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Gibtelecom Rock Cup: Team of the Week

Gibtelecom Rock Cup Second Round results

  • St Joseph’s 12-0 FC Hound Dogs
  • Mons Calpe 14-0 College 1975
  • Lincoln 1-2 Europa
  • Manchester 62 0-12 Gibraltar United
  • Lynx 1-3 Gibraltar Phoenix
  • Glacis 1 (3) – (4) 1 Lions Gibraltar
  • Europa Point 0-2 FC Olympique
  • FC Boca Juniors 2-5 Brunos Magpies

GOALKEEPER: Francisco Jose Perez Pichardo (Lions)

DEFENDER: Olmo Gonzalez (Europa)

DEFENDER: Ezequiel Rojas (Gib Phoenix)

DEFENDER: Yassin El Melki (Glacis)

MIDFIELDER: Israel Castillo (Boca)

MIDFIELDER: Jaydan Parody (Olympique)

MIDFIELDER: Guido Ratto (Gibraltar United)

MIDFIELDER: Matheus Assumpcao (Magpies)

STRIKER: Jose Luis Reyes (St Joseph’s)

STRIKER: Leo Carboni (Mons Calpe)

STRIKER: Fernando Cuesta (Magpies)

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Gibtelecom Rock Cup Second Round: Predictions

The Gibtelecom Rock Cup second round kicks off tomorrow evening and here are our predictions.

St Joseph’s vs FC Hound Dogs (Wednesday 6th February – 8:30pm)

Saints come into the game on the back of a 8-0 thrashing of Glacis and would be expected to continue that goalscoring form against the side which sit bottom of the Second Division. Raul Procopio’s squad isn’t the biggest so we could see him putting out a strong squad.

Prediction: St Joseph’s win.

Mons Calpe vs College 1975 (Thursday 7th February – 6:15pm)

Just like the St Joseph’s game, this one will probably end up in a quite heavy scoreline. College got beat 5-1 by Manchester 62 in the Cup last weekend, while Mons Calpe will be looking for a confidence booster after their defeat to Gibraltar United. With a bigger squad, Blanco could use certain players from his Intermediate squad for some valuable minutes.

Prediction: Mons Calpe win.

Lincoln Red Imps vs Europa (Thursday 7th February – 8:30pm)

It was raining goals for Lincoln last weekend as they shipped eleven past Boca – Giovanni Rodriguez and Hector Figueroa have impressed since joining in January while ex-Europa forward Kike got himself a hat-trick on his debut. The holders will be hoping to try and get one over their rivals after losing 3-2 earlier on in the season but could see defeat as a blessing with more focus being put into winning the league.

Prediction: Lincoln win.

Manchester 62 vs Gibraltar United (Friday 8th February – 8:30pm)

It has been a difficult few months for Gibraltar United but last week’s win over Mons Calpe could be the turning point needed and they’d hope to continue it against Manchester. The Red Devils invested well in January and it showed in their Cup win against College with ex-Gib Utd striker Robert Montovio getting on the scoresheet but their number one keeper Christian Lopez saw red which will give them a problem going into the game.

Prediction: Gibraltar United win.

Lynx vs Gibraltar Phoenix (Saturday 9th February – 4pm)

This one could be a very interesting tie; two sides doing well at the moment with Phoenix slightly edging it with more goals scored. Lynx have proved to be a tough test to Lincoln and Europa in the last couple of weeks so their opponents should not take them lightly.

Prediction: Phoenix win on penalties.

Glacis United vs Lions (Saturday 9th February – 6:15pm)

Lions will be looking to exact revenge after their 3-1 loss in January, it was quite an even game until conceding an own goal just before half-time which ultimately changed the game. Glacis will be hoping to welcome Alan Parker and Nacho Fernandez back into the squad while Mariano Pereira and Courtney Lewis miss out through suspension.

Prediction: Lions win on penalties.

Europa Point vs FC Olympique (Saturday 9th February – 8:30pm)

Another interesting encounter -, both teams in good form and in with a good chance of progressing. Europa Point will be happy to welcome back their main man Cristian Nunez Chaves from suspension while their opponents come into the game off the back of a whopping 12-3 win over Leo in the 2nd Division Cup.

Prediction: Olympique win on penalties.

FC Boca Juniors vs Brunos Magpies (Sunday 10th February – 4pm)

Magpies did take a heavy hit to their squad in January but with a front three of Assumpcao, Wyatt & Cuesta – it doesn’t really matter what is behind you, they are that good. Yet to be properly tested in the Second Division, Dave Wilson’s men will be looking at the Rock Cup as a idea of where the club is going ahead of next season. It will be another difficult task for Boca and one which we don’t see them winning.

Prediction: Magpies win.

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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