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Lincoln end on a high

Lincoln ended their first round of fixtures with a 4-2 victory over St Joseph’s yesterday.

McElwee made three changes to the side that beat Glacis last week with Sunny Omoregie, Jamie Coombes and Ethan Britto being replaced by Kike, Carlos Martinez and Jesus Toscano.

Several injuries meant the former Imps boss Raul Procopio had to make four changes to his team with Domingo Ferrer Lopez, Jamie Serra, Boro and Federico Villar all missing out.

Despite earlier claims for a St Joseph’s penalty, it was Lincoln who took the lead. Fernando Carralero’s well-worked free-kick caught out the Saints defence and Bernardo Lopes was unmarked to head the ball past Jamie Robba after 27 minutes.

All the action was left for the final ten minutes when Lincoln made it 2-0 in the 80th minute when Mustapha Yahaya picked up a loose ball in the box and fired it past Robba which was shortly followed by a red card to St Joseph’s defender Aymen Mouelhi.

Lincoln had thought they put the game to bed five minutes later when Fernando Carralero danced through three defenders in the box and dinked the ball over Robba to make it 3-0.

Two goals in as many minutes saw St Joseph’s bring the score to 3-2 but Lincoln eventually put the game to bed in the 94th minute when Carralero sent Kike through on goal and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Important win for Lincoln as they move up to second, three points behind leaders Europa. For St Joseph’s, this is not the result they would have been hoping for and leaves them in a complicated situation heading into the league split.

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Liam Walker scores twice to maintain Europa’s unbeaten run

Liam Walker scored twice and assisted twice as Europa maintained their unbeaten run this season with a 4-1 win over St Joseph’s last night.

Walker had Europa after 17 minutes, firing in a penalty after Dylan Borge was fouled. Saints equalised ten minutes later when Juanfri got on the end of Nano’s cross to guide the ball past Jesus Romero.

Europa had a goal disallowed for offside just after the half-hour mark before Saints were dealt a big blow when captain Boro was forced off with an injury.

Stefano Borghi made his St Joseph’s debut in the 65th minute replacing the injured Domingo Ferrer Lopez. Europa regained the lead six minutes later when Liam Walker dispatched another penalty after Mikey Yome was brought down by Jamie Robba – a dubious decision.

Four minutes later and Europa were 3-1 up after Liam Walker’s corner was put into his own net by Juanfri then 17-year old Dylan Borge got his ninth of the season in the 89th minute to put the game to bed at 4-1.


Lineups

St Joseph’s – Robba; Serra (Garro 77), Boro (Juanma 45), Nano, Barnett, Pecci, Juanfri, Villar, Pons, Domingo (Borghi 66), Mouelhi

Unused subs: Hernandez, Rojas, Carrasco, Pishu

Europa – Romero; Jolley, Olmo, Juampe (Quillo 87), Walker, Yome, Olivero, Sanchez, Carrascal (Gallardo 90), Rosa (Polaco 83), Borge (Gibson 90)

Unused subs: Lopez, Alvarez, Diaz

Yellow cards: Robba, Barnett, Villar, Rojas; Sanchez, Borge

Red cards: None

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Mouelhi: “We are getting better game by game”

FG caught up with Aymen Mouelhi to get his thoughts on St Joseph’s season so far and more.

Mouelhi reflected St Joseph’s season so far, “I think we are getting better game by game but we could do much better and we need to confirm that in the next two games.

Nano, Juanfri and Boro have been an important part in St Joseph’s season with the three combining with 27 goals this season – we asked Aymen how important it will be keeping them three fit ahead of ties against Europa & Lincoln, “The three off them are top players and true professionals. They are very motivated for these 2 important games and have been working very hard in training.

Aymen played an integral part in Gibraltar’s Nations League triumphant campaign playing in all three games, we asked the 34-year old how it felt to winning League D – “It’s an amazing feeling to win the League D in the Nations League, mixed with proudness and happiness. Our hard work paid off and that’s what we have been doing throughout the tournament. We make all of Gibraltar proud of this achievement.”

St Joseph’s are seen by many as strong title contenders this season after a dominant start, we asked Aymen if he feels this could be St Joseph’s year to win the league – “We are taking the league game by game and there’s a long way go. There’s no favourite as all matches are difficult and we are going to do our best to achieve our objectives.

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Saints on top at Christmas

St Joseph’s will go into the Christmas break sitting top of the table after beating Bruno Magpies 3-0 last night.

Johnny welcomed back Francisco Zuniga after his injury and Shay Jones was handed his first start for Magpies while Procopio made two changes with John Paul Hernandez making his debut and Federico Villar walked straight into the heart of the Saints defence.

Magpies got off to a quick start and looked the better team for most of the first half but were unable to test John Paul Hernandez, who was making his Saints debut.

Domingo Ferrer Lopez, Erin Barnett and Boro all picked up yellow cards in the first half to give you the feeling that the game will be a fiery contest. Saints took the lead just before half-time through a stunning free-kick by Mariano ‘Nano’ Gonzalez Maroto.

An unfortunate own goal by Zuniga would give Saints a 2-0 lead before Juanfri would put the game to bed just a minute later when Nano dispossessed Ruben Diaz and squared the ball for the Spaniard to score his 13th goal this season.

It would take 65 minutes for Magpies to have their first real chance of the game when Rubo’s header was straight at Hernandez, apart from that, it was a poor half for Magpies in general.

Saints would hold on to the lead and walk away with the three points needed to sit top of the table, albeit on goal difference while Magpies sit eighth.


Lineups

Magpies – Martin; Garcia, Diaz, Zuniga, Cataruozzolo (Fernandez 37), Jones, Vinet (Morgan 64), Lopez, Bent (Assumpcao 68), Parker, Rubo

Unused subs: Zamora, Catania, Consigliero, Soussi

St Joseph’s – Hernandez; Garro (Hernandez 68), Boro (Loren 64), Nano, Barnett (Serra 68), Pecci (Guirado 78), Juanfri, Villar, Pons, Ferrer (Juanma 46), Mouelhi

Unused subs: Chipolina, Carrasco

Yellow cards: Lopez, Bent, Morgan; Boro, Barnett, Pecci, Ferrer

Red cards: None

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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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Juanfri and Escobar win FG Monthly Awards in November

St Joseph’s striker Juanfri and Europa manager Rafael Escobar are awarded FG’s Player and Manager of the Month respectively from November 2020.

Photo (C) Black and Burst Photography

FG Player of the Month – Juan Francisco ‘Juanfri’ Garcia Pena (St Joseph’s)

It has been a tricky month, with so few games and the recent removal of Boca impacting that even more, for anyone to really shine this month, so we’ve gone for a striker who notched five in two games last month, in Juanfri. While wins vs Glacis and Manchester were expected, they still had to do the job and Juanfri was a key part of that.

Elsewhere, his Saints team-mate Boro was a close second, while in third place this month, Liam Walker was heavily involved in both of Europa’s wins, scoring from the penalty spot in both and generally contributing to his side’s success.

  1. Juanfri (St Joseph’s)
  2. Boro (St Joseph’s)
  3. Liam Walker (Europa)

FG Manager of the Month – Rafael Escobar Obrero (Europa FC)

The top three all recorded two wins in November (Lincoln’s draw with Boca wiped out from the record books for obvious reasons), and it was a toss-up between all three for the manager of the month, but we’ve opted for Escobar to just about take the manager award this month.

In truth, Mick McElwee and Raul Procopio can probably find themselves rather hard-done-by not to win the monthly award, and we’d expect their names to crop up multiple times in the rest of the season.

  1. Rafael Escobar (Europa)
  2. Mick McElwee (Lincoln)
  3. Raul Procopio (St Joseph’s)
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Angel Guirado nets four goals as Saints romp to victory

Angel Guirado netted four goals in St Joseph’s 13-1 win over College 1975.


St Joseph’s saw Jamie Robba return in goal for them, while Jonathan Gingell was a starter for College 1975 this afternoon.

The game was a no-contest on paper, and proved to be so on the pitch. Angel Guirado notched his first after four minutes, followed by second on the 19th minute. Carlos Carrasco and a Juanfri penalty made it 4-0 on 26 minutes, then moments later Sykes Garro got Saints fifth.

After Juanfri got his second, College did get one back through Cristian Pacheco after 38 minutes, but it proved to be in vain. 6-1 up at the break, Saints would not relent, and two further goals from Guirado, a hat-trick from second half sub Boro, and further strikes from Garro and Kenneth Chipolina meant Saints racked up a 13-1 victory in a very one-sided contest.

Lineups

St Joseph’s – Robba; Chipolina, Rojas, Carrasco, Garro (Cano, 59), Guirado, Barnett (Serra, 45), Loren, Juanfri (Pishu, 45) , Ferrer (Boro, 45), Mouelhi (Pons, 59)

Unused subs: Pecci, Villar

College 1975 – Warwick (Migge, 45); Sanchez, Field, Matto, Pacheco (Ruh, 59), Franco, Rodriguez (Galan, 65), Urenda, Gallardo, Ruiz, Gingell (Negrette, 65)

Unused subs: Callejon

Yellow cards – Matto

Red cards – Field

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Saints maintain unbeaten start

St Joseph’s kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable 4-0 win against a stubborn Europa Point side last night.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Saints manager Raul Procopio opted for Francisco Mateo in goal over Jamie Robba, while Kenneth Chipolina and Fran Cano were afforded rare starts in the Saints lineup. For Europa Point, there was a start for Dayan Torrilla, while Omar El Yettefti was benched.

From the get go, Saints set out their unsurprisingly attacking intentions, with Boro hitting the woodwork after three minutes, but it was in truth a fairly quiet opening period of the game until Loren’s effort, potentially aided by a dummy from Juanfri, snuck into the bottom corner.

There was a double blow for Europa Point, with Tarik Chrayeh limping off injured after just 10 minutes, but against the run of play they nearly equalised – off a good counter attack, the hard-working John Stewart had a good chance but saw his shot hit the post and go away from the goal. That would be as good as it got for their side, as not long after, Erin Barnett headed in from Nano’s corner to make it 2-0.

That would remain the score until after the second half started, when on the hour mark, Sykes Garro curled in a good effort into the top corner, past the helpless Daniel Tudela who was by far the busier keeper on the night. Soon after, Juanfri got his customary goal with a tap-in from close range, and the floodgates looked like they were about to open, however Europa Point held firm to ensure Saints couldn’t rack up a massive scoreline on the night. Saints move back to second, a point behind Lincoln with a game in hand, while Europa Point remain 11th.

Lineups:

St Joseph’s: Mateo; Chipolina, Garro (Casciaro, 70), Boro (Villar, 77), Nano, Pishu, Barnett, Cano (Guirado, 63), Loren, Juanfri, Pons

Unused Subs: Robba, Rojas, Juanma, Mouelhi

Europa Point: Tudela; Josef Webber, Chrayeh (Chiles-Cowell, 10), Pomares, Bado, Torrilla (El Yettefti, 52), Moulds, Arjona (Martinez, 68), Stewart, Jacob Webber, McCarthy

Unused Subs: Adams, Perez, Mustafa, Hockin

Yellow Cards: Pishu, Casciaro; Josef Webber, Jacob Webber, McCarthy, Hockin

Red Cards: None

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Saints ease past Glacis

A goal from Juanfri after 35 seconds set St Joseph’s on their way to a 5-0 win against Glacis last night.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Glacis, who came in off the back of a 2-0 win in midweek vs Manchester 62, knew the size of the task ahead of them – Saints had beaten the same opposition as Glacis, but in an 11-0 win last weekend. James Castle captained the side with Miguel Londero on the bench, while Saints stuck with a familiar lineup but still had a different look, wearing their new orange away kit which to an unfamiliar eye could have seen them mistaken for Lions.

Saints got off to a lightning start, as with their very first attack, the ball found its way to Juanfri who scored with just 35 seconds on the clock. This suggested a hammering may be on the cards, but Glacis grew into the game after the early setback and made sure Jamie Robba was worked at times.

Saints missed a couple of good chances to score again, and had to wait until the final kick of the half to go 2-0 up. A failed offside trap allowed Boro in one-on-one, and he made no mistake putting the ball past Marcos Zappacosta, despite the keeper getting a hand to it, to make Raul Procopio’s half-time team talk that bit easier.

The second half, although Glacis did not stop fighting, was a more straightforward affair, aided by some top finishes. 10 minutes into the half, Nano curled in a rocket from 25 yards on his right foot to get Saints third, before Boro got his second, and Saints fourth just after the hour mark. With 20 minutes to go, Domingo Ferrer got a goal not too dissimilar to Nano’s – and they should have had six when Boro missed a golden chance to get his hat-trick late on.

The result sees St Joseph’s lead the table on goal difference from Lynx and Europa, while for Glacis, they remain 9th on four points from six games.

Lineups:

Glacis: Zappacosta; Evans, Brinkman (Smith, 45), Kozuh, Witrbeuk (Peacock, 84), Borghi, Kaleba, J. Castle, Gallo (Lamont 82), Pratts (Yeo, 45), K. Castle

Unused Subs: Fluxa, Londero, N. Castle

St Joseph’s: Robba; Garro (Hernandez, 68), Boro, Nano (Loren, 68), Barnett, Pecci (Rojas, 45), Juanfri, Pons, Juanma (Carrasco, 68) , Ferrer, Mouelhi

Unused Subs: Mateo, Casciaro, Villar

Yellow Cards: Kozuh, Pratts, K. Castle; Barnett, Pecci

Red Cards: None

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Saints hit eleven past Manchester 62

A clear mismatch occurred at the Victoria Stadium this evening as a hopeless Manchester 62 side were unable to stop St Joseph’s hitting 11 goals past them in an 11-0 win.

On paper, the match looked one-sided, and despite Manchester only starting six locals, less than in other matches, they were incapable of stopping Saints from running riot all match. Despite Robert Montovio having an early chance, Juanfri put Saints ahead after seven minutes. Boro got Saints second, and Juanfri got his second and Saints third before 15 minutes had gone, and within 30 minutes Saints striker Juanfri had got his hat-trick, highlighting the easiness of this game.

There would be a further three goals before the break – Juanma, Juanfri again, and Loren all got on the scoresheet to leave Raul Procopio’s side 7-0 up at the break.

The second half proved to be irrelevant to changing the flow of the game, but Saints got four further goals, courtesy of Nano, Zeki Rojas, Loren’s second and Boro’s second. Charles Sardena was sent off for Manchester 62 but it made no difference to the result.

For Manchester, the chastening defeat should serve as a wake-up call for them if they want to even try and challenge for top six this season – this is the second time in 2020 they have conceded 11 in a game, after an 11-1 loss to Mons Calpe before lockdown. For manager Davie Wilson, he needs to get his team in order and get them to put in a performance worthy of a club who has been a part of local football for over 50 years.

Lineups

St Joseph’s: Robba; Garro, Boro (c), Nano, Barnett, Pecci (Carrasco 46), Loren, Juanfri (Rojas 46), Pons (Hernandez 64), Juanma (Ferrer 61), Mouelhi

Unused Subs: Mateo, Casciaro, Guirado

Manchester 62: Warwick; P.Sardena, Pereira, Montovio (C.Sardena 58), Mifsud (Mancilla 46), Sanchez (Negrette 46), Edzes, Holland (Ballantine 58), Farmer, Clenahan, Garcia (De Los Santos 58)

Unused Subs: Borge, Chichon

Yellow Cards: Pons; Montovio, Edzes, Holland

Red Cards: C. Sardena