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Rock Cup final player ratings: Kike wins it for Europa

Europa beat Mons Calpe 2-1 to win the Gibtelecom Rock Cup for a second consecutive time this evening after a Kike brace. 

We were watching the game and rated each players’ performance at the Victoria Stadium. 


Europa

Javi Munoz – 7

Confident on the ball but largely untroubled. 

Ibrahim Ayew – 9

Good industry and overlapping, a very solid all-round game.

Alberto Merino – 8

Kept Pibe relatively quiet in the first half but his pace was too much for the equaliser. 

Martin Belfortti – 7 

Dealt with Rubo well but was caught out for the equaliser. 

Antonio Garcia – 7

Caught out of position for the equaliser – most of Mons attacks came through his side.  

Guillermo Roldan – 8

A constant threat on the wing but his crossing was below par. 

Mustapha Yahaya – 9

Mopped up anything in front of the back four in his role as a defensive midfielder.

Ivan Moya – 8

A few eyebrows raised at his yellow card but was too strong for the opposition midfield. 

Alex Quillo – 7

Didn’t get involved in the game as much as he would have liked and should have scored. 

Mikey Yome – 7

Started well but found it difficult to match the pace of Andre Dos Santos. 

Kike – 9

Showed glimpses of last season’s form, scoring two goals – an all-round great performance.


Mons Calpe 

Mateo Grasso – 6

Didn’t have much to do for large parts of the game but you shouldn’t concede at your near-post. 

Andre Dos Santos – 5

Dealt with Yome & Toni well but his sending off was out of pure frustration.

Federico Villar – 4

Looked lost after failing to stop Kike from scoring the opening goal.

Francisco Zuniga – 7

Great performance and kept Kike quiet for large parts of the game. 

Renan Bernardes – 6

Had a hard time keeping up with Ayew, especially after the first red card. 

Jonathan Di Toro – 5

Struggled with the power of Yahaya & Moya – chasing shadows for the majority of the game. 

Graeme Torrilla – 7

For his first taste of a Cup final at a young age, he can be proud of his performance. 

Manuel Onega – 3

Got given the runaround from Ayew and let his team down when he got sent off at 1-1. 

Facundo Cascio – 6

Looked threatening from set pieces but couldn’t match the physicality of Europa. 

Pibe – 7

His goal gave him & his team-mates a huge rise in confidence but his team never recovered when he went off injured.

Rubo Blanco – 7

Was very quiet in the first half but assisted the equaliser and then tried his best as the lone striker but to no avail.


Photo by C Correa Photography. 

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Europa v Mons Calpe preview: Rock Cup final sees Mons face holders

Mons Calpe face holders Europa in the Gibtelecom Rock Cup final in the Victoria Stadium today (kick-off 6:00pm), looking to secure a Europa League spot. 

Luis Manuel Blanco’s side, who saw off Gibraltar United 5-0 in the semi-final, face champions Europa, who were winners last year under Juanjo Gallardo, beating Lincoln Red Imps. Continue reading

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Gibtelecom Rock Cup: Semi Final Previews

The semi-finals of the Gibtelecom Rock Cup get underway tonight, with the top 3 teams in the Premier joined by Gib Phoenix who are likely to become champions of the second division. Football Gibraltar preview the two big games as we get closer to finding out who will make the final this year:

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Gibtelecom Rock Cup draw announced

The draw for the first round of the Gibtelecom Rock Cup is as follows:

  1. Cannons FC vs Brunos Magpies
  2. FC Olympique vs FC Boca Juniors 
  3. Leo FC vs Angels FC

Gib Phoenix, College 1975 & FC Hound Dogs received byes to the second round.

The first round fixtures will take place on the week commencing 17th January 2017 with dates and times to TBC on the Gibraltar FA website.