St Joseph’s comfortably beat Lions 3-0 tonight thanks to goals from Javier Lopez, Jose Luis Verdejo and Borja Gomez Torres.
A second-half equaliser from Sergio Gines saw Lions draw 1-1 with Lynx in the first of two Premier Division games today.
With Europa playing in the evening game against Britannia, both teams would have wanted to win all three points to keep their steady campaigns going smoothly.
Ahead of the Premier Division season, which is just days away, we caught up with Lions’ Jaydan Catania as shares his thoughts with us about the upcoming season, as well as the one just gone.
1) Reflect on how last season went (what you achieved, what you didn’t, any big talking points etc.)
Last year was a particular difficult season for everyone involved at the club and everyone was disappointed in how the season unfolded. I could sit here and try to bring about a lot of excuses as to why we had such a disappointing campaign but the simple fact was that we we were simply not good enough, as a team we just didn’t perform. Last year proved a massive learning curve for many of us, and we experienced first hand through many defeats of what it takes to play in the Premier Division. However, amongst the many lows there were some positives, with Lions again showing the conveyor belt of talent coming through the youth ranks with players like Jayce and Byron establishing themselves as first team regulars despite their young age.
2) How has pre-season gone?
On a personal note pre-season has been a particularly difficult one. I came back from the Island Games injured and have only recently got back training with the squad. However, as a group we have gelled really well, a lot new faces coming in but we have all got on well and there is a real positive feeling within the squad. Intensity within the sessions has been high, with a lot competition for places within the squad. We have had some promising results in the friendly matches and we hope to carry that form into the season.
3) How the team looks going into the new season, any new signings, players to look out for and especially players who have left
The summer has seen a massive overhaul at the club with many new signings coming through the door with some players also leaving. The club has shown real ambition to attract the high calibre of players we’ve signed. New signings such as Sergio Gines, David Narvaez and Andres Salas bring with them a wealth of experience of playing in the Spanish leagues, experience was something we lacked last season and these players I believe will prove key to having a successful campaign. Other signings include Rafa Bado, Jose Luis Romero and Raul Segura, who are players which had successful seasons with their previous clubs last season; players which we’re extremely pleased to have on board with us this season. In terms of players leaving the club, it was disappointing to see Byron leave the club, as he is a player with enormous potential, whilst Erin leaving to pursue his studies in the UK will also be a big loss.
4) What goals do Lions Gibraltar FC have for this season, or what do they hope to achieve?
As a team I believe we’re in a much more stronger position now than what we were 12 months ago. The summer has been a crucial one for the club and we have strengthened considerably. However, we’re well aware that we haven’t been the only club to strengthen. Most clubs in the Premier Division have made their fair share of signings and if we are to have a successful season, every player at the club has to perform and contribute. From the president down to the manager and the players, we all share the same expectation, we want to be fighting at the right end of the table whilst also challenging in the cup competitions.
Football Gibraltar would like to thank Jaydan for taking the time to be interviewed, and wish him all the best ahead of the upcoming season. Lions’ first game is on Friday against St. Josephs, with kick off at 20.30. If you can’t make the game, remember to follow @fgscorecentre on Twitter for live match updates this season.