Match corresponding to the 8th Round of the Gibraltarian Second Division and played on Sunday 7th December 2014 at the Victoria Stadium.
Gibraltar United Football Club 8 – 1 Boca Juniors (Gib)
Gibraltar United Football Club
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
2 Aaron Collado
3 Kenneth Chipolina
11 Jared Buhagiar
8 Dylan Mañasco
6 William Gracia
14 Stefan Cumbo
16 Steven Gilbert
12 Aden Victor
7 Justin Collado
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
Kaylan Rumbo on for William Gracia
Shane Howe on for Justin Collado
David Gallardo on for Dylan Mañasco
A seriously chilly December night was the backdrop for Gib Utd’s latest league encounter. It was a case of deja vu as our opponents were once again Boca Juniors, recently disposed of in the 2nd Division League Cup. Would complacency set in? Would the cold affect the players? Those questions were answered with aplomb by the Gibraltar United players. William Gracia made his return to league action after 3 weeks absence through injury and the team lined up with 3 at the back. Lee Muscat was the obvious absentee as he nurses an injury. Shane Howe and David Gallardo made the bench and both made their debuts during the course of the match. As for the rest of the line up it took a very familiar look to it. Justin Collado played just off Andrew Lopez while Dylan and Stefan plied their usual roles in the middle of the park.
Gib Utd were very quick off the start as they immediately took possession of the ball and kept it away from Boca, a constant throughout the match and indeed this season as Utd have made it a characteristic of their play. Boca’s midfielders were made to chase the ball while our passing was incisive and quick. It was at the end of one of these through balls that Justin Collado notched up the first goal of the evening. A well placed finished at the end of a delicious pass. Any doubts that the team would have been complacent or the cold would have any effect were immediately dispelled.
Yet the remainder of the first half bore no resemblance to the avalanche coming in the second. Boca, tenacious in midfield, seemed to wake up after the goal had gone in and were challenging Gracia and Mañasco for possession of the ball and the center of the pitch. Yet they carried little goal scoring threat. United however had two chances. Andrew Lopez missed a gilt edged chance and missed from point blank range while Kenneth Chipolina unleashed a trademark scorcher from range that almost caught Hermida in the Boca goal cold. The ref blew for half time with Gibraltar United holding onto their one goal lead.
The second half however was a different story altogether. Gibraltar United were superior to their opponent in all aspects of the game. Aldorino must have given his team some team talk, incidentally Boca stayed pitch side and did not retire to their dressing room, as United unleashed a version of footballing Blitzkrieg on the Boca goal. A few minutes into the half Aden Victor gave United a two goal cushion after some clever interplay with Jared Buhagier and Justin Collado. His neat finish a fitting end to a good footballing move. Referee, Andy Parody, then took center stage by awarding Gibraltar United two penalties. To be honest they were both stonewallers which Captain Andrew Lopez dispatched to either side of Hermida in the Boca goal. 4-0 up and it seemed coasting. United’s defence coped well with the infrequent Boca attacks, while the midfield bossed the area in front of them. Gilbert and Victor on the wings provided good width and clever play hemming the Boca full backs into their area.
Enter Stefan Cumbo into the fray. Author of two goals of immense quality. His first, a raspingly powerful shot that thundered off the cross bar and clearly bounced behind the goal line. His second was a show of sheer class in terms of movement and finishing. A masterfully placed ball that caressed the post leaving a diving Hermida to claw helplessly at the air as the ball curved away beyond the reach of his extended fingers. Sandwiched between both of Cumbo’s goals United scored their 6th. A debut goal for Shane Howe. Having already had a couple of run outs with the Reserves, Shane was making his debut in the league tonight. He showed good movement and good touches of the ball and he grabbed his goal, though was assisted by some weak goalkeeping. Fellow new signing, David Gallardo also made his league debut and was a good outlet on the left wing. Lopez got his hat trick at the death with a good finish, not before Suarez had netted a consolation for Boca. 3 more points and back on par with Europa Point. Onwards to the match against Mons Calpe a week today.