Manchester 62 F.C. Reserves vs Gibraltar United Reserves

Match corresponding to the 16th Round of the Gibraltarian Reserves Division and played on Thursday 24th May 2018 at 18:15

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Gibraltar United Reserves 10 – 2 Manchester 62 F.C. Reserves

Ramalho (2)
Carrasco
Cantelmi (3)
Minni
El Ouahabi (2)
Bosio

Gibraltar United Reserves

13 Alvaro Perez Pichardo
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
22 Jamie Pratts (C)
12 Ahmed El Hana
18 Max Cottrell
24 Jamie Bosio
40 Carlos Carrasco
27 Tito De Torres
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
11 Yassine Idouaziz
14 Javier Cantelmi

SUBSTITUTES

Ilyias El Ouahabi on for Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
Tarik El Hlou on for Max Cottrell

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Back Row (l to r): Perez Pichardo, Alberto, Cantelmi, El Hana, El Ouahabi, Carrasco, Avellano Front Row (l to r): Cottrell, Minni, De Torres, Bosio, Ramalho, El Hlou, Pratts (C)

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Match Preview: Gibraltar Phoenix F.C.

Match Review brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin

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Record versus Gibraltar Phoenix FC

Played: 4
Won: 2
Drawn: 1
Lost: 1

Last Result: 1 – 0 (02-04-2018)

Manager: Alberto Ferri
Captain: Francisco Moreno Jimenez
Top Scorer: German Cortes Narvaez (11)

Phoenix come into the game on the backs of an 8-0 drubbing by Europa F.C while United will seek three more vital points after the 3-0 win over Glacis last weekend. Both teams come into the game missing key players in key positions and the team who copes better with these absences might come out on top.

This is United’s penultimate game of the season and the stakes riding on it are high. Our last game against Phoenix proved a tough encounter and all efforts are being made to get the team ready for a tough and uncompromising match. Kick off Saturday 26th May at 16:00

Premier Division Review: Round 25

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Lincoln Red Imps finally crowned themselves champions on Saturday evening after an emphatic win over Lions. They are well deserved Champions having been the most regular side throughout the season and well deserved congratualtions are in order. St Joseph’s kept the fight for third place going after beating Mons Calpe 4-2 despite the Calpeans taking the lead in the first minute. Gib Utd did what they had to do and saw off Glacis United in the Friday Night Football. Elsewhere Man 62 were mathematically relegated after the game against Phoenix while Europa surprisingly went down to a resilient Lynx F.C. in perhaps the result of the round.

We enter the last but one round of fixtures as the sesaon draws to a close. Cup Finalists Mons are the first side to face Lincoln as Champions while Europa face relegated Man 62; the Green and Blacks play their game in hand against Phoenix on Monday. Gib Utd subsequently meet Phoenix on Saturday afternoon while St Joseph’s face Lynx F.C. Glacis vs Lions closes the Round. Incidentally the Rock Cup Final is played this Sunday as well in what is going to be a weekend jam packed of football.

Round Twenty Five Results

Gibraltar Phoenix F.C. (Narvaez, Ramos)     2   0 Manchester 62 F.C.
Europa F.C. (Kike)     1   2 Lynx F.C. (Gargiulo, Pumetti)
Glacis United F.C.     0   3 Gibraltar United (Ponce de Leon 2, Elghobashy)
Mons Calpe S.C. (Pibe 2)     2   4 St Joseph’s F.C. (Molina, Martinez, Verdejo, Delgado)
Lincoln Red Imps F.C. (Casciaro 2, Hernandez, Monterede, Merino 2, Cabrera)     7   1 Lions F.C. (Consigliero)

Round Twenty Six Fixtures

Mons Calpe S.C.     Vs Lincoln Red Imps F.C.
St Joseph’s F.C.     Vs Lynx F.C.
Lions F.C.     Vs Glacis United F.C.
Gibraltar United     Vs Gibraltar Phoenix F.C.
Manchester 62 F.C.     Vs Europa F.C.

League Table as of 21-05-2018

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Gibraltar United Reserves vs Glacis United Reserves

Match corresponding to the 14th Round of the Gibraltarian Reserves Division and played on Sunday 20th May at 18:15.

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Gibraltar United Reserves 1 – 2 Glacis United Reserves

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Gibraltar United Reserves

13 Alvaro Perez Pichardo
38 Ahmed El Hana
24 Jamie Bosio (C)
40 Carlos Carrasco
18 Max Cottrell
20 Michael Negrette
11 Yassine Idouaziz
27 Tito De Torres
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
14 Javier Cantelmi
28 Ilyias El Ouahabi

SUBSTITUTES

Pedro Hidalgo Calvente on for Ilyias El Ouahabi
Jorge Avellano on for Alvaro Perez Pichardo

Glacis United F.C. Vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 25th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 18th May 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you by Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 0 Glacis United F.C.

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Elghobashy

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
6   Brad Power
5   Erin Barnett
8   Filipe Aguiar
15 Aymen Mouelhi
39 Leo Pereyra
17 Marco Meireles
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Michael Negrette on for Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
Javier Cantelmi on for Ayman Elghobashy
Tito De Torres on for Daniel Ponce de Leon

With Carrasco and Bosio missing due to suspension and Baio out through injury it is a rather different midfield 3 that take the field. Aymen steps into the defensive midfield role he usually played in last season while Marco takes a more withdrawn role than usual. Brad comes into centre defence while Pipo just edges out Negrette on the right wing.

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All photos used in the match report are credited to William Gracia.

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Back Row (l to r): Farinha, Barnett, Power, Chino (C), Elghobashy, Mouelhi Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Pereyra, Aguiar, Ramalho, Ponce de Leon

United were fully aware that nothing less than 3 points today would do if last weeks win over Lincoln was to serve any purpose. The interest in the match was heightened by the presence of Andorran referees on the pitch as part of a referee exchange between the Andorra and Gibraltar FAs. Fans were curious how these officials, one being a woman, compared to the local referees.

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Glacis United started the stronger of the teams as it took United’s misfit midfield some time to adjust. They had the early ball and the first few chances with former United player El Andalussi heading over the bar and Glacis also hitting the crossbar with a thundering volley. Indeed things were lookig dire early on with the Clarets in the ascendancy.

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Chino the busier keeper in the opening exchanges

As the game progressed however United began to get a solid grip on the game. Manolo swapped Aymen and Leo’s position on the pitch and the latter began to put in a stellar performance regaining possession regualrly and breaking up play to release Dani and Marco on the ball. Aymen also went on to have a very good game in unfamiliar territory and often getting into very forward positions. As United got the ball chances began to arrive.

Pipo blasted one over while the ever active and often mishandled Elghobashy was pinging shots in. Indeed he turned provider once again after a quick exchange with Dani saw the latter drift in to the central area, cushion the ball with his left peg to set up the shot and blast the ball past Gonzalez with half an hour gone. Though the goal did not technichally come against the run of play it served to clam nerves and settle the team down.

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Dani opens the scoring

To their credit Glacis fought back hard. They once again pressed our midfield but hit a resolute white wall and there was no way through. Occasionally shots and crosses were pinged in but nothing the keeper or defence could handle. Hoyos and the deadly Cerezo were taking the danger forward but in Barnett and Power they found their equal. Once again Leo excelled in shielding the defence and frankly put in a masterclass performance in defensive midfield play. As Mr Da Costa Carvalho called time United could feel happy they were in the lead and had contained Glacis’ forrays.

The second half kicked off with a sub as Negrette replaced the quiet Ramalho. One player who was not quiet was Elghobashy. The striker has been somewhat of a revelation in Gibraltar and he has amassed a cult following due to his power, style of play, personality and goals. Glacis’ central defenders have been no differet to others and resorted to the dark arts to stop him. However he nabbed his goal following a powerful shot from edge of the box just after the hour that finally saw the fight drop out of Glacis. 2-0 up and heading to the desired 3 points.

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Ayman charges

The goal had come shortly after Barnett made Gonzalez pull of a spectacular save down low following a corner routine, he soon followed it up with another great save from the subsequent corner. Glacis were under the cosh and despite the introduction of the battling Ruiz, they knew the match had escaped them. Farinha also had a golden chance as he turned the keeper but the covering defender meant he could not capitalise on some excellent work. A mention as well to Filipe Aguiar, playing out of position but there is yet to find a gustier, more dedicated left back in the league!

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Farinha glides past Gonzalez

Marco put the final touch of class to the match by putting Dani through with a classy ball from deep. Ponce finished with the class and poise that characterises his play to seal the deal and deliver a priceless three points. The match finally ebbed out, though Glacis were to end with 10 following the sending off of Tyson Ruiz, with United 5 points clear in third. With Mons Calpe facing St Joseph’s this evening it may well be a key weekend in the push for third place.

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Dani seals the three points!

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Match Preview: Glacis United F.C.

Match preview brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Qunatocoin

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Record against Glacis United F.C.

Played: 8
Won: 4
Drawn: 1
Lost: 3

Last Result: 4 – 1 (15-03-2018)

Manager: Mariano Marcos Garcia
Captain: Daniel Guerrero Heredia
Top Scorer: Antonio Cerezo (9)

 

United come into the game with morale sky high following the win over Lincoln. It came at a price however with Bosio and Carrasco picking up costly bookings. Marco has resumed full fitness and the squads morale was further bouyed by news of Roman’s quicker than expected recovery from injury and he may rejoin the fold soon.

Glacis also come into the game in good form after getting 6 past Man 62. Cerezo bagged himself 4 in that game but both Sidi and defensive stalwart Cano will be absent due to suspension. A win is a must to keep third place; kick off Friday 20:30.

Lynx F.C. Reserves vs Gibraltar United Reserves

Match corresponding to the 8th Round of the Gibraltarian Reserves Division and played on Monday 14th May at 18:15.

Gibraltar United Reserves 2 – 3 Lynx F.C. Reserves

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El Ouahabi

Gibraltar United Reserves

31 Jorge Avellano
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
6   Brad Power
21 Pedro Hidalgo Calvente
12 Ahmed el Hana
18 Max Cottrell
7   Cecil Prescott
27 Tito De Torres
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
11 Yassine Idouaziz
14 Javier Cantelmi

SUBSTITUTES

Ilyias El Ouahabi on Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
Tarik El Hlou on for Alberto Del Rio Fernandez

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Premier Division Review: Round 24

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Key fixtures were played over the last few days that may yet determine who finishes in what position. Europa beat St Joseph’s 4-1 while United responded to the Saint’s defeat by defeating Lincoln 3-1. Mons Calpe continued their excellent run of form by defeating Lions 2-0, though the goals came late on in the game. Phoenix saw off Lynx to earn some breathing space but in the other match Glacis United relegated Manchester 62 by thumping them 6-0 and sending the Red Devils to the Second Division.

Next week sees United facing Glacis United and a win is imperative to make our win this week valid. St Jospeh’s on the other hand meet Mons Calpe with the Calpeans with aspirations on third place of their own; incidentally the Saints play their game in hand on Monday. Lincoln will seek three points that takes them closer to the title against Lions while Europa face off against Lynx. Relegated Man 62 and Phoenix close the round.

Round Twenty Four Results

Lions F.C.     0   3 Mons Calpe S.C. (Blanco 2)
St Joseph’s F.C. (Delgado)     1   4 Europa F.C. (Belfortti, Kike 2, Roldan)
Lynx F.C.     0   2 Gibraltar Phoenix F.C. (Narvaez, Feria)
Manchester 62 F.C.     0   6 Glacis United F.C. (Cerezo 4, Rios, Serra)
Gibraltar United (Ponce de Leon, Elghobashy, Aguiar)     3   1 Lincoln Red Imps F.C. (Merino)

Round Twenty Five Fixtures

Gibraltar Phoenix F.C.     Vs Manchester 62 F.C.
Europa F.C.     Vs Lynx F.C.
Glacis United F.C.     Vs Gibraltar United
Mons Calpe S.C.     Vs St Joseph’s F.C.
Lincoln Red Imps F.C.     Vs Lions F.C.

League Table as of 13-05-2018

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Gibraltar United vs Lincoln Red Imps F.C.

Match corresponding to the 24th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 12th May at 20:30. Match report brough to you courtesy of Quantocoin and Turicum Private Bank.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 Lincoln Red Imps F.C.

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Elghobashy
Aguiar

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
8   Filipe Aguiar
15 Ayman Mouelhi
5   Erin Barnett
23 Andre De Oilviera Farinha
4   Yalany Baio
24 Jamie Bosio
39 Leo Pereyra
40 Carlos Carrasco
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Marco Meireles on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Yalany Baio
Michael Negrette on for Leo Pereyra

Farinha makes his expected return to the line up and Elghobashy has recovered from several niggles to take his place up front. Leo also makes a start with Negrette dropping to the bench as Manolo seeks to contain Lincoln’s initial push and play on the counter. Great news as well in seeing Marco back in the team, albeit on the bench, after a bout of illness.

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The brief was to equal or better St Jospeh’s result and boy did we better it. Parallels can be drawn to a few weeks ago when we beat Europa for St Jospeh’s to then beat Lincoln the following day. Well following St Joseph’s defeat on Thursday to Europa we face Lincoln Red Imps today.

Photo courtesy William Gracia

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Back Row (l to r): Farinha, Barnett, Chino (C), Elghobashy, Mouelhi, Carrasco Front Row (l to r): Pereyra, Aguiar, Bosio, Baio, Ponce de Leon

United started brightly and aggressively and 60 seconds into the match Mr Barcelo had his first massive call to make when Elghobashy showed Roy Chipolina a clean set of heels, burst into the area and was felled; clear penalty from where we were sat but Mr Barcelo emphatically waved Red and White appeals away as the game continued. Was he setting the tone? The fact that Chipolina could not keep up with Ayman was made abundantly clear however.

United had an excellent first 15 minutes with the defence handling Lincoln’s attacks with ease. Farinha and Aguiar neutralised Lincoln’s tried and tested diagonal ball to the wings and provided the basis for our forward momentum. Forward momentum that got its just rewards 9 minutes into the match. Leo floated in a delicious ball that fell inbetween Chipolina and Oli and land at Dani’s feet just as he ghosted past them. His calm touch and subsequent composure allowed him to deftly poke the ball past a helpless Soler to give United a lead that not many in the stadium expected, though the hardcore United support did! He wheeled off in celebration in front of the Lincoln support as he was engulfed by team mates.

Ecstasy that was doubled a mere 120 seconds later as Elghobashy once again left Chipolina and the rest of the Lincoln defence in his wake. He won the byline, powered past the defence and as Soler came out to close the already tight angle he simply rolled the ball under the keeper’s body to score his 9th goal of the campaign and shock the Lincoln support into silence. United 2-0 up and the game 10 minutes old…not what Lincoln’s script had expected.

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United ceded some possession then but each and everyone of the eleven men on the field of play went on to have a flawless first 45 minutes. Farinha was simply spectacular and around him the 10 other heroes battled. Carlos, Leo and Jamie made the middle of the park their own while Baio and Dani sacrificed some of their game to graft and toil on the wings. Ayman as always harrassing at the spearhead of our attack. Lincoln began to get frustrated and thier only clear chance was a Falu half volley parried by Chino. The other moments of danger came from crosses and corners. Supporters did not want the half to end such was the ease with which we were controlling the game. As Mr Barcelo blew his whistle a certain needle had worked itself into the game, needle that would overspill in the second half.

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Lincoln started the second half with a double substitution that signaled their intent. Joseph Chipolina made his comeback from injury and Merino came on and Lincoln went on to the attack from the whistle. Wave after wave of white attack surged forward but the defence held firm. Mouelhi was being solid in the air and Barnett was throwing himslef into every block and challenge.

Lincoln began to create chances though. First it was a tame shot that Chino handled well, then a ball crashing against the post that kept our goal safe. Then it was Farinha with the first of a couple of goal line clearances. Hearts were palpitating and breaths being held but we were keeping the juggernaut out! Elghobashy was a constant threat though and every ball over the top meant a chase for Oli and Chipolina that frankly they didnt fancy. All that pressure however did have its fruit when Merio pulled one back on 66 minutes to give the game an extra edge moving into the last 25 minutes.

25 minutes of great friction if I may borrow Clausewitz’s phrase. There were some lengthy spells of stoppage due to United players being hurt. Lincoln players, keeper Lolo Soler in particular were taking great umbrage at this and tempers finally broiled over when Baio went over hurting his wrist. Soler was quick to remonstrate, again, and claim play acting. An action that incensed the United bench especially as Baio could not continue. As tempers flared Sanchez Alfaro was sent to the stands and Soler booked for what may be interpreted as unsporting behaviour. Lincoln assistant Coach, Segovia, was also sent to the stands by Mr Barcelo as frustrations began to get the better of people.

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Yet try as they might Lincoln could not get through. Carrasco sent another ball off the line  as Lincoln desperately sought the equaliser. Alas for them it did not come and hope soon evaporated late in the game as United sealed the three points. Elghobashy won his sprint against the defence for the umpteenth time and with Soler to beat he crashed a curled shot against the crossbar, United supporters could not believe it…yet there to pick up the pieces was Aguiar who had tapped his energy reserves to follow Ayman in. He picked up the rebound, shuffled his feet and neatly put the ball away to seal the points.

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Watching the match was almost as exhausting as playing in it but what a massive three points! It now opens a 5 point gap with St Joseph’s in 4th and it largely negates the advantage of their game in hand. 3 more massive games to go with the next one against Glacis United on Friday evening at 20:30.

Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam

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Match Preview: Lincoln Red Imps F.C.

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Record against Lincoln Red Imps

Played: 9
Won: 0
Drawn: 0
Lost: 9

Last Result: 0 – 4 (07-03-2018)

Manager: Diego Jose Perez
Captain: Roy Chipolina
Top Scorer: Rafael Aranda ‘Falu’ (12)

Despite a mid round blip Lincoln continue leading the pack and reasserted their dominance in a 6-0 drubbing of Manchester 62 on Monday. Yet they have dropped points recently and both teams approach the match in good form.

United are hopeful Meireles is back following illness but Farinha returns to the fold folowing a one match ban for accumulation; Elghobashy will also be pushing for a start. With St Joseph’s facing Europa on Thursday the emphasis will be on bettering or equalling St Joseph’s result to keep the fight for third place alive.

Kick off 20:30 Saturday evening.