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.
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