Match corresponding to the 25th Round of the Gibraltarian Second Division and played on Thursday 28th May 2015 at the Victoria Stadium at 20:00
Gibraltar United Football Club 8 – 1 College Pegasus
Andrew Lopez (2)
Gibraltar United Football Club
13 Joe Borg
11 Jared Buhagiar
3 Lee Buhagiar
5 Shane Crisp
69 Adrian Lopez
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
25 Mark Casciaro
90 David Gallardo
99 Shane Howe
9 Lee Muscat
Matthew Massetti on for Lee Buhagiar
Steven Gilbert on for Mark Casciaro
Evan Coleing on for Adrian Lopez
Gibraltar United was cast in the role of Bellerophon and was tasked in taming the College Pegasus if the aim of Promotion was to be attained. Ian was forced into some changes. Dylan had injured a knee in training which meant that Mark Casciaro was straight in after serving a three match ban to partner Aziz in centre mid. Shane Crisp made a welcome return to the starting XI, a Gib United stalwart and red and white through and through it was great to see him march out. He replaced the injured Aaron Collado. It was just as gratifying to see David Gallardon earn himself a spot in the team. He is in a rich vein of form and has 4 goals in 2 games, getting 2 last week verses the Hound Dogs and 2 in the Reserves as well. Captain Andrew Lopez went back outfield after 90 minutes in goal last week while Adrian Lopez retained the right back berth after a few powerful performances off late. With Europa Point as temporary leaders, they beat Leo FC yesterday, United needed the win to keep those promotion hopes alive.
United started this game with a bang and made sure that Pegasus never got a sniff in. College only had 10 men on the field but with United in this rampant form not even 13 could stop the rout that followed. Lee Muscat opened the scoring early doors with a nice finish and it was no turning back from there. David Gallardo soon got our second and his 5th in 3 games, he has indeed tapped into a very rich vein of form. This after missing a sitter that would surely grace any end of season DVD Bloopers, one of the many we have been guilty of. Lee Buhagiar soon followed with a tapped in ricochet and with College Pegasus floundering the match was all but over. The danger was in the key players carrying 4 yellows and at risk of missing the title decider next Tuesday.
Mindful of this stand in manager Stephan Langtry, Ian was away on family duties, replaced Lee Buhagiar at half time with Matthew Massetti. United started where they left off as Muscat and Gallardo both got their second goals putting the result beyond any reasonable doubt. As cruise control set in Casciaro came off to be replaced with perhaps the most culture coif in the club, Steven Gilbert. He brought fresh energy and impetus to the midfield as well as dashing hair. His goal, according to his team mate and Uncle, was a very rare occurrence and he celebrated in style making sure his coif was as immaculate as always. His brother Sean, fresh from University, however was sporting a rather dubious set of newly laid braids in the stands, to the great mirth of his team mates.
Captain Andrew Lopez signed the scoring off with two well taken goals, in particular his second which was a masterful dropping volley buried with aplomb. Joe Borg was very unfortunate to concede a very harsh penno. In Pegasus’ only attack very late in the game he cleanly tackled the advancing forward but Mr Newman pointed to the spot. It was harsh on Joe but had the second linesman turned up he would have clearly assisted the ref in making the correct decision. A clearly frustrated Joe got himself booked and to top it all he got a massive chunk of the ball but alas could not stop College from getting a consolation.
So ladies and gents its down to the last game of the season. 3 points will earn us the right to Promotion as Champions. Olympique 13 stand in our way next Tuesday at 20:00. We ask for your support in this most crucial of games for these local lads who, in 10 short months, have worked so hard to put the club back where it belongs.
‘Vi Et Animo, Ad Victoriam‘