Match corresponding to the 6th Round of the Gibraltarian Second Division and played on Monday 10th November 2014 at the Victoria Stadium.
Gibraltar United Football Club 8 – 0 Cannons Football Club
Gibraltar United Football Club
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Jared Buhagiar
5 Kenneth Chipolina
2 Aaron Collado
3 Carl Thomas
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
6 Dylan Mañasco
8 Stefan Cumbo
12 Aden Victor
7 Justin Collado
9 Lee Muscat
Adrian Lopez on for Lee Muscat
Steven Gilbert on for Justin Collado
The first winter chills were being felt around the Victoria Stadium as Cannons and United took to the field. It had been over a week since the 8-1 thrashing handed out to Leo FC and supporters were wondering if the extended break between matches would affect the squad. Aldorino opted for a 4-4-2 formation that saw the return of Aaron Collado to the defence after a few games out with an injury. Kenneth Chipolina, fresh from his début with the Gibraltar Under 19 selection, partnered him in centre defence while Jared Buhagiar swapped positions and slotted into left back. Up front our very own ‘ Der Bomber’. Lee Muscat, led the line with Justin Collado playing just off him. Captain Lopez playing slightly more in the wide areas to the left of midfield.
United’s dominance was clear from the off. Europa Point’s earlier result, a 5-1 victory over College Pegasus, put us under some pressure but it was clear from the kick off that the players were hungry. United took quick possession of the ball and dominated it for practically the whole of the match. Cannons could not deal with Lopez’s and Victor’s penetrative and imaginative runs from the wings. Muscat and Collado played well in tandem playing off each other and driving the cannons defence bonkers! The breakthrough came after Lee Muscat was brought down near the edge of the Cannon’s box. The defenders could not live with his sheer pace and power and a lunging tackle brought the striker down. The referee rushed forwards and after consulting his linesman pointed to the spot, the Cannons player getting his name in the book. Captain, Andrew Lopez pulled rank over Muscat and resolutely put the ball on the spot. A thunderous strike to the left of the Cannons keeper saw the net bulge and United go 1 up on the scoreboard.
Conscious of the fact that goal difference is surely to play a massive role in the league, United’s players surged forward. Aden Victor got his 2nd goal of the season after some clever play from Justin Collado. United’s flamboyant winger himself having already scored our second goal. United’s dominance was clear with Cannons finding it hard to leave their half, let alone get hold of the ball. Lee Muscat, however, had no issues with this. He was a constant thorn in the Cannon’s side. His footwork bedazzled their defence while his sheer power overwhelmed them. It was not surprising to see his name on the score sheet midway through the half as he netted the first of his three goals. Indeed a second hatrick on the trot and his 7th goal in two games. Ill leave it to the local sports media to describe his impact on the game!
Andrew Lopez netted a second goal in a second half that was a complete rout of the Cannons, who to their credit did not lose their heads or their will to play the game. Jared Buhagiar closed the scoring with a superbly taken strike into the top corner of the Cannons goal. Steven Gilbert made his debut after injury. With Kaylan Rumbo getting a run out with the reserves earlier in the week it meant that players were coming back and the team getting stronger. Stefan Cumbo should have scored the goal of the night when he left two defenders dead on their feet with some deft footwork that was followed with a flawless technique as he wrapped his foot round the ball. With the keeper beaten it was only the width of the crossbar that denied the midfielder. All in all back in top spot and another 8 goal fest. The gauntlet thrown down by Europa Point had been resolutely picked up by Gibraltar and thrown back at their feet. Magpies up next a week from today.