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Europa eventually overcome stubborn Lynx

It took 65 minutes for Europa to break the deadlock, but they eventually went on to beat a resilient, stubborn Lynx side 3-0 yesterday afternoon.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Before the game, the absence of Liam Walker from the Europa 18-man squad for the first time in a league game since April 2019 only added to the growing rumours about the Europa captain’s future at the club – Jack Breed came in to the side for his league debut while Juampe took the armband. For Lynx, Bradley Avellano, on loan from Lincoln, continued in goal while Bradley Banda recovers from a hamstring injury.

The first half was a fairly flat affair, with Europa trying to break down Lynx but missing that spark that could have unlocked their defence. They could have had an early penalty, but Marco Rosa was adjudged to have dived in the box despite some sort of contact being clear to hear from the stands – the midfielder was booked. Soon after, Breed whipped in a good cross which Mikey Yome headed towards goal, but Avellano stood firm and made a good save to deny the Europa winger.

Lynx were resolute defensively but were not overly testing Europa’s defence, meaning most of the traffic, despite how slow it was at times, was one-way – Adrian Gallardo twice had the ball in the net only for the offside flag to be raised, while Niels Hartman made a superb last-ditch tackle when Juampe looked certain to go on and score.

Europa continued to huff and puff into the second half, and after 65 minutes they finally broke Lynx’s resistance, when Marco Rosa was set up by Juampe – and the midfielder who had earlier been booked finished in off the post to put Europa ahead. Soon after, Europa keeper Christian Lopez was finally called into action, making a one-handed save to deny Jesse Victory from equalising for Lynx. With 15 minutes to go, Lynx had handball appeals in the box turned down, but it would be two Europa subs who would add some gloss to the final scoreline.

Chico Diaz received a long ball over the Lynx defence and fired it in from close range moments before injury time, before Leon Clinton, on his league debut for the club, absolutely rocketed in an effort from 25 to 30 yards out to secure a 3-0 win – the scoreline itself was harsh on Lynx who battled hard all game, but the result was a fair one on the balance of things.

Lineups:

Europa: Lopez; Jolley (Alvarez, 80), Breed, Olmo, Juampe, Gallardo (Borge, 80), Yome (Clinton, 57), Badr, Carrascal, Rosa (Diaz, 72), Juanlu (Polaco, 80)

Unused Subs: Romero, Ayew

Lynx: B. Avellano; Serra (Victory, 58), Power, Hartman, Hernandez (Valdivia, 58), Parody (Huart, 67), Torres (Parkinson, 85), Espinosa, Valarino, Santos (Caravaca, 46), Morente

Unused Subs: Navarro, T. Avellano

Yellow Cards: Rosa; Torres, Parkinson

Red Cards: None

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Lincoln put seven past Lynx

Lincoln moved two points clear at the top of the Gibraltar National League after a resounding 7-0 victory over Lynx yesterday evening.

Photo (C) David Roberts

The last time these two sides played, Lynx shocked Lincoln when beating them, but this time out Lincoln ensured there was to be no repeat, especially given the earlier result that day between Europa and St Joseph’s meaning they could move two points clear.

Kike and Fernando Carralero scored in quick succession just after the half-hour mark, before the floodgates opened in the second half. Carralero got his second and Mustapha Yahaya also scored, before Lynx, who had used all five subs, saw keeper Bradley Banda come off injured with 20 minutes to go, meaning winger Jaydan Parody had to take up the gloves as a makeshift keeper.

Parody was understandably unable to further keep out Lincoln, who added a further three goals through a second from Kike, as well as strikes from Sunday Omoregie and Diego Gamiz, to wrap up the game at 7-0. Lincoln remain first, extending their lead over Europa to two points, while Lynx stay fifth and will be looking for Lions to do them a favour when they play Mons Calpe this afternoon.

Lineups:

Lynx: Banda; Serra, Power, Hartman, Caravaca, Hernandez (Valdivia, 61), Gonzalez (Morente, 56), Espinosa, Chuky (Hanglin, 56), Victory (Parody, 61), Bauti (Santos, 26)

Unused Subs: Avellano, Parkinson

Lincoln: Chino; Ronan, Wiseman, Lopes, De Barr, Chipolina, Toscano, Carralero (Coombes, 59), Yahaya, Kike (Omoregie, 71), Wall (Gamiz, 65)

Unused Subs: Soler, Torrilla, Moreno, Sergeant

Yellow Cards: Espinosa

Red Cards: None

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Diaz brace boosts Mons

Diego Diaz scored twice as Mons Calpe climbed above Lynx into fourth with a convincing 3-1 win yesterday.

Mons Calpe welcomed back Kevagn Ronco and Ethan Santos following their defeat to St Joseph’s while Lynx made only one change from the side which beat Lions with Antonio Gonzalez replacing Estiven Morente.

Brad Power and Aidan Serra had early chances for Lynx before Bradley Banda was called into action, saving from Maximiliano Mallemaci. Alberto Caravaca had a chance just before half-time but his curled effort went wide, meaning the score would remain 0-0 heading into the break.

Diego Diaz opened the scoring for Mons Calpe in the 55th minute after being set up by Maximiliano Mallemaci and they found themselves 2-0 up just eight minutes later when Ethan Santos’ long throw found its way to Mark Ballester on the edge of the box whose shot looped over Bradley Banda.

Lynx missed a glorious chance to pull a goal back in the 72nd minute but Aritz Hernandez headed wide from David Bauti’s free-kick. Mons Calpe would punish that miss by making it 3-0 in the 77th minute when Diaz got on the end of Andre Dos Santos’ cross to guide the ball past Banda.

First-half substitute Mario Ruesca would get a consolation goal for Lynx in the 89th minute with Mons running out 3-1 winners.


Lineups

Mons Calpe – Montano; Dos Santos, E.Santos, Rodriguez, El Hmidi (N.Santos 71), Caballero, Ojeda, Ballester, Diaz (Pinero 85), Ronco, Mallemaci (Musoni 77)

Unused subs: Fraiz, Bernardes, Moreno, De Los Santos

Lynx – Banda; Serra (Parkinson 68), Som (Ruesca 21), Power, Caravaca, Valdivia (Hernandez 53), Gonzalez (Santos 68), Onate, Valarino, Victory (Parody 53), Bautista

Unused subs: Avellano, Morente

Yellow cards: Caballero, Diaz; Bautista

Red cards: None

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Victory heads Lynx to victory

A first half header from Jesse Victory saw Lynx beat Lions 1-0 in the first match of the Championship Group.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Lions had to replace the suspended Shea Breakspear, which saw Kaylan Rumbo start, while Lynx had Bradley Banda return in goal while Alberto Valdivia started for the side.

From the get go, Lynx had the better chances as they looked to make it back-to-back wins over Lions, although they weren’t helped by Aidan Serra coming off after 16 minutes. His replacement, Michael Ruiz, tested Borja Valades in the Lions net, before some good play and a good cross from left-back Thomas Som met the head of Victory, who headed Lynx into the lead.

Lions had injury issues of their own as Guillermo Jimenez came off for Craig Bossano-Anes, while the half time sub of Abraham Pomares for Kaylan Rumbo was likely tactical. While Jared Buhagiar did have an effort go over for Albert Ferri’s side, it was about as good as it got for them, and just before the end Thomas Hastings saw red as Lynx secured the three points.

Lynx remain in fourth place but have strengthened their hopes of finishing there, while Lions are now seven points off that spot, set to be the final European spot depending on the cup winners, and their hopes of Europe are fading fast.

Lineups:

Lions: Valades; Jimenez (Bossano-Anes, 40), Tovar, Bosio, Rumbo (Pomares, 45), Cintas (Prescott, 53), Peacock, Buhagiar, Verjaque (Mkerreff, 75), Cortes, Hastings

Unused Subs: Victor, Grech

Lynx: Banda; Serra (Ruiz, 16), Som (Hanglin, 83), Power, Caravaca (Gracia, 83). Valdivia (Santos, 59), Espinosa, Valarino, Victory, Morente (Gonzalez, 59), Bauti

Unused Subs: Avellano, Parkinson

Yellow Cards: Bosio, Peacock, Cortes, Hastings, Mkerreff; Gracia

Red Cards: Hastings

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Lynx return to winning ways against Lions

Lynx bounced back from two losses on the spin to record a comfortable 3-0 win against Lions yesterday.

Photo (C) Black and Burst

Ivan Ruiz Pecino and Kadrian Verjaque were replaced by Antonio Cintas and Guillermo Jimenez for Lions, while Lynx handed a start in goal to Bradley Avellano, on loan from Lincoln, while former Lions captain Alberto Caravaca starter against his former club.

In a balanced opening half, both teams traded chances, but it would be a moment of skill from Aritz Hernandez in the box which created the space for the attacker to finish past Borja Valades and open the lead just before the break.

Lynx weren’t done there either, and managed to double their lead moments later. Bauti’s free kick appeared to be touched on by Brad Power and found its way into the net – the goal has been officially credited to Bauti by the officials but either way it meant Lynx turned the game completely on its head going into the break.

Lions were not able to fight back enough in the second half despite a string of subs, and with 15 minutes to go, Alberto Valdivia, in only his second appearance since recovering from a bad injury, ended the game as a contest from close range.

Lynx maintain fourth spot, with a 3 point lead from Mons Calpe who play tomorrow, while Lions will stay in sixth and know they will need to catch up points in the Championship Group if they want to keep their hopes of a Europa Conference League spot alive.

Lineups:

Lions: Valades; Jimenez (Verjaque, 72), Tovar, Bosio (Mkerreff, 46), Breakspear, Cintas, Pomares (Prescott, 63), Peacock, Buhagiar, Cortes, Hastings

Unused Subs: Victor, Rumbo, Bossano-Anes, Gaivizo

Lynx FC: Avellano; Serra (Hanglin, 79), Som (Morente, 68), Power (Parkinson, 79), Caravaca, Hernandez (Valdivia, 60), Espinosa, Valarino, Santos (Parody, 68), Victory, Bauti

Unused Subs: Banda, Gonzalez

Yellow Cards: Tovar, Bosio, Breakspear, Buhagiar, Hastings, Mkerreff; Caravaca

Red Cards: None

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Brad Power own goal hands Mons victory

Mons Calpe secured a top-six finish after Brad Power’s spectacular first-half own goal sealed a 1-0 win over Lynx.

Mons, now level on points with Lynx in fourth, took an 33rd-minute lead when defender Brad Power massively over-hit a back-pass and the ball flew past a helpless Bradley Banda.

Seven minutes later Christian Fraiz denied Lynx forward Aritz Hernandez with a neat stop. Mons went into the break with a 1-0 lead.

Mons Calpe had a goal disallowed for offside near the end of the game but Cesar Vegas’ men were able to hold onto the lead and qualify in the top-six alongside Lions, Lynx, Lincoln, St Joseph’s and Europa.

Lynx take on Lions next Wednesday, a defeat and Mons Calpe beat Manchester 62 would leave them in 4th at the end of round one.


Lineups

Lynx – Banda; Som, Power, Caravaca, Hernandez, Parody (Serra 61), Gonzalez (Santos 61), Onate, Chuky (Valarino 46), Victory, Bauti (Valdivia 72)

Unused subs: Avellano, Ruesca, Morente

Mons Calpe – Fraiz; Dos Santos, E.Santos, Rodriguez, Bernardes (Caballero 53), El Hmidi (N.Santos 77), Ojeda, Ballester, Diaz, Ronco, Mallemaci (Musoni 53)

Unused subs: Montano, Moreno, El Andaloussi, De Los Santos

Yellow cards: Rodriguez, Mallemaci

Red cards: None

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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