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Leo FC still top after 1-1 draw

Leo remained top of the Second Division after a 1-1 draw against Europa Point. Europa Point took the lead through Sebastien Osei-Obengo but Leo equalisied courtesy of Dylan Hayes. 

The first half started very evenly with neither team creating any chances as both teams were defending so well. After 30 minutes the game had it’s first chance and it went Europa Point’s way, Sebastien Osei Obengo’s long range shot rocketed off the crossbar and went out. Leo came fighting back and had two great chances through Adan Guerrero & Dylan Hayes but they weren’t able to find the breakthrough. 

Leo had Brian Fernandez Perez, who was on the bench, sent off after the player had shown his anger at a refereeing decision. Minutes after the sending off Europa Point broke the deadlock, Osei-Obengo latched onto a through ball and slotted his shot past the keeper. Ten goals in five games for the striker. Referee Juan Miguel Vega blew for halftime seconds later with Europa Point leading 1-0. 

The second half started with Europa Point on the attack and nearly doubled their lead shortly after kick-off, Patrick Motindo delivered a corner which found Daniel Rodgers, the defender headed just wide. As the game went on Leo started to get more involved, Adan Guerrero had a great chance to equalise but he curled his effort inches wide of the post. 

Midway through the half Leo had a penalty appeal turned down after it looked like Issac Cereto Puerta handled the ball in the area. Leo started to dominate the game, Dylan Hayes’ shot was saved by Dominguez and cleared for a corner. The resulting corner was whipped in and met by Hayes’ who smashed his shot past Dominguez to level the game up at 1-1.

Leo missed a glorious chance ten minutes later, Alfonso Benitez played Adan Guerrero through on goal, the winger skipped past Daniel Rodgers and tried to beat the keeper at his nice post but his effort hit the woodwork. With less than ten minutes remaining Europa Point were reduced to 10 men as goalscorer Sebastien Osei-Obengo was given a red card for a second bookable offence. 

Seconds after the restart Leo were reduced to 10 men also after midfielder Javier Moreno was sent off for a second bookable offence. Europa Point were able to hold on and walked away with a point. 

This draw sees both teams still undefeated, Leo remain top of the league and Europa Point second.

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Leo hold on to edge past Red Imps

Leo remained top of the Second Division following a hard-earned 2-1 win over Red Imps at the Victoria Stadium.

The first half started with Leo on the attack, a free-kick was whipped in by Sergio Ortega which found Fernando Sanchez, his volley was deflected wide for a corner. The resulting corner was cleared. Seconds later Red Imps went forward, Abdellah El Yettefti was played through on goal, his shot was saved by Cristian Gonzalez.

As the game grew on Red Imps started to dominate, Cesar Rosa went close but his shot was cleared off the line, minutes later Rosa was at it again, this time his shot was saved by Cristian Gonzalez. Both teams went into the break at 0-0.

The second half started with Red Imps on the attack, Abdellah El Yettefti’s shot was saved once again by Cristian Gonzalez. Shortly after Red Imps were awarded a penalty as Evan Coleing was brought down in the area. Jayce Consigliero stepped up and Cristian Gonzalez made a great save to keep it out. 

Less than ten minutes later Leo broke the deadlock, debutant Alfonso Benitez received the ball on the edge of the area and curled his effort into the bottom corner. Leo had a glorious chance minutes later, Red Imps keeper made a great save, the rebound fell to Jose Antonio Vinas who missed the goal from three yards out.

Five minutes later Leo were awarded a penalty as Nicholas Busto handled in the area. Dylan Hayes stepped up and smashed his penalty into the top corner. Less than 15 minutes before full-time Red Imps were awarded another penalty as Abdellah El Yettefti was brought down in the area by Rafael Rodriguez. El Yettefti stepped up and smashed his penalty straight down the middle. 

While Red Imps were celebrating an altercation occured the between the Leo and Red Imps players which saw Leo full-back Jonathan Navas given a straight red. Despite being down to 10 men Leo were able to hold on and leave with all three points.

This result sees Leo remain unbeaten and top of the league while Red Imps remain ninth. 

 

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Latin: “I think its going to be an equally contested league”

Leo FC have had a fantastic start to the season under their new manager Juanfran Fernandez Perez. Leo currently sit top of the league and are unbeaten after beating College 1975 15-1, Pegasus 2-0 & recently Gib Phoenix 3-2. We caught up with captain Iain Latin as he reflects on the game again Phoenix & his ambitions this season.

Gibraltar Phoenix walked into Wednesday’s game as favourites after beating them comfortably last season and also during preseason but a stunning goal from Latin & a brace for Hayes gave Leo a shock win. Latin reflected on how the game went, “It was a very difficult game to be honest, they have a lot of quality players and moved the ball very well but we were lucky enough to take our chances and put them in the back of the net so I think it was a fair result. They came back very strongly towards the end searching for an equaliser but we were able to hold on so it was a decent contest.” 

Leo ended last season in 13th, a very poor finish from their standards. To date they currently sit top and are unbeaten, We asked Latin if he expected this come the start of the season, “When I turned up to preseason I was slightly surprised at the standard of the players we recruited so in a way after seeing the quality of players we have during training, it hasn’t come as a surprise really. I do know that this is going to be a very competitive league, there are going to be a lot of teams that are going to be fighting for promotion and the play-offs so by no means is it going to be an easy ride and I think its going to be an equally contested league.” 

Lastly, Iain Latin gave us an insight into his personal & Leo’s ambitions for this season, “Personally I’d hope to score more goals but as a team we hope to score plenty of goals and we will be fighting to finish in the top half of the league, maybe even get promoted.”


Football Gibraltar would like to thank Iain Latin for his time and wish him and Leo the best of luck for the future.

 

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Leo 3-2 Gib Phoenix: Hayes nets brace in five-goal thriller

Leo remain unbeaten in the Second Division and move top of the league, beating Gib Phoenix 3-2 in a thrilling game thanks to goals from Iain Latin & a brace from Dylan Hayes.

The first half started with both teams enjoying good amounts of possession but neither creating any clear cut chances. Phoenix took an early lead, the Leo defences failed to clear their lines, the ball fell to striker Fernando Cuesta who slotted his shot past Cristian Gonzalez. Phoenix started to dominate the game but were unable to create any more chances.

Midway through the half Leo got their equaliser, a free-kick was whipped in and met by Dylan Hayes who headed his effort past Juan Tinajero. The game started to swing in Leo’s favour and were close to taking the lead, Dylan Hayes held up the ball excellently and laid it off for Iain Latin to smash wide. 

Phoenix had a great chance just before half-time, a free-kick was whipped in and parried out by Cristian Gonzalez, the ball fell to Fernando Cuesta who shot straight at the keeper from close range. The game restarted and referee Joseph Newman blew for half-time.

The second half started with both teams enjoying good amounts of possession but both defending well. Just before the hour mark Leo took the lead, Iain Latin received the ball on the edge of the area and unleashed a fiercely struck shot straight into the top corner. Five minutes later Leo made it 3-1, midfield maestro Ivan Clavijo skipped past three Phoenix defenders with ease and squared the ball to Dylan Hayes to calmly strike it past Tinajero. 

With 15 minutes left Phoenix made it 2-3, a cross was whipped in and met by Adrian Dominguez who lobbed it over the on-rushing Cristian Gonzalez. After scoring Phoenix through all they had at the Leo defence but it just wasn’t enough with the defensive partnership of Fernando Sanchez & Javier Moreno Rodriguez dealing with everything Phoenix had to offer. 

Phoenix had a great chance with a few minutes remaining, Daniel Blasquez’s shot was saved by Gonzalez. Phoenix continued to search for an equaliser but it was too little, too late as the referee blew for full-time and Leo won 3-2 in an intense game. 

 

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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.