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Gibtelecom Rock Cup Final rematch on opening matchday of the season

The opening matchday of fixtures in Gibraltar sees a repeat of last season’s Rock Cup final, while Manchester 62 begin life in the Second Division by taking on Hound Dogs.

Photo © William Gracia

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Premier Division – End of season review

As the Premier Division season came to close, we assess each club’s campaign.

Lincoln Red Imps won the title, scoring the most goals but did so in less than convincing fashion after going into Christmas unbeaten. 

Europa and St Joseph’s qualified for Europa League, with Gibraltar United narrowly missing out and Manchester 62 suffered relegation. 

Below read our season review with verdicts from Adam Roberts & Daniel Griffin. Continue reading

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Gibtelecom Rock Cup Round up

Following Europa’s triumph yesterday over Mons Calpe – here’s a round up of the Gibtelecom Rock Cup. Continue reading

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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.