Carrasco helps maintain Glacis’ perfect start

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

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Europa put four past Manchester

Europa consigned 10-man Manchester 62 to their third defeat in a row after beating them 4-0 at the Victoria Stadium tonight.

Goals from Pedro Carrion, Joselinho, Guille Mendez and Jose Yared saw Europa keep up their unbeaten start to the season, as Manchester continued their disappointing start to the season.

Carrion’s header, and Joselinho’s finish had already put Europa 2-0 up before Manchester went down to 10 men, as Chuky received his marching orders for a second bookable offence. An already difficult task became near impossible for Manchester, who look in need of a win just to arrest this recent downturn in form.

Europa added to their lead in the season half, as a penalty given away by former Belgian international Carl Hoekfens was finished by Mendez. The final goal of the game could be considered either incredibly skilful or lucky, as Yared bent his corner straight into the goal.

The win temporarily moved Europa to the top of the league, but after Lincoln beat Angels 5-0 in the evening game, they remain second on goal difference to last season’s leaders. Manchester are now seventh in the league, albeit seven points clear of Angels and Glacis.


Brian Perez: “We did the best we could”

In the latest interview with Gibraltar’s Euro 2016 qualifying stars, we caught up with Manchester 62 midfielder Brian Perez, to talk about both his contribution to qualification, and the circumstances that led to his departure from Lincoln to Manchester.

Perez, who has six caps for the full national team, was positive about how the team handled their maiden European campaign.Considering we had no experience of having played at such a high international level, I feel we did the best we could which in my opinion was considerably good.”

Every game Gibraltar played was against seasoned professionals, as high up as World Champions Germany, and Perez felt that considering Gibraltar’s semi-professional status, they handled themselves more than adequately. “We couldn’t expect to match up against big countries with world class players when our players are semi professionals who work for a living and play football as a second vocation. I know it’s easy to see things differently from a spectators perspective however playing against these professionals is a much harder task than what one may imagine.”

On a personal level, Perez’s caps all came in the qualifiers, completing the full 90 in four of those encounters. When asked about how he felt his own performances were for the national team, Perez said: “Personally I feel I have given my utmost every time I have had the opportunity to play for the national team. I was unfortunate to have missed 3 of the matches due to injury but regardless of this, I still persisted and played to the best of my ability even after my recovery. I was fortunate to be amongst the first 11 and play the whole 90minutes in the first 4 matches where I feel I demonstrated my ability as a football player.”

Being pictured alongside stars such as Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze were also big moments for the midfielder: “Captured moments like these are ones which I will forever be proud of and I consider these to be one of, if not, the greatest highlight of my footballing career.”

A lot of talk recently has been about Gibraltarian footballers making the step out of local football, and representing themselves abroad in other leagues, especially professional systems such as those of the English and Spanish leagues. UEFA membership not coming until 2016 has limited those opportunities for the likes of Perez, who said: “I feel that there are many of us players within the national team who could have played professionally if, at a younger age, we would have been given the opportunities which are now arising. The younger talent in Gibraltar will benefit from these changes in local football and hopefully we will see many of these become professionals in the near future.

Domestically, a recent move from Lincoln, where Perez had been for 18 years, to Manchester 62, was completed under perhaps unsatisfactory circumstances. Perez was honest about the circumstances surrounding this move, saying that: “It was a very hard decision to leave Lincoln after having played for the club for 18 years, but due to unnecessary changes within the club I started to realise it was time for me to move on. On another note I would like to thank Manchester for welcoming and believing in me, and allowing me to do what I love most which is playing football.”  

When asked whether he felt Lincoln treated him right, Perez was frank in saying: “No, I don’t feel I was treated right and felt devalued after having given so much for the club and team.” Perez is more positive about the future though, saying: “It feels good to be back on the pitch where I belong playing for my current club Manchester 62. Playing football is what I most enjoy and I feel that the more I play, the more confidence I gain, and that will allow me to further improve as a player.”


Risto Kago stunner claims big win

Risto Kago’s stunning free-kick moved FC Britannia into third in the league as they secured a 2-0 win over Manchester 62.

The first half started with Manchester 62 on the attack, Daniel Duarte’s cross found JP Duarte in the middle, the striker’s header was comfortably saved by Louie Barnfather. Just six minutes in and Britannia broke the deadlock, Risto Kago stepped up and smashed his free-kick over the wall and into the top corner from a tight angle. 

Manchester came battling back, Cristian Toncheff played the ball to Alvaro Navarro, the winger cut inside and saw his shot saved by Barnfather and the rebound cleared by Lee Graham. A great piece of defending from Jesse Victory denied Britannia a second goal, he was able to block Andre Dos Santos’ shot from close range.

Manchester 62 thought they had got themselves an equaliser midway through the half, a quick free-kick sent JP Duarte through on goal, the striker rounded Barnfather and shot but his effort was cleared off the line by Jose Luis Otero.

Macedo was called into action just before halftime keeping out a shot from Bernardes. The game restarted and referee Herbert Warwick blew for halftime with Britannia leading 1-0. The second half started Manchester attacking, Daniel Duarte’s free-kick was saved by former-Red Devil Louie Barnfather.

In the 55th minute Britannia doubled their lead, Renan Bernardes latched onto a Guerra through ball, the winger drifted past Hoekens, skipped past Jack Sergeant and slotted his shot into the bottom corner. The next thirty minutes saw both teams put their foot off the gas with neither team creating any chances. 

With only a few minutes remaining Britannia striker Peter Warren went down in the area from a challenge from Jack Sergeant. Britannia players appealed for a penalty but referee Herbert Warwick said no. Britannia kept the ball for the last few minutes and the final whistle went and Britannia won the game.

This win sees Britannia move up to third and play Lions next while Manchester remain sixth and play Europa. 


Sergio Gines was among the scorers as Lions defeated Manchester 62

Sergio Gines, Jonay Lopez Luque & Andres Salas Trenas were among the scorers and Lions defeat Manchester62 3-2.

Lions started the first half the brightest side and had two great chances through Nathan Santos & Sergio Gines but both were saved by Kaaron Macedo. As the game went on Manchester started to dominate the game and had a penalty appeal turned down as Cristian Toncheff went down in the area. 

Lions broke the deadlock on the 23rd minute, A low cross found Sergio Gines, the striker controlled and slotted his shot past Kaaron Macedo. Lions made it 2-0 with five minutes of the first half remaining, Manchester 62 failed to deal with a cross, the ball fell to midfielder Jonay Lopez Luque who smashed his shot past Macedo. 

The second half started with Manchester dominating and pulled a goal back on the 55th minute, Carl Hoekfens picked up a loose ball in the area and smashed his shot past Szpilczynski. Two minutes after scoring Manchester were down to 10 men as Tyson Ruiz was sent off for a second bookable offence. 

Lions started to dominate after the sending off, Raul Segura had a great chance to extend Lions lead but his shot struck the post. With fifteen minutes remaining Lions made it 3-1, Rafa Bado delivered a corner which found Andres Salas Trenas at the back post, the defender rose above his marker and headed his effort past a helpless Macedo. Few minutes later Lions went down to 10 men as Sergio Gines was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Manchester pulled another goal back in the 89th minute, Lions failed to deal with a cross, the ball fell to Toncheff who smashed his effort in. With a few minutes remaining Lions caught Manchester on the counter, Sykes Garro did well to skip past two defenders and square the ball to Raul Segura whose shot was saved by Macedo.

The game restarted and referee Jason Barcelo blew for full-time and Lions were able to hold on for the three points. Lions now move into sixth while Manchester remain fifth, level on points with Lions.


Droubi: “Everybody will see the best of Manchester 62 very soon”

The Premier Division returns tomorrow afternoon as Britannia take on Angels at 4pm followed by Manchester 62 taking on Lions. Both teams will be looking to walk away with all three points as they hope to catch up to the leader Europa & Lincoln. We caught up with Manchester goalkeeper Hafed Droubi as he gave us his thoughts on tomorrow’s big game.

Firstly Hafed gave us an insight into how the team feels going into tomorrow’s game, “We are confident of a win, training this week has been great, tempo has been fast and the camp has never been more together going into the game.”

With the Premier Division getting stronger ever year and teams changing their tactics every game, we asked if Manchester had done their homework on Lions, “Tactics have been discussed throughout the week, today we had a classroom session to discuss and go over Lions pros and cons. We have a young and hungry manager in David Ochello and I’m sure he will get the tactics spot on and secure the three points.”

Manchester currently sit fourth in the table with two wins, one draw and one loss, we got Droubi’s view on Manchester’s form so far, “The team has a brand new look with loads of new signings coming in, unfortunately we haven’t come out of second gear yet due to the team not gelling yet. We have a brilliant team and i’m sure everybody will see the best of Manchester 62 very soon.


Toncheff scored four times as Manchester 62 beat Angels

Cristian Toncheff was the star of the show on Super Sunday as Manchester 62 beat Angels FC 5-1 in Premier Division.

The first half started with Manchester 62 on the attack and opened the scoring in the first five minutes, Juan Gonzalez whipped in a cross and found Cristian Toncheff whose header flew past Juan Mateo Perez. Fifteen minutes later Manchester had a great chance to double their lead, Cristian Toncheff latched onto a through ball by Alvaro Navarro, his shot was saved by Mateo Perez. 

Manchester 62 continued to dominate but couldn’t find a way past the Angels defence. Angels for themselves an equaliser with five minutes remaining, Manchester defence were caught sleeping, David Moreno Gomez ran through on goal and slotted his shot past Kaaron Macedo. 

Moments after the restart Manchester took the lead again, the Red Devils were awarded a penalty as Fernando Perez handled the ball in the area. Argentine hitman Cristian Toncheff stepped up and slotted it past Mateo. The referee blew for half-time with Manchester leading 2-1. 

The second half started with Manchester on the attack and got themselves an early goal, Cristian Toncheff capitalised on Juan Antonio Mateo’s mistake and tapped his shot into an empty net to make it 3-1. Fifteen minutes later Angels were down to 10 men as Fernando Perez was sent off for a second bookable offence. 

Minutes later Manchester made it 4-1, Alvaro Navarro’s low cross was put into his own net by Jose Luis Munoz. Just before full-time Manchester were awarded a penalty as Aaron Payas was brought down in the area. Cristian Toncheff stepped up and smashed his penalty past Juan Antonio Mateo. The game restarted and the referee blew for the final whistle.

This win sees Manchester move into fourth position, level on points with Lynx while Angels move bottom.


Match Report: Manchester 62 0-1 St Joseph’s

A second-minute goal from Jorge Corpas Torres saw St Joseph’s beat Manchester 62 1-0 tonight.

After Lincoln’s 7-0 win last night, Saints would have wanted to keep up their momentum with another three points, and Corpas’ goal earned them all three points.

Manchester went in the game also with four points from two games, but an uncharacteristic mistake from Gibraltar international Brian Perez saw Corpas take advantage and finish past Droubi.

Both teams had a host of chances to add to the sole goal at the Victoria, most notably when Manchester’s Aaron Payas hit the bar with a long range effort. Despite the chances enjoyed by both teams though, and a red card for Saints player Emerson, St Joseph’s left the Victoria with all three points.

Saints move up to second in the league, behind Lincoln on goal difference, and face Britannia next weekend. For Manchester, they find themselves seventh, albeit level on points with Britannia in third. They will look to bounce back a week tomorrow against Angels, who lost 3-0 to Lions in the day’s early game.


Lynx vs Manchester 62: Match Preview

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.

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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


Manchester 62 1-0 Glacis: Match Report

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.