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.


Premier Division 2018/19 season preview

The just over two month wait is over and today the Premier Division kicks off – below is our season preview with league table predictions and players who we believe you should keep an eye on.  Continue reading


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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Greene: ” I would give anything to be 20 years younger and have the same opportunities”

We caught up with Gibraltar football legend Al Greene as we got his thoughts on this past season with Lions, his future & the Gibraltar national team.

Greene reflected on finishing 7th last season with Lions, “I was very happy because I was able to stay injury free and play more minutes than I expected. It was nice to keep Lions in the Premier Division but the only negative was that I didn’t like playing as a defender.” 

At the age of 40 years old, we asked Al if he will continue playing football next season – “Yes for sure. I have been approached by 3 Premier clubs and in a few weeks i will decide my future.”

A few weeks ago Julio Ribas was appointed Gibraltar national team head coach, Greene gave us his thoughts on the move – “I think it’s very good idea to get a manager from abroad for the national team but I also think that he should be surrounded by Gibraltarian coaches.”

During the late 1990’s & early 2000’s, Greene had two stints at Spanish side Real Balompedica Linense (known as La Balona to us), we asked how playing football abroad helped him as a player – “It helped me in many ways and mostly in how serious I took my training sessions because my coaches used to say that you train as you play and every training session used to be very hard.” 

It’s always a topic of discussion if youngsters nowadays have the same desire to make it professional as players like Roy Chipolina, Lee Casciaro & Al Greene. Al had his say on the matter, “I think that the desire has been a bit lost. I look back and I only see 4 or 5 players coming up that have it in them to make it to the top. I would give anything to be 20 years younger and have the same opportunities that young players in Gibraltar have nowadays.”

Greene gave his thoughts on the new HGP rule which has been implemented for next season, It’s about time and I think it will be brilliant for local players as it’s not nice to see local teams field only two local players from a twenty-two man squad.”

Lastly, ahead of Gibraltar’s Nations League campaign this September; we asked Al how he thinks Gibraltar will fare, “I think that’s the only way the national team will improve playing against teams similar to us but it’s also wonderful to play against counties like Germany and Scotland.”

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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. 

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Gibtelecom Rock Cup Round up

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