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Jeff Wood names 23-man Gibraltar squad

Gibraltar manager Jeff Wood named his final 23-man squad for the games against Poland and Scotland today, with some of Wood’s decisions causing strong debate with the local football community.

Goalkeepers stay the same with Perez, Robba & Neale keeping their place. With UEFA requiring three keepers are registered in a squad, only injury would have seen any of the three miss out on this squad, and it seems Wood is settled on this particular trio for the time being.

The only change in defence sees Jack Sergeant miss out, after not fully recovering from an injury he picked up against Ireland. Sergeant played for Manchester in the 2-2 draw against Lynx last Friday, but failed to make the cut for this squad, so the 20-year-old will not be able to add to his nine caps for the national team.

The midfield is where Wood’s decisions have caused the most debate and discussion., Jeremy Lopez yesterday pulled out of the squad after stating “he didn’t deserve the call-up”. Aaron Payas pulled out again due to personal reasons, which meant Manchester 62 veteran Daniel Duarte was called up to the national team for the first time since March. Jesse Victory was another player who makes up the unlucky four to be cut from the squad.

A lot of hype was placed around Lions’ Evan Green when he was announced in the 27-man squad, and many believed that Green deserved a place in the final squad. Despite this, he was the sole attacker not to make the team, with the likes of Mikey Yome and Jamie Coombes making the cut.  George Cabrera stays in the squad despite a long injury layout, while the likes of Lee Casciaro, Kyle Casciaro and JP Duarte made the team as expected.

With players like Adam Priestley and Scott Wiseman missing the squad due to fitness concerns, and a host of other players simply not making the cut, the current crop of players will have to ensure they perform to the best of their abilities if they want to remain in the national team for future games.


As seems to be the case nowadays, the Gibraltar selection process has surprised many people, who will no doubt question the inclusion of players who have had less than ideal amounts of game time in recent months.  Jeff Wood will no doubt be happy with his selections, and will be able to give detailed explanations for every player he’s picked, but at the same time today’s squad will not dispel the theories of a growing number of people that the national team is picked on reputation over form.

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Duarte: “Ireland & Poland will help us improve & grow as a team”

This summer has been very busy for John Paul Duarte, the striker has left Lincoln Red Imps, joined Manchester 62 and also played in the Euro Qualifiers against Ireland & Poland. We caught up with the striker has he gave us his thoughts on what has transpired in recent months.

John Paul Duarte speaking about the games against Ireland & Poland, “I believe we had a good game against Ireland. We had very good shape and we made it difficult for them, we had our chances. I don’t think the scoreline reflects how the game went, but that’s football. Poland was a different story, I believe that playing two games of that intensity in the space of 3 days did not help us at all, especially with nearly all of the players having no competitive games under our belt although having said this I think we could have done much better both individually and collectively. Credit has to be given to Poland who are an impressive team with world class players and played a great game. We have learnt a lot from these two matches and it will help all of us to improve and grow as a team and individually.

As we mentioned before, John Paul Duarte announced in June that he will not be renewing his contract with Lincoln, JP had received numerous offers from big clubs in the Premier, with everyone believing a return to his former side St Joseph’s was on the cards, he announced that he will be joining Manchester 62. We asked him how preseason has gone with his new teammates, “Preseason has been very good. The atmosphere around the club is great, and each and every single one of us (players and technical team) cannot wait to start. The manager and his coaches have worked us really hard these past few weeks and we are motivated for our season to start.” 

Manchester 62 have made some massive signings this summer, we got JP to give us his views on how its been, ” I believe the club has done great signings and have put together a very good squad, now its time to show what we can do on the pitch and we cant wait!” 

Lastly we got JP Duarte to give us an insight into what his ambitions are for this season, “My ambitions for this season and the future is simple: to individually stand out and have a great season and with this done, help my team to reach our objectives and goals which is what it all comes down to. I can’t wait for this to start!”


Football Gibraltar would like to thank John Paul Duarte for his time and wish him the best of luck for the future.

 

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Consigliero, Victor & Jolley named in Gibraltar squad

This afternoon Gibraltar manager Terrence Jolley announced his U19 squad to play France, Netherlands and Liechtenstein in the UEFA Euro U19 qualifiers, held in France. Terrence also appointed Lynx FC defender Ethan Jolley as captain & Lions Gibraltar FC defender Jayce Olivero as vice-captain. We caught up with the trio as they reflected on their call-ups and their views ahead of the tournament.


Ethan said, “It feels good getting selected for the squad as international level is very high especially playing versus two of the biggest teams in the world. Also being captain is an honour as it plays a big part in the 1390711_10200894634952959_34681488_nteam as I am seen as a leader which helps me adapt to become a bigger player. Representing my national side is already a privilege but getting the captains armband is on another level.”

Ethan hasn’t had the best of last seasons as the defender struggled to get into the Lincoln starting line-up and has now moved to Lynx FC on loan for this season, Ethan gave us an insight into how he feels heading into the tournament, “Personally I feel good as I have been training non stop and have worked hard mainly for this tournament as it could be the last tournament I get picked for. I feel motivated and want to achieve the best outcome possible but not only for myself but for Gibraltar. I also feel fit and ready mentally wise as I’ve been to two of these tournaments and know what it’s like to play top teams like England and Switzerland so I am ready for the next game and hopefully can get a good outcome.”


11222226_453563908137547_2357707762772870454_nTerrence also handed a call-up Europa FC keeper Jake Victor, “I am over the moon! I have worked really hard to improve my skill set over the last 2-3 years. Training within a very professional environment and beside top keepers over last two years at Europa FC has been great. I need to thank Jeremy Judd for his help during the coaching sessions which have been very important for my progression. Now its time to work even harder!”

Jake Victor will be battling with Bradley Banda to be selected as the number one keeper, we asked him what he hopes to achieve in this tournament, “I hope to enjoy the experience and learn as much as possible from it. We are playing top nations so it will be a real test for all of us. I can’t wait!”


Lastly we caught up with Red Imps midfielder Jayce Consigliero, “I feel extremely proud on being selected 12032966_1497893427175582_6510597866738525924_nfor the Under 19’s and representing our hometown Gibraltar once again. I am also excited on the group as we have got a harder group than last time meaning all the games will be a lot more difficult so we will be gaining vital experience from it.”

Jayce scored in the last tournament against Ireland when they lost 4-1, we asked if he’ll be hoping to do the same again this time, “The feeling i got when i scored against Ireland cannot be explained. If i’m able to do the same this time against Holland or France, that will be a dream come true.”


Football Gibraltar would like to thank Ethan Jolley, Jake Victor & Jayce Consigliero for their time and wish them the best of luck for the tournament.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bardon: “Winning the Pepe Reyes Cup gives us a huge boost”

11987149_10206237544111060_835207503257278117_nGibraltar manager Jeff Wood names his 21 man squad for two Euro Qualifiers against Ireland & Poland. Lincoln’s Anthony Bardon was included in that squad and is starting to become a regular figure in the squad for both club and country. Despite this, Anthony Bardon was not expected to start but with Aaron Payas dropping out, this was the perfect opportunity for the youngster to make a statement. 

Days after the Poland game, we caught up with Bardon as he reflect on how he felt both games, “On a personal level I felt I did quite well, during both games I tried to get on the ball as much as I could. As a team I felt against Ireland we put a great performance in and it really should have been closer than 4-0. The Poland game was a lot harder as we had a short time in between and a few players injured we were well beaten but full credit to Poland.”

12032125_1499145917050333_7959796644699489615_nLast Saturday saw Lincoln retain the Pepe Reyes Cup beating Europa FC 3-2 in extra time. Bardon started the game and played the full 120 minutes, “I think winning the Pepe Reyes gives us a huge boost considering we have had a short preseason and I think we will get better with more matches.”

With the Premier Division improving every season, better players normally bring better football, meaning Lincoln as like the rest of the teams in the division have had to dig deep in the transfer market to make sure they can continue to be the best team in the Gibraltar, Bardon gave us an insight on how the teams looks, “The team has changed a lot but the new players coming in will want to show why the club put faith in them. Yeray Patino Blasco and Nico Chietino are very good players they have been a big boost but to keep the goalkeeper Raul Navas was a massive boost.”

Lastly, we asked Bardon about his & Lincoln’s ambitions for this season, “Our ambitions this season is to repeat what we did last year which is to win the league and rock cup. Hopefully we can also give try harder in the Senior Cup but it will be harder than ever with teams improving.”


 

Football Gibraltar would like to thank Anthony Bardon for his time and wish him the best of luck for the future.