A stunning strike from Samuel Nunez secured a 1-1 draw for Boca against Magpies in the Chestertons Cup. Continue reading
The Chestertons Cup gets underway today with nine Second Division teams all in with a chance of walking away with silverware. Continue reading
A brace from Manuel Casas and a goal apiece for Jonathan Benavente and Fernando Cuesta sealed Phoenix a 4-1 victory over a resilient Hound Dogs. Continue reading
The 2016-17 Second Division season is nearly upon us. A lot has happened already this summer, so we take a look at how the nine teams will fare in the coming campaign. Continue reading
With the 2016 Gibraltar Rock Cup getting underway today with two games, we’ve racked our brains together to try and predict the outcome of the two games on today.
Premier Division – 16:30 – Glacis Utd 0-2 Lynx FC The first half was dominated by Lynx but with Glacis defending deep they made life very hard for Lynx to create any chances. Neither keeper was called into action. The first half ended with the score at 0-0. The second half Lynx came out a much better side, and started to create Glacis a few problems with the pace down the wings. Glacis keeper Jamie Carlin made a few terrific saves and Glacis nearly opened the scoring but Fraiz made a great save to keep it out. With less than ten minutes remaining Lynx broke the deadlock, a cross found Egyptian winger Badr, the midfielder controlled and slotted his shot past Carlin. After going behind Glacis started to attack more leaving themselves open to the counter. Lynx made it 2-0 with minutes remaining, a counter saw Agustin Doxagarat run through on goal and slotted his shot past Carlin. Lynx were able to hold on secure the three points.
Second Division – 18:30 – College 1975 4-3 FC Boca Juniors College opened the scoring in the 5th minute, Aaron Aguilera skipped past three Boca defenders and smashed his shot into the bottom corner. Boca came battling back and nearly replied instantly but Andrew Olivero’s shot flew over the bar. Boca equalised in the 23rd minute, Sebastian Suarez picked out Felix Formica-Corsi with a superb pass, the striker controlled, turned and slotted his shot past Dominguez. Less than ten minutes later College were back infront, a counter attack saw Hamza Hanafi through on goal and coolly slotted his shot past Hermida. College made it 3-1 four minutes later, Soufian Hanafi drifts past the Boca defenders and smashes his shot into the top corner. Boca pulled one back in the 41st minute, Neil Robba’s cross found Formica-Corsi who scored with a tidy finish. Just before half-time Boca got themselves back on level terms, Boca were awarded a penalty, Formica-Corsi stepped up and slotted it away which also completed his hat-trick. The second half was evenly contested with both teams seeking the winner. Philip Hermida was the busiest of the two keepers, pulling off some great saves to keep the score at 3-3. With ten minutes remaining College got themselves a winner, Hamza Hanafi’s shot deflected off the Boca defender and into the back of the net. College were able to hold on and walk away with the three points.
Second Division – 20:30 – Leo FC 6-0 FC Hound Dogs Leo broke the deadlock in the 12th minute, Rafael Rodriguez through ball from Ivan Clavijo, the midfielder controlled and smashed his shot past Horner Garcia. Leo doubled their lead fifteen minutes later, Clavijo was fouled in the area by Jarvis Bautista. Justo Peralta stepped up and smashed his penalty into the top corner. Just before half-time Leo made it 3-0, Javier Moreno stepped up and curled his free-kick over the wall and past Horner Garcia. Leo continued to dominate the second half, Adan Guerrero capitalised on a Hound Dogs mistake, ran through on goal and slotted his shot into the bottom corner. Leo were awarded another penalty midway through the half as Alfonso Benitez was brought down in the area, Dylan Hayes’ stepped up and coolly slotted his penalty away. Just before full-time Leo made it 6-0, Alfonso Benitez’s low cross found Jose Antonio Vinas, the striker controlled and tucked his shot away.
Super sub Eduardo Carrion scored twice as Mons Calpe comprehensively beat Boca Juniors in the Second Division.
The first half started with Mons Calpe on the attack and broke the deadlock in under fifteen minutes, Jose Lupianez squared the ball to Salvador Ruiz, the full-back controlled the ball and smashed his shot into the top corner.
Mons Calpe continued to dominate the game but were unable to find a way past Philip Hermida, the keeper pulled off some vitals saves in the first half from Sergio Vazquez, Jose Castillo & Alex Gonzalez. The teams went into halftime with Mons Calpe leading 1-0.
The second half started with Mons Calpe on the attack, Philip Hermida failed to deal with a cross which fell to Alex Gonzalez at the back post, the striker headed his effort into an empty net. Hermida made up for his mistake by pulling off a great save to keep out Sergio Vazquez.
Minutes later Mons Calpe made it 3-0, Ruben Ruiz played Sergio Vazquez through on goal, the striker slotted his shot past an onrushing Hermida. Twelve minutes later Mons Calpe made it 4-0, Eduardo Carrion latched onto a through ball from Ruben Ruiz and smashed his shot past Hermida.
Just before the full-time whistle Mons Calpe got their fifth, Jansen Dalli played Eduardo Carrion through on goal, the midfielder took a touch and slotted his shot past Hermida. The game restarted and referee Adrian Alcoba blew the final whistle and Mons Calpe walked away with the three points.
This win sees Mons Calpe move up to third, level on points with Leo & Europa Point while Boca Juniors remain eighth.
Sunday 15th November – College 1975 vs Boca Juniors
Tuesday 17th November – Mons Calpe vs Bruno’s Magpies
Summer signing Arif Hattabi netted a late penalty to earn Bruno’s Magpies a 1-1 draw against Boca Juniors after Liam Victor gave them the lead.
The first half started with Boca on the attack and winning an early corner as Liam Victor’s cross was blocked by Michael Macias, the corner was whipped in and cleared by Magpies. As the game went on Magpies started taking control but unable to break down the Boca wall.
Boca keeper Philip Hermida produced a great double save midway through the half, keeping out Arif Hattabi’s long range shot and tipping over the rebound from Ahmed Elsahib. Despite all the defending Boca had a great chance minutes later, Matthew Grech was played through on goal but the midfielder smashed over the bar.
Magpies continued the pressure with duo Arif Hattabi & Tom Hudson going close but neither were able to find a way past an inspired Philip Hermida. Referee Andrew Parody blew for halftime with the score at 0-0.
The second half started with Boca on the attack and broke the deadlock in the 50th minute, a free-kick from Antonio Alvarez was headed as far as Liam Victor whose long range shot flew past Fernandez Diaz and headed straight into the top corner.
Boca had a great chance to make it 2-0 minutes later, a poor clearance from Diaz fell to Felix Formica-Corsi, with the whole goal to aim at, the striker shot straight into the hands of Diaz. The Boca players and fans couldn’t believe it.
As the game went on Boca grew in confidence and Magpies struggling to cope under pressure. The game evened out with Magpies having the majority of the shots on goal but Hermida was able to keep them out. With less than 15 minutes left Philip Hermida pulled off an unbelievable save to keep out a shot from Tom Hudson.
In injury time Magpies were awarded a penalty as Hattabi was brought down in the box. Referee Andrew Parody pointed straight to the spot, a decision which infuriated the Boca players and management. Arif Hattabi stepped up and smashed his penalty past Hermida.
With second remaining Boca went down to 10 men as midfielder Nathan Sene was given a straight red for an alleged headbutt on Magpies wing-back Harry Perry. The game restarted and referee Andrew Parody blew for halftime.
This result sees Magpies remain fifth while Boca move into sixth.
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.
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
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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, 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.
Ahead of the upcoming season, we continue our series of interviews by talking to Boca Juniors manager Julian Berllaque, and getting his views of the upcoming 2015-16 season for his team.
Reflect on how last season went (what you achieved, what you didn’t, any big talking points etc..)
Last season was full of ups and downs. We started off really well with draws against two of the top teams, Gibraltar Scorpions and Angels FC and it seemed it would push us towards big things. Unfortunately, our biggest signing Paul Podesta suffered a bad knee injury in our third game, forcing him to miss the rest of the season. Then things went a bit downhill from there in all honesty. More injuries followed, players then started losing interest and commitment. We probably weren’t prepared for the jump in quality from one year to the next. Luckily we managed to end the season on a high grabbing a few wins and many goals with only 14 players to choose from. So we can say it’s a season we have learned a lot from and because of it we have realised we’ve needed to up our game for this year.
How preseason has gone?
Pre-season has been a difficult one as we didn’t manage to decide the squad until a few days before the deadline. We haven’t had much time to arrange many friendly games either because of this. We had a lot of interest in the first few sessions, but with all due respect to those who came to trial with us, we weren’t sure their quality was going to improve the squad with what we had the previous season. Luckily we managed to get some great players in at the and we’re looking forward to the start of the League this Monday against an improved Cannons FC
How the team looks going into the new season, any new signings, players to look out for and especially players which have left?
We lost four key players at the start of this pre-season. Three of those players have gone to sign for another club, and I wish them the best of luck. However, we’ve been lucky to replace them with experienced players, some who have played in Premier too, so we’re hoping not to miss them too much. I don’t want to say what players everyone should look out for, as I’ll be giving other teams a slight advantage if I do… but I’m sure everyone knows who we’ve signed and where we’ve strengthened. I’ll be honest, when we lost those players we weren’t sure in what direction the team was going and at times it seemed we weren’t going to manage to have a competitive squad. But thanks to the massive effort from the Boca Committee and many of the players, we were able to attract all these new signings and the morale has gone up drastically. If everyone can keep fit and committed, I really do believe we have a squad that can compete with the top teams. We definitely have a better squad than last season and we cannot wait to begin this new season!
What goals do Boca have for this season or what they hope to achieve?
Our main goal is to improve on last season. We know the quality in the league has improved and we will have to adjust to that. Just because we have a better squad this season, does not mean we are going to do better. We will have to work hard in training throughout the season to ensure that we do not get a repeat of last season. Everyone who has signed seems committed to the cause and all we can do is hope that with the hard work in training, we reap the rewards on game day. I do not like setting goals in terms of where we aim to finish on the table, but I do hope we are closer to the top than the bottom of course. I really do believe we have the squad and the quality in it to fight and challenge the bigger teams, so we hope to upset a few of them.
Boca Juniors kick off their season against Cannons on the 21st September, with a 20:30 kick off. We thank Julian for taking the time to answer our questions, and wish him all the best ahead of the upcoming season.