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Manuel Vecino and Daniel Navarro secure shock win

A goal in both halves from Manuel Vecino and Daniel Navarro secured Cannons a shock 2-0 win over a lacklustre Red Imps side.

Less than fifteen minutes into the first half Cannons took the lead, a cross was whipped in and found the unmarked Manuel Vecino who guided his header past Jaylan Hankins. Red Imps came battling back, Dan Lane’s shot was saved by Adrain Mariscal.

Cannons looked the better side in the first half and nearly doubled their lead just before half-time, Manuel Vecino capitalised on a Nick Busto mistake and played Daniel Navarro through on goal, the striker’s low shot struck the post. Cannons went into half-time with a 1-0 lead.

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Hayes at the double as Leo move top

Dylan Hayes scored twice to fire Leo to the top of Second Division with a comfortable 3-0 win over Cannons.

The first half was an evenly contested affair, both teams were playing some great football but neither were able to create any goalscoring opportunities. It took fifteen minutes for the first chance to be created, Rafael Rodriguez’s cross was punched out by Ernest Podesta as far as Adan Guerrero, the winger’s shot went just wide. 

Leo continued to pressure and opened the scoring with ten minutes of the first half remaining, Dylan Hayes received the ball in the middle, controlled and slotted his shot past Podesta. Leo went into half-time leading 1-0.

The second half started with Leo dominating and nearly doubled their lead early on but Ernest Podesta pulled off a great save to keep out Hayes’ shot. Leo did manage to make it 2-0 minutes later, Kieron Williams brought down Ivan Clavijo in the box. Dylan Hayes stepped up and coolly slotted his penalty past Podesta. 

Leo continued to dominate but were unable to find a way past the defensive duo of Sergio Merino & Angel Luis Hermoso. With twenty minutes remaining Leo made it 3-0, Alfonso Benitez’s cross found Jose Ferrer in the middle, the striker drilled his shot into the bottom corner from six yards out.

Dylan Hayes had a few chances near the end to get his hat-trick but Ernest Podesta was on hand to prevent them from going in, terrific performance from the Cannons keeper. Leo were able to hold on for the last few minutes and win the game 3-0.

This win sees Leo move two points clear of Europa Point in second while Cannons remain tenth.

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Ahmed Elsahib shines in Magpies win

Goals from Arif Hattabi, Lewis Constable & a brace from Ahmed Elshaib secure Bruno Magpies a comfortable 4-0 victory over Cannons.

12071267_10153672512147269_1908511952_nThe first half started with Magpies on the attack with midfield duo Arif & Devonte controlling the game. Twenty minutes in and the first chance was created, Arif Hattabi played the ball to Max Bothen, the striker quick turn and shot saw his effort go just wide of Borda’s goal.

Magpies nearly made it 1-0 midway through the half, a corner was whipped in and met by Max Bothen, his shot was cleared off the line as far as Jack Neale who shot was also cleared off the line. Close call for Cannons but due to some defending and keeping heroics the score stayed at 0-0. 

Magpies continued to dominate, a corner was whipped in by Devonte and found Lewis Constable whose header found Fran Perles who hit the crossbar from one yard out. Just before half-time Magpies broke the deadlock, Ahmed Elshaib worked his way down the wing and his low cross was smashed in by Arif Hattabi.

The second half didn’t start very well for Cannons as their keeper Kaylan Borda had to be substituted due to injury and was replaced by an outfield player. Magpies continued to dominate, winger Elshaib whipped in a cross which found Jack Neale whose shot was cleared off the line again.

Magpies made it 2-0 soon after, Devonte Totesaut whipped in a cross which found the head Elshaib who brought out a great save from the keeper but the rebound was fired home by Lewis Constable. Minutes 12077468_10153672512157269_1832711726_nlater Magpies made it 3-0, winger Ahmed Elshaib skipped past two Cannons defenders and slotted his shot away from a tight angle, giving the keeper no chance.

Ahmed Elshaib continued to create problems for the Cannons defence, the winger danced his way past three players and unleashed a fierce shot which rocketed off the crossbar. Magpies made it 4-0 soon after, Ahmed Elshaib latched onto a great through ball and coolly slotted it past the keepers legs.

Magpies nearly made it 5-0 with the last kick off the ball, Arif Hattabi’s low cross found unmarked midfielder Tome Calvente but the midfielder blazed his effort over from five yards out. The game restarted and referee Joseph Newman blew for full-time.


 

Cannons goalkeeper Kaylan Borda has confirmed that he sustained a fractured hand after a collision with one of the Magpies defenders. Everyone at Football Gibraltar sends their regards. 

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2015/16 Second Division preview

The 2015/16 Second Division season kicks off tomorrow – and you can warm-up for the new campaign with our comprehensive guide to the Second Division teams.

Below you’ll find links to Second Division team profiles.


Cannons FC

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Cannons have added Jack Fraser to their squad this summer.

A disappointing rock-bottom finish in the Second Division last season means many people think Cannons could be in for much of the same this season. Christoper Gomez was appointed as manager for the new season and has plenty of work to do as he takes over a team that was clearly below par last season. Can he turn things around?

Cannons have made plenty of signings this summer, which could make a difference. Jack Fraser was brought in from Red Imps, Kaylan Borda was signed from Gib Scorpions and many more. Although, with plenty of Second Division teams bringing in ‘Premier rejects’, we will be expecting Cannons to be fighting at the bottom of the table again this year.


College 1975 FC

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The Second Division new-boys come into this league taking the place of Gib Scorpions and they have plenty to do as they hope to become as big of a threat to their rivals as Scorpions were. 

College have been by far the quietest of all the teams in Gibraltar, there has been no mention of the signings they have made with the club not even having a Facebook page. We, like everyone else, will be eagerly waiting the team that turns out for their first game.


Europa Pegasus FC

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Pegasus endured a frustrating 2014/15 season. They failed to build on their fourth-place finish from the year before and, after flirting with the relegation zone, ended their campaign in 12th. Christian Olivares will expect better this time around.

Pegasus, during their preseason, have looked in good condition, producing some decent displays. They have been very active through the transfer window bringing in some great talent, mainly from across the border.


Europa Point FC

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Europa Point have been tipped to mount a serious title tilt this season, with the club bringing in plenty of quality from top academies in and around Europe. Europa Point were the in-form team in the second half of the 2014/15 season – can they maintain that level for an entire campaign?

We have announced throughout the summer that Europa Point have lost many of the players which were so instrumental last season like Robert Montovio & Dexter Atkinson. This season will be a platform for many of their new signings to make a name for themselves and possibly take the step up to Premier football next season. 


FC Hound Dogs 

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FC Hound Dogs finished last season in 10th place, after such a poor start to the first half of the season, the clubs performances turned around near the end as the manager Chris Gomez had a full squad to pick from as his players had returned from their studies in UK.

Hound Dogs have been very busy in the transfer window. Despite losing some big players like Nick & James Castle, they did manage to bring in some great local talent in the form of Shaun De’Ath, the pacey winger from Leo, and also full-back Shaun Gonzalez who brings plenty of experience to this young squad.


FC Olympique 13 

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FC Olympique started very strongly last season, producing some great displays. Early results saw them hover around the top three in the table. As the season went on, the consistency which Olympique started slowly to fall with injuries and suspensions hampering the club, sending them down to 7th.

Olympique have been very busy in the summer, mixing experience with youth. If they can get striker Justin Santos firing on all cylinders again, Olympique could be the dark horses of this season.


FCB Magpies 

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Brunos Magpies go into this season hoping to shake off their ‘Pub team’ title. Louie Perry, Magpies President, started with the appointment of Joel Williams which was followed by a handful of signing such as Max Bothen from Phoenix, Michael Macias from Gib Utd & some players from abroad.

The around the Magpies camp is that the team is looking for promotion and with the players Joel has brought into the club, they might be causing a few upsets this season.


FC Boca Juniors

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Boca Juniors finished last season 10th in the league, seven point behind Brunos Magpies. Boca struggled a lot of last season with consistency, they would pick up points against teams in the top half of the table but then struggle against teams in and around their position.

Boca have been heavily revamped this season, a new crest, a new sponsor and some new players has seen the ambition at the club change massively over the last few months. Despite losing their best player Nicholas Ramagge to Olympique, they have been able to bring in some Premier experience and along side players who have proved themselves in the Second Division.


Gibraltar Phoenix FC

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Last season’s ‘big boy killers’ will be hoping to pick up from where they left off to improve after finishing 4th last season and beating all the big teams in the second half of the season.

Phoenix have enjoyed a relatively good preseason and like most teams have been quiet this transfer window, President Brian Brosco confirmed to us that the team has been reshaped with many comings and goings, but they were very happy that they were able to keep hold of Fernando Cuesta who was so instrumental last season.


Leo FC

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Leo FC will be looking for a better performance this season after finishing 13th last season. Karl Alecio, President of Leo, has been very busy through the summer, his shock appointment of Juanfran Perez as manager from Angels showed the kind of ambitions the club will have this season.

Leo have also needed a major reshape this season, they had plenty of departures this season but with Juanfran’s links in Spain, they were able to bring in plenty of players to fill the holes which they were lacking in. Leo were also able to renew the contracts of Dylan Hayes & Iain Latin who were one of few consistent players from last season. One major blow for Leo is the loss of Charlie Santos who moved to futsal.


Mons Calpe S.C.

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Mons Calpe would probably like to forget about last season. They saw three different managers followed by an 8th placed finish which no doubt seemed poor after having such a great season two years ago when they finished second, missing out on promotion by the play-off stipulation.

Mons Calpe have by far done the best business in the Second Division with the signing of Jansen Dalli. Other players brought in like Francis Marquez means Mons Calpe seem to be early favourites to be promoted.


Red Imps FC

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Red Imps, the feeder club of Lincoln Red Imps, have also had a major turnaround. The appointment of Garry Lowe, followed by some great signings, shows where the club wants to be at regarding producing great local talent.

Red Imps have been working hard during preseason to be 100% ready for this season. Red Imps made many signings through the summer, Evan Coleing returned to the club, experienced duo Thomas Hastings & Colin Dyer and followed by striker Cesar Rosa who has been dubbed as ‘one to watch’ this season.


Matchday 1 fixtures

21/09 – FC Hound Dogs vs Europa Pegasus FC & FC Boca Juniors vs Cannons FC

22/09 – FCB Magpies vs Europa Point FC & FC Olympique 13 vs Red Imps FC

24/09 – Mons Calpe S.C. vs Gibraltar Phoenix FC & College 1975 FC vs Leo FC


So who will win promotion to the Premier Division? Will it be Mons Calpe, will it be Europa Point, will Brunos Magpies proved all the doubters wrong? 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.