Lynx kept their chances of a top 4 spot alive as they comfortably beat Lions 4-0 at the Victoria Stadium yesterday afternoon.
Photo (C) Rough & Ready
After a heavy defeat last time out to St Joseph’s, Lynx started Bradley Banda, Alberto Valdivia, Chuky and Estiven Morente in this match, while Lions, fresh off an impressive 1-1 draw vs Lincoln, also made four changes, with Antonio Cintas, Didi Peacock, Craig Bossano-Anes and Kadrian Verjaque all bought back into Albert Ferri’s side.
A quiet opening 20 minutes saw little in the way of action, bar Valdivia hitting the post, and Julian Valarino having a penalty appeal turned down. 10 minutes before the break, and Valarino would open the scoring – the Lincoln loanee latching onto a through ball and slotting an effort into the bottom corner. There was time for Lynx to get a second before the break too, as Valdivia’s effort across goal was tapped in by Antonio Gonzalez. Lions were adamant he was offside, but replays show he may have indeed kept himself onside, and the goal stood.
Lions, who clearly had left everything in their midweek draw, did not show any form of comeback in the second half, and Lynx made it 3-0 early into the half, with Garcia this time setting up Valdivia to ensure the striker did get his goal; an effort he smashed into the top corner. A flurry of substitutes slowed the game down and took the edge out of it, but there was one further goal as Aritz Hernandez got in on the act to register his 10th goal for Lynx this season.
Lynx’s win means they are still 3 points behind Mons Calpe, who had the shock win vs St Joseph’s on Saturday, while for Lions, they are almost certain now to finish in sixth place, and will be looking to try and end the season with some more positive performances.
Lynx: Banda; Serra, Som (T. Avellano, 70), Power, Caravaca (Hernandez, 60), Valdivia, Gonzalez, Espinosa (Parkinson, 82), Valarino, Chuky (Ruiz, 60), Morente (Santos De Matos, 70)
Unused Subs: B. Avellano, Ruesca
Lions: Valades; Morales, Bosio, Breakspear, Rumbo (Dobinson, 68), Cintas (Prescott, 68), Peacock, Bossano-Anes, Ruiz (Borja Sanchez, 72), Verjaque (Gaivizo, 55), Cortes
Unused Subs: Jimenez, Grech, Victor
Yellow Cards: Som, Chuky; Morales, Bosio, Breakspear, Peacock, Bossano-Anes, Cortes
Red Cards: None