Match corresponding to the 12th Round of the Gibraltarian Second Division. Played on Sunday 25th January 2015 at 20:00 at the Victoria Stadium
Gibraltar United Football Club 2 – 0 College Pegasus Football Club
Gibraltar United Football Club
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Jared Buhagiar
3 Lee Buhagiar
2 Aaron Collado
88 Carl Thomas
89 Aden Victor
8 Dylan Mañasco
23 Stefan Cumbo
7 Justin Collado
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
99 Shane Howe
Evan Coleing on for Stefan Cumbo
Lee Muscat on for Shane Howe
Mark Casciaro on for Jared Buhagiar
Late Sunday kick off for United this week that saw them come up against College Pegasus. Pegasus started the league strongly but have waned as the league has progressed. United come into the match on the back of two 1-0 wins and looking for some form. Justin Collado and Andrew Lopez came back into the starting XI with the latter regaining the arm band from stand in skipper Aaron Collado. Lee Buhagiar, recently signed as a free agent but very well known in local FUTSAL circles playing for St Joesph’s, made his début in the league (Lee had already had a game for the Reserves) replacing Shane Crisp who suffered an injury in training earlier in the week. Lee Muscat continues his return from injury with a place on the bench along with two new transfers made during the January window. Evan Coleing from the Red Imps and Mark Casciaro a well know and long serving player for Lincoln FC with whom he has won everything in the local game.
Circumstances prevented your usual reporter from attending the match but fellow officials and Twitter made good substitutes (thanks 5 Point 4). United dominated the game but as in recent fixtures found it hard to make the decisive breakthrough early on. Though United dominated possession clear cut chances were few and far between. With the score line at 0-0 at half time Muscat came off the bench at the start of the second half along with Evan Coleing, the latter making his debut. Jared Buhagiar, however, broke the deadlock with a tap in after some good play from Muscat. Lee also provoked a penalty which Andrew Lopez took but the Pegasus keeper saved. Mark Casciaro also made his début as he came on for about 20 minutes or so for an injured Jared Buhagiar. Pegasus were playing the last minutes of the match with 9 men after two of their players had seen two yellows apiece. A second penalty was tucked away by Lee Muscat to give United another priceless 3 points allowing us to maintain the 5 point gap with Angels in second place.
We now enter a sequence of matches that are going to define the season. Next up it is Lincoln FC in the Rock Cup Second Round on the 2nd February. In a weekend of cup shocks in the FA Cup in England, we can find inspiration in the magic of cup competitions in this quintessential David and Goliath match. In the league we then face Olympique 13 then the triumvirate of Scorpions, Europa Point and Angels.
Next game up however is Glacis Reserves on Tuesday.