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Europa Point v Brunos Magpies – The key battles

Holders Europa Point will be strong favourites when they take on Brunos Magpies in the Second Division Cup final at the Victoria Stadium today.

Europa Point are currently undefeated and top of the Second Division but that will count for little today.

Here we pick out three of the key individual battles that could go a long way to deciding the outcome of the Second Division Cup final. Continue reading

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Marek Albert grabs winner against 10-man Red Imps

Substitute Marek Albert’s header gave 10-man Europa Point a 2-1 win over 10-man Red Imps to condemn Garry Lowe’s side to a fifth defeat this season.

The first half started with Red Imps opening the scoring in the 4th minute, full-back Yannick Baglietto whipped in a cross which was met by Luis Consigliero who headed his effort past Alvaro Dominguez. Europa Point started to up their game and had a good chance to equalise but Jonathan Tadafe’s shot was saved by Mark Moxham.

Europa Point continued to pressure, Jose ‘Chema’ Arana picked out Patrick Motindo with a lovely through ball, the winger’s shot was saved by Moxham. Red Imps were awarded a free-kick as Kevagn Ronco was brought down by Jose Campoy, Luis Consigliero stepped up and hit the post. 

Just before half-time Europa Point were awarded a free-kick, Nooristani stepped up and curled his effort onto the crossbar. Minutes later referee Glen Gilbert blew for half-time with Red Imps leading 1-0.

The second half started with Europa Point on the attack, Moxham made a brillant low save to keep out Sebastien Obei Obengo’s shot. Europa Point equalised in the 63rd minute, Obei Obengo latched onto a through ball and slotted his shot past Moxham. The young striker has now scored eleven goals in six games.

Two minutes later Europa Point were down to 10 men as captain Jose ‘Chema’ Arana was given a straight red for a last man challenge on Dan Lane. Despite playing with ten players Europa Point made it 2-1 in the 72nd minute, Jonathan Tadafe whipped in a cross which found Marek Albert, the striker guided his header past an out-stretched Moxham. 

Six minutes later Red Imps were reduced to 10 men as midfielder Jayce Consigliero, who had only been on the pitch for thirty three minutes, was sent off for a second bookable offence. Red Imps had a great chance to equalise in the last minute, Kevagn Ronco played Cesar Rosa through on goal, the striker smashed his effort wide.

The game restarted and Glen Gilbert blew for full-time and Europa Point won 2-1. This win sees them remain second, two points behind Leo while Red Imps sit eighth.