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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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Ronco: I feel that with every game I gain more confidence

We spoke to Mons Calpe & Gibraltar U21 international Kevagn Ronco about his return from long-term injury, life in Premier and much more.

After picking up a serious injury in 2015-16, Kevagn Ronco has drifted off the raider in Gibraltar with the odd appearance for Lincoln Red Imps in their reserve league. We asked how it feels to be back playing football, “After a whole year out due to my injury, it feels great to be back playing football. My goal being to recover fully and properly from my injury. I now feel rejuvenated and I’m determined to make my return to football a success. Leading a healthy lifestyle, keeping physically active and Football has always been crucial to me since a very young age , I must admit It was a difficult period for myself not being able to play football for a whole year. Nevertheless I tried to maintain a positive attitude as I knew I needed to be at my best mentally as well as physically. I continued overall conditioning, alternating forms of low intensity training such as swimming and light weight training. I’d set new goals within every session.”

Since joining Mons Calpe last summer; Kevagn has cemented his spot in the unfamiliar right-back position, the midfielder by trade, has started twelve games so far this season. Ronco reflected on life in Premier – “It took me a couple of matches to get the hang of the speed of the gameplay but I knew that within each full 90 minutes or so on the pitch I would gain progress, especially when I’d be on the starting 11 every game. Having represented Gibraltar abroad for the U19/U21, I could anticipate that a high level of responsibility and duty would be expected at Premier. ”

Kevagn’s performances have been very impressive and was re-called to the Gibraltar national team. We asked him about his goals for the season, “As a player my goal is to progress onto the Gibraltar Senior Team and be able to represent my country abroad at the highest level. Overall I hope to develop further as a player, I feel that with every game I gain more confidence. I give it my all in every single match and training session as a player for Mons Calpe and always push myself to the limit no matter how tough the challenge may be.”

Mons’ win over Phoenix last Monday leaves them eight points off leaders Europa and with teams around them all in action between themselves – we asked how important their next game is against Lions, “I believe it would be equally important to beat Lions as it would be to win any team we play against. It is crucial for us now to not lose any matches. However our current goal would be to win Lions as this will enable us to push higher up on the league and put pressure on the teams above us.”

Photo: Neil Wilson

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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



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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.