A brace from experienced international Lee Casciaro was enough to open the floodgates against an Angels side that rarely posed much of a threat to the Champions’ superiority.
After that the game became a free-for-all as everyone tried to take a pop at goal, with manager Raul Procopio putting giving a debut to Steven Soussi while Antonio Livramento and Guido Abayian added three more goals to the final score.
“Angels’ defensive high line made it very easy for us to get in behind them and I feel as we had lots of chances in the first half,” said Procopio. “Their goalkeeper helped them keep their dignity as we could have got more than ten in the end but as tends to happen in this sort of matches, it all became a bit chaotic as everyone tries to score. But the most important thing is to still be at the top of the league with nine goals more than Europa and the rest of the pack.
“This unique record of only letting in three goals all season has as much to do with the defensive midfielders as the back line keeping their discipline and the forwards that make sure we spend most of the time attacking.”
Two great goals from Lee Casciaro showed he is still the number one striker at the club, which has been rampant this season, with new Portuguese signing Antonio Livramento making it his night with two more goals in each half. The other goal was scored by Guido Abayian, who rounded the keeper to net from a tight angle, a real affirmation of the board’s decision to bring this foreign talent to the Lincoln ranks.
Mikey Yome, 21, who came on as a substitute for the third time this season, said he was great to be given a chance in the limelight: “It’s important to persevere and train hard because at Lincoln, every player is the best in Gibraltar, and you get an idea of that standard when you’re training with them. You can tell right away that the level they play at is much higher than any other team in this league so when you keep on going you are bound to improve. I hope to get more chances for Lincoln which will clearly be helped by my three appearances as a substitute for the national side that have helped my development into a more professional footballer. “
Steven Soussi, the other player called into action for Lincoln, said he was overjoyed to be on the field: “I’m over the moon as I feel all the hard work I’ve put in training in Spain has finally paid off especially as only the goalkeeper got between me and a dream debut goal. After I got a few balls to feet I got confidence from some nice touches and it didn’t feel like I had like a hot potato any more. When you’re playing with the best of the best on the Rock you want to be at your A-game to give the manager the confidence that when he needs you he can rely on you to do the job.”
“We are happy to be able to give younger players like Yome and Soussi a chance,” said Procopio. “Although there are very experienced players already in the squad it is good to give these aspiring talents an opportunity and they have done well, fitting into the system and giving us greater strength in depth. I believe if a player is good enough to play for us, it doesn’t matter his age, as last season we had players like Leon Clinton already making their mark on the game.”
Looking ahead to next Sunday’s game against Manchester 62 he said it would be another tough match: “Although it is true they have had a number of injured and suspended players which has meant they have not been in top form, we will always respect our opposition because otherwise we would not be able to beat them. The most probable thing is that they will play a very defensive formation so if we don’t play our game with the usual intensity it will be difficult to open them up and get the goals to get the win.”
Football fans from all over Gibraltar will already be looking forward to the mouthwatering pre-Christmas clash with Europa, that are currently equal on points with Lincoln, on 5 December. The match could be a real title decider after the two clubs 1-1 draw on the first day of the season, and will be an opportunity for Lincoln to prove that they’re truly the number one team on the Rock.