A second half goal from Salvador Carrasco saw Glacis maintain their perfect start this season as they beat Manchester 62 1-0 tonight.
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.
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.