Goals from Peter Grimmer, Jose Otero and Sacha Funes ensured Britannia overcame Gibraltar United 3-1 in this afternoon’s Premier Division game.
Lynx showed they had shaken off last week’s poor performance as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over Gibraltar United.
The first half started with Lynx dominating as expected with Gibraltar United defending with five at the back, making it hard for Lynx to create any chances. Despite their best efforts Lynx broke the deadlock fifteen minutes in, Unai Gutierez’s cross ended up flying over Kyle Goldwin and into the back of the net.
Lynx nearly made it 2-0 ten minutes later but Agustin Doxagarat’s shot was cleared off the line by Kenneth Chipolina who had a very solid game at the back, his defensive partnership with Brad Power saved Gibraltar United multiple times in the game.
Kyle Goldwin was called into action a few moments later keeping out a shot from Agustin Doxagarat. Gibraltar United had their first and only chance of the game minutes later, Robert Montovio skipped past Ethan Jolley and shot but his effort was saved by Fraiz.
The second half started with Lynx in possession, Agustin Doxagarat’s cross found Carlos Sanchez in the middle, his shot was excellently saved by Goldwin. Ten minutes later Gibraltar United were lucky to still have eleven players on the pitch as Kenneth Chipolina brought down Robert Guiling, with Chipolina being the last man everyone expected the defender to be sent off by referee Adbellah El Yettefti awarded a yellow card, a decision which didn’t go down very well with the Lynx manager Albert Parody.
Just before the hour mark Lynx made it 2-0, Alberto Gonzalez stepped up and curled his free-kick over the wall and hitting the crossbar and bouncing just over the line. Stunning finish nevertheless. Lynx continued to pressure and in added time they made it 3-0, Agustin Doxagarat skipped past Carl Thomas and curled his effort into the bottom corner.
The game restarted and the referee blew for full-time. This win sees Lynx move into fifth while Gibraltar United remain eighth. Lynx play Glacis United next while Gib Utd face St Joseph’s.
Premier Division champions Lincoln Red Imps continued their unbeaten streak in the league, beating Gibraltar United 7-0, goals from Lee Casciaro, Antonio Livramento, Kyle Casciaro & a brace each for George Cabrera & Guido Abayain.
The first half started with Lincoln Red Imps dominating possession as expected, with Gibraltar United defending deep hoping to catch Lincoln on a counter-attack. Lincoln broke the deadlock 15 minutes in, Joseph Chipolina did well to get to the byline, his cross was met by Lee Casciaro who slotted his shot past Kyle Goldwin.
Ten minutes later Lincoln extended their lead, Joseph Chipolina’s cross was met by the head of Guido Abayian whose effort hit the crossbar and bounced over the line and out. After a few seconds of debating, the linesman gave the goal.
Gibraltar United continued to defend valiantly, making it very hard for Lincoln to break them down. Just before half-time Lincoln made it 3-0, Portuguese midfielder Antonio Livramento’s cross was once again met by the head of Guido Abayian whose effort flew past Kyle Goldwin.
The second half started with Lincoln dominating and Gibraltar United defending in numbers, making it hard for Lincoln to break them down. Lincoln made an early substitution with Daniel Cifuentes coming off and centre-back Bernardo Lopes coming on.
On the hour mark Lincoln made it 4-0, Antonio Livramento, replacing the injured Nico Chietino, skipped past two Gibraltar United players and smashed his shot past Kyle Goldwin. Minutes later Lincoln made it 5-0, Lee Casciaro’s cross was met by George Cabrera who slotted his shot in.
Lincoln continued to dominate the game with Gib Utd not posing a threat going forward and with less than 10 minutes remaining Lincoln made it 6-0, a cross from George Cabrera found Kyle Casciaro who slotted his shot away with a great finish. Shortly after Lincoln made it 7-0, a cross from Joseph Chipolina found George Cabrera who slotted his shot away. A hat-trick of assists for Joseph, while George gets his second of the game. The game restarted and the referee blew for full-time.
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.
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.
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
1) Reflect on how last season went? (what you achieved, what you didn’t, any big talking points etc..)