Ahmed Elsahib fired home a 90th-minute strike to salvage a dramatic point for Brunos Magpies in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Gibraltar Phoenix.
Goals from Harry Perry, Tom Hudson, Devonte Totesaut & a brace for Ahmed Elsahib secured Brunos Magpies a comfortable 5-1 victory over league leaders Leo FC, ending their unbeaten record.
Magpies got off to an unbelievable start, Harry Perry picked up a loose ball in midfield and smashed his 20-yard shot into the top corner giving Emmanuel Contreras no chance. Less than ten minutes later Magpies doubled their lead, a defensive mistake from Rafael Rodriguez was capitalised by Ahmed Elsahib, the winger rounded Contreras and slotted his shot into an empty net.
Substitute Marek Albert’s header gave 10-man Europa Point a 2-1 win over 10-man Red Imps to condemn Garry Lowe’s side to a fifth defeat this season.
The first half started with Red Imps opening the scoring in the 4th minute, full-back Yannick Baglietto whipped in a cross which was met by Luis Consigliero who headed his effort past Alvaro Dominguez. Europa Point started to up their game and had a good chance to equalise but Jonathan Tadafe’s shot was saved by Mark Moxham.
Europa Point continued to pressure, Jose ‘Chema’ Arana picked out Patrick Motindo with a lovely through ball, the winger’s shot was saved by Moxham. Red Imps were awarded a free-kick as Kevagn Ronco was brought down by Jose Campoy, Luis Consigliero stepped up and hit the post.
Just before half-time Europa Point were awarded a free-kick, Nooristani stepped up and curled his effort onto the crossbar. Minutes later referee Glen Gilbert blew for half-time with Red Imps leading 1-0.
The second half started with Europa Point on the attack, Moxham made a brillant low save to keep out Sebastien Obei Obengo’s shot. Europa Point equalised in the 63rd minute, Obei Obengo latched onto a through ball and slotted his shot past Moxham. The young striker has now scored eleven goals in six games.
Two minutes later Europa Point were down to 10 men as captain Jose ‘Chema’ Arana was given a straight red for a last man challenge on Dan Lane. Despite playing with ten players Europa Point made it 2-1 in the 72nd minute, Jonathan Tadafe whipped in a cross which found Marek Albert, the striker guided his header past an out-stretched Moxham.
Six minutes later Red Imps were reduced to 10 men as midfielder Jayce Consigliero, who had only been on the pitch for thirty three minutes, was sent off for a second bookable offence. Red Imps had a great chance to equalise in the last minute, Kevagn Ronco played Cesar Rosa through on goal, the striker smashed his effort wide.
The game restarted and Glen Gilbert blew for full-time and Europa Point won 2-1. This win sees them remain second, two points behind Leo while Red Imps sit eighth.
Bruno’s Magpies moved up to fourth after beating 10-man Olympique 3-1 courtesy of goals from Arif Hattabi, Ahmed Elsahib & Jose Villegas.
The first half was an evenly contested battle, both teams were playing well but neither able to break the deadlock. Olympique looked the better side in the first half and had a great chance to take the lead but Nicholas Ramagge’s curling shot hit the crossbar.
Minutes later Magpies keeper Fernando Diaz produced a wonder save as he kept out Israel Castillo’s close range shot. Both teams went into the break at 0-0.
The second half started with Magpies on the attack and broke the deadlock on the hour mark, Max Bothen played the ball to Arif Hattabi who slotted his effort past Munoz and into the bottom corner. Two minutes later Magpies doubled their lead, Ahmed Elsahib capitalised on a poor back-pass from James Fortunato and lobbed the onrushing Rafael Munoz Ruiz.
Magpies keeper produced another magnificent save to keep out Justin Santos’ lobbed effort. The resulting corner was whipped in and headed in by Olympique winger Kai Soithongsuk. Less than five minutes after grabbing themselves a goal Olympique striker Justin Santos was given a red card for shoving Magpies keeper Fernando Diaz, an unnecessary action which let his teammates down.
With less than ten minutes remaining Magpies caught Olympique on the counter, Ahmed Elsahib’s low cross was saved by Rafael Munoz Ruiz, the rebound fell to Jose Villegas who smashed his effort into an empty net. Olympique keeper Munoz Ruiz made another great save near the end keeping out Thomas Hudson’s shot.
Magpies were able to hold on and walked away with a vital three points. This win sees Magpies move fourth and play Mons Calpe next while Olympique drop to fifth and face Europa Pegasus.
Gib Phoenix moved up to fourth after easing to a 4-0 win over Red Imps courtesy of goals from Fernando Cuesta, Luis Cortes Silva, Jose Luis Lopez Blazquez & Jamie Linares.
The first half started with both teams enjoying good amounts of possession but neither able to create any chances. Twenty minutes in Red Imps had shouts for a penalty turned down after the ball had come off one of the Phoenix players, referee said no.
MInutes later Phoenix took the lead, a free-kick was whipped in and met at the back post, the midfielder was able guide his effort back into the area where Jamie Linares was waiting to slot his shot away. Phoenix started to dominate after taking the lead, Cortes Silva’s shot was well saved by Moxham. Shortly after Phoenix nearly made it 2-0 but an excellent goal line clearance from Thomas Hastings saved Red Imps.
Red Imps had a chance near the end of the first half but El Yettefti’s shot went wide. The game restarted and the referee blew for halftime with Phoenix leading 1-0. The second half started with Red Imps on the attack, Jayce Consigliero’s long range shot was saved by Tinajero and the rebound was cleared.
The game evened out with both teams playing well but Phoenix looking likely to score and nearly did but Moxham was able to save Tomillero’s shot. Shortly after Phoenix made it 2-0, Cortes Silva with a tidy finish. Phoenix nearly made it 3-0, Tomillero capitalised on a poor clearance from Moxham but Moxham was able to get back on his line and make a save.
The Red Imps players heads went down after 2-0 making them easy pickings for Phoenix, Fernando Cuesta had a glorious chance to make it 3-0, the striker did well to skip past a defender and tried to lob Moxham but his effort went over the bar.
Phoenix finally got their third, Lopez Blazquez latched onto a through ball and slotted his shot past the keeper. Minutes later Phoenix made it 4-0, Cuesta skipped past a Red Imps defender and curled his shot into the bottom corner. Phoenix played the last five minutes with ten men and Sabastro came off injured. Phoenix were able to hold on and ran out comfortable winners.
This win sees Phoenix move fourth in the league while Red Imps remain ninth.
Leo remained top of the Second Division after a 1-1 draw against Europa Point. Europa Point took the lead through Sebastien Osei-Obengo but Leo equalisied courtesy of Dylan Hayes.
The first half started very evenly with neither team creating any chances as both teams were defending so well. After 30 minutes the game had it’s first chance and it went Europa Point’s way, Sebastien Osei Obengo’s long range shot rocketed off the crossbar and went out. Leo came fighting back and had two great chances through Adan Guerrero & Dylan Hayes but they weren’t able to find the breakthrough.
Leo had Brian Fernandez Perez, who was on the bench, sent off after the player had shown his anger at a refereeing decision. Minutes after the sending off Europa Point broke the deadlock, Osei-Obengo latched onto a through ball and slotted his shot past the keeper. Ten goals in five games for the striker. Referee Juan Miguel Vega blew for halftime seconds later with Europa Point leading 1-0.
The second half started with Europa Point on the attack and nearly doubled their lead shortly after kick-off, Patrick Motindo delivered a corner which found Daniel Rodgers, the defender headed just wide. As the game went on Leo started to get more involved, Adan Guerrero had a great chance to equalise but he curled his effort inches wide of the post.
Midway through the half Leo had a penalty appeal turned down after it looked like Issac Cereto Puerta handled the ball in the area. Leo started to dominate the game, Dylan Hayes’ shot was saved by Dominguez and cleared for a corner. The resulting corner was whipped in and met by Hayes’ who smashed his shot past Dominguez to level the game up at 1-1.
Leo missed a glorious chance ten minutes later, Alfonso Benitez played Adan Guerrero through on goal, the winger skipped past Daniel Rodgers and tried to beat the keeper at his nice post but his effort hit the woodwork. With less than ten minutes remaining Europa Point were reduced to 10 men as goalscorer Sebastien Osei-Obengo was given a red card for a second bookable offence.
Seconds after the restart Leo were reduced to 10 men also after midfielder Javier Moreno was sent off for a second bookable offence. Europa Point were able to hold on and walked away with a point.
This draw sees both teams still undefeated, Leo remain top of the league and Europa Point second.
The Second Division returns tomorrow when Leo FC take on Europa Point followed by Red Imps vs Gib Phoenix. Leo & Europa Point both go into the game undefeated after having perfect starts to the season. Europa Point go into the game as favourites but Leo will be hoping to cause another upset tomorrow evening. We caught up with one of Europa Point’s standout players Ralph Katikaza as he gave us his views on the massive game tomorrow.
Firstly, Katikaza gave us an insight into how the team feels going into tomorrow’s game, “We feel very confident going into Sunday’s game and we expect to win the game.”
Both teams go into the game undefeated, we asked if Europa Point have enough to beat the newly reformed Leo, “We definitely will walk away with three points the team has a lot of talent in it. We are focused and ready for any challenge that comes our way.”
Lastly, Katikaza reflected on Europa Point’s season so far, “This season has been good so far, I like the style of play it’s more on the ground and that’s exactly what I want to be adding to my game. We just need to keep working hard to achieve our goals.”
Mons Calpe moved level on points with FC Magpies in fourth with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Hound Dogs courtesy of goals from Jose Lupianez, Yeray Gil Munoz, Stefan Cumbo & Sergio Vazquez.
The first half started with Mons Calpe on the attack, Jose Lupianez latched onto a through ball and unleashed a fiercely struck shot which was saved by Juan Carcano. Mons Calpe domination lead to them opening the scoring just after the 30 minute mark, Kyle Bear’s through ball found Jose Lupianez, the striker took a touch and slotted his shot past Carcano.
Mons Calpe continued to dominate the half but were unable to find a way past a well organised Hound Dogs defence. The second half started with Mons Calpe nearly doubling their lead, Ruben Ruiz sent Lupianez through on goal, the striker’s shot was saved by Carcano.
In the 56th minute Mons Calpe made it 2-0, Carcano’s clearance fell to Yeray Gil, the midfielder took a touch and lobbed the keeper from about 35 yards out. Just after the hour mark Mons Calpe were awarded a penalty as Stefan Cumbo was fouled in the area. Cumbo stepped up and cooly slotted it past Carcano.
Less than ten minutes remaining Mons Calpe made it 4-0, super-sub Sergio Vazquez latched onto a through ball and slided his shot past the onrushing Carcano. This win sees Mons Calpe move level on points with Magpies in fourth while Hound Dogs remain eighth.
Harry Perry’s spectacular first-half goal sealed a comfortable victory for Brunos Magpies against Europa Pegasus in the Second Division.
The first half started with Magpies on the attack and opened the scoring in the first five minutes, winger Ahmed Elsahib skipped past two players and played the ball to Harry Perry who smashed his shot past Luis Alberto Fernandez from twenty yards out. Magpies continued to dominate the game with Pegasus struggling to get out their own half.
Magpies had two great chances shortly after but Arif Hattabi & Ahmed Elsahib were unable to test the keeper. Max Bothen had a great chance to double Magpies lead but his shot was saved by Fernandez. Magpies made it 2-0 before half-time, Thomas Hudson flicked on Lewis Constable’s free-kick into the path of Max Bothen, the striker controlled well and slotted his shot past the keeper.
The second half started with Magpies continuing to dominate, Ahmed Elsahib went close shortly after the restart, his free-kick was well saved by Fernandez. Magpies continued to press and made it 3-0 just after the hour mark, a corner was whipped in and cleared as far as Ahmed Elsahib, the winger drilled his shot into the bottom corner giving Fernandez no chance.
Magpies had some great chances near the end to extend their lead but were unable to find a way past Luis Alberto Fernandez. The referee blew the final whistle and Magpies ran out comfortable winners. This win sees Magpies remain fourth while Pegasus stay tenth.
Leo remained top of the Second Division following a hard-earned 2-1 win over Red Imps at the Victoria Stadium.
The first half started with Leo on the attack, a free-kick was whipped in by Sergio Ortega which found Fernando Sanchez, his volley was deflected wide for a corner. The resulting corner was cleared. Seconds later Red Imps went forward, Abdellah El Yettefti was played through on goal, his shot was saved by Cristian Gonzalez.
As the game grew on Red Imps started to dominate, Cesar Rosa went close but his shot was cleared off the line, minutes later Rosa was at it again, this time his shot was saved by Cristian Gonzalez. Both teams went into the break at 0-0.
The second half started with Red Imps on the attack, Abdellah El Yettefti’s shot was saved once again by Cristian Gonzalez. Shortly after Red Imps were awarded a penalty as Evan Coleing was brought down in the area. Jayce Consigliero stepped up and Cristian Gonzalez made a great save to keep it out.
Less than ten minutes later Leo broke the deadlock, debutant Alfonso Benitez received the ball on the edge of the area and curled his effort into the bottom corner. Leo had a glorious chance minutes later, Red Imps keeper made a great save, the rebound fell to Jose Antonio Vinas who missed the goal from three yards out.
Five minutes later Leo were awarded a penalty as Nicholas Busto handled in the area. Dylan Hayes stepped up and smashed his penalty into the top corner. Less than 15 minutes before full-time Red Imps were awarded another penalty as Abdellah El Yettefti was brought down in the area by Rafael Rodriguez. El Yettefti stepped up and smashed his penalty straight down the middle.
While Red Imps were celebrating an altercation occured the between the Leo and Red Imps players which saw Leo full-back Jonathan Navas given a straight red. Despite being down to 10 men Leo were able to hold on and leave with all three points.
This result sees Leo remain unbeaten and top of the league while Red Imps remain ninth.