Robba: “Go abroad, learn as much as you can and that is my advice”

In the latest part of our interviews with the people involved with Gibraltar’s maiden European campaign, we caught up with former Europa & US Le Pontet goalkeeper Jamie Robba, now playing at Lynx. Continue reading


Late Adrian Pavon free-kick wins game for Europa

A late free-kick from Adrian Pavon secured Europa a vital three points against Lynx. Joselinho gave Europa the lead in the first half, Josh Cuby equalised for Lynx early in the second half. 

The first half got underway with both teams enjoying good amounts of position but neither able to create any clear cut chances. Lynx had the first chance of the game but Aaron Akrapovic’s free-kick went wide. Less than 15 minutes in Europa took the lead, a cross from Javi Martinez found Jose Miguel Barranco ‘Joselinho’ who headed his effort past Christian Fraiz.

Europa started to dominate the game but weren’t able to break down the Lynx defence. Just before half-time Lynx had a penalty shout turned down as Juan Pablo Sastrie was brought down in the area, referee Tim Reoch dismissed the appeal and booked the striker for diving. 

The second half started with Lynx on the attack and equalising three minutes after kick-off, Josh Cuby latched onto a through ball and drilled his shot past Javi Munoz. After equalising Lynx started to dominate with Europa making a few mistake in midfield and defence but Lynx weren’t able to capitalise. 

Ten minutes later Europa had a great chance, Javi Martinez played Jesus Toscano down the wing, the full-backs cross found Pedro Carrion who headed over. Europa continued to pressure, a cross from Toscano found Carrion again, the striker’s header was on target this time and brought out a fantastic save from Christian Fraiz.

With 10 minutes remaining, Europa were awarded a free-kick, Adrian Pavon stepped up and curled his effort over the wall and straight into the top corner, giving Christian Fraiz no chance. With only a few minutes remaining Europa caught Lynx on the counter, Carrion played Antonio Trujillo through on goal, the striker’s effort was saved by Fraiz. 

Shortly after the restart, referee Tim Reoch, who had a great game, blew for full-time and Europa walked away with the three points. This win sees Europa move three points clear at the top while Lynx remain fourth.


Juan Pablo Sastrie scores late penalty in Lynx win

Juan Pablo Sastrie scored a 90th-minute penalty against Britannia to keep Lynx’s 100 per cent league record intact. Sastrie kept his nerve to score his third goal of the season to help the The Yellows beat Britannia 1-0.

The first half started with both teams enjoying good amounts of possession but neither able to break down their defences. Britannia had a half chance early on, free-kick was awarded after Aaron Akrapovic brought down Sacha Funes but the effort went wide. 

As the game went on Lynx started to take control of the game with duo Juan Pablo Sastrie & Robert Guiling causing problems but their attacks were easily dealt with by the ever impressive Jose Luis Comino & Lee Graham. 

The second half started with Britannia down to 10 men, midfield hardman Risto Kago received a second booking and was given his marching orders. Since going down to 10 men Britannia started playing a lot better and were causing the Lynx defence a few problems but weren’t able to test keeper Christian Fraiz.

Britannia had a great chance with twenty minutes left, Peter Grimmer played Salvador Mancilla Gomez through on goal, the striker tried to lob the onrushing keeper but Fraiz did well to save it. Britannia continued to pressure, Manuel Onega played a great ball to Grimmer, the striker turned and unleashed a fiercely struck shot which went just wide. 

Fourth official indicated five minutes of added time and shortly after cued the major talking point of the game. With Britannia on the attack, linesman Andrew Parody lifted up his flag for an offside, a decision that went unseen by the referee. The game carried on and Britannia were awarded a penalty for a foul on their striker. After a few seconds of confusion Jason Barcelo overturned his decision and awarded a free-kick to Lynx for an offside. 

The free-kick was taken and Lynx hit Britannia on the counter, a cross was whipped in and referee Jason Barcelo awarded Lynx a penalty for a handball. Juan Pablo Sastrie stepped up and smashed his penalty passed Louie Barnfather to give Lynx the lead, with only a few minutes remaining.

The game restarted and referee Jason Barcelo blew for full-time and Lynx won the game 1-0. This result sees Lynx move into third while Britannia drop into fifth. 


Toncheff double earns Manchester 62 a point

Manchester 62 come from behind twice to rescue a point courtesy of a brace from Cristian Toncheff.

The first half got underway with Lynx on the attack and earning themselves a corner. The resulting corner was cleared as far as Agustin Doxagarat who curled his effort just wide. Minutes later Lynx took a shock lead, debutant Hafed Droubi misjudged an Ethan Jolley cross and striker Juan Pablo Sastrie was on hand at the back post to head the ball into an empty net. 

Lynx continued to dominate with the Manchester 62 defenders struggling to keep a hold of Juan Sastrie. Lynx had a great chance midway through the half, Sastrie outpaced Carl Hoefkens and cut the ball back for Carlos Sanchez to smash wide. A mistake from Jack Sergeant nearly gifted Lynx a second goal, Agustin Doxagarat excellently played in Carlos Sanchez through on goal but the midfielder dragged his shot wide.

Despite Lynx dominating Manchester got themselves an equaliser, a free-kick was awarded just outside the Lynx penalty box, Cristian Toncheff stepped up and curled his effort around the wall and past a helpless Christian Fraiz.

Lynx nearly replied instantly, striker Juan Sastrie was played through on goal and slotted his shot past Hafed Droubi but linesman Gareth Latin lifted up his flag and the goal was disallowed. The players and fans weren’t convinced with the decision. Minutes later Lynx got themselves in front, Hafed Droubi cleared a cross as far as Carlos Sanchez who struck a sweetly timed volley into an empty net. 

Just before half-time Manchester 62 were awarded a penalty for a handball, Christian Fraiz saved John Paul Duarte’s penalty but the rebound fell to Cristian Toncheff who smashed his shot in from close range making it 2-2. Lynx restarted the game and referee Glen Gilbert blew for halftime.

During the halftime break it was brought to our attention, upon video evidence, that Cristian Toncheff was inside the box before JP Duarte had struck his penalty. The fans had noticed Toncheff’s early run but this was missed by referee and linesman. 

The second half started with both teams dominating possession but neither able to create any clear cut chances. Daniel Duarte was brought on for Aaron Payas to try and change the flow of the game but it was Lynx who had the first chance, Aaron Akrapovic’s long range shot was comfortably saved by Hafed Droubi.

Both teams made numerous changes to try and grab a winner but neither were able to break down each other’s defences. Lynx looked the mostly likely to grab a winner but Sastrie’s shot went wide. Shortly after Carlos Sanchez tried his luck from a free-kick but Hafed Droubi made a great save.

Man62 were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous area as Carlos Sanchez fouled Liam Clarke just outside the Lynx penalty box. Cristian Toncheff stepped up but curled his shot wide. With the last kick of the game Lynx pushed up for a winner, Sastrie received the ball on the edge of the area and struck a fierce shot which went just wide. The game was restarted and Glen Gilbert blew for full-time with the scores at 2-2.