With all eyes on the Rock Cup final next week, Europa presented a first XI with many changes in order to reserve our in form players. The match commenced as a fairly drab affair, Europa with nothing to play for as second spot was secured months ago, Lions had the motivation of climbing to joint third place with St. Joseph’s. The lack of anything to play for by Europa was evident as they tried to ride out this league closer. On 25 minutes Jesus Toscano brought down Salva Garcia in the area and referee Barcelo awarded a penalty. Garcia dispatched his shot with aplomb, sending Matt Cafer the wrong way. 0-1 Lions. The adverse scoreline didn’t seem to motivate Europa and it nearly became 2-0 minutes later as Salva Garcia closed down on the Europa goal but Cafer produded a magnificent save to keep him out. A speculative shot by Javi Martinez easily held by Lions keeper Szpilczynski was all Europa could muster in attack and so the half ended with a 0-1 scorleine to Lions.
In the second half new coach Juanjo Gallardo decided to give a run out to Joselinho and Pedro Carrion to try and salvage something from the game, but their efforts were met by a strong Lions defensive wall determined to protect their slender lead. A long range shot from Joselinho saved by Szpilczynski was all Europa managed and Lions saw out the half to record a deserved win. Europa never really tested Lions or really seem to want to, and minds were on the cup final so no point risking injury in an inconsequential match, but Lions got revenge for their semi final cup exit at our hands. So the league campaign ended for Europa more with a whimper than a bang, but we know it will be all change at the weekend in the Rock Cup final versus Lincoln FC where we will expect to see the best version of our team on display.
Europa FC 0 – Lions Gibraltar FC 1