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Europa win the Pepe Reyes Cup after penalty victory

Europa claimed the first silverware of the season by beating Lincoln 4-2 on penalties in the Pepe Reyes Cup.

Photo (C) C Correa Photography

With the game ending 1-1 in 90 minutes, after Oli cancelled out Rubo’s header, Europa won on penalties after their former player Sykes Garro, as well as Diego Gamiz, both missed their efforts.

Both teams had players missing from their lineups, most notably Lolo Soler for Lincoln and Kike for Europa, while the new HGP rule saw Tjay De Barr make his Europa debut against his former side, with new signings Dayle Coleing and Aaron Payas unused subs for last season’s Rock Cup winners.

In truth, the game was not the best match that we’ve seen from either team in recent years, with a slow tempo in the August sunshine for most of the game. After last year’s edition of the match needed extra time, both teams will have been grateful of the lack of 30 minutes additional football, ahead of Thursday’s double-header than involves both teams.

Rubo’s looping header beat Jaylan Hankins in the Lincoln goal to give Europa the lead, before the 17-year old keeper made a great double save to keep the score 1-0. It proved to vital as minutes later Oli came in at the far post to equalise, which appeared to set up the second half nicely.

Instead, the relative lack of match fitness seemed to take its toll, and with Europa making no subs from their bench of four, and Lincoln only bringing on their last two subs in the latter stages of the game, the game rather dried out in the second half, leading to the penalty shootout.

After five successful penalties, Garro stepped up and put his effort over Javi Munoz’ bar. Ivan Moya then put his spot-kick away, and the contest was ended as Gamiz smashed the bar from 12 yards, allowing the Europa keeper, and captain, to lift the Pepe Reyes Cup for the first time since 2016.

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Europa win Pepe Reyes Cup – player ratings

We rated Lincoln & Europa’s player as the Greens won 4-2 on penalties to walk away with the first piece of silverware this season. 

Gamiz & Garro both missed their penalties while Jaylan Hankins took the plaudits with a superb display between the sticks. 

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Lincoln v Europa – Player Ratings

Lincoln beat Europa 3-1 on penalties to win the Pepe Reyes Cup but how did both sets of players fare this evening? 

Tjay De Barr scored the winning penalty as goalkeeping heroics from Imps keeper Lolo Soler saved three of Europa’s four penalties. 

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Lincoln v Europa preview

Football is finally back on the Rock with Lincoln Red Imps taking on holders Europa in the traditional “curtain-raiser” which is the Pepe Reyes Cup.

The Imps will be hoping to put last season behind them and win the first piece of silverware and take an added boost over their title rivals Europa. Following Yeray Blasco‘s departure to Olímpic Xàtiva, we expect Anthony Hernandez to start after a good performance in the Europa League and strike up a good midfield partnership with Antonio Calderon & Dieguito.

Despite their best efforts to sign Pibe on a permanent deal from Mons Calpe, which ultimately failed, Imps did manage to bring in Falu Arenda from CD El Palo who has had a good preseason while he fills in for George Cabrera, who is still returning from an injury he picked up last season. 

This is newly appointed Europa manager Jonathan Parrado‘s first competitive game in charge and he’ll be hoping to get onto the right foot as he tries to replicate the success Juanjo Gallardo has last season. Parrado isn’t the only one who will be feeling the pressure on Sunday; new signing Jorge Pina Roldán has been given the task of playing as much of a vital role as Liam Walker did last season, something which won’t be easy.

Walker’s departure also frees up a HGP position on the pitch which will be battled between Sykes Garro and new signings Mikey Yome & Ethan Jolley with George Wink still recovering from a long-term injury. That will also be an interesting battle to see who starts. 


The Pepe Reyes Cup gets underway this Sunday and kicks off at 19:00 with live coverage on our Twitter accounts

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Kike at the double as Europa win Pepe Reyes Cup

A brace from Kike saw Europa FC win 2-0 in the Pepe Reyes Cup and gain early bragging rights over their domestic rivals Lincoln in the 2016/17 season curtain-raiser.

Photo Credit: C Correa Photography

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Walker: “A win is all we have on our minds”

Arguably the most eye-catching signing of the summer was Liam Walker moving from Lincoln to Europa after the successful Champions League campaign where he shone in not only Gibraltar, but also Tallinn and Glasgow.

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Lincoln Red Imps v Europa – Preview

It’s been nearly four months since the domestic season ended and after a busy transfer period, the Gibraltar league is back. For the second year running, League champions Lincoln Red Imps will face off against runners-up Europa in what is expected to be a thrilling Pepe Reyes Cup encounter.

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