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Season review: Gibraltar

Published: Friday 3 July 2015, 9.00CET
Mick McElwee may have gone but it was business as usual for Lincoln FC as a side boosted by Liam Walker and Anthony Bardon continued to dominate Gibraltarian football.
by Julian Fortuna
from Gibraltar
Season review: Gibraltar
Lincoln celebrate their 13th successive title ©Christian Correa
Published: Friday 3 July 2015, 9.00CET

Season review: Gibraltar

Mick McElwee may have gone but it was business as usual for Lincoln FC as a side boosted by Liam Walker and Anthony Bardon continued to dominate Gibraltarian football.

Champions: Lincoln FC
Life after Mick McElwee (their coach for 11 years) began badly for Lincoln as new boss Raúl Procopio suffered a 1-0 defeat in his opening game against Lynx FC. A 20-match unbeaten run put things right as they clinched their 13th consecutive Gibraltarian title with three fixtures to spare. "I am delighted with what my team has accomplished in this first season," said Procopio. "When I arrived at the club I was entrusted with the responsibility of continuing Lincoln's winning tradition and that is what we have done."

Cup final: Lincoln FC 4-1 Lynx FC
This was Lynx's last chance to secure a UEFA Europa League spot having squandered second place in the championship with a 1-1 draw against bottom side Lions Gibraltar FC in the penultimate round. Lynx struck first through captain Leonardo Vela, but that was as good as it got. Two goals apiece from John-Paul Duarte and Liam Walker sealed Lincoln's 16th Rock Cup, meaning College Europa FC qualify for Europe as league runners-up.

European places
Lincoln FC – UEFA Champions League first qualifying round
Europa FC – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round

Highlights: Gibraltar 0-7 Germany

Player of the year: Liam Walker (Lincoln FC)
After years playing in Spain, England and Israel, Gibraltar midfielder Walker returned home last summer and scored 12 goals in 19 outings for Lincoln. "I'm absolutely buzzing after winning the league and cup in my first season in Gibraltar," said the 27-year-old, who shone in Gibraltar's maiden EURO qualifying campaign. "Roll on Champions League football."

One to watch: Anthony Bardon (Lincoln FC)
The 22-year-old arrived from Manchester 62 FC last summer. He was not initially in the starting XI but by the end of the campaign he was a key figure. He made 18 league appearances and the first of his two goals came in the 5-0 victory over Europa that sealed the title. "I'm delighted to have scored my first goal for the club in such a big game," he said. "I'm over the moon to have won my first Gibraltar Premier Division title."

Leading scorer: Lee Casciaro (Lincoln FC) – 19 goals

Relegated: None (league expanding to ten teams)

Promoted: Gibraltar United FC, Angels FC

Last updated: 03/07/15 9.00CET

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