FC Britannia XI were on the the wrong end of a historic defeat which saw them concede sixteen goals and put their Premier Division status in jeopardy pending Gibraltar United’s match tomorrow. Europa, with veteran striker Pedro Carrion as tormentor-in-chief broke the Britons with five goals in the first half followed by another eleven in the second. Truly a match to forget for a proud Britannia side who have had some great moments this season. Europa have also had their own upheavals this week with the shock exits of Manager and Assistant Manager Dimas and David Carrasco who have been replaced with Juanjo Gallardo and Miguel Angel Leon respectively.
The match began as we are used to with Europa enjoying the majority of possession, Juanjo Gallardo did not tinker much with the system but he did start with a pointman in Carrion which under the Carrasco twins was not always the case. Within the first 15 minutes Carrion had already capitalised and put the greens ahead. One of the turning points of the match came in the 22nd minute when Britannia keeper Reyes mistimed his run on a loose ball outside his area and collided heavily with the onrushing Carrion. Both men were laid out flat for a few seconds and on recovery Reyes was sent off. Britannia had posted a short bench in which no other keepers featured so outfield player Graham had to go inbetween the sticks for the remaining 70 minutes of play. It didn’t take long for Europa to double its lead as Carrion made it 2-0. Javi Martinez added a third on 39 minutes and Pedro Carrion made no mistake twice in the last five minutes of the half to record a resounding 0-5 scoreline at half time against a beleaguered Britannia side playing with ten men and no natural keeper.
Things got markedly worse for Britannia in the second half as the floodgates opened and Pedro got a quick brace, followed by an amazing halfway line goal from Adrian Pavon who noticed Graham off his line. More woe for Britannia shortly followed as Graham was sent off for a second bookable offence, the stand-in keeper had to be replaced with a second stand-in, reducing the Britons to nine men. Britannia did managed to pull one back from a corner kick, a great free header by one of the smallest men on the field Del Rio restoring a little pride. Only a minute later Romanian striker Lucian Burdujan got his first goal for the club. This was followed by 3 goals in quick sucession from a Pedro Carrion in exhilarating form who was eyeing the league top scorer award and was giving no quarter to the Britannia back line. In the 82nd minute Kirill Trofimenko joined the party with the young midfielder’s first official goal for the club, a very well taken daisy cutter from distance. Joselinho, for so long the provider today got another with five minutes to time and Pedro Carrion finished off with another brace in the last few minutes to make it an astounding 1-16.
Pedro Carrion’s 11 goals tonight propels him to the top of the Premier Division goalscorers chart with one match to go. We are waiting for confirmation but this could be a record for the most goals scored by one player in one match in a top flight match under UEFA. As far as we can gather the standing record was set in the old Scottish Division One by Jimmy McGrory who scored 8 for Celtic against Dunfermline in a 9-0 win in 1928.
FC Britannia XI 1 – Europa FC 16