With several first team players being given valuable game time, this meant that the team had an excellent mix of youth and experience. An early chance for Tulio Etchemaite from a long throw by Kenneth Chipolina set the tone early on with Lincoln dominating possession and territory, creating chances and squandering them. Midway through the half Dean Torrilla pounced on a loose ball in midfield, fed Leon Clinton who released Tulio on a 1v1 with the Glacis goalkeeper which Tulio was able to resolve to make the score 1-0. Several more chances went begging as well as a string of offside decisions as the Lincoln forward line got caught in their anxiety to add to their lead. An injury to Kenneth Chipolina meant that he had to be replaced by Sheigh Wilson during the first half.

“Lincoln Reserves completed their league programme with a hard-earned win over their Glacis opponents”

The pattern of play continued in the second period with Ronco and Tobler commanding at the back and the midfield of Torrilla, Asquez, Dobinson and Vinet creating plenty of width and space for Clinton and Tulio to flourish. Several more chances came and went before Tulio cheekily back-heeled a driven cross into the top corner for 2-0. A change of personnel led to a slight relaxation of Lincoln’s grip on the game and a lapse in central midfield allowed Glacis to claw one goal back. However, Lincoln were not going to let this one slip and Isaac Vinet capped an eye-catching display in midfield with a powerful run down the right and an accurate cross which Tulio dispatched for his hat-trick. It seems Tulio is a better finisher when given less time to consider his options.

So that’s the end of the season for the Reserves team, which is likely to finish runners up in the league. A creditable performance given that the squad of players used has been predominantly a mix of under 18 and under 15 players.


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