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Official St Joseph’s Statement RE: GFA Betting Rule breaches

St Josephs LogoSt Joseph’s FC official statement with regards to the GFA Betting breaches by players Esteban Montes and Alberto Montano Gil

“A spokesman of the club has confirmed that the club has been more than willing to support the actions of the GFA integrity unit into alleged betting rules infringements.

This GFA special unit knows full well and has recognised on various occasions that the club has maintained and upheld its own high standards of integrity in supporting and co-operating fully in tackling what is sadly a wider socio-economic problem which afflicts not only football in general, but even our local game.

Our club is, like others, not immune to this cancerous and malicious threat, which we take head on and with zero- tolerance. We are happy to confirm that these two players have had their contracts terminated forthwith and with immediate effect.

The club fully supports all GFA initiatives to tackle this wide-spread problem in our local game and is happy to support a ‘no – bets’ policy in our game in which, our very league at the best of times bans the placing of bets on any local fixture. At the end of the day, betting companies pour very little money into the local game in terms of sponsorship, commercial or other income at club or league /cup level yet £6m approx were placed on bets worldwide in our league last year alone.

Throughout the season and at regular intervals, the club has maintained a strict betting policy, but unfortunately cannot control one or two individuals in a group of 30+ at the best of times. These individuals who are a disgrace to our sport have no place in our club, let alone local football. We fully support the sanctions brought against these individuals and the club is proud to have helped the process fully and fairly.

The club will announce further sporting news shortly as it looks forward to our new season after building on the success of last year, culminating in Europa League qualification.”

The news broke yesterday where their two players, Esteban Montes and Alberto Montano Gil were both banned and fined from all football related activities as per the GFA rules on betting.

Europa beat The New Saints

Europa FC LogoKike’s second half strike earns precious debut win

Europa’s first ever Champions League tie ended in victory after a confident performance saw them edge out Welsh Premier Division champions The New Saints 2-1 in their first away leg.

Kike began the night by assisting the opening goal after a good pass down the line from Toni Garcia found the striker who proceeded to lay the ball on a plate for Alex Rodriguez who had made a late darting run into the box. His determination was rewarded with a simple tap in from point blank range to register Europa’s first ever Champions League goal.

However, the hosts would go on to level matters just before half time with a sensational strike from striker Scott Quigley. After receiving a long ball down the wing, the striker flicked the ball with the back of his heel over the oncoming defender before proceeding to lash the ball past a helpless Muñoz in the Europa goal to restore parity.

But Europa managed to find the winner with 12 minutes to go after Walker’s long run down the flank saw the Gibraltar International cut inside to find Kike lurking just outside the box. Last season’s top marksman in the Gibraltar Premier Division wasted little time in stopping the ball before sending it into the top corner to seal the win on a historic night for the club.

Europa will now take their 2-1 lead to Faro next week, where they will look to end The New Saint’s 5 year run of making the 2nd round qualifiers and send Europa into that round at the first time of asking.

Full Match details

Potential ‘title decider’ preview

Lincoln Red Imps LogoEuropa FC LogoBig Match Build Up: Lincoln v Europa

Saturday 8th April 2017: 20:30 ko

This weekend’s clash between the two top dogs in Gibraltar football could quite possibly be billed as the biggest meeting between the sides to date. With Europa overtaking champions Lincoln last time out after the Imps surrendered their 3-2 lead against Glacis United in the latter stages of the game, the Greens took the initiative of the title race with a win over Manchester 62, as they know another win against Lincoln could all but secure their first league title of the modern era and the club’s first since 1952.

Since Europa’s promotion to the top flight back in 2013 back in their days under the College umbrella, they have only beaten Lincoln twice. 1-0 earlier on this season thanks to a Liam Walker free kick and 2-0 win back on the 29th of February 2016 with goals from Guillermo Roldan and Adrian Pavon on that occasion. Europa have been moving up the gears as the season has unfolded. In 2017, they have won 12 out of their 13 games (their only blemish coming at the hands of Lincoln) Since the turn of the year, Europa have scored 50 goals in their 13 games, an average of nearly 4 goals a game, whilst only conceding 11. During the same period, Lincoln have scored 39 goals in contrast showing the Europa front line have been more astute in front of goal in recent weeks.

Former Lincoln man, Liam Walker is happy with the progress his side has made this season and by no means thinks his side will be happy playing for a draw.

I feel the team is working well, its closer than Europa have ever had it [the league] and the team spirit is high. We take it game by game and stick to our game plan. I would say the main thing is we all work hard for each other. Every game we go out in we are going out for the win and we want the win.

Europa President Peter Cabezutto has invested a lot of time and money since taking over after the club’s promotion and has seen his side become Lincoln’s main rival over recent years. With the league title closer than ever before, Cabezutto has no doubt his team will give it their best shot to win the title this season.

We have one idea in our head which is; go out to the pitch and win the game. Give it all 150% and may the best team win. No point of thinking what if. We have to die with our boots on no speculation give it all. Winning on Saturday would put us in a great position and hard work from everyone in Europa FC gives us this opportunity again to put ground between us but we must be reminded that we still would have to win 4 out of the 5 games to the end of the season. Every team is a difficult opponent and our feet are still solidly on the ground and until we are mathematically champions we have to work very hard for every game and most importantly always be humble and Believe.

Lincoln will be buoyed by the fact that they have the better of the head to head record between the sides. In the last 14 meetings between the two in all competitions, Lincoln have won 8 and drawn 4. A draw on this occasion would not help their cause this time round as it would effectively place their title chances out of their hands, hoping other results go their way. That aside, Lincoln have not looked like their dominant best in recent weeks. Draws against Glacis (3-3) and St Joseph’s (2-2) suggest their defence is not as watertight as it once was. At the other end, they have been winning games by the minimum margin and not scoring plenty of goals as they have grown accustomed to. Wins against Gibraltar Utd (1-0), Lynx (1-0) and Mons Calpe (2-1). A last minute winner from Kyle Casciaro in the dying embers of the game against Gib Utd spared them from another draw and falling further behind in the title hunt. It can clearly be seen Lincoln’s dominance of the league is coming to an end and pressure perhaps is getting to the players like never before. They will not need reminding how big the up coming game is.

Despite this, Lincoln and Gibraltar captain Roy Chipolina is confident his side has what it takes to see the job through.

We have a strong mentality so Saturday’s disappointing  draw is  behind us. Team morale is high as we know that everything is still in our hands. At this stage of the season what counts is points on the board. We have fantastic players who can get a goal from nothing so not being free scoring doesn’t concern me. Like always we have been preparing and continue to prepare for what is the biggest game of the season to date.

 

Former Lincoln skipper, Daniel Duarte has been casting an eye on his former team over the course of the season and whilst admitting they are currently not at their best, he still believes they can win the game on Saturday and seal their 15th straight league title. Duarte gave us his opinion on how he thought the game would unfold:

They started well ,with good control football. However, these last few months I think they are struggling a lot because they haven’t rotated their players well enough and most of the players have had a very long season with Lincoln and the national team . The fatigue is catching up at the end of the season . Remember that Lincoln went through to the second round of the champions league betting Celtic 1-0. Moreover, I think they haven’t replaced Liam Walker and Antonio Livramento, key players from last season, in addition to injuries, suspensions, and the fatigue of a very long season seem to have impacted the results of the last few games, winning by a very close margins. We could talk about their formation, a formation that personally I don’t like, but that formation has given them one of the most famous win football history. Both teams are in a very similar situation. Europa must have learned from their mistakes from their last game against Lincoln.

Last time they played with a very high defensive line and were trying to get control of the ball and position, that cost them the goals from Lee [Casciaro] on the counterattack. This time, I think they will play on the counterattack, letting Lincoln have the ball , with a aggressive football and with speed in attacks and hoping for a Liam and Kike connection to win them the game.

On the other hand Lincoln can’t loses this game a draw could still be good at the end of the season. They mast be at their very best at the back and be very lethal at front. The first goal of the game will be crucial. They must avoid at all costs any arguments between themselves and  keep themselves in the game at till the very last minute, they know they will have their chances but the question is; will they take them?

The title can not be won on Saturday night but a win for either side would make a huge statement of intent. A draw does not confirm Europa as the champion. With games against St Joseph’s and Glacis still to come this season, matches which can look on paper as certain 3 pointers can become complicated with the pressure given the importance of victory. One thing is for sure though, the title race could well go down to the wire.

 

January Transfer activity

With the opening of the transfer window in January, clubs have wasted little time in shuffling their packs for the second half of the season. Below is the list of player ins and outs during the January transfer window for both the Premier Division and 2nd Division:

Premier Division

Europa FC

Ins: None

Outs: Luke Evans (Lynx); Daniel Cane, Kiril Trofimenko

Europa Point FC

Ins:

Jose Duran Aparicio (Man 62); Cristian Marquez Escavia (Played for Mons Calpe 14/15); Kevin Ruiz Moreno (Fwd) (Played for St Joseph’s 14/15); Pedro Ardanaz Garcia (Def) (Played for Glacis Utd 15/16); Liam Muscat; Ivan Ruiz Lopez (College 1975); Adrian Garcia Romero

Outs: Uday Arora; Charles Mallmann; Gareth Williams; Roxan Equebat; Halim Khali; Adam Luca; Jorge Diaz (Man 62); Jose Maria Arana (Man 62); Unai Gutierez (Lynx)

Gibraltar United

Ins: none

Outs: Jared Buhagiar (Glacis Utd)

Glacis United

Ins: Jared Buhagiar (Gibraltar Utd); Carl Thomas (Gibraltar Utd)

Out: Jose Miguel Sanchez Perez; Ethan Ferro, Dwayne Michael, Nicholas Busto, Mariano Abeleira

Lincoln Red Imps

Ins: Alain Pons, Federico Tobler (Def) (Previously played for St Joseph’s 14/15); Tulio Etchemaite (ARG) (Fwd)

Outs: Christian Colman; Angel Guirado

Lions Gibraltar

Ins: Juan Morales Carretero, Francisco Javier Santos Gonzalez, Ignacio Perez Barea (Fwd), Rafa Bado (Mid), Richie Parral (Mid) (Mons Calpe), Ismael Fernandez Cuesta (Def) (Boca Jnrs), Adam Szpilczynski (GK)

Outs: Liam Neale, Reed Wilson (Bruno’s Magpies) Jesse Ballester (FC Olympique 13)

Lynx

Ins: Luke Evans (Europa); Unai Gutierez (Europa Point), Salvador Tellez Gonzalez, William O’Dwyer, Danny Fernandez (FRA),

Outs: Leonardo Da Silva, Aleksa Aleksic, Tyronne Avellano, Jerry Asamoah, Jose Carlos Del Rio

Manchester 62

Ins: Jorge Diaz (Europa Point); Jose Maria Arana (Europa Point)

Outs: Jose Duran Aparicio (Europa Point), Cristian Toncheff (Al-Bahrain SC), Keita Makan (Mons Calpe)

Mons Calpe

Ins: Gabrielle Novello (Mid); Keita Makan (Man 62), Adam Toubal (Mid)

Outs: Richie Parral (Lions Gibraltar),

St Joseph’s

Ins: none

Outs: Jordan Perez, Luke Buxton (Bruno’s Magpies)

 

2nd Division

Angels

Ins: Adrian Torres (College 1975), Miguel Gonzalez (San Fernando), Fran Tovar (Los Barrios) Dion Danino, David Sanchez Cruz (Los Olivillos), Artjoms (FC Daugava), Lewis Fraser (Player/Manager), Steven Gallagher (Player/Assistant manager) (Previously played for Bruno’s Magpies & Glacis Utd), Daniel Blazquez (College 1975), Jaygan Chipol, Adrian Torres Dominguez (College 1975) Juan Sanchez Tinajero (Cannons)

Outs: Kaylan Muscat, Juan Jose Fernanez Lobaton, Jose Garcia Nieto, Alejandro Galvez, Fernando Learde, Ricardo Benitez, Jonas Dutra, Daniel Del Real,

Bruno’s Magpies

Ins: Jamie Fortuna (FC Hound Dogs); Manu, Luke Buxton (St Joseph’s), Reed Wilson (Lions Gibraltar)

Outs: Alex Vidal, Elliot Dyer, David Castanho, Daniel Pinto,

Cannons

Ins: none

Outs: Daniel Navarro Figueroa (College 1975)

College 1975

Ins: David Horner (Gib Phoenix) Jairo Fernandez, Sergio Merino, Brian Fernandez, Jamie Pecino, Joseph Chipol, Daniel Navarro Figueroa (Cannons)

Outs: Eusebio Ruiz Lopez (Europa Point), Ndiaga Kane, Daniel Blazquez (Angels) Juan Sanchez Tinajero (Angels) Hamza Hanafi, Soufian Hanafi, Fernando Moya, Adrian Torres Dominguez (Angels) Juan Antonio Lopez Lopez, Jose Luis Lopez Blazquez, Luis Cortes Silva

FC Hound Dogs

Ins: Johan Cruz

Outs: Jamie Fortuna (Bruno’s Magpies)

FC Olympique 13

Ins: Leigh Adnett, Jesse Ballester (Lions Gibraltar)

Outs: Sean Mascarenhas (Retired), Neil Robba, Dan Lane & Kevagn Robba (Boca Jnrs)

Boca Juniors

Ins: Neil Robba, Dan Lane & Kevagn Robba (FC Olympique)

Outs: Ismael Fernandez Cuesta (Lions Gibraltar), Jamie Otero (Leo), Alfredo Lozano, Franciso Perez, Luke Nixon, Jonay Lopez Luque

Gib Phoenix

Ins: Brian Brosco, Jaydan Pozo, Antonio Alonso Nunez (Previously played of Glacis Utd 15/16) Jamie Linares

Outs: Jonathan Rojas, Jonathan Field, Francisco Jose Nieto, Adan Sanchez Lobato

Leo FC

Ins: None

Outs: Francisco Javier Callejon, Jonathan Garcia Navas, Jamie Otero, Ignacio Callejon, Cristian Fernandez Gonzalez

 

 

 

Podesta claims goal of the month for December

December saw a shortage of contenders for goal of the month, but the goals that did make the shortlist were very good. Gibraltar Utd forward Paul Podesta claimed the Goal of the Month for the Christmas period with his strike against Manchester 62. The striker rounded off a counter attacking move deep into stoppage to secure the 3-1 win against the Red Devil’s. Manchester 62’s Aaron Payas came 2nd in the voting for his free kick against Lynx with Jean Carlos Garcia’s header against St Joseph’s rounded off the top 3 strikes for the month. You can see all 8 nominated goals again by clicking here.