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Lynx stroll to success against Lions

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.

Lineups:

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

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Juanfri hat-trick sends Saints on way to victory

A hat-trick from Juanfri saw St Joseph’s on their way to a straight-forward 5-0 victory over Lynx yesterday evening.

Photo (C) St Joseph’s

Bradley Banda returned to the Lynx squad after injury, but only to the bench as Bradley Avellano retained his spot in goal, while Thomas Som, Alberto Caravaca, Antonio Gonzalez and Tyronne Avelanno were all bought into the starting eleven for the match. For Saints, they made one change from the win vs Lincoln – Antony Moulds replaced Aymen Mouelhi in defence.

There was an early blow for St Joseph’s as Pishu had to come off injured within the first 15 minutes of the game; he was to be replaced by Sykes Garro, but it was another local who played a pivotal part in Saints opener, as a brilliant cross from Alain Pons found the head of Juanfri, who made sure to score and give his side the lead. Lynx reacted to going behind, and after Tyrone Avellano saw his low driven shot saved by Jamie Robba, they also had a goal-bound effort scrambled away from off the line – this would prove to be as good as it got for Lynx though.

St Joseph’s kept pushing for the second goal, but were seemingly set to go in at the break only a goal up, until with almost the last kick of the half, an impressive through-ball from Cristian Pecci sent Boro in on goal, and the Saints captain made no mistake, giving his side a 2-0 lead at half-time. Soon after the restart, it would be 3-0 – Erin Barnett’s cross found Juanfri, who hit the crossbar, but teammate Stefano Borghi was on hand to pick up the rebound and score his first goal since joining from Glacis in the winter.

From that point, Saints played the rest of the game picking away at Lynx, looking for opportunities to extend their lead, and Juanfri would be the eventual beneficiary of that approach. His second goal was once again set up by a cross from Pons on 72 minutes, and three minutes later he would complete his hat-trick, stabbing the ball home after a cross from Barnett on the opposite flank – Saints full-backs proved to be key all game and Lynx could not stop the constant supply from Pons and Barnett.

Lynx had a couple of half-chances to reduce the deficit, courtesy of efforts from Caravaca, Aritz Hernandez and Estiven Morente, but in truth they looked like a team well-beaten. They face Lions next up in what will be expected to be a tight affair, while St Joseph’s take on Mons Calpe, now knowing they are only three points off the top of the table.

Lineups:

Lynx: B. Avellano; Serra, Som, Power (Jav. Parody, 73), Caravaca, Jay. Parody, Gonzalez (Morente, 73), Ruesca, Espinosa, Valarino (Parkinson, 75), T. Avellano (Hernandez, 52)

Unused Subs: Banda, Valdivia, Santos De Matos

St Joseph’s: Robba; Boro, Pishu (Garro, 14), Barnett, Pecci (Carrasco, 58), Borghi (Ferrer, 74), Moulds, Juanfri, Villar, Pons, Juanma

Unused Subs: Mateo, Serra, Chipolina, Guirado

Yellow Cards: Serra, T. Avellano; Pecci, Pons

Red Cards: None

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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