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Boca removed from Gibraltar National League

Less than six months after they announced a takeover and new technical team, FC Boca Gibraltar have been removed from the Gibraltar National League after failing to fulfil two domestic fixtures in under a week.

Photo (C) William Gracia

Boca, who had announced back in June a new technical team and sponsorship deal with “Total Sports Management”, have had a deeply troubled season so far – as well as the two fixtures they have failed to fulfil, they also forfeited two further games for breaches of the Home Grown Player rule, and the side, managed by Aaron Edwards after the announced managerial team of Stephen Vaughan Jr and Luke Purcell seemingly ran into complications with regards their being in the stadium, were 10th with four points from six games at the time of today’s announcement.

Today’s news brings to the end a troubled few seasons under multiple ownership groups for Boca, who have run the risk of being kicked out of the league on a number of occasions – and eyebrows were raised at the time abroad when the deal was announced.

FG understands that there was no confirmation whoever was set to be owning Boca, had actually passed the fit and proper persons test from the Gibraltar FA, and after players claimed they were owed two months of wages when they refused to play on the weekend vs Mons Calpe, the writing was clearly on the wall.

As for the league, there will now be 11 teams instead of 12, and any points accrued by teams who beat Boca, as well as goals scored and conceded, will now be removed – an updated league table is below.

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Boca forfeit again

FC Boca Juniors’ days in Gibraltar football look to be numbered as the Gibraltar FA confirm their forfeit against Mons Calpe this afternoon.

What was supposed to be an interesting contest between two teams looking at that extra-spot in Europe, has now been called off. News reached us last night of a possible forfeit on the cards with the Boca players potentially refusing to play.

It is believed that the Boca players have refused to play due to unpaid wages which stretch for over two months. The owners reportedly tried to strike a deal with the squad last night and this morning with a payment of one month being sent next Tuesday but to no avail.

Boca currently find themselves in a hole too deep to climb up with the club currently appealling their forfeit against Glacis, and now today’s cancellation is surely the nail in the coffin for their existence in Gibraltar football.

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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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Armstrong: “We stuck to our game plan”

FG caught up with Boca captain Lennie Armstrong to get his thoughts on last week’s draw to Lincoln Red Imps, life in Gibraltar and more.

Great defending and even better goalkeeping thwarted Lincoln’s bombarding attacks last week to secure a 0-0 draw – we asked Lennie how he felt his team played, “Everyone was brilliant. We stuck to our game plan we had worked on in training and all the lads came together and put 100% in. We could’ve even nicked a goal towards the end which would’ve made it even better.”

We asked Lennie how he has found life at his new club Boca in a new country like Gibraltar, “It’s been pretty easy, to be honest. The local lads have been really welcoming and we’ve got on well which helped me and the other new foreign lads settle in. Gibraltar is a great place and I’m really liking it here. I’ve played abroad before in a few countries and I’d say I’ve enjoyed Gibraltar the most out of everywhere I’ve been.

Boca next play Europa Point this Saturday, Lennie told us about his side’s preparations – “There’s a good atmosphere in training and we want to build on our result against Lincoln. We have to keep our standards whoever we are playing and I believe we can kick on starting Saturday.

Lastly, we asked the 20-year old what he hopes to achieve this season – “We’re still taking every game one at a time. However, if we can achieve a top 6 finish I think that would be considered a successful season for our new-look side. We have a good young hungry group of players and don’t see why that isn’t achievable.

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Lincoln left frustrated in Boca draw

Lincoln Red Imps were frustrated by a disciplined Boca defence and an excellent goalkeeping display by Kieren Proctor as the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

Imps were in control for most of the half but were limited to few chances from great defensive work by Guillermo Perez Sanchez and Leonard Armstrong.

Their first real chance can near the end of the half as Kike’s shot was saved by Kieren Proctor, who replaced the suspended Jack Atkinson. The referee blew for half-time with the score at 0-0.

After soaking up attack after attack from Lincoln, it was Boca who nearly took the lead. An error by Kyle Goldwin gifted the ball to Nathan Santos in the box but the Boca winger’s shot was saved.

In what will probably be Proctor’s best performance in between the sticks, the 22-year old was unbeatable. Save after save, including a goal-line clearance from Lee Coombes – Boca were able to thwart the Lincoln attack and see out for a well-deserved point.

Big questions will be asked of Mick McElwee’s men as they remain two points behind St Joseph’s and Europa while Boca sit seveneth.


Lineups

Lincoln – Goldwin; Ronan (K.Casciaro 62), Wiseman, Lopes (c), De Barr, Toscano, Gamiz, Valarino (Hernandez 58), Moreno (Coombes 77), Yahaya, Kike

Unused subs – Soler, Torrilla, Sergeant, Azopardi

Boca – Proctor; Perez Sanchez, Parkinson, Cottrell (Juel-Saleh 90), Wall, Peacock, Santos (Marquez 76), Coombes, Armstrong (c), Ramundo, Daniele

Unused subs – Gilbert, Motta, Moreno, Burns, Haddad

Yellow cards – Kike; Cottrell, Peacock, Coombes

Red card – None

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Magpies & Lynx awarded wins via forfeit

Brunos Magpies and Lynx have been awarded 3-0 wins via forfeit after Boca Juniors and Glacis United broke the 5 HGP rule.

Both games refer back to the 31st of October and 1st of November where Magpies beat Boca 1-0 and Lynx equalised in the last minute to draw 1-1 with Glacis United.

Boca’s goalkeeper Jack Atkinson was sent off and subbed off Nathan Santos to bring on their second keeper Kieren Proctor. Unaware of the situation, Boca played with 4 HGP’s for four minutes before Lee Coombes replaced Grieco Daniele to restore Boca with 5 HGP’s on the pitch.

Meanwhile, after Kivan Castle was sent off for Glacis, they spent seven minutes playing with 4 HGP’s on the pitch and breaching the rule, before eventually deciding to replace Wessel Witbreuk with Daniel Pratts.

Wins for both teams see Magpies sit in eighth and Lynx move top of the Gibraltar National League with a perfect 100% record. Meanwhile, FG also received confirmation that Boca and Glacis have been imposed with monetary fines, as well as their forfeits.

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Diaz wins it late for Magpies

A late goal from Ruben Diaz saw Bruno’s Magpies beat Boca Gibraltar 1-0 in the second part of Saturday’s double-header

Photo (C) David Roberts

After losses against Europa and Lincoln, Magpies needed to bounce back, but found it tough against a determined Boca side – a penalty shout in the first 15 minutes was as good as it got for their side.

Things got worse when Tyson Ruiz was shown a straight red after 30 minutes of the game, and Boca had two of the better chances before the break through Didi Peacock and Leon Clinton – the game was goalless though at half-time.

In the second half, Boca had a penalty appeal from Nathan Santos turned down, and looked to be on course for at least a point, until goalkeeper Jack Atkinson was sent off after an altercation in the 83rd minute with Kelvin Morgan of Magpies.

It seemed Boca had potentially breached HGP rules with their subs after the red, but in the end as Diaz would put Magpies ahead in the 89th minute, securing them an important three points in the process against a battling Boca side.

Lineups:

Magpies: Martin; Garcia, Gallardo, Diaz, Zuniga, Vinet, Lopez (Morgan, 76), Bent (Soussi, 30), Parker, Ruiz, Rubo (Assumpcao, 76)

Unused Subs: Galia, Cataruozzolo, Catania, Oliveira

Boca: Atkinson; Perez, Parkinson (Thorne-Llambias, 71), Cottrell, Wall, Motta, Peacock (Marquez, 71), Clinton, Santos (Proctor, 85), Armstrong, Daniele (Coombes, 89)

Unused Subs: Drudi, Ramundo, Haddad

Yellow Cards: Diaz, Zuniga, Assumpcao, Morgan; Parkinson, Cottrell, Clinton

Red Cards: Ruiz, Atkinson, Clinton

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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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Boro & Juanfri score in Saints win

Boro and Juanfri both got on the score-sheet in St Joseph’s 3-1 win over Boca this afternoon.

After a nearly fifteen-minute delay which saw a Boca player removed from their team-sheet due to testing complications, the game got underway on a sunny afternoon at the Victoria Stadium.

It took eighteen minutes for St Joseph’s to take the lead, Domingo Ferrer Lopez latched onto a through ball and fired his shot past Jack Atkinson. Saints finished the half strongly with Boro and Juanfri scoring to make it 3-0 to Saints.

Boca was awarded a penalty on the 75th minute which Luke Wall dispatched to make it 3-1. Saints held on for the remaining fifteen minutes and secured themselves the three points on the opening day of the season.

Lineups:

St Joseph’s: J. Robba; Serra, Boro (Juanma, 61), Nano, Hernandez, Pecci, Juanfri (Guirado, 61), Villar, Pons, Ferrer (Loren, 61), Mouelhi

Unused Subs: Mateo, Chipolina, Carrasco, K. Robba

Boca: Atkinson; Gilbert, Perez, Parkinson, Wall, Marquez, Peacock (Ramundo, 65), Santos, Coombes (Clinton, 45), Armstrong, Sammartino

Unused Subs: Proctor, Juel-Saleh, Drudu, Daniele

Yellow Cards: Perez, Peacock

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.