Month: October 2014

Gibraltar United Football Club vs Leo Football Club

Match Corresponding to the 5th Round of the Gibraltarian 2nd Division and played on Sunday 26th October at the Victoria Stadium at 18:00

Gibraltar United Football Club 8 – 1 Leo Football Club

Muscat (4)
Cumbo (2)
Rocca
Victor

Gibraltar United Football Club

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Aden Victor
3   Kenneth Chipolina
4   Jared Buhagiar
2   Carl Thomas
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
8   Dylan Mañasco
7   Dean Debono
12 Adrian Lopez
17 Philip Villata
9   Lee Muscat

SUBSTITUTES

Stefan Cumbo on for Adrian Lopez
Damian Rocca on for Philip Villata
Matthew Massetti on for Jared Buhagiar

Unfortunately your usual match reporter was unavailable for this match as he was stuck in Bristol Airport ‘watching’ the match via Twitter and WhatsApp until his battery run out so no narrative as usual. However a great effort by all the team, that in the absence of Randal Aldorino was led by Ian Mañasco. Tremendous predatory instinct by Lee Muscat netting 4 goals. Onwards and upwards we go. Morale sky high as we get ready for our next match against Cannons FC on the 10th November, though our Reserves play Man 62 Reserves tomorrow.

The League table as it stands today.

The League table as it stands today.

Muscat and Cumbo riding high in the goal scoring charts!

Muscat and Cumbo riding high in the goal scoring charts!

Angels FC vs Gibraltar United Football Club

Match corresponding to the 4th round of the Gibraltarian Second Division. Played Sunday 19th October 2014 at the Victoria Stadium at 16:00

Gibraltar United Football Club 2 – 0 Angels FC

Thomas
Andrew Lopez

Gibraltar United Football Club

13 Joe Borg
3   Kenneth Chipolina
5   Aaron Collado
4   Jared Buhagiar
2   Carl Thomas
11 Aden Victor
6   William Gracia
8   Dylan Mañasco
12 Adrian Lopez
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
9   Justin Collado

SUBSTITUTES

Stefan Cumbo on for Adrian Lopez
Matthew Massetti on for Aaron Collado
Damian Rocca on for Justin Collado

A balmy, but blustery afternoon saw Angels FC take the field against a still unbeaten Gib Utd side, that debuted their yellow second strip. United were missing a number of players through injury, most notably Lee Muscat with a back injury. Keeper ‘Chino’ Goldwin was also out through injury but in Joe Borg we have another excellent keeper to guard our goal, as events would prove. Manager Randal Aldorino was forced into a somewhat unfamiliar 4-4-2 formation due to the personnel changes and took to the field in the following formation.

United in an unfamiliar 4-4-2 formation

United in an unfamiliar 4-4-2 formation

Angels themselves were also a number of players down. Namely through a series of three red cards in their previous match. Likewise both manager and assistant manager also had to watch the game from the stands. Gibraltar United proved to be superior to their opponents from the kick off though. The passing of the ball was fluid, and passages of play were swift and accurate. Indeed it was United who had the early chances.  Angels were compact in the center of the field and tried to deny both Gracia and Mañasco space and time on the ball. But our tenacious midfielders won the battle time and time again and constant balls were being pinged to Adrian Lopez on one wing and Victor on the other. United’s first clear opportunity came with a foul near the edge of the box. Full back, Kenneth Chipolina, unleashed his left footed cannon but the ball ricocheted off the wall and into touch.

Chipolina takes the free kick!

Chipolina takes the free kick!

Angels were reduced to sporadic advances that were easily dealt with by our defence. The central quartet of Collado-Buhagiar-Gracia-Mañasco easily controlled the central area of the pitch and quickly distributed the ball to the flanks for a quick transition from defence to attack. One of these attacks resulted in a United corner that was well worked. Following a routine straight off the training pitch, a short corner between Buhagiar and Justin Collado resulted in a faked cross that saw the Angels defence bunched up in their penalty spot while the ball was deftly passed to an onrushing Carl Thomas from deep. A controlled finish saw him blast the ball to the empty net behind the diving Angels keeper. In all honesty it was what United deserved as they entered the dressing room one up!

The goal scorer receives the plaudits from his team mates.

The goal scorer receives the plaudits from his team mates.

The second half followed pretty much the same pattern. United dominant in all areas of the pitch…except one! Quicker to the ball and harder into the tackle, Gib Utd player’s surged forward. Not before Joe Borg made an outstanding one on one save to keep the score at 1-0. Aaron Collado was soon substituted as he aggravated a back injury and Matthew Massetti took to the field. Earlier substitute Stefan Cumbo was to provided the first of a hat trick of unbelievable misses as he missed a one on one with the Angels keeper after some deft footwork, already his trademark! Justin Collado made a similar error and Aden Victor likewise spurned a chance that was harder to miss than score. United supporters in the stands, that once again came out in force, began to get apprehensive, was the old football adage of ruing missed chances going to haunt them? Local sports news outlet 5 point 4 seemed to think so:

 

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However this was not to be the case. Following a series of quick counter attacks, Angels to their credit went forwards in trying to salvage a point, Andrew Lopez cut in from the flank and with his left foot put the result beyond any doubt. 2-0 and a fully justified result that in all honesty should have been by a larger margain. 7 days to recover now until our next match against Leo FC. Still unbeaten and still joint top of the table.

Gibraltar United Football Club vs Europa Point FC

Match corresponding to Round 3 of the Gibraltarian Second Division. Played on Thursday 9th October 2014 at the Victoria Stadium.

Gibraltar United Football Club 1 – 1 Europa Point FC

Cumbo

Gibraltar United Football Club

1  Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
3  Kenneth Chipolina
5  Aaron Collado
4  Jared Buhagiar
2  Adrian Lopez
6 William Gracia
8  Dylan Mañasco
7  Justin Collado
19 Aiden Victor
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
9   Lee Muscat

SUBSTITUTES

Joe Borg on for Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
Carl Thomas on for Aiden Victor
Stefan Cumbo on for Jared Buhagiar

An intense match played under the floodlights on a warm October evening. Randal Aldorino repeated an almost identical eleven to the team that played against the Scorpions with Cumbo dropping to the bench and Lee Muscat taking his place up front. The game kicked off slowly with both teams wary of each other’s records. Both top of the table, both unbeaten. Like two heavyweights they eyed each other across the pitch with little initial goal mouth action. Unlike the game against the Scorpions, this match was a fair fight with both teams going in for the tackle hard and fair. Aiden Victor showed flashes early on of trying to cut in from the wing, the Europa Point full back sometimes looked quite lost at sea at times. Yet United lacked the killer ball into Muscat. The Europa Point keeper should have seen a red card when he tackled Lee Muscat outside the area and thereby denying a clear goal scoring opportunity. The referee seemed to lack the necessary fortitude to show him red and opted for the easy yellow instead. Aiden Victor also had a goal justly disallowed for offside after a free kick into the box saw the ball headed in his direction. The linesman correct in his assessment of the play.

Packed midfield, a feature of the match in its early stages.

Packed midfield, a feature of the match in its early stages.

United shaded the first half and though created little, their opponents created less concentrating on frustrating our wingers and packing their midfield to staunch our creative players. The score at 0-0 at halftime and the tension from the pitch was felt on the stands as well as a decent sized crowd was very vocal in support of Gibraltar United. The second half kicked off at a brisker pace with Lee Muscat working his magic. He dribbled his way past the Europa Point fullback and cut inside from the right hand side. Leaving the centre half in his wake, he made the inch of space he needed. With the crowd calling the goal, Lee sliced his shot far to the left of the Europa Point goal. 10 minutes into the half, Chino Goldwin and Europa’s number 9 went into a tackle. a clear 50/50 ball in which our keeper came off the worst. He immediately called for assistance and though he hobbled on for another couple of minutes he was forced to call for the sub. Joe Borg replaced him. Indeed, Chino was carried off the pitch by his assailant who responded very well to the well intended cries of ‘camilla’ (strecher) from the stands. We wish Chino a speedy recovery. Incidentally the Europa Number 9 was quick to apologise to Chino, a great example of fair play. Incidentally also had to carry off one of his own players later in the half”

Chino is carried off the pitch

Chino is carried off the pitch.

Muscat made another chance for himself that was blocked last minute by an onrushing defender. Justin Collado also hit the side netting after a trademark run and dribble. With players tiring Randal Aldorino sent in Carl Thomas, available after serving a one match ban, on for Victor but calamity struck soon after. Europa Point midfielder Jose Carlos put in a devilish through ball that unhinged our defenders. Captain Andrew Lopez busted his gut tracking back but was unfortunate enough to catch a ricochet ball and bundle it into his own net. In essence Europa Point’s first attempt on goal.

United heads, however did not drop and we surged forward looking for the equaliser. Aldorino threw on Stefan Cumbo for Buhagiar, sacrificing a defender for more flair in the attacking areas and his class soon showed as United started to get got possession in and around the opposition box. Our spirit never bowed and by sheer force of will the crowd were urging the team forward. A couple of quick passes saw full back Kenneth Chipolina, who had another outstanding game, thunder a trademark shot straight through a crowded box. The Europa keeper palmed the ball weakly from the goal. Stefan Cumbo literally found himself with a tap in a yard from the goal line. The crowd went wild as Stefan celebrated his second goal of the season coming off the bench! Time was against United and the ref soon blew his whistle, though claims are the clock was running onto the 44th minute when the whistle went. Anyhow still top of the league and still unbeaten United march on to a match against Angels FC.