Saints on top at Christmas

St Joseph’s will go into the Christmas break sitting top of the table after beating Bruno Magpies 3-0 last night.

Johnny welcomed back Francisco Zuniga after his injury and Shay Jones was handed his first start for Magpies while Procopio made two changes with John Paul Hernandez making his debut and Federico Villar walked straight into the heart of the Saints defence.

Magpies got off to a quick start and looked the better team for most of the first half but were unable to test John Paul Hernandez, who was making his Saints debut.

Domingo Ferrer Lopez, Erin Barnett and Boro all picked up yellow cards in the first half to give you the feeling that the game will be a fiery contest. Saints took the lead just before half-time through a stunning free-kick by Mariano ‘Nano’ Gonzalez Maroto.

An unfortunate own goal by Zuniga would give Saints a 2-0 lead before Juanfri would put the game to bed just a minute later when Nano dispossessed Ruben Diaz and squared the ball for the Spaniard to score his 13th goal this season.

It would take 65 minutes for Magpies to have their first real chance of the game when Rubo’s header was straight at Hernandez, apart from that, it was a poor half for Magpies in general.

Saints would hold on to the lead and walk away with the three points needed to sit top of the table, albeit on goal difference while Magpies sit eighth.


Magpies – Martin; Garcia, Diaz, Zuniga, Cataruozzolo (Fernandez 37), Jones, Vinet (Morgan 64), Lopez, Bent (Assumpcao 68), Parker, Rubo

Unused subs: Zamora, Catania, Consigliero, Soussi

St Joseph’s – Hernandez; Garro (Hernandez 68), Boro (Loren 64), Nano, Barnett (Serra 68), Pecci (Guirado 78), Juanfri, Villar, Pons, Ferrer (Juanma 46), Mouelhi

Unused subs: Chipolina, Carrasco

Yellow cards: Lopez, Bent, Morgan; Boro, Barnett, Pecci, Ferrer

Red cards: None


Jeremy Lopez scores winner for Magpies

Jeremy Lopez’s second-half strike saw Brunos Magpies edge past Glacis United 1-0 yesterday.

Nicholas Castle, Kivan Castle and Job Arjan Derksen were the Glacis changes from the side which beat College with Nicholas’ brother James dropping to the bench.

Johnny Parrado made four changes with Dan Bent and Jeremy Lopez starting after being benched in their win over Manchester 62 while Jean Carlos Garcia and Alan Parker returned from injury.

Rubo and Tyson Ruiz had chances for Magpies early on but weren’t able to test Glacis keeper Marcos Zappacosta. Glacis had shouts for a penalty in the 40th minute which were turned down and both teams went into the break at 0-0.

Wessel Witbreuk missed two early chances for Glacis which his side would later rue when Magpies took the lead in the 58th minute through Jeremy Lopez.

Important saves from Alan Martin and a disciplined Magpies defence kept out Glacis and secured their side the three points.


Glacis – Zappacosta; Yeo (J.Castle 77), N.Castle (Brinkman 67), Derksen, Smith, Witbreuk, Borghi, Byrne, Gallo, Londero, K.Castle (Flores 51)

Unused subs: Fluxa, Evans, Kaleba, Di Piedi

Magpies – Martin; Garcia, Gallardo, Diaz, Assumpcao (Cataruozzolo 76), Vinet, Lopez (Morgan 59), Bent, Parker (Jones 76), Ruiz, Rubo

Unused subs: Zamora, Gil, Fernandez, Consigliero

Yellow cards: Derksen, Witbreuk, K.Castle; Gallardo, Assumpcao, Vinet, Ruiz

Red cards: None


Shay Jones nets winner on Magpies debut

Two goals from Rubo and a debut goal for Shay Jones helped Brunos Magpies to a 3-2 win over Manchester 62.

Johnny Parrado made two changes from the side which drew to Lynx with Jaydan Catania and Matheus Assumpcao replacing Dan Bent and Jean Carlos Garcia.

The former Brunos manager David Wilson would only make one change after Manchester 62’s win over College 1975 with Theo Pizarro replacing the suspended Tom Farmer.

Theo Pizarro’s debut lasted just ten minutes with the Manchester 62 striker coming off with a suspected hamstring injury and was replaced by Robert Montovio.

After a number of good saves from the Manchester 62 goalkeeper, Magpies got their noses in front on the 17th minute after a well-worked team goal was finished by the captain Rubo.

Manchester 62 equalised just two minutes later, Magpies failed to clear their lines from a free-kick and Robert Montovio was on hand to slot the ball in from inside the box.

Rubo nearly put Magpies ahead at the end of the first half but Spanish striker was at full stretch and unable to direct the ball towards goal – the game stayed all square at half-time.

Just after the hour mark, Rubo got on the end of Tyson Ruiz’s cross to put Magpies 2-1 up – great work once again by Jaron Vinet who was heavily involved in both of Magpies’ goals.

77 minutes in and Manchester 62 got their equaliser, a lapse in concentration by the Magpies defence led to second-half substitute Dylan De Los Santos receiving the ball in the box and slotting it past Alan Martin.

Their celebrations were short-lived when Rubo laid the ball off for 18-year old Shay Jones to slot the ball past El Abd and seal Magpies the three points on his debut.


Bruno’s Magpies: Martin; Gallardo, Diaz, Cataruozzolo (Fernandez, 60), Assumpcao, Morgan (Jones, 72), Vinet, Catania, Soussi (Consigliero, 82), Ruiz, Rubo

Unused Subs: Galia, Lopez, Livingstone, Bent

Manchester 62: El Abd; Pizarro (Montovio, 11), P. Sardena, Pereira (D. De Los Santos, 63), S. De Los Santos, Negrette, Ballantine, Sanchez (Chichon, 68), Edzes, Clenahan, Garcia

Unused Subs: Borge, Mifsud

Yellow Cards: C. Sardena, Pereira, Clenahan

Red Cards: None


Aritz Hernandez secures point for Lynx

Aritz Hernandez scored his 6th goal of the season as Lynx came from behind to draw 1-1 with Brunos Magpies.

The Spanish striker bagged a 54th-minute equaliser for Lynx, who had found themselves behind to striker Rubo’s 27th-minute opener. Hernandez capitalised on a poor throw-in by Magpies and fired his shot past Martin, with the point keeping Lynx’s unbeaten record intact.

Both sides had chances in the first half but Rubo’s first goal of the season gave Magpies the lead at half-time. Johnny Parrado will be slightly worried about the injuries picked up by Jean Carlos Garcia and Jaron Vinet who were both forced off.

Neither team were able to muster anything worthwhile in the second half and Lynx move top of the league with Magpies sitting in eighth.


Lynx – Banda; Damia (Serra 59), Power, D.Hernandez (Ruiz 78), A.Hernandez, Parody, Onate, Chuky, Victory, Morente (Gonzalez 65), Bauti

Unused subs: Plantone, Konare, Ruesca, Huart

Magpies – Martin; Garcia (Lopez 40), Gallardo, Diaz, Cataruozzolo, Morgan, Vinet (Livingstone 60), Bent, Soussi, Ruiz, Rubo (Fernandez 84)

Unused subs: Galia, Assumpcao, Oliveira, Victory

Yellow cards – Power, Chuky; Morgan, Bent, Soussi

Red cards – None


Lions hold firm in Magpies draw

A resilient Lions defence kept out Bruno’s Magpies in a well-earned 0-0 draw at the Victoria Stadium last night.

After their late draw vs St Joseph’s before the break, Lions were looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, while Magpies would have been buoyed by their late win vs Boca last time out.

The first half was a quiet affair, with Magpies having most of the ball but not being able to break down Lions sturdy defence. A couple of bookings and a great save by Borja Valades from Matheus Assumpcao’s driven effort were the main takeaways from the half.

The second half did not light up either as Magpies would have hoped – and they may have been frustrated at how often referee Herbert Warwick was blowing up for fouls against them, stopping the flow of the game and any momentum they may have been trying to build.

Jaron Vinet went closest to breaking the deadlock, with his deflected effort from outside the box hitting the post, but in the end Lions stood tall and firm to ensure they took another draw from one of their top 6 rivals from last season. For Magpies, four points from four games is not the ideal start, albeit they have had a fairly tricky run, but new manager Johnny will need wins soon.


Bruno’s Magpies: Martin; Garcia, Diaz, Cataruozzolo, Assumpcao (Edilson, 66), Vinet, Catania, Bent, Parker, Soussi (Morgan, 72), Rubo

Unused Subs: Galia, Gallardo, Fernandez, Lopez, Livingstone

Lions: Valades, Jimenez (Morales, 82), Tovar, Bosio, Rumbo, Cintas, Caravaca, Buhagiar (Bossano-Anes, 81), Ruiz (Cortes, 56), Verjaque, Hastings

Unused Subs: Benitez, Pomares, Thorne, Grech

Yellow Cards: Garcia, Bent, Morgan; Jimenez, Rumbo, Cintas, Caravaca, Buhagiar, Morales

Red Cards: None


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.


Garcia: “We want to build from that win”

FG caught up with Jean Carlos Garcia to talk about Magpies’ win over Boca last week, the fourth spot in Europe and more.

An 88th-minute goal from defender Ruben Diaz secured a 1-0 win over Boca last Saturday – we asked JC how he felt the team played, “I thought we were comfortable for the opening thirty minutes, although it was a tight game with few chances created but changed when we went down to 10 men. I was extremely proud of how we performed, we knew we had to defend well and play counter-attacking football. We played out the game how we wanted and ended up winning playing sixty minutes with ten men.”

The win over Boca was their first three points of the season after two defeats to Lincoln and Europa – we asked JC how important the win was, “Obviously the team are in high spirits after we got our first points off the season considering, we got the two best teams of the league in our opening fixtures. We want to build from that win, keep on training hard and prepare ourself well for a tough game against Lions after the international break.”

As we reported in mid-September, Gibraltar was on course for an extra European spot which was later confirmed by UEFA in October. Europa, St Joseph’s and Lincoln would be expected to fight for the top three leaving the fourth spot open to Magpies, Lynx and other to fight for. We asked JC if there’s added pressure on his side to qualify for Europe, “None at all. Not going to lie, of course, we would like to go into Europe, but that is not in our plans at the moment. Brunos is a club where we are still building the foundations to aim to achieve goals like that, one brick at a time.”

Lastly, JC spoke about what he hopes to achieve this season – “As a club, we would like to finish the season better than last year. Knowing how hard everyone works at the club including players and people behind the scenes, I have no doubt we will try our best to achieve that.”


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.


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


Kike brace leads Lincoln to victory

Kike scored his sixth goal in two games as his brace led Lincoln to a 3-0 win over Brunos Magpies last night.

Lincoln’s fast start saw them awarded a penalty in the opening sixty seconds, Kike stepped up and sent the ball way over the crossbar. The Imps would continue to attack with Diego Gamiz having a shot go wide.

Both teams would go into the break 0-0 in what was a very cagey affair. Mick McElwee would introduce Anthony Hernandez into the second half, a move which would have a massive impact.

Bernardo Lopes broke the deadlock with his third goal of the season with 55 minutes played. Five minutes later and Kike made it 2-0 after a mix-up in the Magpies defence.

Kike got his second of the night and Lincoln’s third just eight minutes later with the Spanish striker getting on the end of Gamiz’s free-kick to nod the ball past Alan Martin.

Lincoln would hold on to the lead and walk away with three important points heading into this Saturday’s clash with Europa.


Lincoln – Soler; Wiseman (K.Casciaro 77), Lopes (c), Torrilla, De Barr, Toscano, Gamiz (Valarino 88), Moreno (Yahaya 77), Sergeant, Kike (Ronan 88), Coombes (Hernandez 48)

Unused subs: Avellano, Britto

Magpies – Martin; Garcia (c), Gallardo (Fernandez 81), Diaz, Gil, Vinet, Lopez (Livingstone 81), Bent (Assumpcao 65), Parker, Ruiz (Soussi 65), Rubo

Unused subs: Galia, Catania, Oliveira,

Yellow cards: Torrilla, De Barr, Sergeant; Diaz, Gil, Vinet, Bent, Ruiz

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