Match corresponding to the 7th Round of the Gibraltarian Second Division and played on Monday 17th November 2014 at the Victoria Stadium.
Gibraltar United Football Club 6 – 0 Bruno’s Magpies Football Club
Gibraltar United Football Club
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
2 Aaron Collado
4 Shane Crisp
5 Kenneth Chipolina
11 Jared Buhagiar
7 Justin Collado
8 Dylan Mañasco
14 Stefan Cumbo
12 Aden Victor
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
9 Lee Muscat
Carl Thomas on for Shane Crisp
Steven Gilbert on for Aden Victor
Kaylan Rumbo on for Aaron Collado
Genuine autumn chills assailed the vocal but hardcore support of Gibraltar United as they huddled in their usual spot in the stands of the Victoria Stadium. United had Bruno’s Magpies, a decent outfit that had made a solid start to the season and sat pretty half way up the table. Aldorino once again opted with the 4-4-2 that had been serving him so well. The only change from the previous match came in defence where Shane Crisp was once again fit after suffering a broken nose against Gib Phoenix in the first game of the season. Carl Thomas dropping to bench, Muscat once again the spearhead of our attack. Aaron Collado drifting out to the right back berth.
United, as now is customary started briskly, the cold not affecting the players as they tore in the Magpies. Lee Muscat once again showed his power, determination and skill early on by leaving the whole of the Magpies’right wing in his wake as he cut into the area and loosed a shot. Captain Andrew Lopez got himself a classic poacher’s goal with a tap in centimeters from the line Gary Lineker style. Was another rout on the cards?
However if previous matches had belonged to our frontline, today was a match for our central midfield generals. Mañasco and Cumbo complimented themselves perfectly in the first half. Tackling hard and using the ball wisely, they created and maintained the platform for our team to go forward and assault the enemy goal. Yet luck was not with Shane Crisp. In a rare Magpies attack he over stretched in a tackle and was soon seen hobbling off the pitch to be replaced by Carl Thomas. He slotted into his usual right back berth while Aaron Collado moved back into the middle. Though the Magpies tried, their attacks were often broken up by Dylan and then exploited by Stefan. In once such event Jared Buhagiar scored his third goal in three games (he also netted for the Reserves last week). Not the usual screamer has had us accustomed to of late but a rather more simple goal pouncing on a defensive error, not that anyone was complaining! Justin Collado, having provided the assist for Jared then neatly run in a shot off the post to make it 3-0. Soon after United were forced into another untimely substitution as Aden Victor limped off to be replaced by Steven Gilbert, himself fresh out of an injury. An unfortunate own goal by Magpies Left Back Sollitt meant that as referee Barcelo blew for half time United were coasting at 4-0. Though ‘Chino’ had made some saves he had been largely a spectator on the fringes of the match.
This was not the case in the second half however. United started lethargic and quite sloppy. The distance between the lines widen and mistakes were made that Magpies did not capitalise on. Indeed as our defence came under pressure of our creation Aaron Collado was forced into a hard tackle which saw him carried off a few minutes after. Randal Aldorino threw on his last sub, Kaylan Rumbo into what now was a makeshift formation with Rumbo as center half and Muscat playing almost as center midfield. With Stefan Cumbo also taking a knock on his knee, it meant that Dylan Mañasco had to be fighting fires all over the middle of the park.
An almost immobile Cumbo yet left us with moments of class as he used the ball cleverly in more advanced positions. Magpies went all out for a consolation and Chino had several close shaves that he dealt with authoritatively. It was Justin Collado who settled United nerves with a fine individual finish putting an end to the Magpies’ enthusiastic attempts to get a goal. Dylan closed the scoring with a much deserved goal that he finished with aplomb after a pass from Steven Gilbert. Lee Muscat also played well in a more withdrawn position using the ball wisely and constantly encouraging players around him. Though 3 more injuries meant more pressure for Aldorino 3 more points in the bag and 6 more goals in the for column. A clean sheet as well. The focus now shifts to the 2nd Division Cup vs Boca Juniors (Gib) this coming Sunday. Well done the lads!