Month: November 2015

Gibraltar United Football Club vs Manchester 62 Football Club

Match corresponding to the 9th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played at the Victoria Stadium at 17:00 on Saturday 28th November 2015.

Gibraltar United Football Club 1 – 0 Manchester 62 Football Club

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Gibraltar United Football Club

1  Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Jared Buhagiar
19 Brad Power
30 David Gallardo
88 Carl Thomas
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
99 Jamie Bosio
33 Alan Parker
18 Byron Espinosa
90 Jamie Currer
8   Robert Montovio

SUBSTITUTES

‘Pitu’ Anes on for Alan Parker
Sean Gilbert on for Jamie Currer
Kaylan Rumbo on for Robert Montovio

Manolo Nuñez showed faith in the core and the system that delivered the first 3 points of the season last Monday in today’s match against Manchester 62. The only change was Jamie Bosio coming in for Duane Robba. It was as we were as United sought to capitalise on riding a wave of an upsurge in morale. Manchester 62 had reinforced well over the summer with the likes of Brian Perez and Liam Clarke coming in from Lincoln FC. Their star signing however was Argentine forward, Christian Toncheff who had signed from Europa FC in the off season. It was very gratifying to see so many local players gracing the pitch today, a rarer and rare sight in the Premier Division these days.

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United showed their hunger from the kick off and did not show their opponents any indication that they were over awed at playing them. Alan Parker was quick to move between lines and their was an instant will to connect with Montovio and Espinosa around him. Likewise Jamie Currer was quick to exploit any opportunity to employ his blistering pace against the Manchester full back. Yet for all the promise the match often degenerated into turgid possessions with little to show for it. Man 62 decided to slow down the play, a somewhat surprising move considering the quality Toncheff posesses; the fact he was deployed in a wide position compounded this. Some of United’s players on the other hand did not suffer such lethargy. Jamie Bosio in particular.

Playing against his former team, ‘Boss’, was motivated and eager to move the team forward. He tracked back selfishly and was quick to move the ball to the forward players. He was also not averse to supporting attacking moves. Perhaps, due to the added motivation, we have seen Jamie’s best performance in a United shirt today. That said the first half proved to be somewhat of a damp squib. Referee, Glen Gilbert, was at times too quick to his whistle thus not allowing either team to develop any free flowing moves. As the half time whistle went Gib Utd were by far happier with the result and the signs were there that Man 62 could be attacked.

Nuñez mad a somewhat surprising substitution at half time with ‘Pitu’ Anes replacing Alan Parker; surprising as Parker had often been United’s brightest spark in the first half. Yet the sub seemed to be a catalyst for some of United’s brightest play in the match. There is no denying ‘Pitu’s’ quality and it immediately began to tell. Settling next to Jamie in center mid, he allowed Andrew to advance his position to support Robert more up front. ‘Pitu’ began to regale us all with his range of passing. Short, clever balls intermingled with longer range passes, all finding a red and white shirt. One of those passes was picked up by an onrushing Jamie Bosio bursting from midfield. He beat the offside trap and put himself on a one on one with the Man 62 keeper, former Gib Utd man Kaaron Macedo. Macedo pulled off a stunning save to prevent Jamie from scoring a goal against his former team. The clearest chance of the game so far and Man 62 looked rattled.

A few minutes later ‘Pitu’ would earn himself a glorious assist. A foul to the left of the Man 62 area saw the former Lincoln man deliver a pin point, peach of cross to the far post. Red and White shirts overwhelmed the Man 62 defence and it was that man’s  Montovio’s head that made solid contact with the ball pushing it past Macedo. A well deserved lead as United had created the most in the second half. The celebrations were understandably wild as United took the lead for the first time in a Premier match this season. If Monday had all been about fighting back this would mean a test of composure as surely Man 62 would need to react.

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React they did as the lethargy dropped from their play. The pace increased and the pressure put on the United goal increased. Yet credit must go to Gallardo and Power once again. They can no longer be called make shift center halves after today’s game. They are learning to play well with each other and have demonstrated that clever footballers can adapt to any position. They formed the bulwark that attack after Man 62 attack broke on. A shining inspiration to their team mates and no doubt the dawn of a great defensive partnership has arrived. Yet for all their pressure Man 62 did not force Chino into any action of note, a welcome break for the normally busy keeper.

Mr Gilbert brought proceedings to a close after 5 minutes of added time and United’s players gratefully received the plaudits given to them by the crowd at the Victoria Stadium. This was a decent scalp to take and it has shown the progress the squad is making. We are now tied with Man 62 with 7 points but with two games in hand. The first of these is being played on Wednesday against high flying Lions FC.

 

Angels FC vs Gibraltar United Football Club

Match corresponding to the 8th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Monday 23rd November at 20:30 at the Victoria Stadium

Gibraltar United Football Club  2 – 1 Angels Football Club

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‘Pitu’ Anes

Gibraltar United Football Club

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Jared Buhagiar
30 David Gallardo
19 Brad Power
88 Carl Thomas
33 Alan Parker
21 Duane Robba
20 Abderrahman Bakakri
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
18 Byron Espinosa
8   Robert Montovio

SUBSTITUTES

Jamie Currer on for Abderrahman Bakkari
‘Pitu’ Anes on for Duane Robba
Sean Gilbert on for Robert Montovio

A crucial game against Angels sees Manolo Nuñez opting for his most attacking line up yet. An aggressive 4-2-3-1 with plenty of potential fire power in the line up. Parker and Robba retain their berths while Robert Montovio is recalled to lead the line. Andrew Lopez partnered Duane in center midfield. The match may have long reaching repercussions at the end of the season and a result is needed if our priceless point against Britannia on opening day is to be made good!

United line up in an atypical 4-2-3-1 formation.

United line up in an atypical 4-2-3-1 formation.

Angels kicked the game off and from the start decided to impose a quick tempo on the game. United were resolute in keeping their shape totally aware that victory in this game could mean a great deal in the final outcome this season. Robba brought a great deal of composure to our midfield, his experience the telling factor early doors. Likewise Power and Gallardo at the back marshalled Palomino very effectively. Despite this fact it was Angels with the first clear cut chance of the game. Moreno was put through clear on goal by a delightful through ball. United supporters feared the worst. Up stepped Chino, whose performance would tower like a colossus over this game, to superbly deny the Angels player with a terrific one on one save. His next intervention was a smart diving save from a Palomino shot that was heading into the net. The Gib Utd keeper was clearly up for it tonight!

United’s attacking play came mostly through the deft feet of Espinosa and Parker. Indeed, the former Lincoln man had United’s only decent chance of the first half as he curled a well delivered free kick just shy of the post. Most of the first 45 minutes proved to be a cagey affair, both teams solid in the middle of the park and seeking to find the backs of the center halves. Brad Power once again showing that a good footballer can adapt to any position by continuing his development as a defender using his body cleverly yet showing his good touch of the ball when needed. Angels, in a similar situation to us in the league, kept on at it and as Barcelo blew the half time whistle the game hung on a tenterhook.

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The second half kicked off with a different mentality as both teams sought the win and it was Angels that broke the deadlock. Chino, once again denying Palomino in another one on one stand off, was beaten by a close range effort from the aforementioned striker. The goal came from some very good play by Toufik Lauria from the right wing that left Jared behind. He rifled in a devilish cross into a packed area and the ball seemed to ricochet off either the Angels striker or the unfortunate Power. Whatever the case, Angles were 1-0 up and their players jubilant, the significance of the goal in such an important match obvious to all.

Yet United are known for their resolution and their gutsy attitude not to take results lying down. They had equalised less than 10 minutes later. Nuñez had subbed off the ineffective Bakkari for Jamie Currer. The former Glacis United man injected pace and energy into the wings and he pounced upon a Parker through ball and dashed into the area. There he was felled by the Angels defender Villada. Up stepped Robert Montovio to blast the penno past the flailing Perez Mateo in the Angels goal. 30 minutes to go and game on. Confidence was on the up and every single United player on the pitch scented a most needed victory.

A tiring Duane Robba was replaced by ‘Pitu’ Anes. A substitution that was soon to pay maximum dividends. 5 minutes after his entry into the game he picked up the ball some 25 yards out from the Angels goal line. Taking one quick look up to spot where the keeper was he swung his right leg back and solidly struck the ball that sped like a bullet through the Angels defence. The ball was struck with such ferocity and accuracy that the flying Mateo had no chance. The net bulged as the ball made contact with it and sent United supporters wild with delirium. Everyone knew the importance of this goal. United had fought back from one down to go ahead and set up a much needed victory.

Credit to Angels though as their heads did not drop and they went in search of an equaliser. A job that was made easier by a crazy two minutes that saw Carl Thomas receive two yellow cards and also saw Montovio go into the book. Indeed an Angels freekick on the edge of the United area meant some a nervous few minutes for United fans as the clock was eventually run down by some savvy play in the corner by Gilbert (who had come on for Montovio) and Parker.

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United tasted victory for the first time this season and opened a four point gap with the two teams below them with two games in hand. A solid team effort but Chino has to be credited with an outstanding performance that kept the team in the game with several top class saves, to add to his already impressive portfolio this season. Next up in the league it is Manchester 62 this coming Saturday, not before our Reserves play St Joseph’s Reserves this coming Wednesday.

Gibraltar United Football Club vs St Joseph’s Football Club

Match corresponding to the 7th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 13th November 2015 at 20:30 in the Victoria Stadium.

Gibraltar United Football Club 0 – 2 St Joseph’s Football Club

Gibraltar United Football Club

1  Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Jared Buhagiar
23 Kenneth Chipolina
19 Brad Power
88 Carl Thomas
33 Alan Parker
21 Duane Robba
99 Jamie Bosio
30 David Gallardo
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
18 Byron Espinosa

SUBSTITUTES

Jamie Currer on for Jamie Bosio
Abderrahman Bakkari on for David Gallardo
Kaylan Rumbo on for Andrew Lopez

A tardy entry as I have been away but a better performance from United that saw them create some chances against a clinical St Joseph’s side that had Diego Merchan’s two first half strikes to thank for the three points. Full debuts for Duane Robba and Alan Parker. Brad Power and Chino got nominated in the team of the week by local sports media outlet Football Gibraltar. A good run out before a six pointer of a game versus Angels FC. Angels came up with us last year and United played them three times last year and did not lose. Though Angels won the League Cup semi-final on penalties (1-1 at full time), United saw them off twice in the league to come up as Champions while Angels secured the runners up spot. We call out to our supporters to come and give our lads the support they need. Monday at 20:30!

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Lynx Football Club vs Gibraltar United Football Club

Match corresponding to the 6th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 7th November 2015 at the Victoria Stadium at 19:30.

Gibraltar United Football Club 0 – 3 Lynx Football Club

 

Gibraltar United Football Club

1  Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Jared Buhagiar
23 Kenneth Chipolina
19 Brad Power
88 Carl Thomas
30 David Gallardo
99 Jamie Bosio
18 Byron Espinosa
90 Jamie Currer
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
8  Robert Montovio

SUBSTITUTES

Abderrahman Bakakri on for Jamie Currer
Sean Gilbert on for David Gallardo
Sean Mascarenhas on for Jamie Bosio

First it was FIFA Futsal call ups that postponed our game verses Lions FC. Then it was the elements and last Sunday’s storm that had our game verses Glacis United called off. Third time lucky and United are back in Premier Divison action almost 3 weeks since our last game (though the Reserves Side has notched up two decent wins in the interim). Manolo Nuñez opted for a rather conservative side for the match against Lynx who are currently one position above us in the league, but 6 points clear. With 5 at the back, including the resigned David Gallardo in an unfamiliar position. Andrew Lopez was also plying his trade in unfamiliar territory partnering Bosio in midfield.

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The match started quite evenly in a blustery easterly wind that was to have a determining effect in the game. United kept some possession initially but were guilty of wasting it away with long irrelevant balls forward to Montovio, who once again ploughed a lonesome furrow against a resolute Lynx defence. United’s early work, however, soon evaporated as Lynx began to get domination of the ball. Yet for all their domination they created little during the early stages of the match. GFA international Robert Guiling was well marshalled by Carl Thomas, who was ably supported by Brad Power. Brad, a reconverted striker, is still learning his trade as center half but has shown that he has the makings of a good defender making very few mistakes during the game. Lynx’s diminutive number 22, Doxagarat, proved to be their most potent threat. Fast, and with a low center of gravity, he was at the apex of all the Lynx play with telling through balls and darting runs.

United in a rare attacking foray in the first half

United in a rare attacking foray in the first half

Lynx’s first goal had a touch of the fortunate about it and owed a lot to the blustery conditions. The ball was well worked into the space on our left wing.  There it found Unai Gutierez who quickly looked up and launched in a rocket of a cross. The ball was going nowhere as none of the Lynx forwards had followed the ball into the box. Chino was sure to claim it but as he positioned himself to catch it the wind played its part. It devilishly affected the flight of the ball the cannoned off the inside of the far post and into the net. Spectacular for sure, but intentional? Nonetheless it was a deserved lead for Lynx who’d had the lion’s share of possession and territory up to that point. The goal seemed to have unnerved Chino who spilled a few balls and made some uncharacteristic errors, one leading to a ‘ghost’ goal situation when Kenneth Chipolina cleared a ball off the line, a ball Lynx supporters vociferously insisted had crossed the line. 1-0 down at half time and with little to show for it.

United were undoubtedly better in the second half. They came out with a more offensive mind set and Carl Thomas in particular led the team with powerful runs down his wing and tenacious tackles at the back. Chino as well redeemed his wonky moments in the first half pulling off some spectacular saves, one double save will no doubt be among the saves of the season. Confidence surged through the team and Robert Montovio had the draw at his boots when he was put through by Espinosa and left one one one with only the keeper to beat. He was sure to score but full credit to Fraiz in the Lynx goal that pulled off a great save to deflect Robert’s shot away for a corner. United had a few more shots and corners and the players seemed to have lifted their spirits. Was a draw on  the cards?

Nuñez sensed this and prepared to send Bakkari on. A foul had been given in the meantime, a foul that should have cost Kenneth a red card but luckily the ref thought otherwise. Lynx’s ALberto Gonzalez stood over the ball and sent in a peach of a free kick that hit the bar and bounced down. The quality of the strike left Chino with no chance. The linno immediately flagged for a goal. The following video comes courtesy of GibFootballTalk Twitter account. It shows both the quality of the free kick and you can decide if the ball crossed the line. Check it out here. Any fight left in the United players waned, Thomas getting himself in the book for his protestations against the goal. A third Lynx goal by Doxagarat sealed the win for the yellows. United slump to their third defeat in the league as daylight appears between the bottom 3 and the rest of the table. Next up Lions Reserves on Wednesday and St Joseph’s FC in the league next Friday.