Match corresponding to the semi final of the Gibraltarian 2nd Division League Cup and played on Sunday 12th April 2015 at 18:30 at the Victoria Stadium.
Gibraltar United Football Club 0 – 0 Angels Football Club
Angels win 5-4 on penalties AET
Gibraltar United Football Club
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Jared Buhagiar
3 Lee Buhagiar
2 Aaron Collado
69 Adrian Lopez
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
21 Dylan Mañasco
22 Aziz Aitlachen
88 Carl Thomas
99 Shane Howe
9 Lee Muscat
David Gallardo on for Shane Howe
Aiden Victor on for Adrian Lopez
Kaylan Rumbo on for Aaron Collado
United’s first match since the Easter Saturday debacle against Gib Phoenix and we couldn’t have had a tougher nut to crack against league pursuers Angels FC. Both Mark Casciaro and Justin Collado were missing from the squad due to suspensions and that meant that Ian had to reshuffle the pack. Evan Coleing dropped to the bench and in came Adrian Lopez at right back and Shane Howe to partner Lee Muscat up front. Andrew Lopez shifted slightly to the left while ‘Paco’ Thomas played in a slightly more advanced role than normal on the right wing of midfield. United was looking to bounce back after a frankly disappointing and uncharacteristic performance last time out. The prize, a berth in the final of the 2nd Division League Cup Final where Europa Point FC awaited the winner of this much awaited tie.
The game started briskly amid a very strong easterly wind that was a determining factor favouring the team kicking North to South. United had the first chance of the game and what a chance it was! Andrew Lopez floated in a measured cross that was headed on to the centre of the area. Jared Buhagiar, a mere few yards out stuck out a foot and blazed the ball over the bar. A great start for United but that was pretty much it for the first half. Both teams were somewhat wary in the prevailing conditions and played cagely from the back. Aziz and Dylan were locked in a titantic battle in midfield with the Angels pair and referee Patrick Canepa, who had an excellent game, had to clam nerves on several occasions.
Possession was more or less equally shared as the game degenerated into a quagmire in midfield. Neither team was able to gain a significant advantage despite good wing play from United. Both teams also played well in defence with Adrian Lopez and Lee Buhagiar rocks for United, while the Angels centre halves marshalled both Muscat and Howe. As Canepa blew the half time whistle the crowd was hoping the temperature on the pitch would rise in the second half.
Despite a slow start, there were more chances in the second half in particular for United. With Dylan ascendant, his best game for a while, Thomas and Lopez on the wings, supported by Aziz down the middle began to find space where there was none in the first half. First Andrew and then Lee Muscat had chances to score. Andrew drove a forced shot wide after using his pace to leave Angels player Chozas in his wake and Muski was croweded out by a frantically retreating Angels defence. Yet the best chance fell to Aziz Aitlachen that curled a peach of a shot just shy of the top left had corner of the goal after having beaten keeper Mateo Perez. Angels themselves carried little danger forward in the initial 90 minutes and it was not until the second half of extra time that they enjoyed their first real chance.
Extra time saw a better flow to the match with both teams having chances. United used substitute Gallardo’s height and pace to good effect. Aden Victor, another sub, spurned a good chance but it was Andrew that proved to be the most profligate. Put through but Lee Muscat, he snapped at a shot that he drew horribly wide. Perhaps fatigue was setting in and tired minds did not realise he had time and space to compose himself and pick his spot. Angels’ only real chance in the game came in the second half of extra time. A shot, thrown around by the wind, wrong footed Chino who was more than relieved to see the ball bounce around the post and out to touch. In the dying embers of the game Angels had a goal ruled out by offside but Canepa had already annulled the play as he had blown for a foul. The resulting free kick was the last action of the game before the penalty shoot out. United were to lose the shoot out 5-4
Gibraltar United Penalties
Lee Buhagiar (Scored)
Jared Buhagiar (Scored)
Andrew Lopez (Scored)
Aziz Aitlachen (Saved)
Lee Muscat (Scored)