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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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Dos Santos hat-trick secures Mons victory

A first-half hat-trick from Andre Dos Santos helped Mons Calpe beat Europa Point 4-2 last night.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Omar El Yettefti and James Chiles-Cowell both started for Europa Point, replacing Dayan Torrilla and Tarik Chrayeh, while Naoufal El Andaloussi was a starter for Mons, and Ethan Santos returned from an injury suffered against Lincoln.

Mons got off to a very good start, as after two minutes, Dos Santos headed in a cross from Diego Caballero, and five minutes later, El Andaloussi would double Mons lead from a rebound, after Europa Point keeper Daniel Tudela had saved his initial effort on goal.

Mons were clearly having the better of the first half, and after a good save from Tudela and an effort from Dos Santos go wide, the Brazilian would get his second, and Mons third just shy of the half hour mark, after being set up by Ayoub El Hmidi. When El Hmidi’s effort, which was cleared off the line, was bundled over by Dos Santos for his hat-trick to make it 4-0, things didn’t look good for Europa Point, but they managed to make the scoreline more respectable in the second half.

On the hour mark, Antony Moulds pulled back a goal for Europa Point, and 15 minutes later, John Stewart’s deflected effort made it 4-2. Their attempt at a miraculous comeback fizzled out though, and the game would finish at that scoreline.

Europa Point are 11th still, and realistically have no chance at a top six finish, while Mons find themselves fifth, well in the mix for a spot in the Championship Group come the split.

Lineups:

Europa Point: Tudela; Josef Webber, Pomares (Serralvo, 84), Bado, Martinez (Arjona, 65), Moulds, El Yettefti, Stewart, Jacob Webber (Dixon, 55), McCarthy, Chiles-Cowell

Unused Subs: Mustafa, Adams, Torrilla, Hockin

Mons Calpe: Fraiz; Dos Santos, Santos, Rodriguez, El Hmidi (Ballester, 75), N. El Andaloussi, Caballero (Pinero, 60), Ojeda, Diaz (Mallemaci, 60), Sendin, Ronco

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

Yellow Cards: Josef Webber, Pomares, Bado, El Yettefti, Stewart; Diaz, Pinero, Ballester

Red Cards: None

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Saints maintain unbeaten start

St Joseph’s kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable 4-0 win against a stubborn Europa Point side last night.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Saints manager Raul Procopio opted for Francisco Mateo in goal over Jamie Robba, while Kenneth Chipolina and Fran Cano were afforded rare starts in the Saints lineup. For Europa Point, there was a start for Dayan Torrilla, while Omar El Yettefti was benched.

From the get go, Saints set out their unsurprisingly attacking intentions, with Boro hitting the woodwork after three minutes, but it was in truth a fairly quiet opening period of the game until Loren’s effort, potentially aided by a dummy from Juanfri, snuck into the bottom corner.

There was a double blow for Europa Point, with Tarik Chrayeh limping off injured after just 10 minutes, but against the run of play they nearly equalised – off a good counter attack, the hard-working John Stewart had a good chance but saw his shot hit the post and go away from the goal. That would be as good as it got for their side, as not long after, Erin Barnett headed in from Nano’s corner to make it 2-0.

That would remain the score until after the second half started, when on the hour mark, Sykes Garro curled in a good effort into the top corner, past the helpless Daniel Tudela who was by far the busier keeper on the night. Soon after, Juanfri got his customary goal with a tap-in from close range, and the floodgates looked like they were about to open, however Europa Point held firm to ensure Saints couldn’t rack up a massive scoreline on the night. Saints move back to second, a point behind Lincoln with a game in hand, while Europa Point remain 11th.

Lineups:

St Joseph’s: Mateo; Chipolina, Garro (Casciaro, 70), Boro (Villar, 77), Nano, Pishu, Barnett, Cano (Guirado, 63), Loren, Juanfri, Pons

Unused Subs: Robba, Rojas, Juanma, Mouelhi

Europa Point: Tudela; Josef Webber, Chrayeh (Chiles-Cowell, 10), Pomares, Bado, Torrilla (El Yettefti, 52), Moulds, Arjona (Martinez, 68), Stewart, Jacob Webber, McCarthy

Unused Subs: Adams, Perez, Mustafa, Hockin

Yellow Cards: Pishu, Casciaro; Josef Webber, Jacob Webber, McCarthy, Hockin

Red Cards: None

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Set-pieces prove key in Lincoln win

Lincoln’s set-pieces proved key in their 6-1 win over Europa Point last night, with three goals being assisted by corners or free-kicks from Diego Gamiz.

Photo (C) Lincoln / Neil Wilson

The second of the re-arranged Matchday 4 fixtures saw Lincoln rotate ahead of the weekend’s clash with Lions – Kyle Goldwin returned in goal, while Kyle Casciaro captained the side. For Europa Point, Jamie McCarthy started in an otherwise largely familiar side.

It took Lincoln 22 minutes to break the deadlock, as a corner from Diego Gamiz was headed in by Bernardo Lopes, past Daniel Tudela in the Europa Point goal. 12 minutes later, they would go 2-0 up – a kind rebound off a defender allowed Kian Ronan to square to Kike for an easy tap-in and his ninth goal of the season.

There would be two more goals before the break, with the third being a carbon copy of the first as Gamiz corner found Lopes head again to get his second of the night, and the defender’s fifth of the season. Just before the break, Gamiz got a hat-trick of assists, this time as his free kick found the head of Mustapha Yahaha who made it 4-0 going into the break.

Europa Point may have feared a landslide at this point, but it took Lincoln until 10 minutes from time to get back on the scoresheet, and it would be one of three teenage debutants off the bench who would make an impact. Alongside Kyle Clinton and Ryan Azopardi, 16-year-old Finlay Cawthorn came off the bench for his debut, and less than 30 seconds after stepping on the pitch, he was in the right position to head in his first-ever senior goal, after Tudela had only parried away a shot from Alex Moreno.

Goalscorer turned provider just two minutes later – after some nice play, Cawthorn laid the ball off to Moreno to set him up for a goal from just outside the box to make it six. Europa Point did manage to get a late consolation goal, and it was from a set piece of their own, where after Antony Moulds saw his header cleared off the line, John Stewart was on hand to put the ball past Goldwin and at least give his side something to cheer in the final seconds.

The win puts Lincoln top for the time being, albeit have played a game more than St Joseph’s, Europa and Lynx who are all a point behind the Red Imps, while Europa Point remain 11th in the table after their first six games.

Lineups:

Europa Point: Tudela; Dixon (Webber, 84), Chrayeh, Bado, Adams (Serralvo, 49), Moulds, El Yettefti, Arjona (Webber, 54), Stewart, McCarthy, Hockin

Unused Subs: Martinez, Perez, Mustafa, Chiles-Cowell

Lincoln: Goldwin; Ronan, Lopes, Torrilla (Toscano, 59), K. Casciaro, De Bar (Clinton, 71), Gamiz (Valarino, 59), Moreno, Yahaya, Kike (Cawthorn, 79), Coombes (Azopardi, 71)

Unused Subs: Avellano, Wiseman

Yellow Cards: Moulds

Red Cards: None

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Motta and Peacock helps Boca to victory

Goals in either half from Matheus Motta and Dylan Peacock saw Boca beat Europa Point 2-1 this afternoon.

Aaron Edwards made one change to the side which drew 0-0 to Lincoln last week with Matheus Motta replacing Mattia Ramundo while Europa Point are still in search of their first win of the season.

Motta would give Boca the lead after eight minutes, before Dylan Peacock made it 2-0 in the 72th minute. Benjamin Dixon pulled a goal back for Europa Point in injury time but Boca were able to hold out for the three points.

Boca have once again come under pressure with questions being raised over a possible breach of the HGP rule. After weeks of confusion, it was confirmed that the team in question would have a five minute window to replace a HGP which has been sent off.

It is believed that the fourth official confirmed to the Boca team that the change made after James Parkinson’s red card was made within the five minutes despite reports of it being seven.

This win sees Boca rise into sixth while Europa Point remain in eleventh.


Lineups

Europa Point – Mustafa; Dixon, Hammond (Chiles-Cowell 46), Webber, Chrayeh, Pomares (Martinez 65), Serralvo (Arjona 78), Bado, Moulds, El Yettefti, Stewart

Unused subs: Tudela, Perez, Webber, McCarthy

Boca – Proctor; Perez, Parkinson, Cottrell (Clinton 46), Wall, Motta (Ramundo 64), Peacock, Santos, Armstrong, Coombes (Gilbert 56), Daniele (Juel-Saleh 67)

Unused subs: Thorne-Llambias, Marquez, Haddad

Yellow cards – Pomares, Bado, Stewart; Proctor, Parkinson, Gilbert, Clinton

Red cards – Parkinson

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Moulds goal secures Europa Point draw

A second half goal from Europa Point captain Antony Moulds saw his side secure a 1-1 draw with Glacis on Saturday afternoon.

After Glacis HGP forfeit, both teams were looking for their first point of the season, and it would be Glacis who went ahead in the first half, courtesy of Wessel Witbreuk in the 36th minute.

In the second half, Europa Point did equalise, and it was a rare goal from their captain, Antony Moulds, fresh off being in the Gib national squad earlier this month, who would secure a point for his side.

Despite a red card for Dylan Hayes, Europa Point, who were managed for the first time by Steve Cummings, notched their first point on the board, while Glacis, presuming no HGP breaches, also get to one point.

*Update* – The game is rumoured to be under potential investigation after Europa Point allegedly breached HGP rules after Hayes sending off.

Lineups:

Glacis: Zappacosta; Londero, N. Castle (Poggio, 68), Evans (Akhrif, 68), Derksen, Brinkman, Smith, Witbreuk, Borghi, Byrne, Gallo

Unused Subs: Fluxa, Yeo, Kaleba, Peacock

Europa Point: Tudela; Dixon (Chiles-Cowell, 77), Hammond, Webber, Chrayeh (El-Yettefti, 45), Bado, Hayes, Perez Lobato, (Serralvo, 23), Moulds, Stewart, Webber

Unused Subs: Mustafa, Pomares, Hockin, Ramirez

Yellow Cards: N. Castle, Evans, Gallo; Hayes, El Yettefti

Red Cards: Hayes

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Scott Ballantine on target in Manchester win

Scott Ballantine, Mariano Pereira and Charles Sardena were all on target in Manchester 62’s 3-1 win over Europa Point this evening.

Manchester 62 got off to the perfect start when Scott Ballantine’s tidy finish from inside the box gave them the opener. Robert Montovio set up Mariano Pereira to double his side’s lead.

An unfortunate own goal by the Manchester 62 goalkeeper gave Europa Point some hope heading into the break with Red Devils leading 2-1.

With Europa Point chasing an equaliser, Manchester 62 were able to catch them on the counter-attack which Charles Sardena finished off to give them a 3-1 lead and all three points.

Lineups:

Manchester 62: Al Abd; P.Sardena, Pereira (Chichon 65), Montovio (C.Sardena 46), Ballantine (De Los Santos 65), Sanchez, Negrette, Fortuna, Edzes, Farmer (Ballester 60). Clenahan (Garcia 65)

Unused subs: Warwick, Holland

Europa Point: Tudela; Hammond, Arjona (Caravante 67), Moulds, Pomares, Serralvo (Stewart 74), El Yettefti, Ramirez, Chrayeh, Dixon (Perez 68), Bado

Unsused subs: Mustafa, Hayes, Martinez, Hockin

Yellow cards: Fortuna, Clenahan; Ramirez

Red cards: None

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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.

Photo (C) Black and Burst

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.

Lineups:

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

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Lynx win comfortably despite two red cards

Despite two late red cards, Lynx won comfortably 3-0 against Europa Point in the second part of today’s double header.

Lynx started the better and went ahead after three minutes, with a cross from Michael Ruiz being turned into his own net by a Europa Point defender. While Lynx dominated most of the first half, goalkeeper Bradley Banda, who made 17 saves for the Gib U21s this week, had to be kept busy to ensure Europa Point did not equalise in the 27th minute.

Just before half time, Lynx struck a hammer blow, as Dylan Hernandez, who proved to be a good threat for the club last season, doubled his sides lead, helping Albert Parody’s side on to eventual victory.

Lynx controlled most of the second half, and eventually wrapped up the game in the 82nd minute, as Aritz Hernandez headed past former Europa youngster Daniel Tudela to make it 3-0, which should have made it an easy end to the game.

However, Lynx somehow managed to pick up two late red cars, to locals Brad Power and Javan Parody, to ensure that despite the victory, there would be some negatives for the team to work on.

Lineups:

Lynx: Banda; Damia (Rodriguez, 76), Power, D. Hernandez, A. Hernandez (Huart, 83), Gonzalez (Parody, 76), Torres, Ruiz (Garcia, 60), Chuky (C), Victory, Bauti

Unused Subs: Vinales, Atienza

Europa Point: Tudela; Moulds (C), Arjona, Bado, Pomares, El Yettefti, Ramirez, Hammond (Chrayeh, 77), Serralvo, McCarthy, Caravante (Martinez, 60)

Unused Subs: Mustafa, Stewart, Brennan, Dixon

Yellow Cards: Power, Ruiz, Parody, Gracia; McCarthy

Red Cards: Power, Parody

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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.