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
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.
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.
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.