A brace from Fernando Cuesta secured Gib Phoenix a 3-1 victory over Leo to book themselves a place in the semi-finals of the Second Division Cup. Continue reading
Goals from Harry Perry, Tom Hudson, Devonte Totesaut & a brace for Ahmed Elsahib secured Brunos Magpies a comfortable 5-1 victory over league leaders Leo FC, ending their unbeaten record.
Magpies got off to an unbelievable start, Harry Perry picked up a loose ball in midfield and smashed his 20-yard shot into the top corner giving Emmanuel Contreras no chance. Less than ten minutes later Magpies doubled their lead, a defensive mistake from Rafael Rodriguez was capitalised by Ahmed Elsahib, the winger rounded Contreras and slotted his shot into an empty net.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.