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Hernandez: “Parody has made a very good group both on and off the field”

FG caught up with Lynx’s Dylan Hernandez to talk about his sides season far, targeting European qualification this season and more.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Hernandez signed in the summer and has been one of Lynx’s key players – how does the attacker see the club’s season having gone so far? “The Lynx season this year for me has been very good, we have good dynamics and have won matches, including against Lincoln, and Albert Parody has made a very good group both on and off the field, and that is reflected when playing.”

With four European spots on offer this season after the creation of the Europa Conference League, Lynx are among the teams looking to qualify for Europe for the first time in their footballing history (their futsal team being regulars in Europe already) – is Europe the objective for the 24-year-old? “Totally, it is to compete for Europe this year, I think we have a team to qualify and that is the main objective.”

Two Hernandez’ have caught the eye for Lynx this season, with both Dylan, and Aritz Hernandez proving key for the club, so we asked about the partnership the pair have struck up, and how important Aritz has been in Dylan’s view for the club this season: “It’s normal of teammates and more being forwards both, as for the importance that he has in the team, I do not know what to answer for me, he is a teammate, all are important because without the others he would not score goals.”

Finally, we asked Hernandez what his goals were as a footballer in 2021: “My goal is to grow as much as possible and fulfill my dreams of being a professional footballer.”

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Laguea: “We are very happy at our new club”

FG caught up with Isabella Laguea to talk about her time at Lincoln Women, life at her new club Lynx and more.

Laguea summed up her time at Lincoln, “I had a very good experience at Lincoln from start to finish. We started as a new team back in 2014 and since then we managed to win four consecutive league titles.

The new Lynx team is mainly made up of players continuing from last season’s Lincoln side like Alexandra Holt and Naomi Victor, just to name a few – we asked her how she’s found life at her new club – “We were aware that Lynx had been trying to find a women’s team for several years so we decided it was the best move for us. Lynx have welcomed us with open arms, and we are happy at our new club.

* Lynx Women lost their opening game to Lions 3-0 but will be hoping for three points tomorrow when they take on Europa – we asked Isabella how preparations have gone for the game, “The team only got together 2 weeks ago. We managed to have a training session before the game against Lions, but we obviously needed much more time playing as a team to get used to each other. We have since then looked back at certain things that needed improving since our last game and we hope that it can reflect in our game against Europa.

Bella gave us an insight into what she hopes to achieve this season, “This year I hope we can give some competition to both teams throughout the league. We have many new players which haven’t played in the woman’s league before so my main aim is to make them feel comfortable when playing and to improve as much as they can as a player.

* = due to the new GoG covid restrictions – it is yet to be confirmed if the match will be going ahead

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Saints on top after a comfortable victory

St Joseph’s moved to the top of the table after a comfortable 4-1 victory over Lynx last night.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Francisco Mateo went in goal for Saints, while Jamie Serra was also handed a start at right-back; meanwhile Lynx were missing Dylan Hernandez and Chuky from their starting eleven.

The opening stages of the match were very hard-fought, as typified by Aymen Mouelhi’s booking for a foul after 20 seconds of the game. Both teams battled hard until Saints got the breakthrough – Nano entered the box and unleashed a bullet of a finish which, despite Bradley Banda getting a hand to it, went in off the woodwork to give Saints the lead.

From there, Saints looked the better team, and despite picking up a couple more bookings, seemed more in control than their opponents – and despite Juanfri wasting a good one-on-one, the striker would get his goal before half-time, after Nano squared it across the box for him to tap in.

From that point, Lynx, who would have been confident pre-match after their 2-0 win vs Lincoln last weekend, looked beaten, and they went 3-0 down after 65 minutes when Boro scored from the spot to extend his sides lead.

The game then started to slowly drift to a conclusion, before Saints got a fourth. Erin Barnett’s long ball from defence evaded the Lynx defenders and set up Loren to go in one-on-one and finish past Banda. The only sour note to Saints night was a lack of clean sheet, as Aritz Hernandez bundled an effort into the net in injury time, to at least give Lynx something from a game that they had been beaten thoroughly in.

Saints go top of the table, ahead of Europa on goal difference, while Lynx stay fourth but should be assured of a top six finish come the split.

Lineups:

Lynx: Banda; Serra (Ruiz, 45), Damia (Morente, 56), Power, Konare (Javan Parody, 72), Hernandez, Jaydan Parody (Huart, 80), Gonzalez, Ruesca, Victory, Bauti

Unused Subs: Plantone, Espinosa, Hanglin

St Joseph’s: Mateo; Serra, Garro, Boro, Nano, Barnett, Pecci (Rojas, 80) Juanfri (Guirado, 72), Pons, Ferrer (Loren, 61), Mouelhi (Pishu, 72)

Unused Subs: Hernandez, Chipolina, Villar

Yellow Cards: Jaydan Parody, Torres; Juanfri, Ferrer, Mouelhi

Red Cards: None

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Ruesca and Hernandez help Lynx to victory

Second-half goals from Mario Ruesca and Aritz Hernandez earned Lynx the win as Lincoln’s unbeaten record was ended by a 2-0 defeat last night.

David Bautista gave Lincoln an early scare when his shot hit the side-netting in the opening five minutes after a good break by Lynx. The Imps reacted well with Kike heading wide and Diego Gamiz’s shooting over in the space of a few minutes.

Lolo Soler was by far the busiest of the two keepers with the 34-year old making several saves to keep it goalless at half-time.

Five minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute, Mario Ruesca got onto a clever pass by Antonio Gonzalez and slotted the ball past Soler. Imps appealed for a penalty two minutes later after the goalscorer Ruesca collided with Tjay De Barr but referee Tim Reoch waved play on.

Lynx doubled their lead on the hour mark as the two Hernandez’s linked up well again, Dylan’s back-heel pass went into the path of Aritz who drilled his shot into the bottom corner for his 7th goal of the season.

The midfield trio of David Bautista, Jesse Victory and Soumaila Konare put a stop to any further Lincoln attacks and Lynx held on for three important points.

Lineups

Lynx – Banda; Serra, Power, D.Hernandez, A.Hernandez (Konare 65), Parody (Morente 58), Onate (Ruesca 46), Chuky (Ruiz 83), Victory, Bauti

Unused subs: Damia, Parody, Huart

Lincoln Red Imps – Soler, Wiseman, Lopes, Torrilla (Yahaya 55), K.Casciaro, De Barr, Toscano (Clinton 77), Gamiz (Ronan 46), Moreno, Kike, Coombes (Valarino 70)

Unused subs: Goldwin, Azopardi, Cawthorn

Yellow cards – Banda, Serra, Chuky

Red cards – None

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Borge brace helps Europa down Lynx

Two goals from teenage striker Dylan Borge saw Europa beat Lynx 3-1 at a chilly Victoria Stadium last night.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Europa handed a start to Borge, in place of Mikey Yome in the Europa attack, while for Lynx Aidan Serra started at right-back and Jesse Victory dropped down to the bench.

Early in the first half, Juampe had a couple of decent chances to go ahead but was unable to take them, while in the windy conditions, Lynx were enjoying a level of success in playing the ball long and testing the somewhat make-shift centre-back partnership of midfielder David Polaco and full-back Ethan Jolley.

However, it was Polaco who should have put Europa ahead – after a deflected shot found him mere yards from goal, he somehow conspired to put the ball wide of goal and leave the scores goalless. It would mean little in the end, as minutes later Lynx handed an opener to Europa.

Bradley Banda played a short goal-kick to Soumaila Konare, despite the clear presence of both Borge, as well as Liam Walker – the Malian’s touch was poor and allowed Walker to rob the ball, which eventually saw Borge bundle the ball over the line despite Banda’s best attempts.

If the first goal was a gift, the second, just before half-time, was well-earned by Europa. After catching Lynx on the counter using the pace of Borge, his pass to Walker may have been slightly behind the Europa captain, however he was able to set up Willy to score the second of the game, and given Rafael Escobar, who had been noticeably unhappy with his team at times in the half, a slightly easier half-time team talk.

After a good double-save by Banda early in the second half, Europa wouldn’t have to wait too long to make it 3-0. Walker, who ended up with a hat-trick of assists, had a shot on goal, but Borge was clever enough to stick a foot out and divert it the other direction, leaving Banda completely unable to stop the effort going in. Immediately though, Lynx went up the other end and got one back through Dylan Hernandez – more concern for Europa saw Ibrahim Ayew limp off immediately after the goal, with Yome filling in as a make-shift right-back for the remainder of the game.

Lynx showed glimpses of being able to get back in the game, but Europa did waste countless chances to finally kill the match off, and in the end the game ended up 3-1. Europa go top, at least until St Joseph’s and Lincoln’s matches on Sunday, while Lynx remain fourth and won’t go any further down than that by the end of matchday 7.

Lineups:

Europa: Lopez; Jolley, Ayew (Yome, 59), Alvarez (Quillo, 77), Juampe, Walker, Olivero, Carrascal, Borge (Gallardo, 65), Polaco, Willy (Gibson, 77)

Unused Subs: Munoz, Moreno, Poku

Lynx: Banda; Serra, Power, Konare (Morente, 55), D. Hernandez, A. Hernandez, Parody (Ruiz, 69), Gonzalez (Torres, 79), Espinosa, Chuky (Huart, 79), Bauti

Unused Subs: Plantone, Damia, Victory

Yellow Cards: Alvarez; Konare, Parody, Chuky

Red Cards: None

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Victory: “These are the games we need to give big performances in”

FG caught up with Jesse Victory to talk about Lynx’s draw last week, preparations for their next opponent Europa and more.

Jesse reflected on Lynx’s draw with Magpies last Sunday, “Last week was our biggest game of the season so far against a tough Brunos team. It was definitely a scrappy game and after going 1-0 down the team showed great fight to come back get the draw but we felt that it was a game we could’ve gone on to win. The result is still an important point gained against a direct rival that keeps us near the of the table.

Lynx currently sit second in the table after five games, only St Joseph’s are higher on goal difference – we asked Jesse what he has made of their season so far, “After 5 games we’ve put ourselves in a great position but it’s true we do have a much more difficult set of fixtures coming up to finish off the first round. A lot of teams have strengthened from last year and will all be looking at that extra Europa League spot but if we can finish the round strongly and keep ourselves near the top, we will have put ourselves in great shape for the rest of the season.

Next up for Lynx is a tough tie against Europa this Friday, we asked Jesse how preparations have been for the game – “Europa is always going to be a difficult game but we know that if we want to be towards the top at the end of the season these are the games that we need to give big performances in. We’ve been training and preparing well all season, with the results so far and our league position we feel confident going into our next game.

Lastly, Jesse told us what he hopes to achieve this season – “Our objective for this season would be to finish in that 4th place, Europa League spot that was awarded for this season. After we finished 4th last year it is the least we think we should be aiming for.

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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.


Lineups

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

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Dylan Hernandez scores two in Lynx victory

Dylan Hernandez scored two goals as Lynx beat College 1975 7-1 last night to remain the only team with a 100% record.

Gibraltar under 21 international Jaydan Parody marked his return from injury to give Lynx a 1-0 lead after twenty-two minutes. Dylan Hernandez, Estiven Morente and an own goal by Nazim Hughes saw Lynx lead 4-0 at half-time.

Jesse Victory continued his good start to the season by making it 5-0 in the 51st minute followed by Dylan Hernandez getting his second of the night and Lynx’s sixth just a minute later.

Second-half substitute Zayne Da Costa pulled a goal back for College 1975 before Antonio Gonzalez made it 7-1 for Lynx in the 78th minute.

Albert Parody’s men move two points clear of St Joseph’s and Europa while College sit bottom with a goal difference of minus twenty-five after four games.


Lineups

College 1975 – Migge; Sanchez (A.Field 45), J.Field, Hughes (c) (Ruiz Lopez 45 – Da Costa 45), Matto, Pacheco, Ruh (Gonzalez 45), Franco, Rodriguez (Borrell 45), Urenda, Gallardo

Unused subs: Callejon, Warwick

Lynx – Banda; Damia, Power, D.Hernandez, Parody (Ruiz 66), Gonzalez, Onate (Ruesca 61), Chuky (c) (Parody 56), Victory, Morente (Huart 66), Bauti (Konare 56)

Unused subs: Vinales, A.Hernandez

Yellow cards – J.Field

Red cards – 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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Aritz Hernandez late equaliser earns Lynx a point

Aritz Hernandez’s late equaliser earned Lynx a point after drawing 1-1 against 10-man Glacis.

Glacis were heading for their first three points of the season but were punished for having Kivan Castle sent off when Hernandez notched in his fifth of the season.

Salvatore Gallo put Glacis ahead in the 33rd minute and would have been further in front if it wasn’t for Lynx goalkeeper Bradley Banda making a number of important saves.

Lynx were given a boost when Glacis had Kivan Castle sent off on the 63rd minute – a decision which saw them playing with 4 HGP’s for around five minutes before Daniel Pratts came on to replace Wessel Witbreuk.

A late resurgence by Lynx paid off when Aritz Hernandez found some space in the box and fired his shot past Marcos Zappacosta to level the score at 1-1 and earn his side a point.

A point each sees Lynx rise into third and Glacis move into tenth.

Lineups:

Glacis: Zappacosta; Yeo, Flores, K.Castle, Derksen, Kozuh, Witbreuk (Pratts 70), Borghi (Kaleba 80), Byrne, J.Castle, Gallo

Unused subs: Fluka, Omari, Poggio, Lamont, Di Piedi

Lynx: Banda; Damia (Ruiz 65), Power, D.Hernandez, A.Hernandez, Gonzalez, Oñate, Chuky, Victory (Huart 77), Gracia (Rodriguez 31), Bauti (Atienza 46)

Unused subs: Vinales, Parody, Ruesca,

Yellow cards: K.Castle, Byrne, Pratts; D.Hernandez, Oñate, Rodriguez

Red card: K.Castle