Lincoln complete domestic double

Lincoln secured the Rock Cup yesterday after beating Glacis United 2-0 just three days after clinching the league title.

Kike put the Imps ahead after only four minutes and goalkeeper Lolo Soler made a save shortly after to keep Lincoln 1-0. up. Glacis should have equalised in the 18th minute when Chibuike Nwosu found himself running on goal but his shot was saved by Soler.

Lincoln would punish Glacis just seconds later when Kike’s cross found Fernando Carralero to tap the ball into the net to make it 2-0. Nwosu would continue to cause Lincoln problems with his pace and power, resulting in a penalty for Glacis when Jack Sergeant tripped up the Nigerian.

The former Imps midfielder Craig Galliano stepped up and his low shot was saved by the Spanish goalkeeper. Imps would go into the break leading 2-0.

Half-time substiutie Alessandro Borghi had a chance to pull a goal back for Glacis on the hour mark but he dragged his shot wide from inside the box. Both teams made a number of changes but Imps held on to secure their second trophy in the space of three days.


Glacis United – Zappacosta; Smith, Ajayi, Castle, Derksen, Bosio (Ramos 77), Witbreuk (Borghi 46), Galliano (Moreno 64), Serra, Nwosu, Londero (Olugbogi 86)

Unused subs: Gallo, Byrne, Fluxa

Lincoln Red Imps – Soler, Ronan (De Barr 65), Wiseman, Lopes, L.Casciaro (Cabrera 80), Toscano (Britto 59), Carralero, Martinez (Wall 80), Sergeant, Kike (Moreno 59), Torrilla

Unused subs: Goldwin, R.Chipolina

Yellow cards: Ajayi, Witbreuk, Nwosu, Londero, Fluxa; Lopes, L.Casciaro, Toscano, Torrilla, Goldwin

Red cards: None


Lincoln to play Glacis in Rock Cup Final tonight

Lincoln Red Imps and Glacis United are set to contest the 2021 Rock Cup Final this evening at the Victoria Stadium.

Photo (C) William Gracia

The final, which wasn’t even certain to take place until earlier this morning sees Lincoln, who lost in the semi-final to Europa but were put into the final after the Gibraltar FA alleged Europa to have breached competition rules, face a Glacis team who have had to prepare to face one of Gibraltar’s top two since last month, despite not knowing until today exactly who their opposition was.

Europa had applied for an injunction against the GFA, but the Supreme Court chose to turn it down this morning due to the effect it would have had on Glacis, who through no fault of their own would not have been able to contest the final had it not taken place today. Europa have in recent minutes released a statement on today’s Supreme Court Judgement, which you can read here.

As for matters on the pitch, 17-time winners Lincoln will be facing 4-time champions Glacis United at 7pm in what is being billed as a ‘David v Goliath’ battle. Both teams took starkly different routes to the final – Lincoln had to face Championship Group sides Lions, Lynx and Europa to get to the final, while Glacis beat Hound Dogs, Mons Calpe and Manchester 62 on their path to the final. However, Glacis are just 90 minutes away from qualifying for Europe for the first time – should they win, they will enter the Europa Conference League in the summer. If Lincoln win, Mons Calpe in 4th look set to take the final European spot, providing they are granted a UEFA license.

After winning the league title on Sunday, Lincoln may make changes for Wednesday’s final, especially given a number of players will be looking for one final chance at minutes before June’s internationals. Meanwhile, Glacis have had nine days rest since their last league game, and will likely field as strong a team as possible as they bid to upset the sizeable odds put up against them.

The Rock Cup Final is free to enter, with no COVID-19 restrictions in place, and gates open from 6pm ahead of the 7pm kick-off. However, if you are not able to make it to the Victoria Stadium this evening, the game will be streamed for free on the Gibraltar FA’s Youtube channel.


Manchester 62 in comfortable victory vs Glacis

Goals from Matt Clenahan, Mariano Pereira, Scott Ballantine and Mark Edzes ensured Manchester 62 won 4-0 against Rock Cup finalists Glacis last night in the Challenge Group.

Photo (C) Rough & Ready

After beating Europa Point 4-0 last time out, Manchester 62 made one change for last night’s game, as Peter Sardena came in for Michael Negrette. Meanwhile, Glacis saw Aaron Olugbogi, Niall Serra and Darlington Nwosu come in for Alessandro Borghi, Lython Marquez and Quentin Kaleba, as they looked to keep their hopes of winning the Challenge Group alive.

The game got off to an even start, reminiscent of the two sides recent encounter in the Rock Cup semi-final, which Glacis had won 1-0, but Manchester were to take the lead this time out thanks to a good goal from defender Matt Clenahan – the 25-year-old almost doubled Manchester’s lead soon after, but his teammate Mariano Pereira made sure that Davie Wilson’s side took a two-goal lead into the break by grabbing his fifth goal of the league season, and his third in the last four league matches.

Glacis didn’t mount any sort of comeback in the second half, although they came close to getting one back, only for defender Daniel Sanchez to clear off the line, but Scott Ballantine sealed off the contest by adding a third goal 20 minutes from time. 10 minutes later and another of Manchester’s defenders got on the scoresheet, as Mark Edzes fired in after Pereira’s dummy to wrap up back-to-back 4-0 wins. This also ensured Manchester could bring on yet more local talent, including 16-year-old duo Jyron Zammitt and Carl De Torres (brother of Manchester teammate Tito De Torres) – Manchester are all but certain to once again secure the record of giving the most minutes to Gibraltarian players this season, and as manager, Davie Wilson has given chances to some 27 different Gibraltarian’s this season – q number which impressively is also matched by Glacis after 25-year-old Jonathan Moreno made his first appearance in the league this season in last night’s match.

Last night’s result meant it was the first time this season they have won two on the spin in the league. For Glacis, any hopes of winning the Challenge Group are now all but over, and Bruno’s Magpies can secure the group leadership if they beat Europa Point tonight.


Manchester 62: Vinales; Sardena (McCarthy, 85), Pereira (De Torres, 84), Montovio (Zammitt, 84), Ballantine, Sanchez, Thomas (Moir, 85), Edzes, Farmer, Clenahan (Mifsud, 84), Garcia

Unused Subs: Guiling

Glacis: Zappacosta; Llambias, S. Moreno (Byrne, 81), Andrulli, Derksen, Ramos (J. Moreno, 45), Olugbogi (Witbreuk, 45), Galliano, Serra, Ajayi (Borghi, 81), Nwosu

Unused Subs: Fluxa, Currer, Kaleba

Yellow Cards: Edzes, Farmer, Clenahan; S. Moreno, Derksen, Serra, Nwosu

Red Cards: None


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.

Photo (C) David Roberts Sports Photography

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.


Marquez sends Glacis to Rock Cup Final

A first half goal from Lython Marquez was enough to send Glacis through to the Rock Cup Final, after they beat Manchester 62 1-0 last night.

Photo (C) Rough & Ready

Manchester 62 were missing the experience of veteran Robert Guiling, who limped off injured in their last league match, while Glacis welcomed back Job Derksen and Jamie Bosio from injury as both sides looked to make it to this years’ final.

Manchester started the brighter of the two sides, but in the opening half hour neither team properly tested either keeper, apart from some tame efforts which were comfortable for both Ayden Vinales and Marcos Zappacosta. This was, however, until Glacis took the lead. Darlington Nwosu’s long-range strike had to be tipped onto the bar by Vinales, and after the ball bounced on the line and back into play, Marquez was quickest to react, putting the ball into the empty net from mere centimetres out to give his side the lead – a timely moment for the 26-year-old to get his first for the club since joining.

The goal was all that would separate the sides at the break, and in the second half, Manchester came out strong, knowing they had 45 minutes to try and push for an equaliser and keep their cup dreams alive. Mariano Pereira saw an early effort blocked, after some good individual work to make the chance, while Kieron Garcia had a couple of long range efforts go wide for his side. Up the other end, Manchester’s defenders were having to keep alert to the danger of a Glacis counter, with Matt Clenahan doing well to head a dangerous cross away from his own goal.

Manchester had two big chances in the game that they were unfortunate not to make more of – after Zappacosta had initially saved from Tom Farmer, Theo Pizarro lobbed the ball towards goal over the helpless keeper, only to see Glacis defender Ethan Llambias scamper back and head the ball away from the goal. The second chance came minutes from time – a Manchester free kick was put into the box, and Clenahan struck it cleanly enough, but it was straight at Zappacosta in truth and he was able to save it, and secure his team a spot in this years’ final.


Manchester 62: Vinales; Pereira (Pizzaro, 64 – Thorne, 83), Montovio, Negrette (Sardena, 64), Ballantine, Sanchez, Thomas, Edzes, Farmer (Moir, 83), Clenahan, Garcia

Unused Subs: Borge, Mifsud, McCarthy

Glacis United: Zappacosta; Smith (Moreno, 65), Llambias, Derksen, Bosio, Ajayi, Marquez, Galliano (Serra, 79), Gallo (Borghi, 90), Nwosu, Londero

Unused Subs: Fluxa, Andrulli, Ramos, Kaleba

Yellow Cards: Thomas, Garcia; Serra

Red Cards: None


Galliano: “I am enjoying football again”

FG caught up with Glacis United midfielder Craig Galliano to talk about their win over Mons Calpe in the Rock Cup last week, being surrounded by experienced players such as Marcos Zappacosta and Jamie Bosio – plus more.

Galliano reflected on Glacis’ Rock Cup quarter-final win over Mons Calpe last Wednesday, “I believe the game we played vs Mons was very good. We knew it was gonna be a very tough and physical game but I believe we handled it well. We played the football we have been doing and it wasn’t going to change the way we want to keep playing.”

The 18-year old joined Glacis in January and is starting to enjoy a good run of form – we asked Craig about his time at Glacis so far, “My time here since I’ve come in has been brilliant, I have been playing many minutes, scoring goals and helping the team as much as I can. Before I signed in January I didn’t know what to expect because I didn’t know who was in the team or if I was going to be playing but I believe it has worked out for me so far and I’m enjoying football again.

Glacis take on fellow Challenge Group side Manchester 62 in the semi-final with a mouth-watering opportunity of playing Europe just two games away – we asked Craig how the team feels going into Wednesday’s game, “The team right now is full of confidence. On Wednesday nothing will change, we want to win and play the way we are asked and want to play. We are expecting a tough game because they are also a good physical team but of course, I’d say 2 teams wanting to reach the final.

For any young player, being surrounded by experienced personnel will always have a huge impact on your career – we asked Craig how being around players like Marcos Zappacosta, Miguel Londero and Jamie Bosio has helped him, “I have been playing around many experienced players for a few years now, but now playing for Glacis with players like Zappa & Bosio has assisted and helped me settle in!


Five-star Glacis blow away Magpies in convincing win

Glacis United moved to within two points of Bruno’s Magpies at the top of the Challenge Group after an eye-catching 5-1 victory against the group leaders yesterday evening.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Magpies saw David Zamora return in goal in place of Alan Martin, while Kelvin Morgan was on the bench after returning from international duty. For Glacis, they were unchanged from the 4-1 victory vs Manchester 62, with Lython Marquez returning to the bench after a one-match ban.

Glacis would have the early chances, and went ahead after 10 minutes, as Craig Galliano made it goals in back-to-back matches with a deflected effort into the bottom corner. Miguel Londero missed a glorious chance on the half hour mark, but a few minutes later Glacis doubled their lead – Zamora got caught out from a corner and Job Derksen was on hand to head the ball into the back of the net.

Despite a Magpies triple-sub at half time, things went from bad to worse as Ruben Diaz, one of the trio bought on at the break, was sent off for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity when he fouled Darlington Nwosu. Moments later, Magpies were made to pay further as Jamie Bosio headed in from a well-worked corner to get his first senior goal since his return to the league.

With 15 minutes left, Glacis would get a fourth – Marquez, who came on for Galliano, saw his shot saved, but the rebound was slotted in by Nwosu for his fifth goal in three games since signing for the club. Rubo would pull a goal back for his side to ensure he scored for six matches on the spin, but Glacis restored their four-goal lead five minutes from time as Wessel Witbreuk drilled a shot into the bottom corner to wrap up a comprehensive victory for his side.

Glacis now move to within two points of Magpies with five games to go in the group, while for Bruno’s, they’ll need to pick themselves up quickly before a tough Rock Cup tie next week vs St Joseph’s.


Bruno’s Magpies: Zamora; Garcia, Gallardo, Zuniga, Assumpcao (Diaz, 45), Jones (Livingstone, 71), Coombes, De Haro, Casares (Cataruozzolo, 45), Parker (Lopez, 45), Rubo

Unused Subs: Martin, Morgan, Soussi

Glacis: Zappacosta; Smith, Thorne-Llambias, Castle (Lopez, 77), Derksen, Bosio, Witbreuk, Galliano (Marquez, 71), Ajayi, Nwosu (Borghi, 77), Londero

Unused Subs: Fluxa, Andrulli, Currer

Yellow Cards: Casares, Cataruozzolo

Red Cards: Diaz


Craig Galliano on target in Glacis win

Craig Galliano assisted one and scored another in Glacis United’s 4-1 win over Manchester 62 on Friday.

Glacis got off to the perfect start when Craig Galliano set up Samson Ajayi to make it 1-0 after only nine minutes. Manchester 62 came battling back and equalised in the 21st minute through inform striker Dylan De Los Santos.

Wessel Witbreuk restored Glacis’ lead in the 30th minute when the Dutch forward tapped in a rebound from Nwosu’s shot before Craig Galliano made it 3-1 just before half-time to give his side a two-goal lead heading into the second half.

Ayden Vinales was called into action early in the half, saving an effort from Miguel Londero. As the half went on, Man62 staff were visibly unimpressed with some decisions not going there way and should have pulled a goal back when Matt Clenahan headed wide from a free-kick.

The impressive Darlingon Nwosu kept up his goalscoring form to wrap up the three points in the 81st minute to make it 4-1 to Glacis and the Nigerians fourth goal in two games.


Glacis United – Zappacosta; Smith, Thorne-Llambias (Ramos 65), Castle, Derksen, Bosio, Witbreuk, Galliano (Lopez 75), Ajayi, Nwosu, Londero (Andrullli 79)

Unused subs: Fluxa, Moreno, Borghi, Kaleba

Manchester 62 – Vinales; Casciaro, Pereira (De Torres 66), Thorne (Montovio 46), Negrette (Asquez 46), Ballantine, Thomas, De Los Santos (Mifsud 82), Edzes, Clenahan, Garcia

Unused subs: Moir, Zammitt, McCarthy

Yellow cards: Castle; Ballantine, Garcia, Asquez

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


Glacis pay the penalty in Lincoln defeat

After a goalless first half, Glacis were left to rue two second-half penalties given away in an eventual 3-0 defeat to Lincoln yesterday.

Photo (C) Elton Duarte / Lincoln Red Imps

Glacis saw debuts handed out to Jamie Bosio, Alessandro Borghi (brother of Stefano who left the club for St Joseph’s) and Lython Marquez from the start, while Lincoln welcomed back Lee Casciaro and Roy Chipolina to the starting eleven, with the veteran duo both getting 90 important minutes ahead of the upcoming internationals.

Both teams were dealt a first half blow when Ethan Britto and Salvatore Gallo came off early into the game, replaced by Jesus Toscano and Michele Di Piedi respectively. Otherwise, it was a half where neither keeper was overly tested, and the scores were goalless at the break.

Lincoln found the breakthrough they were looking for just before the hour mark – Julian Brinkman fouled Casciaro in the box and Tjay De Barr, who had been featuring in midfield, stepped up to put Mick McElwee’s side ahead. They then grabbed a second five minutes later as Carlos Martinez, who had just come off the bench, doubled the lead – the perfect start for the former Recreativo winger who signed in February.

While Glacis battled until the end, Lincoln would get the icing on the cake of their victory when they gained a second penalty – this time Kike stepped up and made the final score 3-0. The win keeps Lincoln in third ahead of their game vs second place St Joseph’s next week, while Glacis’ first round is now over and they will be preparing for the Challenge Group which is upcoming, a group they’ll fancy their chances of doing well in.


Glacis: Zappacosta; Smith, N. Castle (Ramos, 80), Derksen, Brinkman, Bosio, Borghi, Witbreuk, Marquez (Currer, 73), Gallo (Di Piedi 28 – Galliano, 80), Londero

Unused Subs: Fluka, Brennan, Kaleba

Lincoln: Chino; Wiseman, Lopes, L. Casciaro, De Barr, R. Chipolina, Omoregie (Kike, 60), Carralero (Ronan, 72), Yahaya, Coombes (Martinez, 60), Britto (Toscano, 8)

Unused Subs: Soler, K. Casciaro, Wall

Yellow Cards: Bosio, Ramos

Red Cards: None