Match corresponding to the 1/4 Finals of the 2nd Division League cup and played at 20:00 on Friday 13th February 2015 at the Victoria Stadium
Gibraltar United Football Club 4 – 1 Mons Calpe S.C.
Gibraltar United Football Club
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
89 Aden Victor
4 Matthew Massetti
2 Aaron Collado
88 Carl Thomas
26 Evan Coleing
77 Kaylan Rumbo
22 Aziz Aitlachen
7 Justin Collado
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
99 Shane Howe
David Gallardo on for Evan Coleing
Adrian Lopez on for Shane Howe
Evan Sayers on for Aziz Aitlachen
Quarter final match on a Friday evening under the lights at the Stadium. United were forced into a number of changes due to injury, absences and suspension. Dylan Mañasco and Lee Muscat were both suspended due to bookings in our last league match. Aden Victor came in at left back and Shane Howe led the line up front. Evan Coeling made his first start and Aziz also made his full debut for the club. Kaylan Rumbo replaced the injured Mark Casciaro in center midfield while Matthew Massetti got his chance partnering Aaron at center half. Hard work in the Reserves is paying off as a number of players were called up to the match squad as the coaching staff rotated the squad.
A very open start to the match saw both teams show a willingness to get forwards quickly and often. Both Justin and Evan on the wings were excellent outlets for the balls from the middle of pitch where Aziz conducted our offensive play in a masterful manner. The first real sign of danger came from Mons when a Cortes shot was cleared off the line by Aaron Collado with Chino clearly beaten. Not long after that the United crossbar was left rattling from a Mons header courtesy of a very well delivered and executed corner routine.
Yet, as it has often been the case this season Untied perform best in adversity. Half way through the first half a clever Aitlachen ball saw Andrew Lopez breakthrough the resolute Mons defence. A burst of speed left him with only keeper Carling to beat and this he did with a neat finish. Mons protested very loudly claiming a clear offside position. Unfortunately for them the match officials did not agree and the goal stood. Mons immediately took the gauntlet and defender Escavia came close just before the ref blew for half time. Though United were 1 up Mons looked the better team in the first 45.
Justin Collado ensured this would not be the case in the second. Straight after the kick off he delivered a peach of cross which was gratefully met by Andrew’s head as he nestled the ball into the net. A cross of tremendous quality that show cases Justin’s other side to his game, its not just all about speed and power. Indeed he was one of our best players in the second half. Mons heads dropped as the body blow, so soon after the restart was almost impossible to surmount. Shane Howe spurned an easy chance when one on one with the keeper and both Aziz and Evan Coleing having the freedom of the Victoria Stadium.
It was, however Kaylan Rumbo that really lit up the stadium. Some great ball control and clever play from him saw him create the necessary space to be able to line up a shot at goal. A lobbing, yet placed shot, flew over Jamie Carling’s head and bulged the back at the net. The crowd was off its feet and even opposing supporters sportingly clapped Kaylan’s stunning shot. With the match seemingly won Aldorino moved his bench with both Shane and Coleing coming off for David Gallardo and Adrian Lopez. The former instantly had a chance but missed the one on one with keeper.
Andrew, hat trick hero on the night had no such issues as he finished off Carl Thomas’s excellent dribble and cross to put the score at 4-0. United into the semis but not before Cortes bagged a consolation for Mons. With Evan Sayers completing the substitutions as he came on for Aziz United can look back on a job well done and a morale boosting result before our next match against an inform Gib Scorpions in the league next Thursday. The semi final itself will be against another of our direct rivals in the league, Angels FC