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Power: “The club as a whole has progressed significantly in the past year and a half”

Football Gibraltar caught up with Lynx defender Brad Power to discuss his sides season so far, keeping up fitness during lockdown, and more.

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Power joined Lynx from St Joseph’s back in January 2019 – how has his time at the club been? “Looking back at my first full year in Lynx I would say it has been a very positive one. I signed in January 2019, and being midseason was a difficult move, but one that certainly paid off for me. I got regular football and managed to get my place back in the national team. We got off to a great start as soon as I signed, and we managed to finish the league strongly last season and carry that momentum into the league this year.

I feel valued at this club and the confidence the manager and my team-mates have in me has allowed me to perform well and consistently. The club as a whole has progressed significantly in the past year and a half and I hope that we can keep as many players of this group as possible, with a few more additions I believe that we can close the gap on the teams above us.”

Lynx currently find themselves 4th in the Gibraltar National League – a very good achievement when you consider the relative size and budget of the club compared to those around it – does the defender feel his side have ‘overachieved’ this season? “At the start of the season nobody expected us to go on the run that we did in the first round. We only lost to the big 2 and managed to take points off St josephs. We know where we stand as a team and how financially we can’t compete with the teams above us. Our budget for the year is probably not even half of that of the teams above and even some of the teams below us.

In terms of our budget you could say we have overachieved, but we are considered the ‘best of the rest’ in the league standings and with a few more additions we can hopefully push to challenge the top 3 again next season.”

For all players, keeping their fitness during lockdown is a massive challenge – how has the 27-year-old adapted to this situation? “Keeping fit during this difficult time has been challenging in terms of types of training. I have turned the spare room in my house into a mini gym and have been making do as much as I can. The sooner this is all over and we are back out on the pitch the better. Staying motivated is key during this time but both my club and national team manager have been keeping in contact with me to ensure I am staying as fit as possible.”

Finally, we asked the centre back what his goals were for 2020: “Looking forward to the rest of 2020 – in terms of football I am hoping for everything to resume so that we can finish off the season on a high. Hopefully UEFA can sort out the busy schedules that lie ahead for all nations but also ensure that international fixtures can be played, getting back on the pitch for Lynx and Gibraltar are the main aims for the rest of this year.”

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Mouelhi: St Joseph’s showed this season we are competing for and fighting until the end for both the league and the cup

FG caught up with St Joseph’s defender Aymen Mouelhi about life at Saints this season, his sides chances in the league and cup this season, and more

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Mouelhi joined St Joseph’s in the summer after Gib United went out of business, so how has his time so far at his new club been? “As from the first training session I felt at home. The players and technical staff helped me to integrate very well into the group – the only problem was that I broke my wrist and that made my debut with the team a bit delayed as I recovered. Apart from that everything was good”

The defender has also found himself regularly in a defensive midfield position for both club and country this season, helping to shield the backline – has this versatility helped his career? “I try to give my all and help the team. It doesn’t matter which position I play and I think as a player you need to be used to playing in serval positions, so you can have more chances to get more minutes, so it was a good advantage for me.”

Saints are still in the battle for the league and the Gibtelecom Rock Cup this season, so does the 33-year-old feel his side can end the season with silverware? “St Joseph’s showed this season we are competing for and fighting until the end for both the league and the cup, which didn’t happen in the last few years. We are taking every game as a final so hopefully, we finish this season with a trophy as everything depends on us.”

Finally, what are Mouelhi’s goals for 2020? “On the personal, I’m aiming to win a trophy with St Joseph’s, and carry on representing and defending Gibraltar In the upcoming international matches. I wish peace and health for the whole world and everything goes back better than before.”

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Lincoln Red Imps – Where are they now?

We take a look at that famous Lincoln Red Imps team from the 2013/14 season which dominated local football for so many years, qualified the Imps for the first year of Champions League football and find out where they are now.


Goalkeepers

  • Jordan Perez – Jordan would leave Lincoln at the end of that season, joining Lions before making a move to St Joseph’s. After taking a break from football, Perez joined Second Division side FC Olympique in 2017 for a season. The keeper played seven times for Boca this season before hanging up his boots – he also represented Gibraltar in beach volleyball at the 2019 Island Games.
  • Dayle Coleing – Dayle would remain at Lincoln as the number 2 for a couple more years, before spells at Manchester 62 and Gib Phoenix locally, and Thackley and Liversedge while in England. In 2018, Coleing went on to join Europa and has since established himself as their number one keeper, as well as making four appearances for the Gibraltar national side since his debut vs Denmark in September 2018.
  • Mark Moxham – Moxham has made his name known more among futsal followers, where he has represented Gibraltar on numerous occasions in recent seasons. The 36-year-old currently plays for Europa FC Futsal, who are second in the league and is their first-choice keeper.

Defenders

  • Neal Medina – Neal made the bench for Lincoln’s debut in the Champions League and would stay on at the club for a further 3 years before leaving for Gibraltar United – injuries would continue to plague his career with limited appearances since leaving. The 32-year old is now playing Futsal for Lynx FC.
  • Ryan Casciaro – In the Summer of 2018, Ryan would call time on his playing days at Lincoln after nearly three decades of playing for the club. The 35-year old would go on to join St Joseph’s but injuries have seen the experienced defender only make 4 appearances this season, compared to his 21 from the campaign before.
  • Garry Turner-Bone – Garry would stay on for a further two years before departing for FC Olympique. After leaving in 2016, Garry would return to Gibraltar football in 2018 to Magpies, then joined Manchester 62 for a brief spell before returning to Magpies to take on a coaching role and play for the club’s reserve side.
  • Jean Carlos Garcia – After playing his youth career in Spain with Zabal and Linense, JC would make the transition to Gibraltar at 21 years old to join Lincoln. The defender would make the right-back position his for 5 years before being loaned out to Gib Phoenix in January 2019 then make a permanent move to Magpies in August 2019.
  • Tarik Chrayeh – After making the bench for Lincoln’s first-ever Champions League game and then make an appearance off the bench in 2015, Tarik would go on to join their B team in Red Imps a couple of years later. Moves to Lions, St Joseph’s and Leo would sum up his next few years. The defender currently plays for Europa Point and St Joseph’s in Futsal.
  • Roy Chipolina – One of the few last men still remaining in the current Lincoln squad. After passing of the torch from then captain Daniel Duarte, Roy still remains captain to this day and has led his side to numerous Cup glories. At 37, Roy is still a huge asset for club and country but injuries are proving to be a nuisance.
  • Mark Ballester – At 18 years old, Mark would gain valuable experience from the team which he would put into his displays for Gibraltar at Under 19 level. The now 25-year old is currently without a team.
  • Sean Lopez – After joining from Lynx in 2013. A Strong-running left-back had a great debut season but picked up a serious knee injury in the last league game of the 2014 season and hasn’t played senior football since.
  • Alain Pons – Alain joined Lincoln from Taraguilla at 17 years old. Alain would play in the second leg of Lincoln’s UCL defeat to HB Torshavn before leaving the club for his university studies. The 24-year old secured a move to St Joseph’s last summer, in a bid to earn himself a starting spot in Julio Ribas’ national team.
  • Lee Graham – After playing a pivotal role for Lincoln in the 2013/14 season, Lee would follow Garry to FC Olympique in 2015 before joining Britannia after their promotion. After the club folded, Lee returned to Olympique for two more seasons before switching football for Futsal where he currently plays for the Expendables in the second division.

Midfielders

  • Daniel Duarte – The captain of this all-conquering side, Duarte would represent Lincoln until 2015, when he moved to Manchester 62, before retiring the following summer. Duarte, who became captain of the national team at the age of 26, picked up 116 caps before Gibraltar joined UEFA, and 5 caps in the UEFA era for the national side – he would have earned many more UEFA caps had UEFA membership arrived earlier than 2013, that is for certain.
  • Liam Clarke – Before leaving Lincoln in 2015 and joining Manchester 62 – Liam will be known for his last-gasp winner in the 2014 Gibraltarian Rock Cup final victory over College Europa. Clarke would later go on to also play for Boca until 2018, and like some of his teammates now focuses on futsal, where he is currently at South United. The 32-year old recently made his MMA debut also.
  • Mark Casciaro – Casciaro remained at Lincoln until January 2015, where he moved on to join Gibraltar United, and late Manchester 62, before retiring from football in 2017. Casciaro has also made his name in hockey for the Gibraltar national side, showing his multi-sporting talents. Apart from hockey, Mark currently plays Futsal for South United.
  • Pitu Anes – Pitu remained with Lincoln until the summer of 2015, where he left for Gibraltar United – after spells there, notably including a cracking goal vs Angels. After the purchase of Gib Utd by Pablo Dana & Michel Salgado, Pitu would leave the club at the end of the season and join Second Division side Leo FC for a brief spell before retiring from football in 2018.
  • Aaron Payas – Payas left Lincoln in 2014 to join Manchester 62, who he played for three seasons until taking a career break in 2017. He returned in 2018 and had spells at Europa last season, and Brunos Magpies this season, but is currently without a club.
  • Joseph Chipolina – One of the few still at the club now, Joseph was used in the midfield in this title-winning side but is now seen at left-back or centre-back for club and country. Chipolina’s importance for Lincoln and Gib is still massive, and his biggest moment came in October 2018 when he scored the winning goal against both Armenia and Liechtenstein in consecutive Nations League matches.
  • Sean Duarte – A ball-playing, technical player capable of breaking down defences in limited spaces and the final third. Many injuries meant his chances of first team football were limited. Sean currently plays Futsal for Spartans FC.
  • Robert Guiling – In 2014, Guiling would make the move from Lincoln to Lynx – he would be a key part of the side that ended Lincoln’s 88-game unbeaten run as he scored in the 1-0 victory for Lynx. The midfielder remained at Lynx until 2018 and hasn’t played, since suffering a serious knee injury in November 2017. Robert now plays for Eagles HC (hockey).
  • Brian Perez – Perez remained at Lincoln until 2015, and like some of his teammates then had a spell at Manchester 62, until 2017. The midfielder returned to football at the start of the season, joining Brunos Magpies, and despite the two-year absence, shows the qualities that made him so highly rated for many years in local football circles.
  • Duane Robba – Robba was at the later years of his career in this team, and became something of a journeyman, dotting around the league for various clubs, including a couple of appearances for Gib United in 2017. At 44, Robba is now retired from football, but he has represented the national team on numerous occasions in futsal.

Attackers

  • Kyle Casciaro – The youngest Casciaro brother would remain at Lincoln until 2018, leaving on loan to Olympique. A permanent move to St Joseph’s would follow in 2019, before returning to Imps in January 2020.
  • Alan Parker – Alan would leave the Imps for Gibraltar United in 2015, then joined various clubs and is currently at Lions. With appearances for Gibraltar’s U19 & 21 – the 23-year old is a regular figure for Gibraltar’s Futsal senior team and a huge asset for both South United and the national team.
  • Michael Yome – After joining Lincoln from Zabal in 2011, Mikey would remain at the club until 2014 before leaving for university. Juggling his uni life with his club, meant a move to Manchester 62 came about in 2016. A few months later, Mikey would spend one more year away before joining Europa in 2017 where he still plays to this day.
  • John Paul Duarte – JP would play nearly a decade at the Imps, finishing top goalscorer that year with Lee missing out through injury. Moves to Manchester 62 and St Joseph’s followed before settling for Brunos Magpies.
  • George Cabrera – After playing most of his youth days in Spain, Cabrera would join Lincoln in 2012 from Algeciras. Goals came easy for 24-year old (at the time) and still remains at the club but a serious injury in 2017 has made getting back to full-fitness difficult.
  • Lee Casciaro – A Lincoln legend – what else can you really say about Lee? Unplayable for the majority of his career, still playing regularly for club and country at the age of 38. Will they ever make another one like him?
  • Graham Alvez – A lifelong Lincoln player – Graham played previously in squads which had the likes of current club president Dylan Viagas. Graham had it all as a player and hung up his boots in 2014. He would go on to coach the likes of Jaylan Hankins, Ethan Britto, and Tjay De Barr.

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Goalkeeper Jordan Perez had this to say about playing in that Lincoln team – “Playing in that team it felt like home to be honest especially after most of us were playing together for over 10 years of triumphant league wins. Unfortunately, once the money came in it all changed drastically. Many players who had given endless years of commitment to the club were just treated poorly and simply left or were pushed aside. It was a shame because we were like a family and I believe that team would have defeated any other upcoming team with players from abroad for several more years.”

Captain Daniel Duarte spoke about how it felt captaining the team, “I was extremely proud and honoured to wear the captains’ armband, not only on that day, but in every single game I played. It was more than a football team it was truly a family on and off the pitch.”

Head coach Mick McElwee gave an insight into managing that Lincoln squad, “That year (2014) was tricky. We had a load of long term injuries where players missed half or all of the season; including a number of new signings which we needed to get settled and playing as soon as possible. Then we had a shortened season which did not help us as we started the league poorly with 2 draws. Early on we struggled with our form. Individuals playing well but not clicking as a team. So that created some nervous team performances.”

He added, “We adopted a 4-3-3 with Liam (Clarke), Daniel (Duarte) and Joseph (Chipolina) usually playing a tight midfield 3 and JP (Duarte), George (Cabrera) and Kyle (Casciaro) playing as a very wide front 3.Once we got that formation sorted we started to really play some good stuff – managing the team was so simple. Literally filling in the team sheet and letting them play. Stephen Head and I had to work hard to keep the players who were not in the first XI motivated enough to come into the team and make a difference.”

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Casciaro: “Coming back home is always an easy decision to make”

FG caught up with Lincoln Red Imps attacker Kyle Casciaro about his return to Lincoln, his performances so far and more.

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Casciaro returned to Lincoln in the January transfer window after spending the first half of the season at St Joseph’s – how easy was it for him to return? “Home will always be home. Even if you try new challenges, coming back home (Lincoln) is always an easy decision to make.”

The 32-year-old has played in each of Lincoln’s last five games, scoring three times in the process – how well does Casciaro feel he has done since coming back? “I have been training hard since I came back to Lincoln. Full month of training without playing to get back fit. When I got my chance, I believe I have done very good for the team.”

Lincoln are in the semi-finals of the Gibtelecom Rock Cup, where they will face Casciaro’s old team St Joseph’s – does the attacker feel his side can win the cup? “We do have what it takes to win the cup. Now we are training and playing better as a team. We have had many changes during these months or year which doesn’t help but i feel now we have improved, and winning results show this.”

Finally, we asked Casciaro, who has 24 caps and one goal for Gib in the UEFA era, what his goals were in 2020: “I would like to be playing every game and help Lincoln as much as I can to win trophies. Gibraltar National squad, who knows in the near future if I carry on playing well”

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Gibraltar football unites in tough times

The Gibraltar football community has united together to show remarkable acts of gratitude, support, and kindness during these tough times.

With Covid-19 growing in Gibraltar, the staff at the Gibraltar Health Authority continue to work tirelessly to combat the virus and assist those who have it.

The Gibraltar Football Association has focused this week on helping those in the community and those working at the frontline during this pandemic. Apart from posting daily reminders on how to combat the virus, they have also done the following:

  • Donating £5000.00 to the GHA to purchase much needed extra Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Sponsoring and promoting GHA Social Media Activity.
  • Donating iPads to be used on the Hospital Wards to allow staff and patients to communicate with their loved ones during these difficult times.
  • Holding a weekly ‘Pizza Night’ where pizzas are distributed across all GHA & ERS sites for frontline staff.
  • Working with the Education Department to explore options for creating football-themed educational content for children.
  • Assisting GibSams in their efforts to raise awareness of Mental Health issues at this time and get people talking.

Gibraltar FA General Secretary Ivan Robba had this to say on the subject – ” “From the moment we suspended all competitions, we have redirected all our focus towards those in Gibraltar who need it the most during these times, and we will continue to do so until the final whistle has blown. The Gibraltar FA and all our members take social responsibility very seriously and we are aware that we can all provide meaningful assistance during these very difficult times. We, therefore, will continue to reach out to other bodies to offer our assistance. In the meantime, I take this opportunity of once again expressing our most sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all those incredible people out there fighting this awful disease on Gibraltar’s front line.”

It isn’t only the association which has gotten involved, Gibraltar international striker Tjay De Barr sent a number of pizzas to the nurses which his Aunty is stationed in a show of appreciation of their hard work.

It is believed that other clubs within the Gibraltar National League are expected to follow suit and show their support towards those working at the frontline during these tough times.

Europa FC posted this statement last weekend – ” Our HQ at Garrison Gym is being used to house the homeless during this difficult period. They won’t be able to go out but will get meals delivered to them.
At this moment we are asking if anyone has board games or other forms of entertainment for them to pass the hours. Toiletries will also be needed. Social Services will be at Clubhouse Gibraltar at 304 Main Street on Monday 30th March from 10am to 1pm to collect any public donations you may have. Many thanks to GSLA, E1 Developments and Restsso for their invaluable assistance! Stay at home and keep safe!”

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McClafferty: “It felt amazing to make my debut”

FG caught up with 15-year old Paddy McClafferty about making his senior debut for CD San Roque a few weeks ago, advice on playing abroad and more.

We asked Paddy how his move to CD San Roque came about, “I have been playing for San Roque since I was 8 Years old (pre-benjamin) for a team named Naranjitos which then converted into Club San Roque. I was invited by a friend to train with San Roque – I decided to give it a go and since then I took an immediate like to the team.”

Paddy made his senior debut for CD San Roque in their 2-1 win over Atletico Espeleno two weeks ago – we asked him how it felt, “When I was told it was time for me to play, I was very excited and I wanted to play immediately! I remained calm and focused and didn’t think of anything else but playing my role and doing my job on the pitch. It felt amazing to make my debut and a great sense of achievement!”

We asked Paddy how playing in Spain has impacted him as a player, “Playing in Spain has improved my football skills and knowledge of the game. The pace and intensity of the matches in Spain are excellent and challenging however this is what I love about it. It helps me to progress as a player as I am constantly being challenged.”

Playing abroad for any footballer is difficult, whether how young or old, – Paddy had some advice for those young footballers looking to make the massive step to play over the boarder or anywhere in the world, “Players of my age or younger who want to play abroad should definitely try it and move out of your comfort zone. Playing abroad takes discipline and courage but if you want to thrive anywhere as football, this is what it takes.”

Making his senior debut at 15, involved in the Gibraltar U16’s – Paddy gave us an insight into his goals for the next five years, “Sign a professional contract for a 1st division team. Advance my skills and grow as a footballer. Succeed not only with my football but with my academic grades and results. To make it pro and slowly work my way up the ranks.”

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Bautista: “Last year had its ups and downs”

We spoke to 18-year old Luke Bautista about life at his new club Europa FC, his goals for 2020 and more.

Luke Bautista joined Europa from Mons Calpe last summer – we asked how he has found life at his new club, “Life at the new club has been difficult compared to what I was previously used to. Due to the logistics of training in another country together with my studies, it is very difficult to keep up the commitment. Also, competing for positions with top seasoned pros becomes nearly an impossible task to get into the first 11. On the plus side, professional set up with top quality players has taught me a lot in both on and off the pitch.”

Luke has made 3 appearances for Europa so far in the Gibraltar National League scoring 2 goals and has used this experience wisely as he currently leads the goalscoring charts in the Intermediate League with 14 goals – we asked if he feels his game has improved since joining the league leaders, “Yes of course, when you start training with a top team for a certain amount of time, you can only get better at what you do. Fitness, game understanding, awareness, and positioning. Also combining with better players makes life a bit easier on the pitch.”

The 18-year old had a busy end to 2019 with International football his main focus with the friendly tournament to Taiwan in late September and UEFA Euro U19 Championship Qualifiers in November – Luke reflected on the experience, “Due to the fact that I joined a top club, doors have been open to me for the National Team. Last year had its ups and downs as we competed in two International tournaments. In November, we were placed in a very difficult group with the likes of Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria. On the other hand, winning my first international game with the U19’s against Hong Kong was unforgettable.”

Lastly, we asked Luke about his goals for 2020 – “For 2020, I am looking to keep myself as sharp as possible and meet the goals set for myself and the team this season. I would also like to keep on representing my country when the time comes.”

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All domestic football suspended with immediate effect

Further to yesterday’s announcement, the Gibraltar FA have this morning (14th March 2020) confirmed that all domestic football, including the Gibraltar National League, has been suspended with immediate effect

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The GFA’s statement is as follows: “Further to yesterday’s developments, in particular  the measures taken by Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar and the situation in Spain, the Gibraltar FA has taken the decision to suspend all domestic football with immediate effect.

The Gibraltar FA would like to remind all supporters to follow the guidelines issued by the relevant local authorities and to make use of the Gibraltar Health Authority’s 111 Covid-19 helpline for any queries relating to the Corona-Virus.”

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GFA issue further update on local football

The Gibraltar FA have issued a further update, regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation, with regards to local football

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The GFA decisions comes after an emergency meeting of their Board of Directors, held this morning, and are as follows:

National League

Unlike other competitions around Europe, there are only 4 more rounds left to complete the domestic league. Therefore, in an effort to do so, and therefore secure the Gibraltar FA’s obligations towards future UEFA Club Competitions, it has been decided as follows:

National League (Championship Group)

This weekend’s matches in the Championship Group will go ahead behind closed doors as scheduled. Subject to the outcome of Tuesday’s UEFA meeting involving all 55 member associations where UEFA will formalize its position on domestic and European football over the next six months, all remaining fixtures in the Championship Group may be brought forward in order to ensure the season is completed as soon as possible.

National League (Challenge Group)

Tomorrow’s match between FC Boca Juniors (Gibraltar) and Glacis United FC will go ahead as scheduled to complete round 7 of the Challenge Group. After that, the Challenge Group will be suspended with immediate effect.

Gibtelecom Cup

The three remaining Gibtelecom Cup fixtures (two semi-finals and a final) will continue, although fixtures may be brought forward to ensure the competition is concluded as soon as possible.

The Gibraltar FA is currently exploring the possibility of broadcasting all remaining Championship Group and Gibtelecom Cup games, and will provide more information on this shortly.

Intermediate League

The Intermediate League is suspended with immediate effect.

Youth football

All youth football activities (including training sessions) are suspended with immediate effect.

Men’s futsal

All remaining fixtures in the Men’s Futsal League are suspended with immediate effect. The domestic season will proceed directly to the Play-Off Stage. The format for these Play-Offs will be announced shortly and will be brought forward to be concluded as soon as possible.

The Futsal Rock Cup is suspended with immediate effect.

Women’s futsal

The Women’s Futsal League is suspended with immediate effect.

We will closely monitor the evolution of the COVID-19 situation and review the above positions accordingly.

International football
A decision on all of Gibraltar’s international commitments, which include two home U21 qualifiers versus Norway and Cyprus later this month, scheduled friendly internationals in Malta against Malta and Liechtenstein and hosting the UEFA Women’s Futsal EURO qualifiers, will be made following Tuesday’s emergency UEFA meeting in which Gibraltar will be in attendance.

GFA General Secretary Ivan Robba, after the conclusion of said meeting, commented that: “These decisions have been difficult for us to take as we know the impact it has on all of our members and the wider football community. They have not been taken lightly, and some may even consider them to be extreme. However, we are facing an unprecedented crisis, and as a large sporting association, we need to take significant steps to play our part in protecting our community against this pandemic. We take this opportunity of expressing our full support to all those involved in the fight against COVID-19, and thank all our members and wider football community for their understanding in these difficult times.”

In other football-related news, the draw for the Gibtelecom Rock Cup semi-finals took place – St Joseph’s drew Lincoln, while Europa face Mons Calpe in the other semi-final.

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Gibtelecom Rock Cup quarter-final review

The Gibtelecom Rock Cup quarter-finals brought no surprises as Mons Calpe, St Joseph’s, Europa and Lincoln Red Imps progress into the next round.


Mons Calpe 3-1 Europa Point

Mons rushed into an early two-goal lead against Europa Point, with Diego Diaz and Andre Dos Santos scoring in the first ten minutes before things settled down a bit more.

Europa Point was out of the traps early in the second half and got a goal back thanks to Diego Vera’s header, but their chances of a comeback were ended after Samuel Vermeeren’s own goal, and captain Antony Moulds late red card.

Mons is the only Challenge Group team left in the cup, and while they are now rank outsiders, they will look to make the cup final for the second time in three years.


St Joseph’s 1-0 Brunos Magpies

If last weekend’s encounter was anything to go by, we expected a fiery contest and certainly got it. With the level of football being played below par, both teams didn’t hide away from any strong challenges.

Juanfri scored from the penalty spot to send 10-man Saints, who had Angel Guirado sent off, into the semi-final since 2017 but it was the altercation after the final whistle which was the main focal point.

An altercation between Kelvin Morgan and Juanma Gonzalez spurred on a brawl between both teams which took quite some time to calm down – a situation which you’d believe the Gibraltar FA will investigate further.


Europa 2-0 Lions

The Rock Cup holders went safely through to the semi-finals thanks to goals from Fernando Velasco and Manuel Dimas. The Green found it tough to break the well-organised Lions defence, an improvement from their 7-0 defeat last weekend.

Europa will need to be much better for Saturday when they come up against St Joseph’s – a doubt for that match could be Olmo who came off early with a suspected groin injury.


Lincoln 6-0 Boca

As expected, Lincoln beat Boca, by a score of 6-0 on Sunday afternoon. Boca made them work for it, but Pibe’s brace and Jamie Coombes first-half goal meant at the break the game was all but done.

Boca gave Lincoln a slight scare in winning a penalty, but they missed from 12 yards, and that led to Lincoln making sure there was to be no hint of a comeback – Oli, Gato, and Blas Alvarez all scored in the second half to put an end to a spirited Boca side, who before the game may have been fearing a bigger scoreline.