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Another awesome season, also how on Earth did Athletic Bilbao get to a CL final?
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@HawkAussie - I'm more thinking of dividing it into thirds or quarters of the season, it'll depend on how the narrative goes. Appreciate the feedback though.

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KEY GAMES

PIRVELI LIGA


MATCHDAY 1


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What a statement to make in the first game. I expected a tight encounter with Lokomotivi Tbilisi, but it looked like they were still recovering from the shock of last year's relegation. A brace from our returning loan striker Yegor Piskunov and Brazilian mathematician Arquimedes had us cruising into a comfortable 3-0 half time advantage. Artem Zaikin marked his debut off the bench with a sweeping strike from Mikeladze's cross for four, while Piskunov completed a deserved hat-trick on the counter in the final ten minutes. Can you tell we're not messing around this season?

MATCHDAY 2

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Two games in, two promotion candidates taken down a peg. Although our first half dominance was quite pronounced, Rustavi squirmed their way into the lead with their only shot on target - Gavrilov drilling low on the greasy surface to dupe Otar Khutsidze in net. The second half response was more than effective to oust Rustavi's slim advantage; Roman Yakovenko headed in just two minutes after the restart and a debut goal from Alan Bobrov with a deflected free kick resigned the home side to a costly defeat. Still no defeats under my Martvili reign - who's next?

MATCHDAY 6

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At the fifteenth attempt, I finally lost a game to a tyrannizing Sioni side. Although Sergey Shiryaev briefly eliminated Sioni's lead, their front three were frighteningly good at finishing as Tretjakov and Bryzhytskyi helped themselves to a goal buffet. Despite the visitors' attacking threat, they were still vulnerable on the counter as Mikeladze's deep cross was met with a tap in from Moses Osei to make it a close contest. Unfortunately, the previously relegated side tightened their grip on the game to hand us my first Martvili L.

MATCHDAY 9

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Who doesn't love a late goal? This match could've gone either way with fellow promotion hunters Shukura. An early penalty miss and a superb save gave a heap of confidence to Khutsidze in net, but could do nothing about Gaprindashvili's sensational arrowing hit into the top corner from 25 yards out. It was another bad day at the office up front for the usual goalmonger Yegor Piskunov, however substitute striker Grigol Khundadze stole the limelight as he escaped the offside trap to provide some last minute limbs for the travelling faithful. Mind you, this result brought a serious problem post-match.

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And you'll see why Osei's injury was so damaging.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Carrying on from our first two victories, Algeti, Machakhela (just about) and Betlemi met the same fate to construct an eight game winning streak before Sioni came barging into town.

That Sioni defeat definitely rattled us as we somehow tripped up to basement dwellers STU in a horribly scrappy and embarrassing performance.

Guria were no trouble at all, exploiting their fragile defensive core with route one football and Yegor Piskunov having an absolute field day.

And here is where Osei's injury took centre stage after the Shukura draw. Drawn into so many errors with nobody to break up the midfield play.

Piskunov's piss poor finishing amounted to a key loss away to Lokomotivi Tbilisi, bottled a crucial lead at home to Rustavi, slouched to an ill-disciplined and heavy home defeat to Algeti finishing with nine men in the process and finally rounded off with yet another miserable duck egg away to Machakhela.

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This ain't it chief.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Not a position I'd like to be in. After building an early lead, we kept top spot warm for rampant Sioni by ways of our sloppy form. Now all of a sudden the promotion talk is taking a backseat; five other teams are gravitating to that second spot held currently by Guria. Shukura, Rustavi and Betlemi licking their lips at the prospect too. Surprised how poorly Lokomotivi Tbilisi have started but have a sneaking suspicion they'll get their second wind. Still seething at how we somehow drew to relegation favourites STU.

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TRANSFERS

IN


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Seven new recruits to the squad in the aim to boost us to promotion…well, technically six. One was a gentle reminder not to be your own scout and signing someone on a whim.

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Mikheil Gavaketashvili – M(L)/AM(L) – unattached free agent

Definitely a signing under very false pretenses. The right midfield department was looking rather understocked so pounded the pavement to find someone remotely interested in keeping the bench warm and this guy with Umaglesi Liga experience would do fine….until I found out that he plays on the left, a position we were fine in. Making matters even worse, I stupidly gave him a two year deal. Oh dear.

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Alan Bobrov – M(R)/AM(R) – unattached free agent

In light of my farcical miscalculation, I found a proper candidate to play second fiddle to Mikeladze. Former Shakhtar youth academy hopeful, Bobrov doesn’t hold a candle to our captain but provides us with the more advanced wing option should he be called upon. Concerned about his casual personality but he was economically persuaded with a low wage.

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Ulisses – D(C) – unattached free agent

Pretty much the marquee permanent signing as agent offers once again come in useful. Despite not playing a single game for his old club in Brazil, the 21 year old looks mentally and physically brilliant with his HMT rock solid. Potential windfall for fans of James Joyce too.

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Artem Zaikin – M(C) – six month loan from Bastion

More creativity added to the midfield triangle in a tried and tested 4-4-1-1 formation. Not expecting him to set the world on fire but has the technical bones of a playmaker, combined with strong vision to make killer passes in times of need. A safe, no risk signing.

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Giorgi Tsikharishvili – M(L)/AM(L) – season long loan from Lokomotivi Tbilisi

Fallen out of favour with his recently relegated parent club, we’re providing the pacy left winger with a new opportunity. The form needs to improve immediately but willing to risk him as the first choice, especially since his set piece game is on point.

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Mario Gilabert – GK – unattached free agent

You may recall this guy as my third choice keeper at Boca (GIB) who was never breaking into that squad past Godfrey or Webb, well this may be his opportunity to lock down the number one choice. Standard run of the mill, good height and reach, good agility, strong handling, lack of game time in his career is the only caveat.

Never had an intention to invest in another goalkeeper…only for this piece of news to land on my desk.

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I mean, you were relegated the season before last and didn’t kick up a fuss. Enjoy the bench, Maxim.

Vitaly Terekhov – D(R) –
season long loan from Samtredia

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Taking a gamble with this Ukrainian right back, given his awful recent form would fly red flags to any club. As long as he stands strong, doesn’t get too caught out of position, maintains concentration and clears safely it’ll be a successful loan signing given that our only other natural RB is out long term.

SEASON EXPECTATIONS

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Looking like a rough promotion battle between a contingent of capable teams. Relegated Sioni & Lokomotivi Tbilisi are the obvious candidates, but newly promoted Rustavi have a legion of overpowered players who certainly wouldn’t look out of place for most if not all top flight teams. 6-1 for the grand prize, I’m hoping my newly shaped team can eat those odds.

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Board giving me an ultimatum, its promotion or bust. The other avenue is a cup run but for the sake of it, the return to the Umaglesi Liga takes priority.
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@bigmattb28 - No shame indeed, just a bit bummed that we were that close to a group stage.

@bcsaulJ - Unfortunately there weren't any other jobs to go for than those three. Thanks for the feedback, really appreciate that you're enjoying the club overviews which do take a while to complete!

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FORMAT CHANGE: At the risk of taking forever in getting updates out, I've decided to abandon the monthly roundups and take larger chunks of time, only going over key games as match reports while the rest are briefly summarised. Let me know if you prefer this sort of format.

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KEY GAMES

PIRVELI LIGA

MATCHDAY 31

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Samegrelo are the supposed leaders of the division, not the impression I got as we somehow failed to win the game. Yegor Piskunov and Moses Osei both struck the post in either half and making their keeper sweat while Samegrelo failed to hit the target. Solid point, disappointing that we dropped the other two.

MATCHDAY 33

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This was a major blow, not only missing out on being champions but also the promotion race. Twice in front, twice pegged back thanks to two goalkeeping blunders from Kuznetsov. Shiryaev got the ball rolling early with a curling free kick, but dabbed out by Svanidze's looping cross going over everyone into the net. Piskunov thought he'd won it after catching the rebound of his missed penalty in the final fifteen minutes. Alas, Betlemi went route one and caught Kuznetsov and Bediashvilli out in a web of miscommunication to allow Andrey Konkin to sidefoot home as injury time neared. May live to regret this result.

MATCHDAY 35

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An attacking masterclass to outclass title chasing Saburtalo. Moses Osei yet again on fire from midfield with two sensational hits from range on either side of early second half goals from Mikeladze and red hot Piskunov to coast to a 4-0 lead. The visitors stole one for pride at the death will an equally brilliant long ranger but it matters not to the side already going up next year. Are we going to join them though?

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Elsewhere, life at Martvili started positively with wins over the bottom two clubs WIT Georgia & Liakhvi before somehow weathering an Algeti storm to escape with a goalless draw, including Kuznetsov saving two penalties.
Piskunov and Novitskiy combined to overthrow ten men Shukura with ease and despite the taxing draw away to Betlemi, team spirit and confidence was still rolling sky high to conclude the season with a trio of victories against Guria, Saburtalo and Machakhela for one last push for promotion.

Question is - were our efforts in vain?

FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

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Unfortunately, yes. Even with a nine game unbeaten streak, Samegrelo held on by two points to get promoted with Saburtalo. Can't help but question the scoreless draw with them which could have been the fine difference in the final stretch. I won't beat myself up over it, didn't lose a single game in charge and the team I have are good enough to fight for it next season.

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Some may be thinking “has he gone mad?”, and perhaps you’re right as I reduce myself to the Pirveli Liga (second tier) on my return to Georgia. FC Merani Martvili (მერანი მარტვილი) are a club initially founded back during the Soviet Union days in 1955 as Salkhino Gegechkori, transitioning into Chkondidi Martvili and Salkhino Martvili before settling on their current moniker in 2006. The name Merani refers to a mythological horse (or pegasus) representing ‘freedom’ cited in a famous poem written by Georgian poet Nikoloz Baratashvili in the 19th century and depicted in the current club badge. Red and white are their traditional kit colours.

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Lying 280km, or a four and a half hour drive west of the capital Tbilisi, Martvili (მარტვილი) is a small city home to only 4500 people. Lying on the banks of the opalesque Abashistskali River, the city was originally named ‘Gegechkori’ (გეგეჭკორი) after Sasha Gegechkori, a Georgian Bolshevik activist involved in Sovietization of Georgia in 1921 but changed back after the fall of USSR. Officially declared as a city in 1964, Martvili may not be the largest in the nation but is surrounded in natural beauty, green trees and it’s breathtaking canyon leading into the smaller village of Gachedili (გაჭედილი). What makes it a city though? All answers point to the 7th century monastery rebuilt in the 10th century to what is now known as the Martvili-Chkondidi Cathedral.

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Curtained by tall pine trees, the ‘Murtaz Khurtsilava’ stadium (or the Martvili Municipal Stadium) is the picturesque venue for home games. Named after the former defender who represented USSR at World Cup ’66 and Euro ’72, the ground holds a capacity of 2,000 people on what looks to be an astroturf surface, however it is unclear if this is the case due to the lack of documented information on this stadium, not even the year of it's official opening is known. All I can say is it looks breathtakingly beautiful for what it's worth.

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Unfortunately Martvili and footballing success or honour do not go hand in hand in their short existence. Drafted into the Pirveli Liga (now called Liga 2) in 2007, the club came agonisingly close to promotion on three occasions with consecutive third placed finishes until eventually a second place finish ensured promotion to the Umaglesi Liga in 2011. Mid-table mediocrity greeted them in the top flight before eventually being relegated in 2016 in cruel head-to-head record circumstances with Zugdidi. Financial struggles were to soon hit (or at least I’m guessing); despite finishing second the following year, they were denied entry back to the Umaglesi Liga and if that weren’t enough punishment, the pegasus lost it’s wings and fell further down the pyramid in 2018 to Liga 3 but thankfully made a swift return to Liga 2 at the first attempt. Martvili did however make headway in the Davit Kipiani Cup (Georgian Cup) with a semi final appearance in 2010, losing to eventual winners WIT Georgia and even closer in 2016 but couldn’t upset Torpedo Kutaisi in the final and folding to a 2-1 defeat. Understandably, the club have never came within a whisker of European football.


FM ERA

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Ignoring the obvious flaw with them winning the Pirveli Liga in 2018 which is categorically false, the club still haven't reaped much success other than the same league trophy in 2021 and 2037. Lately they've had yo-yo motions between the top tier and second tier, scraping promotions as they see fit with seven runner up spots, which is hardly an honour worth mentioning. The closest Martvili reached in the cup was a measly semi-final in 2059, edged out by Lokomotivi Tbilisi 2 goals to 1. Honestly? I only see it as a stepping stone in my career, haven't achieved a promotion yet in this save and would be a solid way to start.

CURRENT SEASON

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With only nine games remaining in the season and leaning on the wrong side of form, promotion is not completely out of the question should we steady the ship. Basically a full round of fixtures means we'll have some crucial six pointers but also opportunities against some bottomfeeders like poor old Liakhvi Tskhinvali, good Lord being part of that setup would crush anyone's self confidence. Achievable? Yes. Expected? Not exactly. Let's get to work.

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To be honest, their first half of the season was more than satisfactory...but this is a side chasing promotion. One victory in eight, dumped out of the Georgian cup which leaves our focus solely on the objective at hand. Certainly not a one man team by the looks of things so perhaps there is a degree of teamwork embedded already.

SQUAD

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Expected a lot worse, their squad ability is actually quite good to gain promotion so what's the big deal here? Player form hasn't been atrocious, morale is steady, slightly worrying our top goalscorer Novitskiy only has six to his name but we won't weigh emphasis on that too much. Squad size may be a little thin but can easily sort that if we go up, the caveat being the possibility of losing some key players in the event of missing out on promotion. At least our star man is nailed down until the end of next season.

KEY PLAYER - Shermadin Mikeladze - M(R)

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He's no Stewart Jackson, but he'll definitely do. Has got all the basic attributes of a winger into green territory with crossing, technique, acceleration and pace reaching 13 or over. Still has outstanding determination as he pushes into his thirties. I'll be extremely happy to keep him through the next transfer window. Leader of the pack too.

EXPECTATIONS

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Top half finish will be ezpz if my predictions are correct. Not going to worry about that insulting transfer budget until next year, at least a five figure wage budget makes up for it. Time to get down and dirty.

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Iceland is a very fun league to play in, best of luck!
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Tinpot save. I kid, hope it goes well.
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@r96Skinner - You'll soon find out.

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Nation: Georgia
Media Prediction (Odds): 2nd/10 (7-1) (second tier)
Current Position: 5th
Expectations: Top half finish
Pros: Six points off promotion with nine games to go. Nothing to lose with expectations.
Cons: One win in last eight games in all comps. Out of Georgian cup. Nothing glamorous in the squad department.

RESULT

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As if a second tier club would have turned me down. Dare I drop down the tiers for work?


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Nation: Bosnia
Media Prediction (Odds): 3rd/12 (9-2)
Expectations: Challenge for title / European spots
Pros: Board willing to accept my suggestion(s). Predicted to qualify for Europe. Good positional squad depth. Great gateway job to Bosnian league.
Cons: Half a million in the red. No trophy is five seasons. No league title in two decades. Average squad age of 21-22.

RESULT

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Damn, would have fancied taking them on too despite their flaws.


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Nation: Bosnia
Media Prediction (Odds): 2nd/12 (15-4)
Expectations: Challenge for title
Pros: Far wealthier than Željezničar. Predicted to make serious challenge for league. League winners three seasons ago.
Cons: Some key players have left this transfer window. Numerous long term injuries. Squad too focused on central areas.

RESULT

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*sigh* It's pretty sad where your encyclopedic experience in football isn't enough to warrant a spot on the shortlist for a job in Bosnia...


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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND DRAW

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Letzeburgesch side Progrès get the pleasure of getting swatted first.

FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND

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Nonchalantly smoking Progrès in 43 minutes. Youth products Ryan Sene and Jamie Perez shone bright in Luxembourg, two goals and three assists respectively. Luke Brennan could've easily racked up a hat-trick, though blazed a penalty over to settle with two goals, while Jackson grabbed the other.

Returning to base, another youth hopeful Max Sharpe lived up to his name with a wonderfully precise effort from range to kill off any unlikely comeback. Fitzy and Jackson's second half strikes added insult to injury in a one-sided tie.

SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND DRAW

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Cymru awaits with Bangor City in the next round.

SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND

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With all due respect, our squad are just too good for these sides. Silvio Shehi instating himself into the first team midfield bagged his first CL goal in between an unfortunate o.g. and Luke Brennan's bread and butter type finish.

Bangor did make a dent early in the second leg but realistically had no way back. Brennan worked on his penalty taking to go into the break level, before inevitably doubling and tripling his tally. Fitzgerald kept the home crowd entertained to stroll to another heavy aggregate win.

THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND DRAW

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Now we're talking, a real challenge in Basel to cement a Europa League group stage position at minimum.

THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND

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Lost to a striker who shares a name with a soft drink, a new low for me. Marcel Pepsi escaped his marker to fire in early from a corner which we were unable to recover from. Basel controlled the tempo and hit the crossbar from a free kick, but neither side had much substance in the final third overall. Even with the red card to Bacchetta, Basel's defensive fortress had us restricted to long range and barely tested their keeper.

The return leg didn't look good on paper, but we gave Basel the best of our abilities. Well that was after we succumbed to two sloppily conceded goals, bunched like bananas and left gaps everywhere. Second half slightly improved but defensive frailties remained as Pepsi tapped in number three, leaving it as a fight for pride. Basel's keeper Roger Burckhart played superbly to keep out numerous efforts, until a deflected effort where Fitzy grabbed the final touch to produce our only cheer of the game. Europa League it is.

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

PLAYOFF DRAW


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Worst case scenario facing Galatasaray, can we upset the apple cart?

PLAYOFF

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Devastated, missed out by a technicality. In a first leg devoid of any quality, Gala managed to catch us on the break with substitute debutant Nihat Yilmaz sending Sam McCulloch to the shadow realm and confidently chipping over Godfrey to leave the Turks in control of the tie.

For all the marbles, we had no choice but to play on the front foot in Gibraltar. New signing for left wing, Marcos was left in space to sweep home into an empty net to level the tie...for about 65 seconds as Gala countered up the other send for Stevanovic to give the visitors the away goal advantage. No matter how hopeless it seemed, Brennan beat the offside trap to leave a tense final quarter of the game. Gala's experience in Europe favoured them, shutting up shop and preventing a massive upset. Away goal rule rears it's ugly head yet again.

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And with that, I bow out of Gibraltar for good. It's been emotional.

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@HawkAussie @Dan @bigmattb28 @Shedender @r96Skinner @bcsaulJ @KEZ_7 - Thank you all for the continued support! I apologise with the lack of posting recently, I'll be trying to post as regularly as possible!

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To my surprise, the fully contracted Luke Brennan's outstanding goalscoring season was eclipsed by on loan Manchester United defender Liam Kelly's 44% of the vote to win the player of the season award...but I suppose if you score six goals from defence, you're definitely doing something right. Kelly also won the young player of the season award. The other United loanee Stewart Jackson also found his way into the top three with his superb right wing performances. There were far too many stunning goals to choose from, however Liam Fitzy's solo effort in the dead rubber versus Europa Point took the cake.

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Luke Brennan doubled the amount of goals he netted last season with 22, also notched 10 assists and half a dozen MoTM awards to his name in an inspiring campaign for the former Millwall and Swansea striker. As mentioned Liam Kelly had a stalwart loan spell at centre back, 6 goals and involved in 18 clean sheets earned him the strongest AR of the season with a 7.55 average. Stewart Jackson was a slow burner in the beginning but contributed 12 assists from the right. On loan Javier Eizemendi slotted into the Tomeu Alonso role seamlessly as the deep lying playmaker and delivered pinpoint passing precision just shy of 90%. Both centre backs sacrificed many bookings while the only red of the season was a stupid Reginal Thomas challenge in that 0-0 with Olympique earlier in the season.

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Brenno deservedly won the GPD player of the year award along with the golden shoe (or some strange Gibraltarian equivalent).

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Twas a great season for Stewart Jackson too, the 21 year old grabbed young player of the season.

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What a transformation, Lynx had five players each in team of the season yet only ended up with one this season in Robbie Kennedy (who wasn't even that good against us). Godfrey, McCulloch, Kelly, Jackson & Brennan all feature for Boca.

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And of course the big cheese also earned an award as manager of the season. 77% win ratio, these things don't go unnoticed!
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Courtney Duffus, what a guy!
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GIBRALTAR PREMIER DIVISION

MATCHDAY 22


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Unspectacular but a win is nothing to complain about. The two Stews combined as Peacock shunted in Jackson's right field cross in a game we more or less dominated. Liam Kelly had a header denied on the line and Brennan's dangerous meandering runs through the defense let him with little to no power behind his shots. Next up, Lynx.

MATCHDAY 23

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This is really happening. Wasteful Lynx whitewashed by our counter attacking plays in the second half after dominating the first. Young teenage right back Martin Porter cleared a certain goal off the line to deny Lynx any glory. Took mere seconds to send the home crowd into ecstasy with a slick move involving Peacock's cross, a flicked header by Brennan to an unmarked Jackson at the back stick. Went 5-3-2 to solidify our advantage, placing Peacock as an aux striker and boy did he finish like one to double the lead. Lynx's missed an absolute sitter before the second goal but did jangle a few nerves with Ibrahim Boateng squeezing one in past Godfrey. It mattered not as we hold a twelve point fortress with four games left, needing a single point to get it over the line. No bottles welcome.

MATCHDAY 24

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The blood, the sweat, the frustration of managing in Gibraltar, all led up to this moment. Brutal to watch. Glorious to see it end with our mitts on the shield. CHAMPS OF THE ROCK!

MATCHDAY 25

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Out of office.

MATCHDAY 26

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More shooting practice with a rotated side against Europa Point. Eizmendi got the ball rolling with a lovely curler, Silvio Shehi finally got amongst the goals with a deflected free kick, Fitzy scored a worldie and Brennan punished a sloppy backpass. Three games, fifteen goals scored against EP. They'll be glad to see the back of me.

MATCHDAY 27

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Imagine being a Joseph's fan reading this. To be honest they were good as gone and we just danced on their grave. Silvio Shehi must have been spending time on free kicks on the training ground to manage two goals in two games, both from frees. Fitzy tapped in a Brennan cross while Vitali's penalty wrapped the season up nicely.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Depth in numbers, considering last season everything practically hinged on our strikers. Seven different goalscorers. Fitzy and Brennan are just different gravy compared to twelve months ago, especially Brenno who tore up the division. Silvio Shehi proving he has what it takes to slot into the first team midfield.

FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

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Best points tally the club have achieved in over a decade. The tactical switch went so seamlessly perfect, scored goals for fun, defensively reinforced and seldom had many hiccups on the way. Lynx's poor start cost them dearly otherwise they'd have given it a right go for four titles in a row. Europa and Cannons completely tanked in the second half of the season. St Joseph's bit the bullet with Gibraltar United barely surviving.

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When did this league become an overflowing treasure chest all of a sudden?

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Shehi finished on a high, grabbing player of the month.

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Oh yeah and I secured a fourth MotM award. Basically a cereal box prize these days.
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Nice promotion with Limerick, think they're very close to being liquidated in real life.
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Lost a lot of respect for you @tongey , not only for managing Larne but also the fact that your Olympic team defeated my beloved Killyleagh in the final.
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@bigmattb28 - Brennan has been a swiss army knife in front of goal, can score bangers with his head and feet. Don't jinx it like @Dan might.

@bcsaulJ - We?

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MATCHDAY 18


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I'd like to know if Brennan tested positive for anything pregame, single-handedly crushing the spirits of the 335 travelling Europa Point fans in front of their very eyes. Four goals and one beautiful assist to Akin Cevahir while Leclerc capped the scoring at six. Some outstanding goals in it all, I'd even go as far as to saying Europa Point's was the best of the bunch.

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Suffered a big blow ahead of the next game, McCulloch has been excellent at centre back this season.

MATCHDAY 19

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Just. JUST ABOUT escaped with an important point at home to Cannons. The "defending" in the build up to Gefferson's opener was absolutely pathetic to the point where they'd have almost circumnavigated the box without a single challenge. Gefferson may have added to the woes with a second, rounding the keeper but amazingly dragged it wide. From that following goal kick, all the way up the other end Akin Cevahir mugged Bérmudez off to get to Brennan's cross first and smoke Cannons' narrow advantage. Will take this result all day long.

MATCHDAY 20

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The case of quality over quantity, biding our time to move one step closer to the objective. With both teams feeling for range, the forgotten man Federico Vitali came onto the field at the perfect moment to throw the first punch and snatch the crucial winner. CJL legend no matter the outcome.

MATCHDAY 21

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Rarely do I come away disappointed with a 2-0 win, for the fact that it only finished 2-0. Gibraltar United were gaping for a double digit scoreline and instead performed exhausting foreplay for the duration. Stewart Jackson's early free kick was pornographic, mind. Fitzy closed the deal to a quite underwhelming day in front of goal.

GIBRALTAR ROCK CUP

QUARTER FINAL

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Partially disgruntled, partially devastated (for the lads), partially relieved we can focus elsewhere. Shuffled the deck with the B-listers and still dominated. Was a bittersweet day for half-Cambodian CB prospect Ros Sovannara who grabbed his milestone first Boca goal, yet choked his penalty in the shootout. Phoenix had two shots on target, conveniently both netted by Caro and had to rely on Fitzy to take things to extra time. Bottled the shootout when we were just a single pen away from the semis. Gobsmacked to be perfectly honest.

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Oh, and now we've no natural right back for the end of season run in. gg.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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A month of mixed emotions, mostly positive on the league front. This time last season we were crying out for more than one goalscorer, now we've options galore. Vitali may have grabbed the most important of the season.

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Surely...SURELY we can't lose it from here? Can we? One final duel with Lynx to come but with the tougher games are out of the way, we're clear favourites for the season blowout.

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Clean sweep of awards for March.
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@HawkAussie - Sure is, our strikers are in phenomenal form.

@bigmattb28 - I'm praying it doesn't go to the final day, that would be the peak Gibraltar experience.

@Dan - There it is, the kiss of death. I now have an excuse if I bottle it.

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GIBRALTAR PREMIER DIVISION

MATCHDAY 14


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A game of two halves as the old saying goes. All Phoenix in the first half as they rattled the post twice, including rounding the keeper and having a gaping goal to aim at. Oh how the turns tables, camped in their final third after Liam Kelly broke skin instantly in the second half, his sixth of the season (reminder: HE IS A CENTRE BACK). Luke Brennan chirped in with his regular and concluded with the other centre back McCulloch powering in a header too. Phoenix's goal nothing but a momento for what could have been.

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However, they may have had the last laugh. Austin out for the season.

MATCHDAY 15

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Stewart Jackson stole the show with three minutes of magic. Scored his first goal at Boca from the penalty spot and provided one of the assists of the season; rapid pace, outstanding footwork, gets past four or five, holds the ball up and whips a cross to Luke Brennan as if it were in slow motion. Could've embarrassed the visitors, but the assist on it's own was satisfying enough.

MATCHDAY 16

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Total pish, and so were Boca. Bereft of cunning ideas, we actually played with more urgency after Reginal Thomas' stupid red. Vitali spurned the best chance of the game on the counter while Fitzgerald made a valiant sprint into the box only to finish straight at the keeper.

MATCHDAY 17

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St Joseph's continue to be of no use to the league other than providing free points. Eizmendi popped his Boca cherry with an absolute blunderbuss, equally as heavy hit as Brennan's to double the advantage. By the final five minutes Joseph's just stopped defending for Fitzy to chime in, same can be said about us with Scott Norman's consolation after leaving him unmarked for a tap in.

GIBRALTAR ROCK CUP

SECOND ROUND DRAW

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Our bogey side Cannons duel again.

SECOND ROUND

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This fell into our laps, for all our sloppiness our one shot on target proved the difference. Unmarked Fitzy putting his head to Coleman's cross after a mistake by their left back. Cannons will want this back.

QUARTER FINAL DRAW

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Avoided the big guns to draw the bottom club in the league. Half thinking of rotating.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Coasted through the shortest month with positive and professional results. Six different goalscorers this month, surprisingly not one falling to Vitali. Our midfield and wingers were eye candy to watch.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Good news; Europa capitulated and Cannons dropped a couple of points. Bad news; look at Lynx, they are on an absolute heater. The final set of fixtures will be crucial.
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Lots of good offers, personally I'd have chosen Lyon but good luck in Italy!
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FM17 is definitely the best around, haven’t been feeling 18 or 19 and I’m sure 20 is not much of an improvement.

Also thanks for the shoutout, best of luck!
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TRANSFERS

OUT

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Loaned Gálvez out for the remainder of the season to Lincoln (GIB) as he was gathering dust in the reserves.

IN

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One future transfer coming in in the summer (if I'm still around), Daniel Jagiello. Just look at this guy. Only 19 and signed him on a free. Amazing prospect.

GIBRALTAR PREMIER DIVISION

MATCHDAY 12


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Oh Liam Kelly, what have you done...Europa looked sharper on the day, especially with their wingers set on beast mode. Díaz powered in a header from Brett Brook's stunning cross, however responded quickly through Fitzy. At that moment I'd have taken a draw, however Liam Kelly stupidly headed the ball into Díaz's path when in no danger and under no pressure, resulting in another cross and another headed goal this time courtesy of Eduardo Collado to win the game. Cuts our lead down to three, how much will we regret that?

MATCHDAY 13

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Also known as Liam Kelly's atonement. We prevailed so fortunately, Lynx should have been one if not two up but denied by Godfrey's incredible point blank saves. Same minute as Europa's winner last week, Liam Kelly steps forward and leaps to beat the Lynx keeper in the air to the ball and heading into an empty net. Pandemonium in the stands and in my desk chair. Huge win.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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You know what? Three points taken from two key six pointer games? I'll take that.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Funnily enough Europa lost their next game straight after beating us, meaning they've only closed the gap to three while we have a game spare. Lynx nowhere in sight.

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Liam Kelly's redemption led him to player of the month for January.

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@KEZ_7 - thank you my man, just don't jinx it!

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GIBRALTAR PREMIER DIVISION

MATCHDAY 8


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No bad beef between me and Europa Point, but it's oddly satisfying knocking the stuffing out of a former club. Liam Fitzgerald was throwing a strop weeks before about not getting enough gametime so decided upon myself to start him and boy did he convince me to staple him into future lineups. Sensational hattrick along with the usual suspects Brennan and Kelly also getting in on the action. Europa Point's goal was a banger to be fair.

MATCHDAY 9

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What a strange game. Combination of us forcing the issue too much with the uncharacteristically strong attacking threat from Cannons ended our perfect streak. Let our lead slip before half time and Gefferson turned up the heat with a stellar showing after the break, despite our best efforts bring the game back to 2-2. Very enjoyable for the neutrals, not however for me.

MATCHDAY 10

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So simple, so clinical, so dominant against an out of depth St Josephs side. The three striker combo of Vitali, Brennan and Fitzgerald worked a treat for a rather polite 4-0 win, almost double figures if other chances were taken. Adam Gough still can't hit a barn door even when playing for the opposition, best profit I've ever made in this save.

MATCHDAY 11

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Winding down the calendar year in style. Took almost an hour to unpick Gibraltar United's lock but afterwards it was plain sailing. A Brennan brace and Fitzy scoring his sixth goal in three games (equalling his tally for the entire last season) shows how much of a force we are.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Are you not entertained? Even when we lose we put on a show, fourteen goals in four games. Fitzgerald without a shadow of a doubt proved he still has a future at Boca whereas Vitali is now becoming third best in the ranks.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Lost a tiny bit of ground with the Cannons defeat, still holding a strong six point lead over Europa. Cannons looking to mount a title surge too with their outstanding form and pushing Lynx outside the podium. Surely it's ours to lose? We do have Europa and Lynx back to back next however...

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Brennan pipped Fitzy and Kelly to player of the month for December. I swear our boys were a cut above the rest (except maybe Gefferson)..

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@bigmattb28 - Here's hoping!

@bcsaulJ @tongey @HawkAussie - Not too disheartened about the Motherwell result really, they actually managed to get to the group stages in the end. League is the priority for sure.

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SEASON EXPECTATIONS

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Quite clear the league is my only avenue to hold onto my tenure at Boca, especially with the bookies earmarking ourselves as preseason faves yet again. The Rock Cup might take a backseat depending how well our league push goes. Just want to check Gibraltar off this damn list. Pepe Reyes Cup? Tinpot.

PEPE REYES CUP

FINAL DRAW


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Speaking of the latter, it'll be our fifth attempt at redeeming ourselves against Lynx.

FINAL

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AT LONG LAST! Déjà vu from last years final, but this year we held it together in a penalty shootout to lift the prestigious Pepe Reyes Cup! I genuinely feel for Lynx keeper John Akuffu; he was the sole reason for this match even making it to penalties, producing a mind boggling 14 saves which doesn't say much about our striking ability during this game, but we dominated throughout. All four of our spot kicks were ice cool while Robert Godfrey saved twice to take full advantage.

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The salt makes everything taste sweeter.


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MATCHDAY 1


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Cannons' 4D chess antics finally undone to secure an opening day victory. Although Cannons rattled the bar from a close range header, we were always more likely to get the odd goal of the match. Vitali's inaffectiveness was Luke Brennan's gain as he came off the bench to finish at the back post after some head tennis from our wingers.

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In lighter news, Ryan Webb might have fallen down the pecking order as number one keeper but still grabbed his first cap for Gibraltar...at the expense of £20k to pay off York City.

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MATCHDAY 2


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Nice smack dose of reality for the division new boys to kick off October. Took only 48 seconds for Brennan to get the ball rolling before Tremouroux and our loan signing Liam Kelly put us three up before the half hour. Matters soon got worse for United with captain Matt Collier seeing red on the hour. Brennan doubled his tally late on to give our goal difference a boost.

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Go figure when something goes right for us..

MATCHDAY 3

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Europa scored 10 goals in their first two games so had to air on the side of caution in a scrappy 1-0 win. Liam Kelly already looks like a solid investment, heading in from another set piece to seal the deal. Neither side exactly covered themselves in glory, quality was scarce on both ends but we'll take the points.

MATCHDAY 4

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Where was this Luke Brennan last season? The lad has been phenomenal already and struck late to continue our 100% record. In fact every goal in this game came from acute angles, Tremouroux delivered a wonderful pass to Bren to lead within the first quarter. Phoenix's danger man Bengoetxea thought he salvaged a point with a fiercesome free kick until some superb 1-2s between Vitali and Brennan brought home the bacon.

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October couldn't have gone more perfect, myself and Luke Brennan scooping end of month awards to highlight.

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MATCHDAY 5


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GET REKT! Last season we'd have rolled over when going behind to Lynx, this season we grew balls and retaliated. Lynx dictated a lot of the game and were aided to lead by our poor marking of Sergi Castro. The response was extremely positive and Liam Kelly might just be the signing of the season, a beautiful half volley from a corner to equalise...let me remind you, he is a centre back. Following up from that, Vitali trotted off the bench and onto the scoresheet to secure an invaluable win so early on in the campaign.

MATCHDAY 6

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Slightly fortunate. A breathless second half started with Luke Brennan turning in from an acute angle from a lofted ball by Eizmendi but that didn't mean we were home and hosed. Mons Calpe had two massive moments to counteract, missing a penalty and an open goal before being punished through Sam McCulloch's first Boca goal as he heading in a corner. Six from six but a little tougher to close out games.

MATCHDAY 7

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Dominated the 'Mates derby' but only separated by a penalty converted by Federico Vitali. Ample attempts to extend our lead but Olympique weren't getting through our backline.

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Still going strong.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Unstoppable so far, Luke Brennan's performances vastly improving in front of goal as the lone striker and keeping Vitali out of the lineup with six already this season. Defensively so much more secure with the additional wingers on either side and leaving our full backs more focused on defensive duties. The 4-5-1 has definitely been a blessing.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Flying. Lynx have barely been out of second gear this season with plenty of 0-0s and the defeat to us, leaving them eleven points adrift already. Europa keeping second place warm for them but if we keep this momentum up, we'll be walking the league.

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Sam McCulloch's stalwart defensive performances have been a pleasure to watch, meriting the player of the month award for December. Even convincing that he wants a permanent move because he loves it so much here, what a lad.

Did I mention I won manager of the month too?

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It's okay, I've faced two relegations before. Unlucky on both seasons but you'll bounce back!
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@bigmattb28 , @Dan - Thank you both, yeah we're determined to screw over Lynx and everything....but there is a discernible difference...(Lynx vs. Boca)

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Begged for it, but the board delivered some good news ahead of the next transfer window and now have freedom to scout throughout Europe.

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The man, the myth, the 46 year old with a grey Mohican, CJL legend Conor McParland is back as my assistant manager. Confident we'll bag a trophy now.

TRANSFERS

OUT

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Flushed out all the gunk in our over capacitated squad, releasing fifteen with notable exits for Dale Calver and Ramuel Forte who failed spectacularly since his arrival last season. Profited handsomely on two players; Ashley Thompson departing for Man 62 while quite controversially letting Adam Gough go to St Joseph’s for nearly a quarter-million. Gough has been a bitter disappointment with the finishing of a smackhead in high-heels so made sense to cash in on him while the chance was presented.

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Then again the slimeball pocketed 15% of it. So naïve when it comes to contract offers.

IN

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Before the new names are announced, we extended Sam McCulloch’s stay for another year given that injury plagued most of his spell last season and looked a nifty defender from the appearances he made.

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Much like last year we made use of the loan market, six of the ten new signings come in on temporary basis to strengthen core and offer backups for unforeseen injuries. Home grown player quotas stung me a little last season so a couple of free backups from Gibraltarian clubs circumvent this problem. Primary focus on recruiting wide players, allowing our full backs more security.

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Reginal Thomas – M(L)/AM(L) free transfer from Man 62

Not looking for anything fancy on the wings, just someone with pace to burn and a decent crosser of the ball. Reginal is home-grown, has a collection of preferred moves, Gibraltar international, free and barely puts a scratch on the wage budget. No brainer really.

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Mark Coleman – M(R)/AM(R) - free transfer from Europa

A mirror of Reginal but out on the right. Not expected to be a first teamer but could come in handy to offer fresh ideas from the bench. Hitting his primal age with full potential and over 150 appearances to his name, made absolute sense to bring him in.

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Stewart Jackson – M(R) - season long loan from Manchester United

First of two exciting prospects from the red side of Manchester. Stronger crosser, quicker, a lot more skilful and just a lot more quality than Coleman on the right wing and better yet, not a single dime going to his wages. Easily a starting name.

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Liam Kelly – D(C) - season long loan from Manchester United

Two time UEFA Youth League winner with United, Liam looks hard as nails to bully strikers who dare step in his way. Physically brilliant to the point where he’d almost qualify as a defensive box to box if not for his underwhelming technics. Poking holes in an otherwise superb addition.

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Luis Miguel Ibáñez – D(L) - free transfer from Yeclano

Plucked from the Spanish lower leagues, this teenager already looks well developed hence why loaning him out to garner first team football is quintessential to his progress. Marking is a little iffy but will unquestionably improve over time. Always got the option to recall from loan if he destroys Gibraltar’s second tier. One for the future.

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Stuart Peacock – M(L)/AM(L) - season long loan from Bolton

Director of football made this call to bring this Bolton lad in. More suited to the advanced left, I fancy him to cut inside centrally and make use of the dribbling, flair and technique. Whether or not he’ll fit into a 4-5-1 winger system remains to be seen but a good experimental candidate.

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Glenn Anderson – D(R) - season long loan from Manchester City

Some competition for Vershawn Austin at right back. Since we no longer utilise wing backs, I’d argue Glenn is the better option but Austin’s form last season was magnificent which leaves me in a predicament. Good quality rotation option if all else fails.

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Akin Cevahir – M(C) - season long loan from Gençlerbirliği

The scouts picked up a report of this guy last season and was torn whether to gamble on him or not. In the end a loan deal was the failsafe option for this Turkish teenager playmaker. Outstanding attributes for this league and hoping he’ll make a huge impact.

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Javier Eizemendi – M(C) - season long loan from Real Sociedad

Almost like for like replacement of Tomeu Alonso last season who we failed to extend a loan deal for. In a rich vein of form for Sociedad’s C team, feel he’s ready to step up to the big leagues and seamlessly pick up where Alonso left off as the deep lying playmaker.

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Anyone got the receipt?

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José Ramón Gálvez – D(C) - free transfer from Lincoln (GIB)

Yeclano must have pumped out a serious golden generation of young defensive prospects with Ibáñez and now this guy. Brought in on deadline day from Lincoln (GIB), I fancy him to stew in the reserves for now as he’s far too raw for the first team. Excellent header(er?) and tackler, however his marking needs maintenance before stepping out on the field.


UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND DRAW


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All I can say is best of luck to San Marino side Domagnano, you’re going to need it.

FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND

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Merciless. The 4-0 at home was a tepid affair, the younger generation showing promise with midfielder Ryan Sene opening the floodgates with Gamble and a Vitali double sinking the tie..and this was a half-massed performance. Hard to believe the game in Serravalle entered half time at only 1-0 and despite having barely a third of possession, we ploughed Domagnano into the dirt. Hatricks for Brennan & Fitzgerald sandwiched between Tremouroux and Vitali’s strikes. Credit to 15 year old Jamie Perez too, assisting twice. Also a shoutout to new boy Stewart Jackson who grabbed six, yes SIX assists over the two legs. Perhaps too much respect shown to our opposition.

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This is why I invested in three centre backs, covering injuries like this…

SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND DRAW

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Up north to Scotland next with Motherwell.

SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND

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Bottled it. Having had full control of the home leg and missing a hatful of chances, we could only come away with a single measly goal from on fire Federico Vitali. The return leg at Fir Park I dare say was a farce, especially this ‘unknown’ referee’s decision making being under scrutiny from our camp. This biased individual awarded Motherwell two soft penalties, one converted and the other saved justifiably by Godfrey. Seeking the one away goal came back to bite us in the ass with a counterstrike by Motherwell’s Craig Wardrope in the final ten minutes. As much as I want to lambaste the ref, it was our fault for not getting the job done in the first leg. Domestic duties it is.

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Let's hope you don't
get sacked by Christmas
this time...

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@r96Skinner - I wouldn't say they own me, I think the problem lies with my 5-3-2 system, their two wingers exploit so much space and destroy our wing backs. Definitely need to tweak it next season.

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The English-Anguillan-Gibraltarian right back Vershawn Austin claimed the fans’ player of the season for his impressive displays both defensively and countering on the offensive. The 21 year old scooped FCBJ young player of the season, could’ve sworn he was reaching his thirties? Adrien David also had a solid year as probably our first choice centre back and Tomeu Alonso’s improvement in the second half of the season won third spot. I’m sure Mark Knight’s goal against Tre Fiori was a banger (much like most of his house records) but was before I took over so doesn’t count. Alex Gamble was seen as our top investment over the free transfer of Federico Vitali and Tremouroux for that matter, but he’s probably the best left back in the division at present and to be signed on small fee justified the title of signing of the season.

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Vitali is easily writing himself into the CJL folklore, he’s pushing 34 and still finishing like a striker in his prime, popping another 14 goals onto his CV. The Italian stallion also unselfishly provided joint most assists with 5 alongside Stéphane Leclerc in midfield AND voted man of the match a total of 6 times, legend. Trinidad & Tobago international Adrien David kept his ratings consistent from centre back, an average of 7.15 which to tell you the truth is rather disappointing for a squad of our calibre. Jose Manuel Peña’s passing stood at an impressive 89%, though I guarantee a majority of them went sideways. One negative to Vershawn Austin’s successful year was his passion clouding his discipline with 10 yellows and the only red of our season.

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The first goal of our season turned out to be the Gibraltar Premier Division goal of the season courtesy of this stunning effort by Vitali himself.

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Last but not least, five of our squad managed to make it into the team of the year. Dominated the backline with Godfrey in goal, Gamble, David and Austin in a strong defence that only conceded eighteen for the league season. Federico Vitali deservedly made it too alongside another serial goalscorer of Sergi Castro for Lynx.


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Very interesting concept, will be following!
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GIBRALTAR PREMIER DIVISION

MATCHDAY 26


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So help me God I will liquidate this Cannons side. Hit the crossbar twice in a game we needed all three points from.

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So much for that sliver of hope...

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Leclerc feeling the wear and tear of being in your thirties.

MATCHDAY 27

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Oh, behave. Dead rubber game against an already relegated Lincoln, fielded a weakened side with a cup final on the horizon and it backfired...so what? Not a great look on us though, we were terrible apart from Fitzy's equaliser before going down a few minutes later.

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Lovely news to hear leading up to the Rock Cup final. I really, really don't want to start Dick Bull (spoiler: he's been rubbish since the loan move).


GIBRALTAR ROCK CUP

FINAL


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Lynx treble or finally a first trophy in my time at Gibraltar?

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Total embarrassment. Completely AWOL. Sergi Castro's penalty was the beginning of the end as we entered a second half meltdown. Poor marking from a set piece, caught on the counter with a high press and by 4-0 everything just shut down. Didn't have a whiff of any sort of consolation goal or any penalty area action. Lynx rubber stamp this season with a treble. Time to drown my sorrows.


FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

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Eleven points. That's the margin of quality between ourselves and Lynx. Couldn't beat them once all season while they only tripped up once to Europa. I'll take second place and Europa League but truthfully I want out of this Godforsaken country. Also good riddance to Lincoln (GIB), back to the second tier with you.
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GIBRALTAR PREMIER DIVISION

MATCHDAY 22


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Bounced back from the Lynx defeat with an easy win over a harmless St Joseph's side. Relied on our midfield to bring home the bacon as our strikers must have taken a day off; Tomeu Alonso drilled home from Austin's cross and Tremouroux tidied things up late in the second half. Timely confidence booster.

MATCHDAY 23

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Yeesh, this was a poor showing. Under the cosh for most of the first half, Europa Point breezed past our flimsy markers to take a deserved lead only until a late first half pen guided in by Liam Fitzgerald helped us finally turn up. Vitali combined well with Fitzy again to turn it around and ensconcing ourselves to an underwhelming victory.

MATCHDAY 24

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Why? WHY CAN'T WE TURN UP LIKE THIS EVERY GAME? Without doubt our most complete performance; the fluidity, the creativity, the entertainment, quality finishing, all wrapped up in a neat 5-0 away win. A Vitali double, Luke Brennan back amongst the goals, Adrien David put touches to a wonderful corner move and Tomeu Alonso's deflected effort killed whatever was left of Gibraltar Phoenix's European hopes. Dead on for second place.

MATCHDAY 25

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..aaaaaaaand we return to being fresh out of ideas in the derby game.

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Aaaaaand our best holding midfielder is off home to Brum.

GIBRALTAR ROCK CUP

SEMI FINAL

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This was on the cusp of pure FM banter and shithousery; Boca teased, bullied and hogtied Olympique all game, finally hitting the front with a Vitali free kick. What a surprise that the visitors' first effort on target flew in from a centre back and ultimately lead to extra time. Thankfully the script for a cupset was ripped up, with the Olympique goalkeeper being the villain of the piece no less. Somehow making a meal of Vitali's shot and landed to Fitzgerald's feet to tap in. The last hope of silverware is still alive!

FINAL DRAW

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RESULTS OVERVIEW

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The Lynx defeat kickstarted better form but it's a little too late to make any impact. Nice bit of togetherness in the camp too without relying on a serial goalscorer, everyone is chipping in.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Hold up, we still mathematically have a chance to win the title! Only...Lynx must lose two games (one more than they've lost the entire league season) plus a 13 goal swing to be in our favour. It ain't happening chief.

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Alonso went under the radar at the start of his loan spell but he's becoming an unsung hero lately with his top notch performances, resulting in the player of the month award.

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Yours truly also basking in minor managerial glory.
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Man, I'd have buried the board in the press and walked away there and then. Disgraceful stuff.
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Love a Northern Irish save, though the amount of cup games is ridiculous! Hopefully you'll face my beloved Killyleagh at some stage and lose.
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