It was business as usual for Lincoln against a Gibraltar United side that leaked seven goals against the Champions in a one-sided affair on Friday evening.
Two goals apiece from Guido Abayian and George Cabrera in each half were enough for the Red Imps to register their biggest win of the new season in a game where Raul Navas’ goalmouth was rarely troubled.
“When you concede seven you are left with little response,” said Gibraltar United manager Manolo Nuñez at the end of the game. “There is a big difference between our level and Lincoln’s which has been shown on the pitch today. We know we will be fighting to survive this season especially as our team is full of Gibraltarians who last season played in the Second Division.
“Playing a team like Lincoln creates huge problems for us and throughout the game you could see that it was impossible to stop them.”
However, Cabrera had Lee Casciaro to thank for his goal in the first quarter-of-an-hour that opened the floodgates and put his team in the driving seat for what ended up being a comfortable victory. The prolific international who netted in a superb goal against Scotland to give Hampden Park a nervous 15 minutes was at it again putting away an assist from his brother Kyle to get the ball rolling.
“They had all their men behind the ball so we had to play very quickly to find the gaps and make the most of all our chances,” said Cabrera, who came on as a substitute shortly after the fourth goal. “After a year out it was good to be back with these two goals giving me confidence for the season. Having Guido here means I can’t take things for granted and he gives us more options in the air with his height and style of play.”
Two headers before the break from Argentinian Abayian assured the win, but Lincoln did not take their foot of the pedal in the second half because Raul Procopio was keen to increase the club’s goal difference.
“It was a game we had to win by a good margin because we are all up there with four points each,” said Procopio. “So we needed more goals to put our noses in front of the rest of the pack. We did that today which shows that our hard work behind the scenes has paid off.
“There were a few changes to break down their packed defence and it did the trick. I will continue to insist on playing the strongest team available in order to put ourselves where we belong and win the league once again.”
Livramento got on his first for the club when he charged in from midfield to fire into the top corner from a tight angle before Lee Casciaro turned provider to give Cabrera a simple tap-in from ten yards out. Cabrera helped Kyle Casciaro onto his first of the season before adding another just before full-time to complete his recovery from the knee injury that has kept him on the sidelines all year.
Procopio said he was happy that Guido was now proving his worth with another two to his name: “He is making the most of his opportunities which will give me the sort of selection dilemma I enjoy as the other two strikers also got the ball into the back of the net. This competition for places can only be positive for the team.
“Today we fought hard to break down a Gibraltar United side who were only promoted this season and playing as a team we will slowly get to where we want to be.”
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