Second Division Weekly Review 21st December 2015

Our correspondents at Football Gibraltar review this week's Second Division action with a big win for Red Imps FC and a seven goal thriller between Hound Dogs & Europa Point FC.  

Goals were on the order from the start of this week, as Red Imps hammered Boca Juniors 7-0.  The Imps, who had struggled in recent games, scored five times in the first half, as Aidan Casey (10), Graeme Torrilla (26), Abdul El Yettefi (32), Cesar Rosa (41) and Dan Lane (44) gave their side an unassailable lead.

The second half was not as eventful, but Rosa's second goal in the 46th minute, and Dylan Llufrio's effort in the 89th minute did the Imps goal difference the world of good. For Boca, it would be the start of a bad week on the pitch though.

Europa Point and Hound Dogs then played out a seven-goal thriller on Tuesday, with the final score 4-3 in favour of Europa Point.

A hat-trick from Hound Dogs John Luke Olivera was the highlight of the game, but a double from Alexis Sanchez, as well as two goals from Ali Gonzalez and Isaac Puerta ensured that they kept up their pursuit of promotion.

What the game between Olympique and Leo lacked in goals, it more than made up for in incidents, as four players and a manager were sent off in Leo's 1-0 victory.

Gary Turner-Bone got sent off in the first half for violent conduct, but neither team could find a breakthrough in the first 45 minutes.

The second half saw three more red cards shown by referee Jason Barcelo. Firstly, Christian Caetano and Sergio Ortega got their marching orders for Olympique and Leo respectively, before Justin Santos was also sent off, reducing Olympique to eight men.

Their manager, Carlos Brydges, would also see red, and all this was before Leo finally made their advantage count, as Dylan Hayes struck eight minutes from time to secure an important three points for Leo.

Thursday saw College 1975 start with only seven players against Europa Pegasus, but despite starting four men light, they only lost 5-1, thanks mainly to a hat-trick from Matthew Myhill.

Jesus Gallardo (11), a Daniel Guerrero penalty (31) and Myhill (38) scored in the first half, before two further goals from Myhill in the 66th and 76th minutes secured the win for Pegasus. College's efforts despite the massive disadvantage they were faced with were rewarded with a consolation effort by Ali, but they remain rock bottom with three points from 11 games.

In a battle of two teams who had already played during the week, Europa Point hammered Boca 4-1.  Yousef Morabet put his side ahead after nine minutes, but it took until the 55th minute for Europa Point to double their lead, through Ali Gonzales. 

Matthew Grech threatened a comeback for Boca when he scored in the 60th minute, but goals from Alexis Sanchez (67) and Morabet's second of the game in the 79th minute secured all three points for Europa Point, who end the week top of the league having played more games than their title challengers.  Boca are second bottom and will be looking for improved performances as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Olympique who were ravaged by suspensions from earlier in the week, started with eight players and were 5-0 down to Gib Phoenix before the game was abandoned as injuries left Olympique with six players; not enough to continue the game.  Jonathan Benavente, Adrian Dominguez, Antonio Sabastro, Jose Luis Lopez Blazquez and Luis Cortes Silva had all scored for Phoenix by this point.

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