Match corresponding to the 16th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 23rd January 2016 at the Victoria Stadium at 17:00
Gibraltar United Football Club 0 – 4 St Joseph’s Football Club
Gibraltar United Football Club
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Jared Buhagiar
30 David Gallardo
19 Brad Power
23 Derek Asquez
88 Carl Thomas
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
21 Duane Robba
77 Kaylan Rumbo
90 Jamie Currer
8 Robert Montovio
‘Pitu’ Anes on for Carl Ellul
Following the defeat to Lynx FC las week Manolo Nuñez shuffled his pack around. Jamie Currer made a timely return to the side in place of Sean Gilbert while former Man 62 nad Mons Calpe man Derek Asquez made his Premier Division debut for the club having made his bow for the Reserves in mid week. Steven Gilbert also made a welcome return to the bench 4 months after a knee injury kept him on the side lines. Adrian Lopez’s performances and dedication in the Reserves also got him place on the bench. The match would also see Javi Sanchez on the bench, having seen the Reserves to a 7-0 victory midweek.
Disaster struck before the match even started with Brad Power aggravating a muscle in his side during the warm up and thus pulling out of the game. Carl Ellul replaced him resulting in a change of line up and formation.
United started relatively brightly. With Elull in the side the emphasis was on moving the ball forward rather than holding at the back and though no great openings were created it did keep St Joseph’s somewhat on the back foot during the inital exchanges. Lopez and Robba were holding their own in midfield while debutant Derek Asquez was an able deputy for Brad Power who joined officials in watching and supporting his team mates from the stands.
It was United who had the first flash of goal. Jared Buhagiar carried out an excellent overlapping run which Andrew Lopez spotted. The resulting through ball left Jared with a sniff of a chance against Gibraltar’s keeper Jordan Perez. The latter however got to the ball a fraction quicker than Jared. St Joesph’s, with young local Cecil Prescott bringing their most effective play on the right wing, relied on their power and speed and their strong number 9, Merchan, was beginning to assert his authority on the game.
Robert Montovio also had a chance with a snapshot as well but alas it was not to be for the Gunslinger this week and his powder would be kept dry for a better day. Though not getting much out of the game United were relatively comfortable upto that point with Chino having to intervene sporadically. That all changed in the 35th minute when Mr Gilbert sent Derek Asquez off for an alleged off the ball incident spotted by the eagle eyed Mr Warwick running the line.
In a mad two minutes United went from parity on the field and in the scoreline to being 1 down in both respects. As Derek walked off the pitch St Joseph’s were awarded a free kick, despite some myopic and vociferous protests by their manager. The resulting shot was well saved by Chino and it cannoned off the upright and into the path of the hapless Jamie Currer who unfortunately was unable to prevent from knocking the ball in our net. United once again making life hard for themselves.
St Joseph’s, with the wind well and truly in their sails pressed hard until the half time whistle but could not penetrate the United defence again. The second half however was one of blue and white dominance during which they scored 3 more times and truly put United to the sword. Jamie’s day went from bad to worse as he limped off with a hamstring injury in the second half.
Though downcast attention now turns to the two massive back to back games coming up. Firstly it is our game in hand versus Glacis United next Sunday. Then, a week later, another immense, season defining clash against Angels FC. 6 points on which the efforts of a whole season can hinge upon.