), Dixon, Bado, Perez (Martinez, 45), Hockin (Adams, 57)

Unused Subs: Caravante, Arjona, Chrayeh, Serralvo

Europa FC: Lopez; Jolley, Ayew, Juampe (Bautista, 64), Gallardo (Borge, 38), Walker, Yome (Becerra, 54), Olivero, Carrascal, Poku (Alvarez, 64), Polaco

Unused Subs: Romero, Quillo, Rosa

Yellow Cards: McCarthy, Hammond, Moulds, Dixon, El Yettefti

Red Cards: None


Europa leave it late to win

Two late goals from 17-year old debutant Dylan Borge ensured Europa got their season off to a winning start with a 3-1 victory over Brunos Magpies.

Liam Walker had a chance in the first ten minutes go wide with Europa starting the game strong. The Greens would have a few more half chances but nothing troubling the Magpies goalkeeper.

The referee blew for half-time with the scores locked at 0-0 in what was a tight game.

Magpies stunned Europa by taking the lead in the 46th minute courtesy of Jaron Vinet. Things went from bad to worse for the Greens after Olmo received his marching orders for a second bookable offence, leaving his side with 10 men on the hour mark.

Three minutes later and Europa got their equaliser thanks to Jayce Olivero’s deflected shot, hitting Alejandro Carrascal and beating David Zamora. After an injury worry which left him hampered, Magpies keeper would make a smart save in the 88th minute to prevent Europa from taking the lead.

With time running out and the scores at 1-1, Europa would find their winner in the 90th minute through debutant Dylan Borge’s tapping in a rebound to give the Greens a 2-1 lead.

Second-half substitute Federico Catarouzzolo would later be sent off on his debut for Magpies while 17-year old Borge would wrap up the game with his brace to make it 3-1 to Europa.


Magpies – Zamora; Garcia, Gallardo, Diaz (Cataruozzolo, 71), Zuniga, Vinet, Lopez (Livingstone, 81), Bent, Parker (Victory, 73), Ruiz, Rubo

Unused Subs: Martin, Assumpcao, Catania, Oliveira

Europa: Romero (Lopez, 58), Jolley, Olmo, Juampe (Bautista, 90), Gallardo, Walker, Yome (Borge, 87), Olivero, Badr (Poku, 58), Carrascal, Polaco

Unused Subs: Ayew, Alvarez, Gibson

Yellow Cards: Gallardo, Bent, Parker, Ruiz, Cataruozzolo, Livingstone; Jolley, Olmo, Juampe, Aviles

Red Cards: Cataruozzolo, Olmo


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.


Europa unfortunate in Djurgarden defeat

Europa were knocked out of Europe tonight after a narrow 2-1 away loss to Djurgarden of Sweden, with a saved penalty, a red card and the woodwork coming back to hurt the visitors.

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Europa were not well fancied in the betting going into the game, but proved to be a match for the Swedish champions, and Rafael Escobar’s side had a great chance to go ahead from the spot just before half time – however Liam Walker’s penalty was saved well, and Djurgarden went up the other end to score through Curtis Edwards.

The setback did not deter the visitors though, and they got their reward in the 57th minute. A defensive mix up at the back by Djurgarden left Adrian Gallardo with an empty net to finish into and get his side back into it. Europa were to fall down to 10 men soon after though with Alex Quillo picking up two bookings in four minutes.

Europa kept on fighting, but would go behind to a penalty from former Burnley midfielder Fredrik Ulvestad. The woodwork would then go on to deny Europa a second equaliser, and later chances for Walker, Gallardo, and 18-year-old Gibraltarian Mitch Gibson, a surprise inclusion onto the field of play near the end, could not be converted as Europa lost in the narrowest of circumstances.

The final statistics, of 9 shots each team told the story of a tight match, which on another day, Europa may have been able to win – they will likely take confidence from the performance though going into the domestic season.


Djurgardens v Europa: Match Preview

The second part of today’s Europa League double-header involving local sides sees Europa in Sweden, as they take on Djurgardens at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm.

Photo © C Correa Photography

Europa, who moved into the Europa League after defeat to Red Star Belgrade, take on the Swedish champions, who lost at the same stage to Hungarian champions Ferencvaros, in what should be another tough encounter for Rafael Escobar’s side, who haven’t had the luck of the draw so to speak with the teams they have drawn out – the winner of this has to play CFR Cluj in the next round.

Europa’s most recent visit to Sweden saw them lose 1-0 to AIK back in 2016, and they will be hoping that this time out may be more joyful – they won’t be aided by the fact the hosts, who have two Head Coaches in Kim Bergstrand and Thomas Lagerlof, are 19 games into the Allsvenskan season, which started in June – they sit fifth in the league though which for last season’s champions is not ideal.

Before the game, Bergstrand spoke about the ball-skill and good organisation of Europa, noting they only went behind to Red Star initially due to an offside goal. He also noted that while his team should be able to hurt Europa, they also have to respect them. Liam Walker, Europa’s captain, spoke to FG yesterday ahead of the game, which you can read here.

Squad News:

Europa’s squad has been bolstered by the return of Ethan Jolley, as well as the arrival of new signing Kwadwo Poku – the pair would be expected to start at the Tele2 Arena this evening. They will be without Ibrahim Ayew and Blas Alvarez though, who have not travelled with the team to Stockholm.

For the hosts, they are confirmed to be without Erik Berg, Jesper Nyholm, Emmanuel Banda, Nicklas Bärkroth and Alexander Abrahamsson, according to their official website. One player that may catch the eye is English midfielder Curtis Edwards, who played both legs for fellow Swedish side Ostersund against Arsenal in their historic Europa League run of 2017/18. The Swedish side also have midfielder Kevin Walker – the Swedish/Irish 31-year-old won the 2013 Swedish Pop Idol, singing alongside Robbie Williams in the final.


The hosts understandably go into this game as massive favourites, with 1/20 the best price you can get on them winning in 90 minutes. Europa are 45/1 to cause a big shock, while the draw in 90 minutes is 14/1. The handicap line is set at 3, with Europa 13/10 on +3. Meanwhile, if you do fancy Djurgardens to win but Europa to score, that is currently 11/4.

FG’s Predicted XI’s:

Djurgardens – Bratvelt; Witry, Une Larsson, Kack, Augustinsson; Ulvestad, Karlstrom; Eriksson, Edwards, Ring; Chilufya

Europa – Munoz;Jolley, Olmo, Carrascal, Olivero; Walker, Rosa, Badr, Becerra; Juampe, Gallardo