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Saturday Round-up: Lincoln hit Glacis for six; Saints and Britannia share the spoils

Lincoln beat Glacis 6-1 in the day’s early kick off, while St Joseph’s and Britannia shared a point apiece in an entertaining 1-1 draw, as Gameweek 4 of the Gibraltar Premier Division continued at the Victoria Stadium.

The Imps scored twice in the first half hour through a pair of Gibraltar internationals, as Roy Chipolina’s header, and a Kyle Casciaro penalty.

Lee Casciaro made it three soon after the break, before Carrasco got a goal back for Glacis, their first of the season after four games. There was to be no comeback though, as further goals from George Cabrera, Yeray Patino Blasco and Guido Abayian ensured Lincoln regained their spot on top of the league, after Europa’s victory last night against Lynx.

For Glacis, they have conceded six for a second week in a row, and will stay bottom of the Premier Division for another week unless Angels were to lose by eight goals against Manchester in the only top division game tomorrow.

The evening game promised to be a much tighter affair, with Britannia especially looking much improved from last season. Anyone who turned up late to the game though would have missed the most important parts of the game, as both teams scored within the first ten minutes.

Saints went 1-0 up in the first minute, with Jorge Torres finishing past Louie Barnfather. Britannia, who strengthened wisely over the summer and look like a handy side, equalised six minutes later through Yeray Jimenez.

Britannia player-manager Alan Arruda can thank keeper Barnfather for ensuring his side left the game with a point, after his excellent stop late on denied Saints three more points which would have seen them keep up the pace with Lincoln and Europa at the top of the league.

For Britannia though, their point leaves them in fifth place with five points, only four less than they took in 21 games last season. If they keep up this level of performance, they should not have to worry about relegation this season.

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Match Report: Gibraltar United 0-2 Europa FC

Goals from Pedro Carrion and Javi Martinez saw Europa FC beat Gibraltar United 2-0 in the Premier Division.

Two sides with completely polar opposite ideologies took to the field in a game with much hype surrounding it. While Gibraltar United kept to their philosophy of only playing local players, Europa lined up with 11 foreign players.  Both sides have enjoyed recent success from their transfer policies, but tonight it was Europa who came out on top.

It took just five minutes for Europa to take the lead, as Carrion met Tornay’s flick to score past Goldwin in the Gib United goal. From there, you may have feared the floodgates might open, but Gib United have a strong team of players and Europa would have to work hard throughout the game to secure the three points.

The rest of the first half played out in similar fashion, but Goldwin was up to the task of keeping his side in with a chance of taking something from the game, much like they did against Britannia.

Understandably, last season’s Second Division champions were naturally the underdog in this game, but fought throughout and showed the kind of determination that will see them pick up more points across the season.

It took until the 77th minute for Europa to get the second goal, and wrap up the victory.  A cross from the left hand side was finished off very well by Martinez, and after Lincoln had won by the same scoreline earlier on, Europa kept up the pace with last season’s champions.

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Lynx vs Manchester 62: Match Preview

Photo Credit: Lynx FC – @LynxFCGib


Lynx play Manchester 62 in the Premier Division tonight, as both teams try to build on their respective wins from last week.

Both sides had a player in our Team of the Week after their victories last weekend, and Lynx’s Carlos Sanchez, as well as Manchester’s Tyson Ruiz, will be players to watch in this encounter, especially Ruiz, who is against his former club tonight.

This match has been a hard one to call, and this has even been reflected in the odds for the game. Yesterday, Lynx were 6/5 favourites to beat Manchester, who you could get 15/8 odds on winning.

This morning though, Manchester have suddenly become the favourites, priced at 5/4, while Lynx are very close behind them at 6/4. Two very evenly matched teams, who strengthened noticeably in the summer, face off tonight in what should be a cracking game. If you feel that nothing will separate these two teams, you can get the draw at 11/4.

Full Betting (Go to Soccer > Europe > Gibraltar Premier Division)


Lynx vs Manchester 62 gets underway at 20:30 tonight from the Victoria Stadium. Follow live updates from the game through our Twitter account, @FGScoreCentre

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Europa FC vs Lincoln Red Imps: Match Preview

Tonight’s Premier Division game sees a repeat of last week’s Pepe Reyes Cup, as Europa FC face Lincoln Red Imps, hoping to avenge their 3-2 defeat after extra time nine days ago.

Europa came back twice from behind, including an 85th minute equaliser, and with aspirations of winning the title this year, last season’s runners up know a win tonight would go some way towards proving they can potentially end the domination of Lincoln in Gibraltar.

Before the game, we caught up with a player from each side to gather their thoughts about last weekend’s game. Lincoln’s Yeray Patiño Blasco, who signed from Spanish side La Nucia, made his debut in the Pepe Reyes Cup match, and had this to say:

“It went well, we had a good feeling. We had chances to create an even bigger advantage in the scoreline but they wouldn’t go in. We haven’t been able to reach our best level physically but we responded as a team and fought well. Bit by bit we shall pick up our form as we play more matches and hopefully secure some wins.”

As for Europa, one of their more notable signings was that of Juan Joze Bezares, with the 34-year-old having La Liga experience with both Sevilla and Cadiz. Bezares had this to say about the previous match, as well as tonight’s clash:

“The match was a good one and we played with a lot of intention. We experienced a great final in the Pepe Reyes Cup, so this one will be no different. It will be challenging as always against Lincoln but we are hungry to get a win for our team. The league is going to be exciting this year since there are a few teams who have strong squads and it’s going to be a hard fight for the title until the very end.”

Betting:

Bet365 are offering odds on tonight’s game between the two sides. Despite drawing after 90 minutes last week, both a repeat of that result tonight, and a win for Europa, are priced at 3/1. Last season’s champions go into the game as 8/13 favourites, although it is worth noting they lost their opening game of last season 1-0 to Lynx.

If you fancy Lincoln to repeat the 3-2 scoreline in 90 minutes tonight, the odds on that score are 18/1. With both teams possessing talent in attack, a high-scoring affair seems likely tonight at the Victoria Stadium.


Europa FC vs Lincoln kicks off at 20:30 tonight, and we will provide live updates of the game via Twitter @FGScoreCentre

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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.

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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

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Manchester 62 1-0 Glacis: Match Report

An own goal from Kevin Martinez was the deciding moment in Manchester 62’s 1-0 victory over Glacis tonight.

In a battle between the 5th and 6th place teams from last season, Manchester just about came out on top, but could have also won by more tonight.

Debutants for Manchester included Cristian Toncheff and Carl Hoefkens, but the first 45 minutes saw little in the way of clear opportunities, with the Glacis defence the busier of the two.

The best chance of the first half fell to Toncheff just before half time, but his header was saved by Jose Antonio Rico Perez in the Glacis goal.

The big moment in the game came 10 minutes into the second half.  JP Duarte’s pressure on the Glacis was rewarded when Martinez put the goal in his own net; the goal ended up being the only thing to separate both sides.

Toncheff looked the most likely player on the pitch to score in the second half, and only a great save from Rico Perez stopped the Argentinian from being rewarded for his efforts on the pitch, with the final major action of the game.

Manchester find themselves second with three of the opening round fixtures played, behind Lynx only on goals scored.

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Lynx 2-1 Angels: Match Report

Lynx beat 10-man Angels 2-1 in Saturday’s afternoon kick-off at the Victoria Stadium, thanks to a first half Carlos Sanchez free kick.

Goals from Juan Pablo Sastrie, and Sanchez’s free-kick winner saw Lynx win their first game of the season against an Angels side who had to play with 10 men for 80 minutes after Juan Manuel Pino Moreno saw red for a handball in the box. Cristian Mena’s penalty for Angels was not enough to take anything from the game.

The first main chance of the game fell to Lynx, but Robert Guilling fired over after being set up by Sastrie.  Lynx then went 1-0 up after 11 minutes after Pino Moreno handled in the box. The Angels defender saw red, and although Juan Mateo saved the penalty, Sastrie was on hand to finish off the rebound and put his side ahead.

It took just 13 minutes for Angels to get back into the game, courtesy of a penalty of their own. Francisco Nieto was bought down in the box by Leonardo Vela, and referee Glen Gilbert pointed to the spot for the second time. Mena stepped up and scored Angels first ever Premier Division goal.

Lynx went ahead for a second time in the 34th minute. Sanchez was fouled on the edge of the area, and his free kick flew into the top corner to make the score 2-1.

In the second half, Lynx blew a good opportunity to go 3-1 up, as Vargas’ cross found Javier Doxagarat, who could only hit the post with his effort. A combination of Mateo’s keeping and wasteful finishing meant that as the game entered its conclusion, Lynx were not home and dry.

For their first ever game in the top division, Angels were giving as good as they had, and battled hard to try and equalise, but in the end it was not to be for the new boys, as Lynx saw out the narrow victory.

 

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Lopez: “We are a family and will push ourselves in becoming a strong force”

With the season so close, we talked to Gibraltar United’s Andrew Lopez to gather his thoughts before the start of the season

1) Reflect on how last season went? (what you achieved, what you didn’t, any big talking points etc..)

1- Our main objective was getting this well known club back to the Premier Division, where it belongs in our first year back together after disappearing a few years ago, at whatever cost. The objective was complete, so the other issues are minor and not important.
2) How has pre-season gone?
2- Pre-season kicked off three to four days after the league had finished. We have been working extremely hard since as we need to have a higher level of fitness to compete. The introduction of the new professional manager has helped us improve a lot.
3) How is the team looks going into the new season? Any new signings, players to look out for and especially players which have left
3) The team is starting to form a solid foundation. Many Gibraltarian players have joined the cause willingly wanting to help this great club achieve its goals. The importance of maintaining ‘only local players’ is a major boost for all those who have been sidelined ever since getting into UEFA by all sorts of foreigners. We have signed great players with keen ambitions to perform, which is what we are always after. Youngsters the same as experienced players who have boosted the morale which was already high, with what we had from last year after winning the second division. We have great players in the squad, I can’t really mention anyone in particular as there are so many quality and technically gifted locals, who can indeed perform to the highest level. All i can say is that the GFA manager (Jeff Wood) should be looking thoroughly at this squad for locals who will be playing the full 90 minutes and I can guarantee they will give their all for Gibraltar. Call ups will definitely need to be announced as their quality is unmissable. Not many players have left us this season; some have decided not to play, while others have signed for second division teams as they cannot commit to premier standards or training schedules.
4) What goals do Gibraltar United have for this season or what they hope to achieve?
4) Gib United have set standards high; if we wouldn’t, what would be the point? We always need to set high objectives or achievements in order to perform to the maximum. This will get the best out of our players, especially as they want to give all they have for this club. The main objective is challenging for the Europa League spots, we cannot get any higher than that. However, I do believe maintenance in the Premier Division is more than essential this year. We must keep focused and work together as a team, but I can really say we are more than a team. We are a family and will push ourselves in becoming a strong force.

 


Football Gibraltar would like to thank Andrew for taking the time to speak to us, and wish him the best for the new season. Gibraltar United start their season against FC Britannia on Sunday, and kick off is 4:30pm.