Lincoln Red Imps v Europa FC
Saturday 14th January – 18:15
Live coverage from the Victoria Stadium @FGScoreCentre
Photo (C) JDK Photography
Arguably the most eye-catching signing of the summer was Liam Walker moving from Lincoln to Europa after the successful Champions League campaign where he shone in not only Gibraltar, but also Tallinn and Glasgow.
A second-half goal from Eero Markkanen was enough to see AIK beat Europa FC 1-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate at the Victoria Stadium.
Europa FC pulled off their first ever victory in European competition when they comfortably beat Armenian side FC Pyunik 2-0 in their UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round first leg match.
A second half effort from Adrian Pavon ensured Europa FC beat St Joseph’s 1-0 to advance to the quarter finals of the Rock Cup.
In the latest part of our interviews with the people involved with Gibraltar’s maiden European campaign, we caught up with former Europa & US Le Pontet goalkeeper Jamie Robba, now playing at Lynx. Continue reading
Europa consigned 10-man Manchester 62 to their third defeat in a row after beating them 4-0 at the Victoria Stadium tonight.
Goals from Pedro Carrion, Joselinho, Guille Mendez and Jose Yared saw Europa keep up their unbeaten start to the season, as Manchester continued their disappointing start to the season.
Carrion’s header, and Joselinho’s finish had already put Europa 2-0 up before Manchester went down to 10 men, as Chuky received his marching orders for a second bookable offence. An already difficult task became near impossible for Manchester, who look in need of a win just to arrest this recent downturn in form.
Europa added to their lead in the season half, as a penalty given away by former Belgian international Carl Hoekfens was finished by Mendez. The final goal of the game could be considered either incredibly skilful or lucky, as Yared bent his corner straight into the goal.
The win temporarily moved Europa to the top of the league, but after Lincoln beat Angels 5-0 in the evening game, they remain second on goal difference to last season’s leaders. Manchester are now seventh in the league, albeit seven points clear of Angels and Glacis.
Two goals in seven minutes sent Europa top of the Premier Division as they defeated St Joseph’s 2-0 to keep their 100 per cent record going.
The first half started with both teams battling for possession but neither able to take any control on the game. First chance of the game went Europa’s way as Joselinho’s header was saved by Jordan Perez. Shortly after Saints midfielder Emerson Roque saw his long range shot go just wide.
The best chance of the half fell to St Joseph’s, a cross was whipped in and found Thyago Catharino, the winger’s shot went inches past the post. As the game grew on Europa started to dominate but were unable to find a way past Jordan Perez.
The second half started with Europa on the attack, Saints keeper Jordan Perez was called into action early on as he kept out a Pedro Carrion header. Perez was finally beaten four minutes later, Europa winger Javi Martinez whipped in a cross, Carrion out-jumped Esteban Montes and guided his header past the keeper to give Europa a 1-0 lead.
Seven minutes later Europa made it 2-0, Antonio Trujillo latched onto a through ball, the striker drifted past Jorge Corpas and slotted his shot past Jordan Perez. Ten minutes later St Joseph’s thought they had pulled one back when Borja Torres smashed his effort past Javi Munoz but the goal was disallowed for offside.
With less than ten minutes remaining Europa continued to dominate the game and nearly made it 3-0 but Jordan Perez made a terrific save to keep out Pedro Carrion’s shot. Perez was called into action minutes later as he made a low save to keep out Manuel Picon’s header. The game restarted and referee Glen Gilbert blew for full-time, Europa walked away with the three points.
This win sees Europa move top of the league while St Joseph’s remain third.
A late free-kick from Adrian Pavon secured Europa a vital three points against Lynx. Joselinho gave Europa the lead in the first half, Josh Cuby equalised for Lynx early in the second half.
The first half got underway with both teams enjoying good amounts of position but neither able to create any clear cut chances. Lynx had the first chance of the game but Aaron Akrapovic’s free-kick went wide. Less than 15 minutes in Europa took the lead, a cross from Javi Martinez found Jose Miguel Barranco ‘Joselinho’ who headed his effort past Christian Fraiz.
Europa started to dominate the game but weren’t able to break down the Lynx defence. Just before half-time Lynx had a penalty shout turned down as Juan Pablo Sastrie was brought down in the area, referee Tim Reoch dismissed the appeal and booked the striker for diving.
The second half started with Lynx on the attack and equalising three minutes after kick-off, Josh Cuby latched onto a through ball and drilled his shot past Javi Munoz. After equalising Lynx started to dominate with Europa making a few mistake in midfield and defence but Lynx weren’t able to capitalise.
Ten minutes later Europa had a great chance, Javi Martinez played Jesus Toscano down the wing, the full-backs cross found Pedro Carrion who headed over. Europa continued to pressure, a cross from Toscano found Carrion again, the striker’s header was on target this time and brought out a fantastic save from Christian Fraiz.
With 10 minutes remaining, Europa were awarded a free-kick, Adrian Pavon stepped up and curled his effort over the wall and straight into the top corner, giving Christian Fraiz no chance. With only a few minutes remaining Europa caught Lynx on the counter, Carrion played Antonio Trujillo through on goal, the striker’s effort was saved by Fraiz.
Shortly after the restart, referee Tim Reoch, who had a great game, blew for full-time and Europa walked away with the three points. This win sees Europa move three points clear at the top while Lynx remain fourth.
Monday Night Football saw Europa FC take on Glacis United in the Gibraltar Premier Division. Europa ran out comfortable winners beating Glacis Utd 6-0, Antonio Trujillo hat-trick, brace from Pedro Carrion & an own goal from Campos secured victory. We caught up with the hat-trick hero Antonio Trujillo.
Firstly Trujillo reflect on how the game against Glacis went, “I am very happy with how the game went and to get a hat-trick makes it even better. Sometimes the smaller teams like to sit back and defend and makes it difficult to score goals.”
After Manchester 62’s poor start to the season and their recent loss to St Joseph’s, we asked Trujillo if the league has changed to a two horse race, “Lincoln is a great and they are the team to beat, they are our rivals and we are on par with them.”
Lastly Trujillo gave us an insight into his and Europa’s ambitions, “First of all it’s the points then the goals and the rest will follow. “