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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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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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Premier Division Player and Manager of the Month – August 2018

With each team playing three games in August before the enforced break, Football Gibraltar have got together to pick our inaugural Player and Manager of the Month for the Premier Division, with a Lincoln duo sweeping up the awards in the first month.

Photo (C) William Gracia

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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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