Adolfo ‘Pitu’ Anes stunning long range goal hands Gibraltar United their first three points of the season with a 2-1 victory over Angels.
Lincoln Red Imps remain top of league after goals by Guido Abayain and a brace from Lee Casciaro & Antonio Livramento secured a comfortable 5-0 victory over Angels.
Lincoln opened the scoring less than fifteen minutes in, Lee Casciaro latched onto a through ball by Liam Walker and lobbed the onrushing Juan Mateo Perez. Seven minutes later Lincoln doubled their lead, Liam Walker whipped in a cross which found Antonio Livramento, the winger guided his header past Mateo Perez.
Just before half-time Lincoln made it 3-0, Jean Carlos Garcia’s low cross found Livramento who slotted his shot away from close range. Livramento nearly got his hat-trick minutes later but his effort hit the post. Lincoln went into half-time leading 3-0.
Lincoln brought on Guido Abayain at half-time and made an immediate impact, the striker capitalised on a mistake by the Angels keeper and slotted his shot into an empty net. Lee Casciaro rubbed salt into Angels’ wounds a few minutes later, the striker rounded Mateo Perez and slotted his shot away.
With twenty minutes left and Lincoln comfortably leading Steven Soussi made his debut replacing Anthony Bardon. Lincoln had countless chances to extend their lead but Angels keeper Juan Antonio Mateo Perez was on hand to keep them out, making some world-class saves.
This win sees Lincoln go into next week’s big game against Manchester 62 top while Angels, in ninth, take on Gibraltar United.
The first half started with Europa dominating possession and creating any early chance through Jose Barranco but the striker struck his effort wide. Less than ten minutes in Angels took a shock lead, Francisco Nieto delivered a free-kick which found Omar Bernal in the middle, the midfielder toe-poked his effort past the onrushing Javi Munoz.
Angels started to dominate the game, Juan Palomino latched onto a through ball but the striker’s lobbed effort went just wide. Europa came battling back, Pedro Carrion headed his effort wide from a Jesus Toscano cross. Minutes later Javi Martinez was through on goal but the winger stroked his shot past the post.
Few minutes before half-time Angels doubled their lead and what a goal it was, from 20-25 yards out, Angel Morente stepped up and curled his effort around the wall and into the top corner. Incredible! Shortly after the restart Tim Reoch blew for full-time with Angels leading 2-0.
The second half started with Europa getting themselves an early goal, Angels failed to clear the danger and the striker was on hand to tap his shot past Mateo. Mateo was called into action minutes later saving a long range effort from Rodriguez. Javi Martinez had a great chance to equalise but the winger smashed his shot over the bar.
With less than 15 minutes remaining Europa equalised, Guillermo Mendez received the ball in the middle, the midfielder controlled and drilled his shot into the bottom corner. Angels moved to nine at the back, clearing any crosses or through balls Europa delivered by Angels defenders Jose Pino Moreno & Jonathan Arroyal dealt with the danger well.
With five minutes remaining the comeback was completed, a cross was whipped in and met by Javi Martinez in the middle, the winger controlled and slotted his shot past Mateo Perez sending Europa players and management into an absolute frenzy.
Europa were able to hold on for the remaining part of the game and walked away with the three points. This win sees Europa remain second, level on points with Lincoln while Angels remain ninth.
FC Britannia came from behind to secure a 3-1 victory over nine-man Angels courtesy of goals from Jose Luis Otero, Renan Bernardes & Peter Warren.
The first half started with Britannia dominating possession but were unable to create any chances against a very well-organised Angels defence. Despite struggling Angels took a shock lead, Omar Bernal’s shot was blocked and the rebound fell to Juan Antonio Palomino, with his back to goal the striker went for the spectacular overhead kick and his effort beat Barnfather and rolled into the bottom corner.
Four minutes later Britannia had a good chance, Risto Kago’s long range free-kick was excellently saved by Juan Mateo Perez. The resulting corner was whipped in and was fumbled by Mateo Perez, the rebound fell to Shea Breakspear whose shot was cleared off the line.
Despite all the Britannia possession Angels nearly doubled their lead shortly after, a cross from Omar Bernal was just out of the reach of Palomino who did so well to get in front of the Britannia defender. Seconds before half-time Britannia equalisied, Risto Kago’s free-kick found Jose Luis Otero whose header from just outside the area looped over Mateo Perez and went in.
The second half started with Britannia dominating and Angels defending deep. Britannia made it 2-1 on the 58th minute, Renan Bernardes’ stepped up and curled his long range free-kick over the wall and straight into the top corner. After conceding Angels stepped up their game in hope of an equalisier but Man of the match Jose Luis Otero was able to handle the Angels attacks with ease.
With less than ten minutes remaining Britannia made it 3-1, Sam Gilroy’s low cross found Peter Warren who slotted his shot past Mateo Perez. With the game nearing full-time and Angels’ hopes of a comeback ended, they found themselves down to 9 men in the space of a few minutes with Toufik Larouia sent off for a second bookable offence and David Moreno Gomez given a straight red for a late challenge on Andre Dos Santos.
The game restarted and referee Herbert Warwick blew for full-time and Britannia walked away with the three points which now sees them sit third in the table while Angels remain ninth.
Cristian Toncheff was the star of the show on Super Sunday as Manchester 62 beat Angels FC 5-1 in Premier Division.
The first half started with Manchester 62 on the attack and opened the scoring in the first five minutes, Juan Gonzalez whipped in a cross and found Cristian Toncheff whose header flew past Juan Mateo Perez. Fifteen minutes later Manchester had a great chance to double their lead, Cristian Toncheff latched onto a through ball by Alvaro Navarro, his shot was saved by Mateo Perez.
Manchester 62 continued to dominate but couldn’t find a way past the Angels defence. Angels for themselves an equaliser with five minutes remaining, Manchester defence were caught sleeping, David Moreno Gomez ran through on goal and slotted his shot past Kaaron Macedo.
Moments after the restart Manchester took the lead again, the Red Devils were awarded a penalty as Fernando Perez handled the ball in the area. Argentine hitman Cristian Toncheff stepped up and slotted it past Mateo. The referee blew for half-time with Manchester leading 2-1.
The second half started with Manchester on the attack and got themselves an early goal, Cristian Toncheff capitalised on Juan Antonio Mateo’s mistake and tapped his shot into an empty net to make it 3-1. Fifteen minutes later Angels were down to 10 men as Fernando Perez was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Minutes later Manchester made it 4-1, Alvaro Navarro’s low cross was put into his own net by Jose Luis Munoz. Just before full-time Manchester were awarded a penalty as Aaron Payas was brought down in the area. Cristian Toncheff stepped up and smashed his penalty past Juan Antonio Mateo. The game restarted and the referee blew for the final whistle.
This win sees Manchester move into fourth position, level on points with Lynx while Angels move bottom.
A brace from Jose Luis Verdejo and a goal each for Jorge Torres & Diego Cabello secures St Joseph’s a comfortable 4-0 win over Angels FC.
The first half started with St Joseph’s on the attack and broke the deadlock in the opening ten minutes, a cross was whipped in which found Jorge Torres, the winger controlled it and smashed it past Juan Mateo Perez. St Joseph’s continued to dominate and soon made it 2-0, Jose Luis Verdejo got his head on the end of a cross which flew past Juan Mateo Perez.
St Joseph’s had a few more chances soon after, full-back Ivan Lobato’s long range effort flew just over the bar, this was follow by Brazilian midfielder Emerson De Oliveira Roque’s shot going just wide also. Emerson was in the thick of the action, he connect well from a Catharino free-kick but his header went wide.
Referee Jason Barcelo blew for halftime with St Joseph’s comfortably leading 2-0.
The second half got underway with St Joseph’s dominating possession but struggling to find a way past the Angels defenders. Saints made a substitution on the hour mark with winger Jose Garrido Munoz making way for Juan Carlos Fernandez Polo. Polo got involved straight away, he excellently skipped past an Angels defender and whipped in a great cross which was cleared.
St Joseph’s continued to pressure and nearly got their third of the night but Thyago Catharino’s shot went inches wide of Mateo’s goal. Saints were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position after Polo’s was fouled after making a mockery of the Angels defenders, the resulting free-kick led to nothing.
St Joseph’s made it 3-0 shortly after, Juan Carlos Polo received the ball in the middle, the midfielder flicked the ball into the path of Jose Luis Verdejo who slotted his shot away. Minutes after newly signed Cecil Prescott made his debut coming on for Javier Frances Lopez.
Great link up play from Juan Carlos Polo and Cecil Prescott saw the youngsters cross find Jorge Torres who curled his effort onto the crossbar. Just before full-time St Joseph’s made it 4-0, super sub Diego Cabello latched onto a through ball and calmly slotted it past Mateo Perez.
Minutes later Jason Barcelo blew for full-time and Saints winning 4-0 which now sees them move top of the league for now.
The Premier Division returns today, as sixth place St Joseph’s FC take on ninth place Angels FC.
St Joseph’s come into this game as 4/6 favourites and will be expecting to walk away with all three points today. St Joseph’s didn’t get off to the best of starts last weekend, as they only came away with a point against Lions, despite being the more dominant side. Saints looked a very strong team last season, something which they lacked last season. One player who impressed many was striker Juan Carlos Fernandez Polo, as the strikers strength and skill troubled the Lions defenders, and the striker was unfortunate not to grab himself a goal.
Angels come into this game as 5/2 outsiders, and are set for another difficult game. The newly-promoted side proved last game that they won’t be pushovers though, after they lost 2-1 to a very strong Lynx side. Despite technical problems and having their full-back Pino Moreno sent off early on, there were a few positive to take from last weeks defeat. One player who did impress though was goalkeeper Juan Antonio Mateo Perez who produced a terrific display against Lynx.
The game kicks off at 20:30 at the Victoria Stadium, and if you fancy both teams to cancel each other out, the draw is currently 10/3.
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Lynx beat 10-man Angels 2-1 in Saturday’s afternoon kick-off at the Victoria Stadium, thanks to a first half Carlos Sanchez free kick.
Goals from Juan Pablo Sastrie, and Sanchez’s free-kick winner saw Lynx win their first game of the season against an Angels side who had to play with 10 men for 80 minutes after Juan Manuel Pino Moreno saw red for a handball in the box. Cristian Mena’s penalty for Angels was not enough to take anything from the game.
The first main chance of the game fell to Lynx, but Robert Guilling fired over after being set up by Sastrie. Lynx then went 1-0 up after 11 minutes after Pino Moreno handled in the box. The Angels defender saw red, and although Juan Mateo saved the penalty, Sastrie was on hand to finish off the rebound and put his side ahead.
It took just 13 minutes for Angels to get back into the game, courtesy of a penalty of their own. Francisco Nieto was bought down in the box by Leonardo Vela, and referee Glen Gilbert pointed to the spot for the second time. Mena stepped up and scored Angels first ever Premier Division goal.
Lynx went ahead for a second time in the 34th minute. Sanchez was fouled on the edge of the area, and his free kick flew into the top corner to make the score 2-1.
In the second half, Lynx blew a good opportunity to go 3-1 up, as Vargas’ cross found Javier Doxagarat, who could only hit the post with his effort. A combination of Mateo’s keeping and wasteful finishing meant that as the game entered its conclusion, Lynx were not home and dry.
For their first ever game in the top division, Angels were giving as good as they had, and battled hard to try and equalise, but in the end it was not to be for the new boys, as Lynx saw out the narrow victory.
Today’s early kick-off sees the Premier Division new-boys Angels FC take on last seasons Rock Cup runners up Lynx FC.
Angels come into this game as underdogs and with the lack of transfer activity which has come out of the Angels camp, we don’t expect them to pull off any surprises. Angels have kept many of their squad from last season so we shall see if Kane Ndiaga & Mateo Perez can shine in the Premier as they did in the Second Division.
Lynx come into this game as favourites and will be hoping they can start the season with a win as they push for European qualification. Lynx have been very active throughout the summer period, despite losing some big players, they have managed to bring in a correct balance of pace and power. Ethan Jolley who signed on loan from Lincoln will be hoping to make his debut today and also ex-Europa midfielder Aaron Akrapovic.
We caught up with Aaron as he gave us his thoughts before today’s game, “We are feeling very confident for the first match. We worked very hard during preseason so we hope to have a good start against Angels.”
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The 2015/16 Second Division season kicks off tomorrow – and you can warm-up for the new campaign with our comprehensive guide to the Premier Division teams.
Below you’ll find links to Premier Division team profiles.
The Premier Division new boys. Angels were promoted last season on the final day after beating Mons Calpe 4-2 and causing one of the biggest shocks we’ve seen in a long time. Angels got rebuilding straight away, they parted ways with their manager Juanfran Fernandez Perez and brought in Albert Ferri.
This transfer window has been busiest ever and, while some teams have announced their transfer via social media, Angels has been one of those who have kept quiet and gone about their business behind closed doors. Without the big name signings we’ve seen elsewhere, we expect Angels to struggle this season and are current favourites to be relegated.
Last years runners up Europa FC will no doubt be setting their sights on going one better and winning the league and qualifying for the Champions League. Under the Carrasco brothers, Europa have started a major restructure at the club bringing in players from in and around the Sevilla area.
Europa have made many signings this season from goalkeeper Javi Munoz to striker Antonio Truji. From last years squad only three players remained, Matt Cafer, Kelvin Morgan & Jake Victor. Preseason started early for Europa and after their performance against Lincoln on Saturday, this could be their best chance of snatching the league from Lincoln’s grasps.
Their second year in the Premier Division and they will be hoping for different luck this time around after finishing second bottom last year. Britannia struggled during the first half of the season but after their major rebuilding last January, they looked a completely different side.
Speaking to President James Watson, he confirmed to us that the team has changed again with Britannia making many signings. Britannia took to social media to announce their signings, but since then have been quiet and we think they’ll be hoping to spring a surprise when they turn out on the opening day of the season against Gibraltar United.
Another set of Premier Division new boys. Gibraltar United were champions of the Second Division last season and were promoted to the top flight of Gibraltar football. In a division which is struggling to field locals players, Gibraltar United dominated much of the league while only fielding local players, something that must have made their win even sweeter.
This season however has seen a great improvement of the standard of players and a better league brings better players. Gibraltar United have had to strengthen their side with both local and foreign players in order to keep up. They got things under way by bringing in manager Manuel Nunez Sanchez which was followed by a handful of signings. Adding to an already strong squad, youngsters Liam Neale & Alan Parker joined from Glacis Utd & Lincoln Red Imps respectively & also managed to bring in some Premier Division experience with Robert Montovio & Jamie Bosio joining from Europa Point & Manchester 62, to name a few.
Glacis United finished last season in a respectable sixth position. Despite their lack of depth in the squad due to injury and suspensions, finishing sixth can be seen as a major positive when you take into account the quality shown by the top clubs last season.
Glacis Utd have been very quiet this year with media sources announcing transfers, but the club neither confirming nor denying. Glacis announced their squad for this season, some familiar faces added on by some good local talent like Aidan Borrell from Lions & some shock signings like Leo Pereyra from Europa FC. Their opening game against Manchester should be a very interesting one.
The team to beat. Gibraltar’s most dominant team for the last 13 years, Lincoln will be hoping they can retain their Shield this season and make it 14 in a row. It won’t be as straight forward as they hope with the league improving, especially taking into consideration their shaky performance against Europa last Saturday. Lincoln’s days may be numbered.
Lincoln haven’t had the greatest of transfer windows, as expected. The league champions made some fantastic business by bringing in Jamie Bosio, Juanse Pegalajar & Nico Chietino, signings that made a massive impact on social media. Since then Lincoln have lost Juanse Pegalajar to a team in Spain, Antonio Sambruno, Jamie Bosio and Scott Ballantine who have gone out on loan to a team in UK while they continue their studies. Lincoln have made some relatively good deals, Yeray Patino Blasco shone during the Pepe Reyes Cup & the return of George Cabrera from injury feels like a new signing.
Lions Gibraltar FC finished bottom of the Premier Division and were lucky to not be relegated, thanks to the rule put in place by the GFA. President Alex Grech has been non-stop this summer bringing in new signings left, right and centre, a restructure that was needed after last season’s horror show.
Lions were very busy with their signings over the summer. Aymen Mouelhi joined from Europa, Jose Luis Romero & Raul Segura joined from St Josephs, to name a few. Speaking to one of their players, the mood at Lions is completely different with their side hoping to mount a serious challenge in the top half of the league. Despite their signings, Lions were dealt a major blow when Erin Barnett announced he’ll be departing the club and will be moving to University.
Lynx finished third last season, a few points behind Europa FC which was followed by a Rock Cup final game against Lincoln. Despite losing 4-1, it was by far Lynx’s best season to date. In the last few days Lynx have slowly been announcing their squad, position by position and by the looks of things, they will be hoping to go one step further.
Lynx have made some good signings so far, Ethan Jolley joined from Lincoln, Karim Pinero from St Josephs and Aaron Akrapovic from Europa FC. Lynx seem to have just the right balance of youth and experience but a major loss was midfielder Mohammed Magby who was one of the standout players from last season despite only joining in January.
Manchester 62 finished in a very poor fifth position last season after finishing second the season before last. Just after the season ended Man62 departed with manager Juanlu and a major restructure at the club was under way as what happened was something no one expected.
Manchester firstly announced David Ochello as their new manager followed by his technical team. The signings started flowing in with Cristian Toncheff, Daniel Duarte, John Paul Duarte & many others joining. Manchester fixed their goalkeeping problem bringing in Hafed Droubi from Brunos Magpies & Kaaron Macedo from St Joseph’s after the retirement of Kevin De Los Santos & losing Bradley Banda to Lincoln.
St Joseph’s finished last season fourth in the league, a major improvement after just managing to stay in the Premier two seasons ago beating Mons Calpe in the play-offs. Their links from abroad helped reshape the squad with Fede Tobler, Titi Sanz & Jose Luis Romero in the line-up.
The transfer window has been very busy but for St Josephs, not their best. News broke out early on of many departures from the club, and since then they have clearly tried their best to try and fill their roles. Titi Sanz returned to FC Cartagena, Jose Luis Romero joined Lions & Francis Marquez dropped down a division to Mons Calpe. The Saints have made some great locals signings with Jordan Perez, Aidan Ghio & Cecil Prescott joining the club and also managed to bring in players from abroad to strengthen the team for their opener against Lions.
So who will be crowned champions of the Premier Division? Will Lincoln make it fourteen in a row or will Europa & Manchester break the streak? Who will get relegated? We expect the next few months to be exciting aswell as hectic, stay tuned at Football Gibraltar as we will be with you every step of the way.