Anthony Bardon seals a late win for Lincoln

Lincoln Red Imps produced a stunning second-half comeback to win 3-2 from being two goals down at the break against FC Britannia. 

The first half was a very even encounter, Britannia had the first chance of the game, Bernardes long range shot was excellently saved by Raul Navas. Lincoln replied instantly, Liam Walker picked out Guido Abayian, the striker’s shot was saved by Louie Barnfather.

Britannia took a shock lead in the fourteenth minute, Lincoln defenders gave Peter Grimmer too much time on the ball and the striker smashed his shot into the top corner from twenty-five yards out. Lincoln tried to get back into the game but were unable to break down a well organised Britannia defence.

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Gilroy: “On our day we can beat anyone”

Shortly after Britannia’s 2-0 victory over Manchester 62, we caught up with one of yesterday’s standout performers Sam Gilroy as he gave us his thoughts on the victory.

Gilroy reflected on Britannia’s victory, “We played much better, there’s a difference between playing well and winning a game and actually going through a hard game and winning. We are starting to prove that we are winning as men and as a good team, we really did have to work hard today but near the end it was quite comfortable the last twenty minutes, we weren’t really struggling so it was a good win and i’m very happy.”

Britannia now sit third in the league, Gilroy gave us his feelings, “We train with these lads and in all honesty, on our day I think we are capable of beating anybody, when we can get the ball down on the floor and play some nice football. We proved today that we are deadly on the counter-attacks and Risto with his great set-pieces, as a team we are complete and on our day we can beat anyone.

Britannia faces some tough games starting off with Lions next week, we got his thoughts on what he hopes to get out from those games, “To be honest every game is the same, you go into the game the same as every other. All the lads are really excited to play the two big boys as they are top of the league because we want to be up there, we want to be first and second, we want to be battling for the title so bring it on.”



Risto Kago stunner claims big win

Risto Kago’s stunning free-kick moved FC Britannia into third in the league as they secured a 2-0 win over Manchester 62.

The first half started with Manchester 62 on the attack, Daniel Duarte’s cross found JP Duarte in the middle, the striker’s header was comfortably saved by Louie Barnfather. Just six minutes in and Britannia broke the deadlock, Risto Kago stepped up and smashed his free-kick over the wall and into the top corner from a tight angle. 

Manchester came battling back, Cristian Toncheff played the ball to Alvaro Navarro, the winger cut inside and saw his shot saved by Barnfather and the rebound cleared by Lee Graham. A great piece of defending from Jesse Victory denied Britannia a second goal, he was able to block Andre Dos Santos’ shot from close range.

Manchester 62 thought they had got themselves an equaliser midway through the half, a quick free-kick sent JP Duarte through on goal, the striker rounded Barnfather and shot but his effort was cleared off the line by Jose Luis Otero.

Macedo was called into action just before halftime keeping out a shot from Bernardes. The game restarted and referee Herbert Warwick blew for halftime with Britannia leading 1-0. The second half started Manchester attacking, Daniel Duarte’s free-kick was saved by former-Red Devil Louie Barnfather.

In the 55th minute Britannia doubled their lead, Renan Bernardes latched onto a Guerra through ball, the winger drifted past Hoekens, skipped past Jack Sergeant and slotted his shot into the bottom corner. The next thirty minutes saw both teams put their foot off the gas with neither team creating any chances. 

With only a few minutes remaining Britannia striker Peter Warren went down in the area from a challenge from Jack Sergeant. Britannia players appealed for a penalty but referee Herbert Warwick said no. Britannia kept the ball for the last few minutes and the final whistle went and Britannia won the game.

This win sees Britannia move up to third and play Lions next while Manchester remain sixth and play Europa. 


FC Britannia secure 3-1 victory over nine-man Angels

FC Britannia came from behind to secure a 3-1 victory over nine-man Angels courtesy of goals from Jose Luis Otero, Renan Bernardes & Peter Warren.

The first half started with Britannia dominating possession but were unable to create any chances against a very well-organised Angels defence. Despite struggling Angels took a shock lead, Omar Bernal’s shot was blocked and the rebound fell to Juan Antonio Palomino, with his back to goal the striker went for the spectacular overhead kick and his effort beat Barnfather and rolled into the bottom corner. 

Four minutes later Britannia had a good chance, Risto Kago’s long range free-kick was excellently saved by Juan Mateo Perez. The resulting corner was whipped in and was fumbled by Mateo Perez, the rebound fell to Shea Breakspear whose shot was cleared off the line.

Despite all the Britannia possession Angels nearly doubled their lead shortly after, a cross from Omar Bernal was just out of the reach of Palomino who did so well to get in front of the Britannia defender. Seconds before half-time Britannia equalisied, Risto Kago’s free-kick found Jose Luis Otero whose header from just outside the area looped over Mateo Perez and went in.

The second half started with Britannia dominating and Angels defending deep. Britannia made it 2-1 on the 58th minute, Renan Bernardes’ stepped up and curled his long range free-kick over the wall and straight into the top corner. After conceding Angels stepped up their game in hope of an equalisier but Man of the match Jose Luis Otero was able to handle the Angels attacks with ease. 

With less than ten minutes remaining Britannia made it 3-1, Sam Gilroy’s low cross found Peter Warren who slotted his shot past Mateo Perez. With the game nearing full-time and Angels’ hopes of a comeback ended, they found themselves down to 9 men in the space of a few minutes with Toufik Larouia sent off for a second bookable offence and David Moreno Gomez given a straight red for a late challenge on Andre Dos Santos.

The game restarted and referee Herbert Warwick blew for full-time and Britannia walked away with the three points which now sees them sit third in the table while Angels remain ninth.


FC Britannia 1-1 Gibraltar United: Match Report

Robert Montovio’s 85th minute equaliser saw Gibraltar United draw 1-1 against Britannia, in a game that saw three red cards shown at the Victoria Stadium.

Jamie Pishvaie’s penalty looked to have secured Britannia all three points, before Montovio’s equaliser on his debut, the fourth time he’s scored on his first appearance for a club.

From the start, both teams set out to play an attacking brand of football, but it was Britannia who had the first real chance, with Manuel Camacho’s effort saved by Kyle Goldwin in the Gib United goal.

Just before half time, Britannia had a goal disallowed for offside, with Comino’s effort disallowed by the linesman.  Britannia manager Alan Arruda may have felt his side should have been winning going into the break, but Gib United were putting up a good battle as expected.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first, with Britannia having more of the chances, although as time went on Gib United grew into the game and started forcing the Britannia defence to work harder to keep them out.

Just as Manuel Nunez Sanchez must have been thinking his side were in the ascendancy, the game turned on its head, as Pishvaie was fouled in the box by Gib United keeper Goldwin, who was shown a red card by referee Warwick Herbert. Pishvaie stepped up and put it past substitute keeper Liam Neale, who may not have expected to be making his debut so soon for Gib United.

Britannia went in search for a second goal that would have killed off the game, but with five minutes left, Montovio took advantage of a mistake in the Britannia defence, rounded keeper Louie Barnfather to put his side back on level terms.

An otherwise entertaining game was slightly soured by events just before the end, which saw both Pishvaie and Mark Casciaro sent off, but nine-man Gib United dealt with the six minutes added time to claim a hard-fought point.


FC Britannia vs Gibraltar United: Match Preview

This afternoon’s Premier Division kick off sees newly-promoted Gibraltar United take on FC Britannia.

Both teams will no doubt be keen to get their season off to the best start possible, and will see this game as a winnable encounter.

After winning the Second Division last season, Gibraltar United made the sensible decision to retain the core of their squad, while also signing local talent from a variety of Premier sides, including former Glacis trio Liam Neale, Sean Mascharenas and Steffan Cardona.

We caught up with another of Gib United’s new signings, Jamie Bosio, to gather his thoughts ahead of the game. Bosio, who signed for the club from Manchester 62, had this to say about potentially making his debut for his new club today:

“To be honest I feel I will have some mixed emotions as I have been playing for Manchester 62 for 12 years, but I’m ready and looking forward for my debut and the challenge that lies ahead of us this season.”

“The boys in the dressing room are absolutely buzzing to start off the league on Sunday as we have had an intense pre season. We all feel we can get a result come Sunday.”

Britannia also strengthened their squad ahead of the upcoming season, bringing in the likes of Lee Graham, Shea Breakspear, Manuel Camacho and Sacha Funes, as well as renewing the contracts of a number of their players, as they aim to improve on last season’s 7th place finish.

We also caught up with Britannia manager Alan Arruda, with the 34-year-old Brazilian making the move up to management after playing for the club last season.

“We have been in pre-season since July 1st and we are ready for the season to begin. Our players cannot wait for the season to finally start. We know it will be a difficult game vs Gib United but we go into it with confidence, focusing on our own game.”

FC Britannia play Gibraltar United at the Victoria Stadium at 16:30 today. Follow live updates of the game on Twitter via @fgscorecentre