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2016/17 Premier Division Preview

Ahead of the start of the 2016/17 Gibraltar Premier Division tonight, Football Gibraltar takes a look at all 10 teams and attempts to predict where they will finish come the end of the season Continue reading

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Bardon: “Hopefully I can continue the trend of scoring in big games”

After Lincoln’s dramatic 3-2 win against Britannia, we caught up with midfielder Anthony Bardon, who scored the winner for the Red Imps.

I think in the first half we played really, really bad, we let them come on to us. We didn’t show them enough respect. After their 4-0 loss to Europa we thought maybe they had taken a dip.

Britannia were 2-1 up going into the 84th minute, but Liam Walker’s stunning free kick, and Bardon’s winner a minute later saw Lincoln snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.  Britannia’s efforts did not go unnoticed by Bardon though. “Fair play to them, they played brilliantly and we really had to dig deep. The comeback shows great character within our team.”

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Anthony Bardon seals a late win for Lincoln

Lincoln Red Imps produced a stunning second-half comeback to win 3-2 from being two goals down at the break against FC Britannia. 

The first half was a very even encounter, Britannia had the first chance of the game, Bernardes long range shot was excellently saved by Raul Navas. Lincoln replied instantly, Liam Walker picked out Guido Abayian, the striker’s shot was saved by Louie Barnfather.

Britannia took a shock lead in the fourteenth minute, Lincoln defenders gave Peter Grimmer too much time on the ball and the striker smashed his shot into the top corner from twenty-five yards out. Lincoln tried to get back into the game but were unable to break down a well organised Britannia defence.

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Premier Division: Team of the Week

Another Premier Division weekend goes by and Lincoln still sit top of the league, albeit level on points with Europa after both teams recorded victories.

Lions played out a 1-1 draw with Lynx while St Joseph’s moved up to fourth with a 3-0 win over Glacis Utd. Gibraltar United recorded their first win of the season, beating Angels 2-1 thanks to Pitu Anes 69th minute strike.

But who were the standout performers? Here are our selections.

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Diego Merchan double earns hosts the three points

St Joseph’s striker Diego Merchan grabbed two goals to help seal a 3-0 win over Glacis Utd, sending them to third place in the Premier Division table.

The first half started with St Joseph’s dominating possession but unable to break down a stubborn Glacis defence. Jamie Carlin was called into action early on making a great low save to keep out Javier Lopez’s shot. Few minutes later Diego Merchan had a great chance to give his side the lead but the striker opted to square the ball to Emerson Roque whose weak shot was cleared.

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Lincoln remain top after win over St Joseph’s

Lincoln Red Imps remain top of the league after goals from Roy Chipolina & Kyle Casciaro secured a 2-0 victory over St Joseph’s.

The first half started with Lincoln on the attack and bringing out a number of saves from St Joseph’s keeper Jordan Perez. Lincoln had a great chance early on as Liam Walker played Lee Casciaro through on goal but the striker’s shot was excellently saved by Perez.

Lincoln broke the deadlock fifteen minutes in, Liam Walker delivered a corner which found Anthony Bardon on the edge of the area, the midfield picked out Roy Chipolina at the far post, the captain controlled and slotted his shot into the top corner. St Joseph’s players and fans were unhappy with the decision as they felt Roy Chipolina was offside but the goal stood.

Minutes later St Joseph’s had a great chance to equalise, Jose Luis Verdejo through ball sent Jorge Torres through on goal, the winger struck his effort wide. Three minutes later Lincoln made it 2-0, Daniel Cifuentes’ cross found Kyle Casciaro at the back post, the striker controlled and slotted his shot away.

St Joseph’s came battling back, Juan Carlos Polo’s free-kick found Jamie Contreras’ in the middle, the defenders shot was saved by Raul Navas and the rebound cleared off the line by Cifuentes. Just before half-time horror struck, Joseph Chipolina received a head injury and was knocked unconscious, thanks to some quick thinking of Jordan Perez and medical attention from Keith Ramirez, the full-back regained conscious and was able to walk off the pitch. 

The second half started with Lincoln making a substitution, Joseph Chipolina was replaced by Yeray Blasco. Blasco got involved straight away, the midfielder latched onto a through ball and shot but his effort went wide. As the game went on the St Joseph’s fans started getting more frustrated with the refereeing decisions and they had a case as it wasn’t the great game from referee Glen Gilbert.

With less than five minutes remaining St Joseph’s went down to 10 men as Ivan Lobato was sent off for a second bookable offence. Just before full-time Saints stand-out player Juan Carlos Polo played the ball to Borja Gomez Torres, the striker’s shot was saved by Navas.

Lincoln were able to see out the four minutes of added time and walked away with a vital three points. This win sees Lincoln move top and play Angels next while St Joseph’s remain sixth and face Gibraltar United.

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Lynx stroll to comfortable victory over Gibraltar United

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.