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The Gibtelecom Cup Final takes place this Sunday at 7pm at the Victoria Stadium. 

Gibraltar United FC are playing in their first domestic cup final in the 'modern' era of Gibraltarian football and face the realistic possibility of qualifying for European Football, for the first time in their long history should they win the trophy on Sunday. 

Europa FC on the other hand are looking to get over the disappointment of losing out on the league title, only just recently, and victory would secure a third consecutive Gibtelecom Cup. Their place in European club competitions next season has already been secured by virtue of their second place finish in the Gibraltar First Division. 

 


Addressing the media today, Gibraltar United Club President, Adrian Ballestero was in no doubt about the significance of the occasion for Gibraltar United. He stated this is a "historic occasion for the club ... and there is no doubt that the players deserve to be in the final given all their hard work and efforts on the pitch this season". Especially in the Gibtelecom Cup.


The Gibraltar United President added that he would like to see as many Gibraltar United fans as possible in the Stadium on Sunday evening and that it was a great honour to have his team playing in the Cup final in what is his first year in his new role.


Head Coach Paco Luna was also equally delighted at being in the final but stressed that his side would be facing a very strong Europa FC, who only just missed out on the League title. Luna was in no doubt that his team would be ready and totally up for the final on Sunday.


Gibraltar United centre back Erin Barnett, a player who has had plenty of experience on the international scene, was also eager to get the final underway as he has never had the opportunity to play in a domestic cup final at Gibraltar United.

 

Europa FC's Head Coach, Rafa Escobar, spoke of his admiration for Gibraltar United and with a tactical setup that was somewhat unique to the league in Gibraltar stating that he was certain that they would be a very tough team to beat on Sunday evening. When questioned on his Europa side losing out to Lincoln in the battle for the league title, Escobar was extremely complimentary towards the newly crowned league Champions stating they totally deserved their success, but that he was extremely proud of the work and effort that his players had put in during his short time in charge of the club so far.

Escobar also said with the exception of Tjay De Barr (suspended) Mustapha Yahaya was their only current injury concern. 

Liam Walker, Europa's number 10, and arguably Europa's go to man on Sunday (given De Barr's absence) stressed the need for whoever was selected for Europa FC in the final needed to be at the top of their game to ensure they retain the trophy.  

 

 

One thing is in no doubt, both teams really want to finish off the season on a high.

Gibraltar United will be looking to make history and secure not only silverware but European Qualification.

Europa FC are determined to put their league disappointment behind them and retain the trophy that they have made their own over the past two seasons