Yesterday saw Magpies beat Cannons 3-1 to progress to the next round, and tonight promises to potentially be the game of the round as Europa Point face Mons Calpe.
Europa Point put five past 10-man Mons Calpe in a seven-goal thriller at the Victoria Stadium tonight.
Europa quickly went 3-0 up in the first half, as goals from Albert, Motindo and Vasquez shocked Mons. The game suddenly became 11 v 10 as Jimenez saw straight red for a tackle on Osei-Obengo, but they were given a glimmer of hope before half-time as Jose Cozar scored with a great finish.
Any chance of a massive comeback were extinguished in the second half though, as Puerta scored a penalty to restore the three-goal lead. That lead soon became four as Osei-Obengo capitalised on a mistake to score once again this season.
Mons did get a second consolation goal through Scott Kelly, but the heavy defeat leaves the club on four points from three games, while Europa keep up with Leo as the only teams in the Second Division with a 100% record so far.
Mons Calpe compounded more misery on goal-shy Red Imps as they registered a 5-0 win courtesy of goals from Salvador Vallejo, Keiron Bosano, Ruben Ruiz & a brace from Alex Gonzalez.
The first half started with Red Imps on the attack, Cesar Rosa played Dylan Llufrio through on goal but Mons keeper Francisco Jimenez was quick off his line and able to clear the danger. Dylan Llufrio was in the midst of the action minutes later, the winger excellent run saw him skip past three players and lay the ball off to Cesar Rosa who was fouled just outside the area. The striker stepped up and smashed his free-kick into the wall.
As the game went on Mons Calpe started to dominate, they would have broke the deadlock early on if it wasn’t for Mark Moxham pulling off an unbelievable double save from Jose Lupianez & Ruben Ruiz. Minutes later Mons Calpe managed to break the deadlock, a mistake in the Red Imps defence saw Salvador Vallejo intercept the ball and slot his shot past Moxham.
In the space of three minutes Mons Calpe made it 2-0, Jose Lupianez plays a great ball to Alex Gonzalez who smashed his shot past the on-rushing Mark Moxham. Soon after referee Jason Barcelo blew for half-time with the scores at 2-0.
The second half started with Mons Calpe on at the attack, midfield dynamo Francis Marquez went on a great run skipping past three Red Imps players, the midfielder squared the ball to Sergio Vazquez who shot wide. A few minutes later Mons Calpe made it 3-0, Alex Gonzalez latched onto a through ball and smashed his shot from the edge of the area straight into the top corner.
Mons Calpe made a substitution on the hour mark, Keiron Bosano replaced Sergio Vazquez. Bosano had been on the pitch less than five minutes and grabbed himself a goal, the winger received the ball on the edge of the area, the winger turned and slotted his shot past the on-rushing Moxham.
Ten minutes later Mons Calpe made it 5-0, Ruben Ruiz was played through on goal, rounded Mark Moxham at the second attempt and slotted his shot into an empty net. With the game lost and only a few minutes remaining Red Imps handed debuts to 15 year old Jordan McGrail and 16 year old Stefan Viagas. Mons Calpe nearly made it 6-0 near the end, Ruben Ruiz flicked the ball past Colin Dyer into the path of Yeray Gil, the midfielders shot beat Moxham but was cleared off the line by Red Imps defender Thomas Hastings.
Minutes later Jason Barcelo blew for half-time and Mons Calpe were victorious.
Red Imps were missing several players through injury and call ups to the Gibraltar U19 squad for the Euro U19’s in France this week making it a tough ask against their opponents tonight.
Mons Calpe held 1-1 by a well organised Gibraltar Phoenix side in the Second Division with Juan Francisco Tinajero & Jonathan Field the standout performers.
The first half started with Phoenix on the attack and having the first chance of the game, striker Fernando Cuesta did well to cut inside, he skipped past Salvador Ruiz and shot but his effort was deflected out for a corner. The corner was whipped in and cleared by the Mons Calpe defenders as far as debutant Antonio Sabastro whose speculator overhead kick was heading straight into the top corner but was incredibly saved by Francisco Jimenez.
After a slow start Mons Calpe start to pick up the pace, Jose Lupianez was sent through on goal but his effort was saved by Juan Tinajero. Within minutes Fernando Cuesta was creating problems on the other side, his pace and movement was just too much to handle for the Mons defence as his shot went just wide.
Phoenix continued to have a few chances but it was Mons Calpe who took the lead, wonderkid Ruben Ruiz was deemed to have been fouled in the area and the referee pointed straight to the point, leaving the fans in disbelief. Sergio ‘Poyo’ Vazquez stepped up and slotted it out of the reach of Juan Tinajero.
Despite going down, Phoenix continued to battle back with Fernando Cuesta causing problems every time the striker touched the ball, he nearly equalised minutes after but his shot curled just wide of Jimenez’s post. Mons Calpe have a chance of their own, debutant Alex Gonzalez went on a great run down the wing, the striker cut inside and shot but his effort was saved once again by Tinajero.
Gib Phoenix equalisied just before half-time, Mons Calpe defender Jansen Dalli was too slow getting up the pitch and played onside Fernando Cuesta, the striker latched onto a great through ball and coolly slotted it past the onrushing Francisco Jimenez. Mons Calpe had a great chance near the end of the half, they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area, Ruben Ruiz stepped up and sent his effort over the bar.
The second half started with Mons Calpe on the attack, Juan Antonio Garrido went on a terrific run down the wing, the full-back skipped past two defenders and shot from a tight angle which was saved by Tinajero.
The flow of the game dropped dramatically in the second half, fatigue kicked in and both teams resorted to hoofing the ball forward at every attempt to give their players some rest. Mons Calpe continued to dominate the half but for their best efforts just weren’t good enough as they couldn’t find a way past Phoenix duo Jonathan Field & Gerardo Lopez Rico.
The referee blew for full-time and both teams walk away with a point.