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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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Mons return to winning ways to boost top-six hopes

Mons Calpe returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion, boosting their top-six hopes with a 4-1 victory against Brunos Magpies last night.

Cesar Vegas’ side came into the game on the back of a draw against Lions last December, but there was no sign of rust as Diego Diaz put Mons ahead after seven minutes.

Magpies were dealt a heavy blow at half-time when Tyson Ruiz was given a second yellow after the whistle, leaving his team with ten men and trailing 1-0.

Three minutes into his debut and debutant Elyakim Musoni set up Diaz to make it 2-0 for Mons Calpe then seven minutes later, Ayoub El Hmidi would make it 3-0.

Rubo instantly pulled a goal back for Magpies but the game was put to bed in the 85th minute when Musoni scored from outside the box to make it 4-1.


Lineups

Mons Calpe: Fraiz; Dos Santos, E.Santos, Bernardes, El Hmidi (N.Santos 88). N.El Andaloussi (Rodriguez 66), Ojeda, Ballester, Diaz, Ronco, Mallemaci (Musoni 66)

Unused subs: Montano, Moreno, Caballero, M. El Andaloussi

Brunos Magpies: Perez; Garcia, Diaz, Zuniga (Morgan 69), Cataruozzolo (Parker 46), Assumpcao (Gallardo 35 – Fernandez 80), Vinet, Lopez (Jones 70), Casares, Ruiz, Rubo

Unused subs: Zamora, Coombes

Yellow cards: Dos Santos, Bernardes, El Hmidi, Diaz, Ronco, Mallemaci; Diaz, Cataruozzolo, Casares, Ruiz

Red cards: Ruiz

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Mons strengthen ahead of the restart

Mons Calpe head coach Cesar Vegas added eight new players as his side battle it out for a top-six finish.

Jordan Perez’s departure to Brunos Magpies was quickly filled by Frank Warwick from Manchester 62, to add competition to current number one Christian Fraiz.

Gibraltar U21 international Shaun De Los Santos would join Warwick from Man62 and the return of Nathan Santos from Boca will be hugely beneficial to Mons’ hopes of a top-six finish.

Youngsters Richard Almeida and Jesse Peralta were also signed by the club.

Adding further competition to Fraiz and Warwick is 26-year old Marco Antonio Montaño Moreno, who joins from UD Fuente de Cantos. Francisco Javier Moreno Arjona joins from UD Ibiza and will boost Mons’ midfield and Belgian striker Elyakim Musoni Ngandoli.

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El Andaloussi: “I have had a really good season so far”

FG caught up with Naoufal El Andaloussi to talk about Mons Calpe, Futsal and more.

Naoufal reflected on his season so far with Mons Calpe currently sitting fifth in the league, “I have had a really good season so far, getting a lot of game time. Unfortunately, we are living in challenging times, I just hope this will end soon, and I can’t wait to get back on the pitch. We have to maintain positive and keep focused till the time is right.

Mons’ current head coach Cesar Vegas took over in the summer from Luis Manuel Blanco, we asked Naoufal how he has found life under the Uruyguan – “I have been playing under César Vega for nearly a year now. He is very supportive, focused and loves the game.

After a successful trip to Northern Ireland with the Gibraltar Futsal National Team last year, we asked Naoufal how he feels Futsal has progressed over the years – “That winning feeling is great for a nation like us. I can say we have been working hard collectively with such a young squad and we will achieve more success in the future.

Naoufal told us about his objectives for the season, “My aim is clear this year, I hope we can secure our 4th spot to get to compete in Europe. Every game is a final, we have to maintain focused and keep working hard in our final 3 games of the round.

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Mons and Lions battle to stalemate

Mons Calpe and Lions were unable to get the crucial goal as both teams battled to a 0-0 draw this afternoon.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Lions replaced the suspended Alberto Caravaca with Abraham Pomares, while for Mons, Mark Ballester replaced Ashley Rodriguez in the first eleven.

Both teams had early chances in the game, with German Cortes cross almost setting up Pomares, while at the other end Borja Valades saved well from Andre Dos Santos and Ayoub El Hmidi respectively.

23 minutes in, and Lions suffered a blow with Jamie Bosio having to come off for Ethan Dobinson, and the rest of the half followed a balanced flow with both sides having chances to go ahead, but the game was goalless at the break.

Both sides made a change at the break – Dobinson came off for Kaylan Rumbo, while Rodriguez replaced Ballester. 10 minutes into the half, Lions had a lobbed effort go in the back of the net, but the offside flag denied them the opener. Both Valades and Mons keeper Christian Fraiz were kept busy at times, and in the final minute, Valades had to make a great save at his near post to ensure the game ended goalless in an even affair.

The point sees Mons move onto 10 points, and Lions onto 9, with both sides having 3 matches left in the battle for the top six spots – they would have been buoyed slightly with Magpies later loss to St Joseph’s, but both will perhaps rue not winning and taking a big step towards the top six.

Lineups:

Mons Calpe: Fraiz; Dos Santos (Bernardes, 89), Santos, El Hmidi, N. El Andaloussi, Caballero, Ojeda, Ballester (Rodriguez, 45), Diaz, Sendin (Mallemaci, 73), Ronco

Unused Subs: McCarthy, Pinero, Holgado, Thorne

Lions: Valades; Tovar, Bosio (Dobinson, 23 – Rumbo, 45), Breakspear, Cintas, Pomares (Morales, 69), Buhagiar, Ruiz (Sanchez, 90), Verjaque, Cortes, Hastings

Unused Subs: Victor, Thorne, Grech

Yellow Cards: Caballero; Tovar, Breakspear, Cintas, Ruiz

Red Cards: None

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Dos Santos hat-trick secures Mons victory

A first-half hat-trick from Andre Dos Santos helped Mons Calpe beat Europa Point 4-2 last night.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Omar El Yettefti and James Chiles-Cowell both started for Europa Point, replacing Dayan Torrilla and Tarik Chrayeh, while Naoufal El Andaloussi was a starter for Mons, and Ethan Santos returned from an injury suffered against Lincoln.

Mons got off to a very good start, as after two minutes, Dos Santos headed in a cross from Diego Caballero, and five minutes later, El Andaloussi would double Mons lead from a rebound, after Europa Point keeper Daniel Tudela had saved his initial effort on goal.

Mons were clearly having the better of the first half, and after a good save from Tudela and an effort from Dos Santos go wide, the Brazilian would get his second, and Mons third just shy of the half hour mark, after being set up by Ayoub El Hmidi. When El Hmidi’s effort, which was cleared off the line, was bundled over by Dos Santos for his hat-trick to make it 4-0, things didn’t look good for Europa Point, but they managed to make the scoreline more respectable in the second half.

On the hour mark, Antony Moulds pulled back a goal for Europa Point, and 15 minutes later, John Stewart’s deflected effort made it 4-2. Their attempt at a miraculous comeback fizzled out though, and the game would finish at that scoreline.

Europa Point are 11th still, and realistically have no chance at a top six finish, while Mons find themselves fifth, well in the mix for a spot in the Championship Group come the split.

Lineups:

Europa Point: Tudela; Josef Webber, Pomares (Serralvo, 84), Bado, Martinez (Arjona, 65), Moulds, El Yettefti, Stewart, Jacob Webber (Dixon, 55), McCarthy, Chiles-Cowell

Unused Subs: Mustafa, Adams, Torrilla, Hockin

Mons Calpe: Fraiz; Dos Santos, Santos, Rodriguez, El Hmidi (Ballester, 75), N. El Andaloussi, Caballero (Pinero, 60), Ojeda, Diaz (Mallemaci, 60), Sendin, Ronco

Unused Subs: Perez, Bernardes, M. El Andaloussi, Thorne

Yellow Cards: Josef Webber, Pomares, Bado, El Yettefti, Stewart; Diaz, Pinero, Ballester

Red Cards: None

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Lincoln return to winning ways

Lincoln Red Imps returned to winning ways after last week’s shock draw with a commanding 2-0 victory over Mons Calpe.

Mick McElwee made three changes to the side which drew to Boca with Lolo Soler, Graeme Torrilla and Jamie Coombes replaced Kyle Goldwin, Julian Valarino and Alex Moreno.

Lincoln started strong and looked to control the game early on with the vocal Scott Wiseman barking orders from the start. Cesar Vega’s men made it difficult for Imps to create any chances but when they eventually broke down the defence, Kike shot over from close.

Mons nearly took the lead in the 37th minute but great reactions by Lolo Soler prevented Bernardo Lopes from scoring an own goal. Three minutes later and Lincoln took the lead through Mustapha Yahaya’s header.

Disaster struck just after the hour mark when Tjay De Barr and Ethan Santos clashed which left the Mons defender on the floor. Shouts for the Lincoln physio to assist confirmed the injury was serious and he was soon followed by the ambulance.

It is believed the defender sustained broken ribs and was replaced by Ayman Boulaich. A total of fifteen minutes was added on for injury time in which Lincoln made it 2-0 through an unfortunate own goal by Emanuel Ojeda.

This win sees Lincoln rise into third while Mons drop in seveneth.


Lineups

Mons Calpe – Fraiz; Dos Santos, Santos (Boulaich 79), Rodriguez, El Hmidi, Caballero, Muscat (M.El Andaloussi 90), Ojeda, Diaz, Sendin (Mallemaci 62), Ronco (N.El Andaloussi 68)

Unused subs: Perez, Pinero, Bernardes

Lincoln – Soler; Ronan, Wiseman, Lopes, Torrilla, De Barr, Toscano, Yahaya, Kike (Hernandez 70), Coombes, Gamiz (K.Casciaro 70)

Unused subs: Goldwin, Clinton, Valarino, Moreno, Azopardi

Yellow cards – Diaz; De Barr, Yahaya

Red cards – None

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Walker penalty helps Europa beat 10-man Mons

Goals from Liam Walker, Juampe and Dylan Borge helped Europa on their way to a 3-0 victory over a Mons Calpe side who had 10 men for more than half the game.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Europa handed a first league start to Mitch Gibson, while Jesus Romero started in goal ahead of Christian Lopez – there was also notably no place in the squad for Gib international Mohamed Badr. Meanwhile, Mons Calpe welcomed Ethan Santos back from suspension to start in their eleven.

From the get go, Europa were the more dominant side, and Christian Fraiz was kept busy in the Mons goals by saving efforts twice from Juampe as well as Liam Walker. Ethan Jolley came closest to scoring when his shot hit the bar, but five minutes before the break came the turning point. Mons Calpe defender Mark Ballester was penalised for handball in the box and was sent off – Walker stepped up and scored his penalty to put Europa 1-0 up. Of note, Mons took their time to get back to 5 HGP’s and may be investigated for that, much like Boca and Glacis were before the international break.

1 became 2 just before the break, as Juampe found a way past Fraiz – a blow which Mons were not able to come back from. To their credit, the 10 men battled hard in the second half, and Romero had to make a great save to stop Mons getting one back. Gibson hit the post for Europa, but his replacement, Dylan Borge, would wrap up the three points by rifling his effort into the top corner – his fourth goal in as many games this season.

Lineups:

Europa: Romero; Jolley, Ayew (Becerra, 69), Juampe (Bautista, 80), Walker, Yome, Olivero, Aviles, Rosa (Alvarez, 69), Polaco (Quillo, 69), Gibson (Borge, 69)

Unused Subs: Lopez, Poku

Mons Calpe: Fraiz; Dos Santos, Santos, Rodriguez (Muscat, 72), El Hmidi, Caballero (Mallemaci, 62), Ojeda, Ballester, Diaz, Sendin (N. El Andaloussi, 45), Ronco

Unused Subs: Perez, Bernardes, Boulaich, M. El Andaloussi

Yellow Cards: Juampe, Polaco; Ojeda, Diaz

Red Cards: Ballester

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Diaz scores four in Mons 6-0 win

Diego Diaz scored four last night as Mons Calpe easily beat 10-man College 1975 6-0.

After a 5-0 loss to St Joseph’s last time out, Mons had the perfect fixture on paper to bounce back to winning ways, but it did take them 33 minutes to break down College – Diaz header beating Migge in the College goal. From there though, it became the usual story of conceding for College – four minutes later Diaz would lob the keeper and get his second to put Mons in a comfortable half-time lead.

There would be no holding off for Mons either – Diaz got his hat-trick after 56 minutes, heading in Naoufal El Andaloussi’s cross, before notching a fourth on the hour mark.

Three minutes later, Mark Ballester made it 5-0 with a shot into the top corner, and with 15 minutes left, College’s night got worse as Shaun Gonzalez was sent off, leaving 10-man College unable to stop Lee Muscat adding a sixth and final goal on the 82nd minute.

For Mons, they move up to 6th after the win, while College remain bottom, behind Europa Point on goal difference as the only two teams yet to take a point from the opening three fixtures.

Lineups:

College 1975: Migge; Sanchez (Ruiz, 45), Hughes, Matto, Callejon (Victor, 60), Pacheco (Ruh Dos Santos, 45), Franco, Parragues, Nito, Gonzalez, Gallardo (Da Costa, 80)

Unused Subs: Warwick, Field, Urenda

Mons Calpe: Fraiz (Perez, 62), Rodriguez, Bernardes, El Hmidi (Thorne, 83), N. El Andaloussi (Muscat, 77), Caballero, Ojeda, Ballester, Diaz, Sendin (M. El Andaloussi, 83), Ronco (Dos Santos, 63)

Unused Subs: Boulaich, Mallemaci

Yellow Cards: Franco, Parragues, Gonzalez, Gallardo, Ruiz; El Hmidi, Sendin, Ronco

Red Cards: Gonzalez

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Juanfri double in emphatic rout

Juanfri scored a double as St Joseph’s scored five goals in the first thirty minutes to beat Mons Calpe in a dominant win.

Saints head coach Raul Procopio handed a debut to Gibraltar international Erin Barnett to replace Jamie Serra and Pedro Lorenzo ‘Loren’ Fernandez Munoz was the other change from the side which beat Boca last week.

Juanfri, Loren and Cristian Pecci saw St Joseph’s race to a 3-0 lead in the opening ten minutes. Juanfri got his second in the 25th minute, heading in from Nano’s cross and captain Boro made it 5-0 on the 30th minute.

Mons Calpe were reduced to 10 men in the 24th minute after referee Jason Barcelo sent off Ethan Santos for denying Saints a clear goalscoring opportunity. Ayoub El Hmidi would replace Nahuel Sendin to keep Mons in line with the 5 HGP rule.

There would be no further goals in the second half with Saints walking away with all three points and keeping their 100% start to the season intact.


Lineups:

Mons Calpe: Fraiz (c); Dos Santos, Santos, Rodriguez, Bernardes, El Andaloussi (Thorne 75), Caballero, Muscat (Ballester 45), Diaz (Ojeda 34), Sendin (El Hmidi 23), Ronco

Unused Subs: Perez, Pinero, Mallemaci

St Joseph’s: Robba; Boro (c), Nano (Carrasco 45), Pishu (Robba 45), Barnett, Pecci (Serra 64), Loren, Juanfri, Villar (Juanma), Pons, Mouelhi

Unused Subs: Mateo, Rojas, Ferrer

Yellow Cards: Caballero, Sendin, Ronco; Villar

Red Cards: Santos