In the latest part of our interviews with the people involved with Gibraltar’s maiden European campaign, we caught up with former national manager Allen Bula, now Sporting Director at Lynx.
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.
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.
Lincoln Red Imps maintained their fine start to the Premier Division season with a 4-0 win over Lynx.
The first half was a very even encounter with both teams playing well but unable to create chances. Raul Navas pulled off an unbelievable save early on keeping out a looping header from Javier Vargas. Lincoln broke the deadlock, a one-two between Lee Casciaro and Liam Walker saw Casciaro run through on goal and slot his shot past Christian Fraiz.
After going ahead Lincoln started to dominate the game but were unable to create any chances against a very stubborn Lynx defence. Just before half-time Lincoln were called into a substitution as Ryan Casciaro fell to the floor signalling to manager Raul Procopio that he was having trouble with his groin, Bernardo Lopes replaced him.
The second half started with Lincoln on the attack and doubled their lead fourteen minutes in, Liam Walker’s long range strike flew past a helpless Fraiz. Three minutes later Lincoln made it 3-0, maestro Liam Walker skipped past Karim Pinero on the wing and whipped in a cross which found Kyle Casciaro at the back post, the winger who was standing in for the injured Joseph Chipolina at full-back, slotted his shot away.
Shortly after Lincoln brought on striker Guido Abayian, a player who has impressed this season. Abayian got stuck in straight away, his shot was saved by Fraiz, the rebound fell to George Cabrera who shot wide. With only a few minutes remaining Abayian was rewarded with a goal, his shot was deflected past Fraiz.
Referee Jason Barcelo blew for full-time and Lincoln ran out comfortable winners. This win sees Lincoln move top of the league on goal difference while Lynx remain seventh. Special mention goes out to Lynx youngster Tyronne Avellano who made his Premier Division debut today at the age of fifteen.
Lynx win the Luisito Bonavia Cup, beating St Joseph’s Spark Energy 8-2.
The first half started with Lynx dominating and opening the lead early on with captain Sanchez getting the goal. Lynx doubled their lead minutes later, Heredia Vargas with the goal. St Joseph’s went on the attack straight away, Romero Gomez making a great save to keep out Figueras’ shot.
Minutes later St Joseph’s had another great chance but Chipol’s shot was saved by Romero Gomez. Lynx had midfielder Ian Rodriguez sent off minutes later for a second bookable offence after getting into a war of words with referee Michael Macias.
St Joseph’s pulled on back, Tyson Ruiz did well to skip past two defenders and square the ball to Jamie Walker to strike past Romero Gomez. Lynx went into the break with a 2-1 lead.
The second half started with Lynx attacking and made it 3-1, Duarte with the goal. Seconds later it was 4-1, Bernal Cabeza with a tidy finish past Moxham. St Joseph’s pulled one back, debutant Francis Marquez with the goal. With ten minutes remaining the goals start flying in, Duarte bagged his brace making it 5-2 for Lynx. Shortly after Bernal Cabeza made it 6-2.
With a few minutes remaining Lynx were able to get two more goals, Martin Martin & Duarte getting the goals. The game restarted and Lynx were crowned champions of the Futsal Super Cup.
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.
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
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.