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Zuniga: “It is going to be a hard game as they also want the Rock Cup like us”

We spoke to Mons Calpe defender Francisco Zuniga about beating St Joseph’s, drawing Gibraltar United in the Gibtelecom Rock Cup semi-final again and his sides season so far.

Zuniga scored the opening goal in Mons Calpe’s 4-1 win over St Joseph’s in the Gibtelecom Rock Cup quarter-final, we asked how he felt the team played, “It was a great game for me, to score and the team, to win. We knew from the beginning that it was going to be a tough game, I think we performed well and made the most of our opportunities.”

A repeat of last season’s semi-final draw sees Mons Calpe take on Gibraltar United – Pako reacted to the draw by saying, “It is going to be a hard game as they also want the Rock Cup like us. We have played them several times and they’ve always been a tough opponent so I think it’s going to be very interesting.”

Mons Calpe currently sit fourth in the Premier Division table, nine points behind St Joseph’s in third and level with Gibraltar Phoenix in fifth. Zuniga reflected on his sides season so far, “We lost some important points at the beginning of the season that we need now. Apart from that, I think we have had a good season but I feel we could have made it better.”

Lastly, Pako commented on whether he feels there’s added pressure on Mons Calpe to win the Rock Cup – he replied, “I don’t think that we have added pressure to win the Cup. Our goal is to finish in third place at least and I’m calm because I know the kind of players that I play with.”

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Labra: “There is no pressure”

We spoke to Phoenix striker Juanma Labrador about the Rock Cup win over Lions, drawing Europa in the semi-final and more.

Labra scored two goals in Phoenix’s 4-0 Gibtelecom Rock Cup quarter-final win over Lions last Wednesday. We asked how he felt the team played, “The team played very well, was focused and it was great to score two goals.”

We asked how Labra felt after Phoenix were pitted against Europa in the semi-final “I feel very motivated and eager to play the game.”

Labra joined Phoenix in the summer from Los Barrios, we asked the 23-year old how he has found his first season in GIbraltar – “I didn’t know the league very well before joining but there are many competitive teams and I’m happy to have scored nine goals so far in my first year.”

Phoenix currently sit fifth, nine points behind St Joseph’s in third and level with Mons in fourth. With only seven games remaining, we asked if there’s a lot of pressure on his side to win the Rock Cup, “There is no pressure. We have to do our job and try to win every game from now until the end of the season. We might be 9 points behind St Joseph’s but there’s still a lot of time left.

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 20 results

  • Glacis United 1-6 Europa (Maxime; Arroyo x2, Arana, Dimas, Walker, Iddrisu)
  • Gibraltar Phoenix 0-3 Lincoln Red Imps (Molina, J.Chipolina, Cabrera)
  • FC Boca Juniors 0-5 Mons Calpe (Carboni x3, Trecco, Morgan)
  • St Joseph’s 2-1 Gibraltar United (Boro, Juanfri; Chico Rubio)
  • Lions GIbraltar 0-3 Lynx (Gonzalez Garcia, Valdivia, Badr)

GOALKEEPER: Jaylan Hankins (Lincoln)

DEFENDER: Ibrahim Ayew (Europa)

DEFENDER: Brad Power (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Miguel Londero (Mons Calpe)

MIDFIELDER: Kamran Ahmed Tariq (Lynx)

MIDFIELDER: Anthony Hernandez (Lincoln)

MIDFIELDER: Manuel Arana (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Urko Arroyo (Europa)

STRIKER: ‘Boro’ Alegre Delgado (St Joseph’s)

STRIKER: Leonardo Carboni (Mons Calpe)

STRIKER: Chico Rubio (Gibraltar United)

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Gibtelecom Rock Cup Quarter Final: Predictions

The Gibtelecom Rock Cup quarter-finals kicks off tomorrow and here are our predictions.

Gibraltar United vs FC Olympique (Tuesday 12th March – 18:15)

After losing to St Joseph’s last weekend, Gib Utd’s only possible chance of getting into Europe would be winning this year’s Rock Cup. Olympique were unlucky in the final of the Second Division Cup, losing 2-1 to Magpies but with match fitness playing a major factor in their defeat then you’d expect the same to happen again.

Prediction: Gibraltar United win.

St Joseph’s vs Mons Calpe (Tuesday 12th March – 20:30)

A tasty fixture indeed, Saints flying while Mons’ victory over Boca would be a good confidence booster after a poor run of results. Mons have won three of their last five meeting against Saints but with Boro & Juanfri scoring 36 goals between them, you just feel that they’ll play a big part tomorrow night.

Prediction: St Joseph’s win.

Gibraltar Phoenix vs Lions Gibraltar (Wednesday 13th March – 18:15)

Like Gibraltar United, Phoenix’s defeat to Lincoln last weekend leaves them with winning the Rock Cup as their only chance of qualifying into Europe. You would expect Labra and co to sweep aside Lions and progress.

Prediction: Gibraltar Phoenix win.

Brunos Magpies vs Europa (Wednesday 13th March – 20:30)

In an interview with FG, Matheus Assumpcao spoke about how he wished to test himself against Europa and two days later, Magpies’ star-man got his wish. After going unbeaten in the Second Division and winning the Second Division Cup, Europa will be their biggest task this season. We’d be expecting a professional display from the holders as they can’t afford to switch off against Assumpcao, Wyatt and Cuesta.

Prediction: Europa win.

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Mons Calpe & Gib Phoenix remain locked at the top

Mons Calpe and Gibraltar Phoenix Viajes Lineasol both recorded wins last weekend to keep the battle at the top on goal difference while South United secured a top four place.

Mons Calpe 7-4 Newton Stores

Jaydan Parody scored four goals as Mons Calpe cruised to a comfortable win over Newton to remain top of the Futsal 1st Division table – Gibraltar internationals Dylan Glynn, Naoufal El Andaloussi & Zane Holgado all got on the scoresheet.

Lynx 1-4 Gibraltar Phoenix Viajes Lineasol

Mons Calpe were hoping last season’s league winners Lynx would do them a favour and try to get a result against Phoenix but goals from ex-Gibraltar internationals Jamie Pecino & a Joseph Chipol brace sealed an important win.

South United 1-1 Europa

South United announced on social that their draw against Europa mathematically confirmed them a top four finish. Justin Collado gave South the lead before Europa quickly equalised.

A big achievement for a side which was only created three years ago, now to build and go one better next season!

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 19 results

  • St Joseph’s 10-1 FC Boca Juniors (Cornejo x2, Juanfri x3, Boro x2, Reyes x2)
  • Europa 4-3 Mons Calpe (Walker, De Barr, Arana, Quillo; Londero, Pibe x2)
  • Lynx 1-2 Gibraltar Phoenix (Badr; JC Garcia, Consigliero)
  • Lincoln Red Imps 2-1 Glacis United (Falu, J.Chipolina; N.Serra)
  • Gibraltar United 4-1 Lions Gibraltar (Zapata x2, Mouelhi, Rubio; Lopez Luque)

GOALKEEPER: Victor Martin Fernandez (Glacis)

DEFENDER: Hector Antona (Gib Utd)

DEFENDER: Samuel Vermeeren (Glacis)

DEFENDER: Jean Carlos Garcia (Phoenix)

MIDFIELDER: Tjay De Barr (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Liam Walker (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Jose Antonio ‘Chico Rubio’ Quiros (Gib Utd)

MIDFIELDER: Mohamed Badr (Lynx)

STRIKER: Jose Luis Reyes (St Joseph’s)

STRIKER: Rafael ‘Falu’ Aranda (Lincoln)

STRIKER: Juanfri García Peña (St Joseph’s)

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Ferro: “We set our minds out to win this game and we did”

After Lions Women’s win over Lincoln Women, we spoke to Kayleigh Ferro about her Rock Cup triumph, scoring four goals in the final and much more.

Lions beat Lincoln 6-0 to clinch this season’s Rock Cup, we asked Kayleigh how she felt the team played – “I think we all played well, we set our minds out to win this game and we did.”

Not only did Kayleigh win the Rock Cup with her team, she was also announced as the Player’s Player of the Season – we asked how it felt winning both accolades, “Its overwhelming to win the Rock Cup and Player’s Player. I think i’ve worked hard for the award and my team have worked hard for the Cup.”

A couple of weeks ago, Lincoln beat Lions on the final day of the season to win the Women’s Football League. Kayleigh reflected on how she felt the campaign went – “I feel that my team worked very hard and deserved to win the league but football is unfair. Well done to Lincoln though for winning it.”

At just 17 years old and plenty of years to improve – we asked what her goals for the future are, “My goals are to do well in future competitions with my team and the national squad. Also to win next years League & Cup and overall improve as a player.”

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 18 results

  • Lynx 2-1 Glacis United (Valdivia, Power; Ferrer)
  • Gibraltar United 1-1 Gibraltar Phoenix (Negrette; Labrador)
  • FC Boca Juniors 0-9 Europa (Arana x2, De Barr x2, Yome x2, Ayew, Dimas, Urko)
  • St Joseph’s 3-1 Lions Gibraltar (Juanfri x2, Boro; Bado)
  • Lincoln 3-1 Mons Calpe (Rodriguez, L.Casciaro, Kike; Torrilla)

GOALKEEPER: Victor Martin Fernandez (Glacis)

DEFENDER: Juan Gabriel ‘Chuky’ Gonzalez (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Bernardo Lopes (Lincoln)

DEFENDER: Ezequiel Rojas (Phoenix)

DEFENDER: Samuel Fernandez (St Joseph’s)

MIDFIELDER: Federico Cataruozzolo (Lynx)

MIDFIELDER: Manuel Arana (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Guido Ratto (Gib Utd)

STRIKER: Javi Cantelmi (Lions)

STRIKER: Tjay De Barr (Europa)

STRIKER: Juanfri García Peña (St Joseph’s)

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Matchday 17 results

  • Glacis United 0-2 Gibraltar United (Ratto, Negrette)
  • Mons Calpe 1-1 Lynx (Carboni; Valdivia)
  • Europa 1-1 Lincoln Red Imps (Dimas; Kike)
  • Gibraltar Phoenix 1-2 St Joseph’s (Llaves; Paz, Juanfri)
  • Lions Gibraltar 2-1 FC Boca Juniors (Caravaca x2; Isra)

GOALKEEPER: Alejandro Caro (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Fede Villar (Mons Calpe)

DEFENDER: Brad Power (Lynx)

DEFENDER: Abraham Paz (St Joseph’s)

DEFENDER: Bernardo Lopes (Lincoln)

DEFENDER: Christopher Miñano (Phoenix)

MIDFIELDER: Mustapha Yahaya (Europa)

MIDFIELDER: Michael Negrette (Gib Utd)

MIDFIELDER: Rafael Bado (Lions)

STRIKER: Alberto Caravaca (Lions)

STRIKER: Israel Castillo (Boca)

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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.