Recap all of the February GFL action from the Championship and Challenge Groups!
It’s crunch time in the Championship and Challenge Groups as we head into March. Check out our club-by-club recap now!
Another month and another 100% record for champions elect, Lincoln Red Imps FC, who following victories over St. Joseph’s FC, Europa FC and FCB Magpies stretched their lead atop the table to 10 points, all but sealing their 27th league title as we head into March. With four games to go until the end of the season, the defending champions require one more win to clinch the 2022/23 league title.
Following the leaders in second place is this season’s surprise package, FCB Magpies. A 3-0 victory over Glacis United FC followed on from a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Europa FC before the Magpies tasted defeat this past matchweek at the hands of the league leaders. With 4 points in the bag this month, FCB Magpies climbed to second in the table, 2 points ahead of third with a points total of 33.
An all-round disappointing month saw Europa FC fall to third in February. The boys in black and green started the month off with a 0-0 draw against FCB Magpies before suffering back-to-back losses against Lincoln Red Imps FC and Lynx FC. Having dropped to third place, Europa will no doubt be looking to return to winning ways in March when they take on Glacis United in MW7.
A defeat, a draw and a victory in February saw St. Joseph’s FC continue their chase for European football as Gibraltar’s oldest existing football club continued to drag themselves closer and closer to third. Now trailing the pack by only 3 points, and with FCB Magpies to come in MW7, St. Joseph’s are primed and ready for a late assault on the top 3 as we head into March.
February was redemption month for Lynx FC who, having ended January on 20 points and cut adrift, have now pulled themselves within 5 points of third placed Europa FC. With victories over Glacis United FC and Europa FC either side of 1-1 draw with St. Joseph’s FC, Lynx go into March as the second-most in-form side in the division with 7 points from a possible 9.
Finally in the Championship Group, Glacis United FC remain in 6th place. With 3 more losses this month, Glacis are somewhat unlucky to remain without a point in 2023, as they conceded a heart-breaking late goal in a 3-2 loss in MW6 against St. Joseph’s to continue their unfortunate streak. Despite the results, Glacis have proven to be a stubborn opposition this season and will be hoping for an upturn in form in March.
Into the Challenge Group where there has been a shake-up in the standings with Manchester 62 FC climbing from 3rd to 2nd as they look to forge a late title charge.
Despite suffering their first defeat of 2023, league leaders, Mons Calpe SC, retained the top spot in February and ended the month with 22 points, 3 clear of their nearest challengers Manchester 62 in 2nd.
A late surge and a 100% winning record this month has seen Manchester 62 FC leapfrog Lions Gibraltar FC and launch themselves into a title challenge. Having picked up 9 points from 9 in a run which saw them score 8 goals and concede only 1 this month, Manchester will be itching to get back on the pitch as they aim to take the Challenge Group title race down to the wire.
It was a month to forget for Lions Gibraltar FC, as the former joint leaders suffered two losses and a draw in February to find themselves 7 points adrift of top spot. Having conceded 8 goals this month, Lions will be looking to tighten up their defence when the go head-to-head with league leaders Mons Calpe SC in March.
Into 4th where we find College 1975 FC on 7 points. Having ended January rock bottom of the Challenge Group, a surprise 4-1 victory over Lions in MW4 saw College claim a position in the table and will no doubt offer as they eye up a strong end to the campaign in March.
Lastly, in 5th place we find Europa Point FC with 6 points. With a loss and a draw to their name in February, Europa Point are still in search of the first victory in 2023, and will be hoping to end their winless run in March.